Transfer Admission Criteria 

The Admission Committee looks for the following when reviewing transfer candidates: successful completion of college-level course work in a challenging  curriculum, faculty endorsements, high school record, and potential for future academic success. A grade point average of  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 of 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 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.


☑   Submit Your Application
  • Submit your application using the Common Application. We do not accept the Coalition Application for transfer students.
☑   Official College Transcripts and Official High School Transcripts
  • Transcripts must be submitted for all secondary and post-secondary coursework, even if completed at multiple institutions.
  • Please ask your current institution and secondary school to send an official transcript to:

    Office of Admission
    Franklin & Marshall College
    P.O. Box 3003
    Lancaster, PA 17604‐3003
  • F&M cannot accept a transcript(s) from the student; transcripts must be mailed directly by the institution.
  • Electronic transcripts can be addressed and sent to


☑  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. The document must include your full name, the name of the course, the description, and cited sources as reference. 
  • Once assembled, please send  as an email attachment to or upload it onto your F&M Application Portal.   It can also be submitted through the Common Application.
  • Please indicate any courses taken online. 
  • While not required, we recommend gathering course syllabi now, should the F&M Registrar's Office request more information during their credit evaluation.

☑   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 can come directly from the College Board (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT). Test scores will also be considered official if they are noted on a final high school transcript.  A student can  self-report test scores on their application; however, verified test scores must be sent upon enrollment

F&M SAT code number: 2261

F&M ACT code number: 3574


☑   Transfer College Report
  • The College Report is required in all cases, with no exceptions.
  • 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 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 or fax it to 717-358-4389.


☑   A Letter of Recommendation from a College-Level Instructor

  • The recommendation should be submitted electronically through your application.  At least one, but not more than two recommendations should be submitted.  Recommendations from teaching assistants and academic advisors are accepted in the event a recommendation from a college-level instructor is not feasible.
  • If an instructor prefers to submit a paper copy it can be sent 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 or fax it to 717-358-4389.


☑ Application Fee
  • The $60 application fee is paid electronically through the Common Application.
  • An application fee waiver is available to certain eligible transfer applicants. Eligibility requirements are listed in the Common Application.    
  • Completed fee waiver forms can be submitted by scanning and emailing to 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. 
  • Visit the F&M Application Portal to confirm that all transfer application and financial aid requirements have been successfully received.  
  • If in doubt about your status please email the F&M Admission Office at or call the Admission Office at (877) 678-9111.


International Transfer Applicants

☑  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.  AACRAO International Education Services,, (202) 296-3359

2. Education Credential Evaluators, Inc,, (414) 289-39400

3. IEE - International Education Evaluations, LLC, (704) 772-0109

4. WES - World Education Services, Inc.,, (212) 966-6311

If a student has already paid for an evaluation through another service, the F&M Registrar's Office will 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.   More information on our Standardized Test Option is noted in the checklist above.


☑  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 after you apply. 


☑  Financial Aid - F&M offers Need-Based Aid for international transfer applicants. If you are an international transfer applicant, you and your family must submit either the CSS/PROFILE or the Application for Financial Assistance.