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 (#39 in 2022-23)

  • 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 388 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 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."

— Michael Cruz


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

"We visited a lot of liberal arts schools, and our son 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."

"We visited 18 schools. My daughter 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 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 son loves the school. He is on the soccer team (and ) made great friends on and off the team."

— Nicole Kagan

"My daughter fell in love with F&M."

"My 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

Campus Stories

Story 9/29/2022

F&M Poll: Mastriano Falls Behind, Oz Closes In

Pennsylvania Republicans Doug Mastriano and Mehmet Oz trail their Democratic opponents, but Oz is closer than where he was a month ago, while Mastriano struggles.

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Story 9/27/2022

Top 5 Fall Activities When Visiting F&M

Touring F&M for the first time this fall? Make the most of your visit with this list of the best autumnal activities in Lancaster. 

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Story 9/22/2022

Students Reflect on Summer Fieldwork

As a new semester gives way to shorter days and cooler weather, F&M students are finding their fall rhythm. For many, the quest for knowledge continued uninterrupted over the summer.

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