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About the College Houses

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A distinctive feature of the Franklin & Marshall experience is the College House residential community. These are not run-of-the-mill dormitories, but lively centers of intellectual, extracurricular and social engagement governed by the students who live there.

Our Houses are dynamic spaces where students and faculty are encouraged to continue conversations begun in the classroom, lab or office — adding an important and distinctive dimension to the overall living and learning experience at F&M. 

Each House is assigned a faculty mentor (don) and administrative facilitator (dean).

A New Way to Learn

  • What Matters

All first-year students are assigned to their College House based on the interest they express for their first-year Connections course, a seminar-style learning environment.

The seminars set the pattern for the year to come — a vibrant intellectual life that doesn’t restrict learning to the classroom.

Students choose from first-year seminars ranging from general academic courses in chemistry, music composition, Russian history, human genetics and the like, to more specific areas of study, such as Civil War fictions, Zeno’s paradoxes, underworlds and afterlives, and more.

You're In Charge

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House residents chart their own courses for study and play. Each house receives a substantial annual budget that students may spend on social programs, academic and community activities, special projects and more. Here are a few examples of events our students have organized within their Houses:

  • Formal dances
  • Theatrical productions
  • Play-reading discussions
  • Dinners with artists, authors and notable alumni
  • Pizza parties, bagel breakfasts and field trips
  • Student-run publications

The Houses

Every F&M College House crest was developed by the earliest student residents of the respective houses. The best part about the College Houses, our students say, is that students are in charge of their living spaces and organized activities.

House-Inspired Communities

Marshall Fellows Program

The Marshall Fellows program recognizes demonstrated academic excellence, creates a cohort of intellectually engaged students, encourages intellectual adventure, and provides support to Fellows for academic enrichment.  The program is intended to help students think about and prepare for post-graduate opportunities.

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Junto Society

The Junto Society is patterned after Benjamin Franklin's own organization of the same name.  The Society meets on five Sunday evenings during the academic year. Each senior member of the society presents a paper on a topic of public interest and current debate for discussion by all members.

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College House Deans 
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Brooks College House Dean
Office of Student Affairs

717-358-3860

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Office: Brooks College House

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Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Weis College House Dean
Office of Student Affairs

717-358-4391

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Office: Weis College House Dean's Office

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Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Roschel College House Dean
Office of Student Affairs

717-358-5843

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Office: NCH 108

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Director of Faith & Meaning
Office of Faith and Meaning

717-358-5814

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Office: SCC

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Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Bonchek College House Dean
Office of Student Affairs

717-358-3871

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Office: BEN104

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