PIT was established to help School District of Lancaster children who were starting school each Fall and has grown since then to encompass other community focus areas.
The pilot workshop was held in 1997 with the Franklin & Marshall Class of 2001. The following year, the program's size doubled from 10 participants to 21. Since 1999, we've been enrolling 50 incoming first-year students. In 2009 we increased the number of PIT spots to 65.
The PIT program has been designed to accomplish the following goals:
MAY 15-JUNE 15: PIT Application period. All first years will receive a letter inviting their participation. The application will only be open between May 15-June 15.
ALL PIT Applicants will be advised of their status via by mail and/or email after June 15.
AUGUST 18-22: Program takes place
Who Can Apply: Open to first-year students only. Please note that international students and students who participate in early athletics programs will not be able to apply.
Cost: $200, to be paid after you are accepted into the program. This fee includes room, board and all activities. Scholarships: A limited number of scholarships for PIT are available, based on financial need. You can indicate if you wish to be considered for a scholarship on the application form. By checking the box on the application you are authorizing the Financial Aid office to release to the Ware Institute your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as calculated on the FAFSA form.
PIT participants will move into the room they will be staying in during the semester. Upperclassman (PIT Planning Assistants) assist students and begin acclimating them to the campus.
There are four primary PIT groups you can choose from when you apply:
Please Note: We are unable to accept applications from any student who is not available each day of the program. Unfortunately, this includes international students and students who arrive on campus early for athletics.