Take a Breather

Spring Admit students begin their Franklin & Marshall college careers in the spring semester, which begins in mid-January. It is the perfect program for the independent student who wants to take a breather between high school and college, but who also sees that time as an opportunity to pursue a meaningful intellectual, civic or social experience before enrolling at F&M.

Each year, up to 32 students enroll at F&M via Spring Admit.

Students treat the fall semester as a gap term, volunteering, working or studying abroad. Our dedicated advisers are here to help you find an endeavor or program that matches your interests.

Read on for a list of the fall gap programs our students have participated in.

For-Credit Programs

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Students who select a for-credit program arrive on campus in January with a full semester of course work and will be on track to graduate with their cohort class. 

F&M Spring Admit London Program
London, England

Institute for American Universities 
Aix-en-Provence, France

Not-For-Credit Programs

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Students who select the following programs are often able to make up credit and graduate with their cohort by taking summer classes and/or engaging in internships for credit.

The School for Field Studies 
Environmental study-abroad program

Rustic Pathways 
Travel program focusing on community service, life skills, language and adventure

Language immersion program during which student lives with a family abroad

Proyexto ASIS 
Spanish language, cultural immersion and volunteer work with animals in Costa Rica

Oxford Program for Advanced Studies 
Academic work in Oxford, England

Thinking Beyond Borders 
Gap semester in Ecuador

Cross Cultural Solutions 
Volunteer work abroad

Outward Bound 
Wilderness expeditions

National Outdoor Leadership School 
Wilderness expeditions


For more information on our Spring Admit Program, please email Dr. Kabi Hartman or check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.