F&M at a Glance

Founded: 1787 as Franklin College

Institution type: Liberal arts college, coeducational

Location: Lancaster, Pennsylvania; City setting, population 59,325 (the City of Lancaster is the hub of a county of more than half a million people)

Nearest major cities: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Baltimore, Maryland; and New York City, New York, all easily accessible by train

Enrollment: 2,426 undergraduates (includes students studying abroad) 

Demographics: 46% men, 54% women

Academic calendar: Semesters (two, 15-week terms)

Fields of Study: 60

Degree awarded: Bachelor of Arts

Student/faculty ratio: 9:1

Average class size: 18

States Represented: 47

Countries Represented: 47

Campus: 220 acres, including 26 acres under new development. In addition, the College has a campus in Bath, England, for its Advanced Study in England program, and the College has a partnership with the 85-acre Millport Conservancy for research, teaching and field study. 

Accreditation: Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

City of Lancaster 

 Downtown Lancaster is a rich hub of culture and arts filled with art galleries, historical buildings and bustling night spots. And it's all within walking distance of campus.

In the heart of the city is Central Market, the oldest continuously operating farmers market in the United States. Walking out of Central Market, you can step right into today's fashions in one of Market Alley's shops or boutiques.

On the First Friday of every month, Downtown Lancaster is abuzz with gallery openings. Join thousands who enjoy the evening's artistic energy. Some 90 art galleries, shops and restaurants extend their hours for the evening.

Just off campus is Clipper Magazine Stadium, home of the Lancaster Barnstormers, the city's own baseball team.

Up for something more refined? Built in 1852, the Fulton Opera House is the nation's oldest continuously operating theater and only one of eight to be named a National Historic Landmark. And Allegro Orchestra Lancaster, directed by our own Brian Norcross, makes great music accessible to the Lancaster community in new, friendly, and playful ways.

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