Admission to the College 

Franklin & Marshall College welcomes applications from students who seek to participate in an engaging liberal arts community. Students most competitive for admission are those who, in the judgment of the Admission Committee, will benefit from and contribute to both the academic and co-curricular programs of the College.



Selection is based upon several criteria, with the quality of the student’s secondary school record as the most important. The best preparation for study at Franklin & Marshall is a rigorous academic program that provides fundamental training in the arts, English language, foreign language, history, literature, mathematics and science. It is highly recommended that a student have some combination of four years of strong English language and literature courses, three to four years of a modern or classical foreign language, four years of mathematics resulting in a readiness for beginning college calculus, at least two years of historical study and three years of study in the natural sciences. The College also recommends students take at least five academic courses during their senior year.

Other factors considered in a student’s evaluation are participation in co-curricular activities, standardized test scores, recommendations and information concerning the student’s personality and character.  Students who do not believe their standardized test scores reflect their academic ability are welcome to apply to Franklin & Marshall using our Standardized Test Option

In order to apply using the Standardized Test Option, students should indicate their testing preference on the Common Application or Coalition Application when applying. If scores have already been sent, applicants may send a written request to the Office of Admission via email to have the scores removed from their record.

International students who have not attended English-based instruction for more than three years must submit either a TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test. .

An admission application must be accompanied by a $60, non-refundable application fee or valid fee waiver. Admitted applicants that wish to enroll, must submit a $500 non-refundable enrollment fee by the appropriate enrollment deadline based on the type of application.

Campus Visit and Interview 

A campus visit and interview are welcomed and recommended. Interviews are offered virtually by appointment on weekdays. Campus tours depart from the Admission Office, Monday through Friday. For those who are unable to visit the campus on a weekday, information sessions and tours are offered on select Saturdays. Additionally, regional interviews are offered at various times throughout the year. Interested parties are advised to schedule appointments for interviews and campus visits at least two weeks in advance at or by contacting the Office of Admission at (877) 678-9111.

Types of Application:

Early Decision 

Candidates who identify Franklin & Marshall as their first choice college and desire early notification of an admission decision are invited to apply through the binding Early Decision agreement. Candidates who submit a completed application and an Early Decision Agreement by November 15 for Early Decision Round I, will receive notification by December 15; those who apply by January 15, for Early Decision Round II, will be notified by February 15.

An Early Decision candidate may initiate applications to other institutions. However, if offered admission to Franklin & Marshall, the candidate is obligated to withdraw the other applications and enroll at Franklin & Marshall. Admitted students must submit their non-refundable $500 enrollment fee within one month of admission.

Regular Admission 

The Regular Decision deadline for submitting applications and all required credentials is January 15. Applicants for first-year status are notified of the Admission Committee’s decisions by April 1. Admitted studentsmust submit their non-refundable $500 enrollment fee by May 1st in order to reserve their seat in the first-year cohort.

Home Schooled or Non-Traditionally Educated Students 

Students who are home schooled or educated in a non-traditional setting are welcome to apply to Franklin & Marshall College. Candidates for admission who are educated in the home must submit all required application paperwork. Students should present a transcript from either a parent or outside evaluating agency. If a parent serves as the primary source of evaluation for the student, he or she may submit the School Report and the Counselor Recommendation. The Office of Admission recommends home schooled  have an interview. It is required that home schooled students submit standardized test scores. 

Transfer Students 

Transfer applicants are welcome for fall and spring semesters. Transfer applicants are expected to be in good academic and social standing at their present and any past colleges or universities.

The Office of Admission maintains an April 15 priority deadline for fall transfer applications and November 15 for spring transfer admission. Applications completed after the priority deadline are reviewed on a space-available basis. To apply, a transfer application form must be accompanied by a $60, non-refundable application fee and all required application materials. Fall transfer applications completed by the priority deadline will be notified no later than June 1. Completed spring applications will be notified by December 15.

Transfer candidates interested in Summer School study should communicate directly with the Registrar’s Office by phone at (717) 358-4168.

Questions regarding the transfer process should be directed to the Office of Admission by calling (717) 358-3951 or (877) 678-9111.