Welcome to College Unlocked, a for-credit, fully online summer course for incoming first-year students looking to get a leg up on the immersive student experience at Franklin & Marshall College.

We have designed this course to give you a high-level overview of the academic expectations you'll face in your first year at F&M and how you can best prepare for the challenges and rewards of your first-year experience.

You'll learn about the resources available to you, the opportunities for leadership development at your disposal, and what it's like to be a member of the outstanding community you have chosen to join.

 Timeline and Costs

  • The four-week class begins on July 12 and ends on Aug. 6.
  • You will meet Mondays through Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST (no class on Fridays).
  • The cost is $575.

Course Description

College Unlocked is a one-credit class that will help new F&M students explore how to have a meaningful, successful, and rewarding experience at Franklin & Marshall College. The grading system is a straightforward Pass or No Pass. There are three modules to the class:

In the Reflective modules, students will delve into such questions as:

  • Who am I and how might my college experience influence my dreams?

  • What do I value and what are my responsibilities to make the world a better place?

In the Academics module, students will read, write, and reflect on Tara Westover’s memoir, Educatedand think about what education means and how it fits into our lives.

In the Practical modules, students will learn about Franklin & Marshall's culture and resources and be introduced to key players and spaces on campus.

Each module is designed to emphasize different learning skills (reflection, collaboration, presentation, note-taking, drafting, writing), and to bolster students’ executive function (time management, planning, prioritization, meta-cognition). The overall goal is to prepare students to be more effective learners.

Class meetings will take a variety of forms, including both synchronous meetings and asynchronous activities, and will be highly interactive, with ample time for activities, presentations, and discussions.

Each class will introduce a formal Academic Application — an academic skill to use throughout college and afterward. In addition, students will have the opportunity to meet once a week with a peer advising mentor and with a faculty or professional staff adviser.