In addition to overseeing the compiling of information for external reporting, the Office of Institutional Research oversees the College's work in assessing the effectiveness of its programs and in planning for future change. This includes collecting and analyzing information regarding the Curriculum and student achievement. It also includes attempting to determine the extent to which we have met our goals in academics, financial resources, and student life. Issues external to the College that may present challenges or opportunities either now or in the future are also investigated. This Office works so as to insure that goal-setting and policy making are based on the appropriate information and that we are aware of areas where further efforts are needed. We value and embrace the accountability to our constituents that such assessment promotes.


Common Data Sets

 Graduation and Retention

Graduation Rate

The four-year graduation rate for the cohort of students who entered Franklin & Marshall in the fall 2012 is 78%.  The six-year graduation rate for this cohort is 83%

Retention Rate

92% of the cohort who entered the College in fall 2017 as first-time, first-year students were enrolled in the fall of 2018.


 Franklin & Marshall College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Contact information: Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market St, 2nd Floor West, Philadelphia, PA  19104    (267)284-5000

Contact Information 

Director of Institutional Research

Christine D. Alexander
Phone: 717-358-4168


Vice President for Planning 

Alan S. Caniglia
Phone: 717-358-3993