Why Franklin & Marshall College?
We Create the Way Forward
We’re delighted you’re exploring the possibilities of attending Franklin & Marshall College.
There is a strong global presence at Franklin & Marshall College. Seventeen percent of our students come from countries outside of the United States. We value the perspectives of students from different cultures and the richness and texture they add to our campus community.
Applying to Franklin & Marshall College
Though much of your application will be the same as the domestic application, there are some key differences to be mindful of.
Applications of international students are evaluated based on academic record, standardized test scores (if submitted), extracurricular activities and recommendations from teachers and counselors. The fact that students are coming from different backgrounds and bringing unique cultural perspectives to the table is also a consideration in the decision process. We strive to admit scholars from all parts of the world.
You should apply Early Decision if Franklin & Marshall College is your first choice institution, without question. We place an exceptional value on students who apply early.
There are two early decision deadlines: November 15 and January 15. Applications for both Early Decision Round 1 and Round 2 are treated and evaluated with the same consideration.
English Language Testing
A TOEFL, Duolingo or IELTS score is required for students whose native language is not English. If you’ve been studying in an English speaking environment for at least 3 years, this requirement for the may be waived upon request. If you are eligible to have your English language test requirement waived, please email the Office of Admission after you apply.
Interviewing with Franklin & Marshall College
Interviews are a great way for us to get to know each other better. Franklin & Marshall College interviews are fun, informal conversations. They are not required, but they are a good way to strengthen your application. We offer virtual interviews to students who request one starting in October.
Virtual International Student Interviews
We also offer students the opportunity to conduct a 20-minute virtual interview with one of our current international students. Virtual interviews are reserved for students who are in their final year of high school or are in a gap year and are planning to attend college in fall 2023.
We are committed to a diverse student body and provide need-based financial assistance to international students. Aid documents must be filed by application deadlines, and no application will be considered until we receive financial aid documents.
Credit and Advanced Standing
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 College. 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 Baccalaureate and German Abitur recipients may be granted credit for up to one full year toward a degree at Franklin & Marshall College. 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.
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