Since You Asked...

There are no dumb questions. Well, at least none about the college application process. Here are some of the questions we hear from prospective students and their parents. If you can’t find your question in the list below, contact us.


What is the deadline for submitting an application?

There are two deadlines for Early Decision, November 15 and January 15. All applications received by November 15 will be reviewed and decided upon by December 15, and all applications received by the January 15 deadline will be reviewed and decided upon by February 15. The deadline for Regular Decision is January 15, and all decisions will be made by April 1.


I can’t afford the application fee. Does F&M grant a fee waiver?

The Office of Admission grants fee waivers to students whose families would experience financial hardship by paying the application fee. Students wishing to have the application fee waived should ask their guidance counselor to forward a request for a fee waiver. Requests will be reviewed by the Dean of Admission on a case-by-case basis.


What does Early Decision (ED) mean?

By applying Early Decision (ED) to Franklin & Marshall, an applicant sends a clear signal to the Admission Committee that the College is his or her first choice. The Committee will act on ED applications one month following the ED deadline. Some ED applicants may be deferred or denied. Deferred applications will be reviewed again during the regular admission process without the obligation to enroll if accepted.


Does F&M offer rolling admission?

No. The regular decision application deadline is January 15. The Early Decision round 1 deadline is November 15, and the Early Decision round 2 deadline is January 15. All students who apply through regular decision are notified at the end of March. All students who apply for Early Decision round 1 are notified on December 15. All students who apply for Early Decision round 2 are notified on February 15.


Does F&M offer graduate programs?

No. F&M is an undergraduate liberal arts institution. We do not offer graduate degrees on any level.


Will taking the SAT/ACT during the winter of my senior year be a problem?

If you plan to sit for the SAT in January or the ACT in February, know that these scores may not likely reach the Admission Committee in time for a review of your application. The Admission Committee reviews applications as they become complete and "ready for review." Even though decisions for Regular Decision applicants are not mailed until mid to late March, the Admission Committee has approximately 5,000 applications to review by March. Therefore decisions on applicants need to be made constantly and can be made as early as November or December. Waiting to take the January or February tests, as you can see, can mean that your application, if otherwise complete, may have already been reviewed and a decision rendered. Your best advantage is to have already taken either or both tests during or before the fall of your senior year of high school, or the fall before the fall you intend to matriculate to F&M. However, if you are taking the January SAT or February ACT, you will definitely want to have your scores "rush" reported to F&M.


What is F&M's policy on the SAT/ACT?

Franklin & Marshall College "superscores" the SAT and ACT.  For the SAT, we combine the best critical reading score and the best math score a student receives, even if they come from different test dates.  For the ACT, we take the highest Math, Science, Reading and English score from any tests a student takes, even if on multiple dates, and average them together for a new ACT composite score.


My SAT scores do not accurately reflect my abilities as a student. Is it still necessary to report them?

The Standardized Testing Option allows students to submit two graded writing samples instead of their SAT scores. The Standardized Test Option benefits students who feel that their writing samples better exemplify their abilities than their SAT or ACT scores. The Standardized Testing Option requires selecting this choice on your application.


Can I earn credit at F&M by scoring well on Advanced Placement (AP) subject exams in high school?

Franklin & Marshall College participates in the Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board. A student who takes an Advanced Placement examination is awarded credit if the subject material of the Advanced Placement course and examination is comparable to the material covered in an elementary course offered at the College. Franklin & Marshall awards credit to students who score a minimum of 4 on the Advanced Placement examination. The Language Studies requirement at Franklin & Marshall College may be met by earning a score of 4 or above on the AP examination in a foreign language.

When a student is awarded advanced placement credit, the credit is entered into the student’s transcript, but no letter grade is assigned. A student may be awarded more than one credit in certain cases at the discretion of the department concerned. A student cannot, however, be granted more than one credit for the same work (e.g., obtaining a 4 or 5 on the AP Calculus exam, and taking Calculus I at F&M. Only one credit would be awarded.) If a student is officially enrolled at the end of the second week of classes for a course at F&M for which advanced placement has been awarded, the student forfeits the AP credit. There is no limit to the number of AP credits a student can earn, but 16 course credits must be earned at the College over the four years, and 21 credits must be earned with standard grades.


Does F&M offer campus tours and interviews for prospective students?

The Office of Admission strongly encourages students to visit campus. The Office of Admission offers interviews Monday through Friday at 9:15 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Your interview can be coordinated with a campus tour, which is offered at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m, 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Is the campus visit a factor in the application review process at F&M?

Yes, the admission committee will consider interest in the College when reviewing your application.  Please note, the committee recognizes not all students are able to visit campus prior to decisions.  Interest in the College can be demonstrated by other means; please contact the Office of Admission.


I can't make it for a scheduled tour at F&M. Is there a self-guided tour option?

Many weekend or drop-in visitors take self-guided tours of the school. When you arrive at the campus, drop by the Wohlsen Admission Office (located at 637 College Avenue) to pick up a visitor's packet from the gold box located to the right of the front door. This packet will include a map of the campus, highlighting important buildings, as well as other information about our school.  Please fill out the contact card to let us know you visited campus.


What is F&M’s retention rate for first-year students?

We have a very high rate of freshman retention, as 92% of our students return for their sophomore year. This is well above the national average for colleges and universities, which is around 85%.


Is the Franklin and Marshall Additional Writing Option required? Can I submit my responses after I have submitted my application?

No, responses to the Franklin and Marshall writing supplements are optional. However, students may wish to provide the admission committee with further insight into the students’ goals, character, and potential to contribute to the F&M community.

If you wish to submit responses after you complete your application, you can upload them on your F&M Application Portal. Although you will no longer be able to access your Common Application or Coalition Application, we invite you to write your responses to the optional prompts in a separate document and save this document as a PDF. Under your F&M Application Portal’s “Upload Materials,” select “Other Document” from the dropdown menu and upload the PDF file.