Schedule an Interview

Interviews should not be intimidating, and at Franklin & Marshall, they aren’t. We prefer to think of interviews as dialogues. One of our admission counselors will sit down with you for 45 minutes, ask you about your hopes for the college experience, and give you an opportunity to ask questions. This is your time to tell us something that may not show up on a college application.

If you are unable to interview on campus, F&M offers regional and skype interviews for high school seniors. To explore your interview options, please visit our website HERE

Optional Writing Supplement


In addition to the Common Application Essay, Franklin and Marshall also offers applicants the opportunity to respond to two prompts and provide the admission committee with further insight into the students’ goals, character, and potential to contribute to the F&M community.

Be creative and have fun. Use your responses as an opportunity for us to get to know you.

Prompt 1:

On September 27, 1777 Lancaster served as the nation's capital for a single day. If you could do anything or be anyone for one single day, what would you do? (150 word limit)

Prompt 2:

Why F&M? (100 word limit)

**Please note, responses to the Franklin and Marshall writing supplements are optional and located under “Other Information” on the Common Application Member Page. You must specify on the Common Application whether or not you will submit responses to the writing option.

For additional tips on writing a successful college essay, check out our July Dip Tip.


Additional Materials

Applicants are encouraged to submit additional materials to supplement their application, such as music, dance or theatre performances, film, artwork, or creative writing.  

All additional materials should be uploaded to your F&M Application Portal. Portal access will be provided to you after we receive your Common Application. When you submit your F&M Common Application online, you will receive an email with a link to gain access to your portal. 

When you access your portal page, you will see a "Portfolio" section at the very bottom. Click on "Edit Portfolio" and follow the "Upload Instructions". If you have any questions  about submitting additional materials or portfolio samples, please contact the Office of Admission. 

For music, art, and dance samples, additional submission instructions are provided below.  


Art Portfolio Samples 

The Art Department welcomes samples of  your artistic work in any medium. Art talent samples should include between 6 to 20 works (no less, no more), preferably submitted as a *.pdf file to your F&M application portal. Be sure to include your full name and type of medium on the *.pdf file name.  Through the works submitted, it is desirable for you to demonstrate both basic skills pertinent to the medium and evidence of visual inventiveness. 

In addition, it is helpful for you to submit a short statement (approximately 250 words in as direct and specific a way as possible) that addresses why creating art is important to you.

Music Samples 

There are many ways to engage with the Music Department as an applicant to F&M. For specific guidelines regarding music submissions and audition opportunities, we recommend visiting the Music Department website. 

Dance Samples 

The Dance Department welcomes examples of your dance technique.  At F&M, dance is open to all students,  regardless of prior experience. By submitting samples, our faculty members will be better prepared to match you with opportunities to dance at F&M.  

Video samples should be uploaded directly to your F&M application portal. Be sure to include your first and last name in the title. In the case of performances with multiple dancers, we ask that you identify which dancer is you. Please also indicate whether you choreographed the piece.