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.

With assistance from generous donors and collaborating partners, Franklin and Marshall covers all program costs, including room, board, program materials, and transportation expenses. Students live in campus residence halls with their peers and program staff. The student to staff ratio is 6:1. 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

All candidates must be currently enrolled in high school, completing their junior year. The ideal nominees would have all of the following characteristics:

  • A minimum unweighted current year and cumulative high school 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 home, school, or community

We welcome nominations of rising high school seniors from any high school or college access, preparation, scholarship, or similar opportunity program in the United States and territories. We do not accept self-nominations or nominations from students, parents, or individuals. For 2020, the collaborating partners (you know who you are) may nominate the same number of students as we allowed for your organization last year.  Non-partner schools and organizations may nominate up to two rising high school seniors for 2020 program consideration; due to our staff capacity and extensive holistic review process, we may not be able to consider any nominations beyond two.  


Application Materials

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

  • Recommendation letter from a high school teacher, or high school counselor, or college opportunity program representative

  • Official high school transcript

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

  • High school profile, if available

  • College opportunity 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 students' materials early. Due to program date constraints, late nominations or applications might not be reviewed. 

Submitted nominations form with required transcript and recommendation letter will launch an application that is sent to the students. The sooner fully completed nominations are submitted, the sooner the student receives the application and has time to complete it before the participation application deadline.


Program Dates

The program dates for F&M College Prep 2020 will be Sunday, July 5th to Friday, July 24th. Please save the following important dates:

  • Starting December 5, 2019 use this link to nominate students:  https://apply.fandm.edu/register/f&m-college-prep-2020  

  • Nominations Deadline: January 24, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. PST (Pacific Standard Time)

  •  Participant Applications Deadline: February 21, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. PST (Pacific Standard Time)

  •  Decisions Announced: Week of March 23, 2020

Participants must attend ALL program days between July 5 and July 24, including weekends.

If you have any questions regarding F&M College Prep, please be sure to read this page fully, and then contact Brenda Gomez, Director of College Prep, at bgomez@fandm.edu or 717-358-4151.