They Really Like Us!

Franklin & Marshall College students value their four years on campus for a variety of reasons: accessible, world-class faculty; a distinctive residential system that is equal parts social and intellectual; and a diversity of thought that encourages and empowers a community of leaders. But don’t just take our word for it. See what others say about F&M.​ 

 National Rankings

U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report ranks F&M highly on the following prestigious lists:

  • National Liberal Arts Colleges

  • Best Value Schools

  • Most Innovative Schools

  • Best Undergraduate Teaching

  • Undergraduate Research/Creative Projects

The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review counts F&M among the nation’s best in these categories:

  • The Best 386 Colleges

  • Best Value Colleges

  • Best Northeastern Colleges

  • Colleges that Create Futures

  • Green Colleges

F&M also performs strongly in the following indices, most of which are published annually:

  • Front of Old Main
“A small school with a big reputation.”
—Forbes Magazine

What Our Students' Parents Say 

"It's the absolute perfect fit."

"We are overjoyed! It's the absolute perfect fit. She applied early decision. The student-professor relationships have been amazing, and my daughter is well recognized and rewarded for her writing talent. We are so thankful!"

— Ariana Lisse

"It was the right choice!"

"My daughter is a freshman. She loves it. She found a great group of friends and joined lots of clubs. Her professors are fabulous! She applied early decision, and it was the right choice!"

— Rita Schattman Rubins


"He absolutely loves everything."

"We could not be happier. My son is a freshman recruited for football. He absolutely loves everything and can't wait for the campus to be completely open so he get the full experience."

— Michael Cruz


"He liked the campus and the people at F&M."

"My son is a sophomore. We visited a lot of liberal arts schools, and he kept coming back to how much he liked the campus and the people at F&M."

— Sarah Entsminger


  • Commencement 2021 at Clipper Magazine Stadium
  • Parents celebrating during True Blue Weekend's Homecoming game

"She fell in love with F&M from the very beginning."

"My daughter is a sophomore. We visited 18 schools. She fell in love with F&M from the very beginning and has never looked back. She loves it!"

— Michele Beth

"It is such a good fit."

"My daughter is a sophomore and loves F&M. We visited 15 schools and this was her first choice. There is a level of student-teacher and student-administrator interaction that used to be part of the liberal arts experience everywhere, but is now only at a few. F&M is one of them. It is such a good fit."

— Maureen Basedow

"He made great friends."

"My freshman son loves the school. He is on the soccer team, but the season was cancelled and he's now home until August, but he made great friends on and off the team. I can't imagine he'll ever come back home once things get back to pre-COVID operations."

— Nicole Kagan

"My daughter fell in love with F&M."

"My sophomore daughter fell in love with F&M the first time we visited. She has made great friends. She has grown and learned so much and is very happy."

—Denise Krueger

Pride Points 

NBC10: Pa. Voters Have a Really Hard Time Saying ‘No' to Ballot Questions

Berwood Yost, director of the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin and Marshall College, discussed the "Yes Bias" in ballot question responses from Pennsylvania voters.

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The Academic Times: Guidelines for doctors still contain racist pseudoscience

F&M Assistant Professor of Sociology Ashley Rondini and her co-author argue that “historic rationales for structural racism have hitchhiked into modern medicine.” 

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University Business: The next chapter of international education is being written now

Barbara Altmann, F&M president, writes, "For more than a century, talented students from around the globe have sought world-class higher education in the United States. Now, the future of international education in this country is at risk."

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Campus Stories

Story 5/23/2022

Sculpture, Alumnus Link F&M to Philadelphia

A retired professor's sculpture of Amtrak's rail network was installed in Philadelphia's  30th Street station, renamed for  the late congressman William H. Gray ’63.

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Story 5/19/2022

Williamson Medalist Praises Professors, Peers for...

Hailan Yu, of Beijing, China, is this year’s recipient of the Williamson Medal, the College’s most prestigious award for student achievement.

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2022 F&M Commencement Highlights
Story 5/17/2022

Class of 2022 Grads Urged to Find Their Voices

"Listen for unheard voices and abolish the conditions of voicelessness,” said author Viet Thanh Nguyen, F&M Commencement speaker. Browse the ceremony photo gallery and see full speeches.  

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