F&M College Prep

F&M College Prep is a three-week residential liberal arts college immersion experience that brings together rising high school seniors from underserved communities around the country and offers them the affective experience of college with substantive courses taught by F&M professors and communal life in our residence and dining halls.

Franklin and Marshall covers all program costs, including room, board, program materials and transportation expenses. Each student receives a stipend of $500 upon completing the program. Students live in campus residence halls with their peers and program staff. The student to staff ratio is 6:1.

With assistance from generous donors and collaborating partners, Franklin and Marshall covers all program costs, including room, board, program materials and transportation expenses. By the end of the program we want students to leave with a polished college application essay for the Common Application as well as the confidence to engage in a rigorous academic setting, interact with college professors, and be comfortable living away from home on a college campus. In addition, we continue to support our students during their senior year providing guidance as they progress through their college application and decision making process.

How to Apply


Eligible Student Profile

Non-partner schools and organizations can nominate up to two students for the program. Collaborating partners are informed of the number of students they can nominate. All candidates must be currently enrolled in high school, completing their junior year. The ideal nominees would have the following characteristics:

  • A minimum unweighted GPA of 3.3 (B+) and/or ranked in the Top 5% of their class

  • A record of academic striving (e.g., taking AP, IB, Honors, or college-level courses)

  • Must be of a background underrepresented in higher education (e.g., low-income, first in family to go to college, underrepresented minority, or from a rural community)

  • Have demonstrated leadership in their school or community


Program Dates

The program dates for F&M College Prep 2019 will be Friday July 5th to Friday July 26th. Please save the following important dates:

  • Starting December 3, 2018 use this link to nominate students:  https://apply.fandm.edu/register/SummerCPCounselor

  • Nominations Deadline: January 25, 2019 at 11:59:59 p.m. PST (Pacific Standard Time)

  •  Participant Applications Deadline: February 22, 2019 at 11:59:59 p.m. PST (Pacific Standard Time)

  •  Decisions Announced: Week of March 19, 2019

To get the full benefit of the program, participants must commit to attend all program days between July 5 and July 26, including weekends.


Application Materials

A list of materials that will need to be submitted with the nomination form include:

  • Recommendation letter from high school teacher, or high school or access program college counselor

  • Official high school transcript

  • Standardized test scores, if separate from transcript (PLAN and/or PSATs are acceptable)

  • High school profile, if available

  • College access program profile, if applicable and available

Please note that unexpected roadblocks may arise (e.g. snow days, system failures, etc.). Please be proactive about gathering the students materials in time. No late nominations or applications will be accepted. 

If you have any questions regarding F&M College Prep you may contact Program Director Cristina Diez at cdiez@fandm.edu or by phone at 717-358-4151.