Transfer Admission Criteria 

The Admission Committee looks for the following when reviewing transfer candidates: successful completion of college-level course work in a challenging college curriculum, faculty endorsements, high school record, and overall potential for future academic success. A grade point average of at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is recommended.

 

In addition to academic considerations, the Admission Committee takes note of a student’s engagement in student or community life. The committee is interested in quality of participation, level of commitment, special talents, honors received, and leadership roles held.

 

The priority deadline is April 15 for Fall (August start) and November 15 for Spring (January start). Applications received after the priority deadline are considered on a space-available basis. 

Review our full list transfer application requirements below.

 

Transfer Application Checklist

Below is a step-by-step checklist to help you complete the transfer application process. When you complete the Common Application or Coalition Application portion of your transfer application, you will receive an email with information on how to access your F&M Application Portal. We encourage you to use the F&M Application Portal to verify the status of your transfer application throughout the process. If you have already applied, use the above link to access your portal.

 

☑   Choose an Application

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☑   Official College Transcripts
  • Transcripts must be submitted for all post-secondary coursework, even if completed at multiple institutions
  • Please ask your current institution to mail an official transcript to:

    Office of Admission
    Franklin & Marshall College
    P.O. Box 3003
    Lancaster, PA 17604‐3003
  • F&M cannot accept your college transcript(s) from you; it must be mailed directly by the institution.
  • Electronic transcripts can be addressed and sent directly to Cathy Rintz, Transfer Admission, at Cathy.Rintz@fandm.edu

 

☑  Self-Compiled List of  College Course Descriptions
  • To supplement your official transcript(s), you are required to submit a list of course descriptions for ALL completed and in-progress post-secondary coursework. 
  • To complete this step, please locate all course descriptions from the respective course catalog and cut-and-paste the descriptions into a GoogleDoc, *.doc, *.docx, of *.pdf document. The document must include your full name, the name of the course, the description, and cited sources as reference. 
  • Once assembled, please email the document  as an email attachment to transfer@fandm.edu or upload it onto your F&M Application Portal
  • Here is an example of an acceptable course description list

☑  Secondary School (High School) Transcript
  • Your secondary institution must mail a final high school transcript to:

    Office of Admission
    Franklin & Marshall College
    P.O. Box 3003
    Lancaster, PA 17604‐3003
  • The Secondary School Final Report is *optional* at F&M, as long as we receive an official high school transcript with date of graduation.  If possible, it can be helpful to include the Secondary School Final Report, but we also understand that some high schools may not be able to accommodate this request. 

☑   Standardized Test Scores (SAT/ACT) or Standardized Test Option
  • Transfer applicants may choose to submit either standardized test score results or use the Standardized Test Option
  • If you are submitting SAT/ACT scores, official results must come directly from the College Board (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT).

F&M SAT code number: 2261

F&M ACT code number: 3574

  • Transfer applicants using the Standardized Test Option must submit two writing samples from college-level coursework. Submissions should include professors’ comments, grades, and a description of the assignment. Samples written in high school, jointly written papers, or ungraded assignments will not be accepted. Lab reports, presentations, or short-answer responses are not recommended. 
  • Submit your writing samples in electronic format (PDF or GoogleDoc) to transfer@fandm.edu or upload them through the F&M Application Portal. Paper materials should be faxed to 717-358-4389 or mailed to:

    Office of Admission
    Franklin & Marshall College
    P.O. Box 3003
    Lancaster, PA 17604‐3003

☑   Transfer College Report
  • The College Report may be downloaded from the Recommenders & FERPA section of your Common Application or the Official Documents section of your Coalition Application.
  • You may send this form electronically or hand deliver it to the college official at your current or former institution who is authorized to report on your most recent academic standing at the college. This is typically a staff member in the Registrar's Office or the Office of the Dean of Students.   
  • The college official may send the completed College Report to transfer@fandm.edu or fax it to 717-358-4389 

Please note: The College Report is required in all cases, with no exceptions.

 

☑   A Letter of Recommendation from a College-Level Instructor
  • The recommendation should be submitted electronically through your application. For more information, visit the Recommenders and FERPA section of your Common Application or the Official Documents section of your Coalition Application. 
  • If an instructor prefers to submit a paper copy, he or she can send the letter to:

    Office of Admission
    Franklin & Marshall College
    P.O. Box 3003,
    Lancaster, PA 17604‐3003

 

☑   Mid-term Report
  • If you are currently completing college-level coursework at another institution, please submit a Mid-term Report.  
  • You may email your Mid-term Report to transfer@fandm.edu or fax it to 717-358-4389.

 

☑ Application Fee
  • The $60 application fee is paid electronically through the Common Application or Coalition Application.
  • An application fee waiver is available to transfer applicants who are eligible for the Federal Pell Grant Program. The fee waiver form is available on the National Association of College Admission Counselors (NACAC) web site HERE.  
  • Completed fee waiver forms can be submitted by scanning and emailing to transfer@fandm.edu. If you prefer to mail a hard copy (not required), please send to: 

    Office of Admission
    Franklin & Marshall College
    P.O. Box 3003,
    Lancaster, PA 17604‐3003

 

☑  Double-Check Your Application & Financial Aid Status
  • If you are applying for F&M's need-based financial aid, completing the financial aid process is just as important as completing the transfer application itself.  To receive a full and timely application review, you are required to submit all financial aid documents along with your transfer application materials. Missing financial aid documents can delay the release of your decision and/or adversely affect the decision outcome. 
  • Use F&M's online tools to verify that your application is fully complete and ready for review
  • Visit the F&M Application Portal to confirm that all transfer application and financial aid requirements have been successfully received.  
  • When in doubt, feel free to inquire about your status by emailing the F&M Admission Office at transfer@fandm.edu or calling the Admission Office at (877) 678-9111. 

 

International Transfer Applicants

Please note that there is no financial aid available for international transfer students. As an international transfer applicant, you are expected to cover the full cost of attendance at F&M without the benefit of financial aid or scholarships from the College. 

 

☑  International Credit Evaluation

Franklin & Marshall College requires students who have earned post-secondary credit at institutions outside of the US and Canada to verify their credentials through a credential verification agency. The International Credit Evaluation requirement is waived for those who have completed all post-secondary coursework at institutions located in the United States or Canada.  F&M  recommends  the following agencies if you require a credential evaluation:

1. WES - World Education Services, Inc., https://www.wes.org, (212) 966-6311 

2.  Education Credential Evaluators, Inc, www.ece.org, 414-289-39400

3.  AACRAO International Education Services, http://ies.aacrao.org/, (202) 296-3359

If a student has already paid for an evaluation through another service, the F&M Registrar's Office will can complete review of your credentials, but final approval will be at their discretion. If a student has not received an evaluation, we recommend using one of the agencies listed above. 

 

☑ Standardized Test Scores

  • 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 to send a copy of your SAT or ACT score report along with your 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.

 

☑  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 is waived. If you are eligible to have your TOEFL requirement waived, please email the Office of Admission at transfer@fandm.edu after you apply.