Dear Parent or Family Member,
I am delighted your child is considering Franklin & Marshall College. In my role as Director of Parent Relations, allow me to extend my personal welcome to you.
At Franklin & Marshall, we like to consider our students’ families as an important constituency and a part of the community. We know your support and guidance will continue through the college years even as your student gains independence and moves toward adulthood.
As your child explores the opportunities available at the College, I’d like to share with you some of the advantages of being a Franklin & Marshall parent.
Lancaster, Pa. is a lovely place to visit. The oldest inland city in the country, Lancaster offers all the advantages of a lively, small urban center just step away from campus. Some 40 art galleries, scores of restaurants, shops and boutiques, are just blocks away. We have Central Market, the oldest continuously operating farmers’ market in the U.S.
The Lancaster Amtrak Station gives our students easy access to nearby cities including Philadelphia (approximately one hour away by train), New York and Washington, D.C. (both approximately three hours by train). That means students can easily get home without a car.
The Red Rose Transit Authority offers city busing to our students at a discounted rate.
Franklin & Marshall’s College House System provides parents with confidence; they know our students are members of one of five college houses, and are surrounded by classmates, faculty and administrators who know them by name.
We are big believers in keeping parents in the loop. When something important happens that affects the college community, you will receive a timely e-mail directly from college officials. In addition, my office sends regular e-newsletters to parents to keep you informed and engaged in what’s happening on campus.
Enjoy the college search process and all the places it takes you! Along the way, keep in touch if there’s anything my office can do to assist you.
All the best,
Maura Condon Umble ‘83
Director of Parent Relations