A Delicious Tradition
It’s where F&M students of the 1980s could get a Poor Richard sandwich—cheese, lettuce and tomato on pita. Where students of the 1990s could get a massive helping of Ben’s Bread for just a couple bucks. And where students today enjoy baskets of chicken wings and onion rings.
More than three decades after opening in fall 1984, Ben's Underground still stands as F&M's student-run eatery and nightclub.
Generations of students have descended those familiar steps near the entrance to the Ben Franklin Dining Hall (now the Restaurants at Ben Franklin) on their way to concerts, Halloween parties, game nights, coffee hours, or just to hang out with friends into the wee hours of the morning.
It’s a shining example of the opportunities F&M students have to create programming and shape their own experiences on campus.
Ben’s underwent a significant renovation in recent years, including the installation of new kitchen equipment, booth-style seating, LED lighting and digital signage.
But as some things change, some don’t—they still deliver!
While the classroom remains central to providing the firm intellectual grounding necessary for post-graduate study or professional success, F&M also offers a wealth of opportunities — from African dance to water polo — for students to explore independently their favorite topics and share their knowledge, talents, and abilities.
See below for a list of the many different ways you can get involved on campus.
Expand Your Horizons!
Opening new horizons of learning and service is a principal part of preparing students to take responsibility for themselves, their communities, and our global society. More than three-quarters of F&M students participate in community service, contributing annually nearly 70,000 hours of volunteer effort on behalf of local nonprofit organizations.
Franklin & Marshall's commitment to civic engagement reflects a core institutional belief: that a true liberal arts education includes making meaningful contributions to one's community. Each year, F&M students log more than 60,000 hours of volunteer service, improving the lives of people in Lancaster, Central Pennsylvania, and around the world.Get Involved!!
There's more to a college education than time in the classroom. At F&M, the experience extends to scores of clubs and organizations that offer students opportunities to socialize, have fun and explore independently favorite or tempting topics. Or, feel free to start your own club!Get Involved!
F&M's is a rich tapestry of religious communities. Students of faith seeking spiritual fulfillment and fellowship, as well as those who are on a faith journey, will find many opportunities available to them at F&M, where the various religious groups on campus are open to everyone.Get Involved!
Athletics at Franklin & Marshall is more than football games on Saturday afternoons or the 26 other intercollegiate sports offered here. It's a whole lot of club sports, intramural sports, and terrific facilities for informal recreation, too. More than just a good way to work up a healthy sweat, we see athletics as a big part of an integrated...Go Diplomats!
Since the first fraternity was established on campus in 1853, F&M's fraternities and sororities have been part of our of our living/learning community, offering interested students additional opportunities for intellectual advancement, leader development, responsible citizenship and community building.Get Involved!