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. More than 14% of our students are international. 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:
Franklin & Marshall offers international students the opportunity to conduct a 20-minute Skype Interview with one of our current international students. Skype interviews are reserved for international students who are in their final year of high school and are planning to attend college in the Fall of 2018.
All interview times are EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) and EST (Eastern Standard Time).
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.
How to Apply
The Common Application
Franklin & Marshall uses the Common Application. If you wish to apply Early Decision, there is also an Early Decision Supplement that must be filed with the Application.
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.
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 I. 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
If you prefer that we not use your Standardized Test Scores in the decision making process you may select the Standardized Test Option.
Students who chose to utilize the Standardized Test Option in lieu of their SAT or ACT scores will be required to submit two recent (junior or senior year) graded writing samples (creative or analytical), preferably from a Humanities or social science course. These samples MUST be written in English (not translated) and should also include teachers’ comments (also in English), grades and a description of the assignment. If unable to provide required samples as stated above, student must submit test scores.
How to Submit Forms & Supplemental Material
Please submit financial forms, their supporting documentation, graded writing samples if you have chosen to apply Standardized Test Option 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.
International Student Panel