A Global Community
We are delighted you are exploring the possibilities of being a student at Franklin & Marshall. This website will help you discover many of the opportunities available to you as an international student here at F&M, and also help you through the process of applying.
There is a strong global presence at F&M. With 15.6% of our students coming from countries outside of the United States, we value the perspectives of students from different cultures. They add richness and texture to our campus community.
The College offers exceptional academic opportunities, extraordinary research options and myriad cultural and social happenings.
The intimate educational environment, where professors often become mentors and friends, encourages students to develop their critical thinking skills, discover what it is they love, and pursue that passion.
If you have questions about the College or the admission process, please email us:
We recommend that our applicants from China take advantage of the opportunity to Skype with us or choose an interview service. Since we receive many strong applications from China, an interview allows us an opportunity to get to know you better.
Franklin & Marshall offers international students the opportunity to conduct a 20-minute video interview either via Skype or WeChat with one of our current international students. Video interviews are reserved for international students who are in their final year of high school or are in a gap year and are planning to attend college in the Fall of 2020.
All interview times are EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) and EST (Eastern Standard Time).
International Regional Interviews
For students in China, please use our registration page to schedule a time to meet with us while we are in your city.
Face-to-face interviews can be offered during the Fall in limited number. Students interested in scheduling an regional interview in the cities below may reach out to Carly via email to inquire about an interview opportunity.
How to Apply
Applications of international students are evaluated based on academic record, standardized test scores, extracurricular activities and recommendations from teachers and counselors. The fact that students are coming from different backgrounds and bringing fresh cultural perspectives to the table is also a consideration in the decision process. We look to admit students from all parts of the world.
A $60 application fee is required, but in the case of financial hardship, this fee may be waived.
Deadlines are the same for international students and domestic students:
Regular Decision: January 15
(Notification: April 1)
Early Decision I: November 15
(Notification: December 15)
Early Decision II: January 15
(Notification: February 15)
Students may apply Early Decision regardless of whether they are asking for financial aid. Applying Early Decision indicates that F&M is the student's first choice and he or she will attend if admitted. We offer two rounds of Early Decision. The two application deadlines are treated the same way, so there is no penalty for applying in January as an ED candidate.
English Language Testing
The TOEFL or IELTS is required for students whose native language is not English. If the student has been studying in an English speaking environment for at least 3 years, the requirement for the TOEFL may be waived upon request. If you are eligible to have your TOEFL requirement waived, please email the Office of Admission at email@example.com after you apply.
SAT: Official scores should be sent to the College. Our CEEB code is 2261.
ACT: The ACT will be accepted in lieu of the SAT. Our code is 3574
To facilitate the application process, it is helpful if students send a copy of their SAT or ACT score report along with their application.
Standardized Test Option
Students who do not wish to submit SAT/ACT scores may select the Standardized Test Option when applying to F&M. This policy allows applicants with sufficient training in English to decide whether or not their test results accurately reflect their academic ability and potential.
How to Submit Forms
Please submit financial form, their supporting documentation and other supplemental application materials by uploading them directly to your F&M Application Portal. You will receive access to your portal after we receive your application. If necessary, materials may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are not requesting financial aid, you must fill out the Certification of Finance Form (right).
Yes, I'm Requesting Financial Aid
F&M is committed to a diverse student body and provides need-based financial assistance to international students. Although there is generous funding, the amount of aid is limited, so the more aid an applicant needs, the more competitive the admission process becomes. However, if a student is accepted at Franklin & Marshall, we will meet 100% of that student's institutionally determined need.
In order to apply for need-based financial aid, families of international students must submit either the Franklin & Marshall International Financial Aid Form (on right) or the CSS PROFILE to the Office of Admission.
Your application for admission will not be considered complete until the International Financial Aid Form has been received. Need-based financial aid for international students is based on the information provided on the International Financial Aid Form or the CSS PROFILE.
Franklin & Marshall College will continue to meet 100% of the demonstrated need for the student for all four years based on the family contribution and information provided prior to admission. Changes to the family contribution after acceptance by the Office of Admission will not be considered.
If a student is admitted without financial aid as a first-year student, he or she will not be eligible for financial assistance in subsequent years.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
IB Diploma recipients with a total score of 30 or more are awarded 8 course credits (one full year) toward a degree at Franklin & Marshall. IB Certificate recipients receive one or two course credits (depending on discipline) for each higher level examination passed with a score of 5 or higher.
Advanced Placement TESTS (AP)
Credit will be given to students who have received a 4 or a 5 on Advanced Placement examinations.
Other examination programs
French Baccalaureat and German Abitur recipients may be granted credit for up to one full year toward a degree at Franklin & Marshall. In addition, the College generally awards credits to students who have passed the British "A-Level" examinations with a grade of C or higher. Other course credits from foreign countries are evaluated on an individual basis.