Students are encouraged to participate in diverse extracurricular activities. Historically, the College recognizes more than 86 student clubs and organizations, including departmental and professional organizations; ethnic and lifestyle clubs; literary clubs; educational organizations; honorary societies; performing arts clubs; music and vocal groups; political advocacy groups; publications and media clubs; religious organizations; service groups; and other special interest groups. Students are encouraged to form new organizations to meet their own needs and the needs of our campus. For a complete list or more information please contact the Office of Student Engagement & Leadership.


Musical Performance

The Music Department’s performing ensembles include choruses and instrumental ensembles for which college credit is offered. The Franklin & Marshall College Chorus concentrates on the masterpieces of the choral repertory. The select Chamber Singers performs music of many styles and periods for smaller vocal ensemble. The choral ensembles each perform at least twice a year and are open to all members of the College community by audition at the beginning of each semester.

Instrumental ensembles include the Franklin & Marshall Orchestra (combining the strengths of the student body and the Lancaster community) and the Symphonic Wind Ensemble (which performs literature for both the full ensemble and chamber groups). In addition, the Jazz Band and Chamber Music Society provide opportunities for exploration of more specialized repertoires appropriate to their respective instrumentation and style. Each ensemble performs at least three times a year. The instrumental music program has a commitment to performing music from a variety of periods, with particular interest in premieres of new music. The department also offers a pep band for athletic events. All the ensembles are open to those who are willing to make a commitment and have an interest in making instrumental music.

In addition to private lessons for academic credit, the Music Department administers the Artist-Teacher Program to provide co-curricular private study in applied music. The teachers perform on campus and assist students in the presentation of solo and group recitals. For more information and to ensure a place in the program, students should contact the Music Department before the semester begins.

The Poor Richards is a group of students who sing mixed chorus arrangements. In addition, the Chessmen, an all-male a cappella group and Sweet Ophelia, an all-female a cappella group, both sing a variety of songs that are often arranged by the student members. Kite & Keys is a small all-female a capella group that sings anything from upbeat pop songs to slower melodies and loves a good throwback! The groups perform regularly on campus, locally before alumni and civic meetings and at other colleges and universities.

The F&M Players, a student group, directs its own musical comedy.

Sound Horizons, a concert series, offers a broad musical spectrum from the classical repertoire. Programs are held in the Ann and Richard Barshinger Center for Musical Arts in Hensel Hall.

Theatrical Performance

Each year, Franklin & Marshall sponsors theatrical performances that are impressive in scope and quality.

Performances may be professional or may be student work sponsored by the Theater, Dance and Film Department.

The Roschel Performing Arts Center is the main-stage theater for the Department of Theater, Dance and Film. Performances in the Schnader Theater presented in the Roschel Center are directed and designed by faculty members, with cast and crew selected by audition from the student body. The Green Room Theatre presents productions by both students and faculty, usually in a less formal, experimental context. Course credit is available for some participation in theater productions.

Dance Performance

Franklin & Marshall’s Dance Programs sponsors full-scale dance productions throughout the year in the Schnader Theater, Roschel Center and Green Room Theatre, as well as performance exchanges with dance programs at other area colleges.

Residencies by major guest-artists include six to eight Master Classes in various dance styles throughout the year, workshops in dance reconstruction, lecture-demonstrations and guest performances. Two dance studios in the Roschel Center serve as classrooms and rehearsal spaces and the larger studio doubles as a fully functional theater for small dance productions. Additionally, the Franklin & Marshall Dance Company, Dance Club and Dance Team offer numerous opportunities for student choreography, performance and support of dance activities.

Film Production

In addition to the regular video production courses offered by the Film Program, a student video/media club sponsors and supports extracurricular student video production with its own pool of digital equipment. Student video productions are shown in the Green Room Theatre. Other opportunities for video production include live multiple-camera recordings of all main-stage productions, regular stage-screen and dance-video collaborations and a pioneering community media laboratory.

Literary Magazines

Prolog is Franklin & Marshall College’s Literary and Arts Magazine, open to submissions from any students enrolled at the College. It bi-annually publishes works of fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction and art. The student editorial staff elects published authors and professional artists to choose outstanding submissions for awards.

Plume is Franklin & Marshall College’s Foreign Language Literary magazine, open to submissions from any members of the College and its community. It publishes a magazine each spring containing poems and short stories in diverse languages with English translations accompanying each.

Visual Art Displays

The Phillips Museum of Art, located on three floors of the Steinman College Center, houses four distinct galleries. The Nissley Gallery, at the main entrance of the Museum features objects from the permanent collection; the Dana Gallery, also located on the street level, exhibits contemporary solo shows; the Rothman Gallery, located on the level below, features traveling exhibits and student shows; and the Gibson Gallery, on this same level, offers both students and faculty a flexible space to display as well as to examine and study art, and at times features exhibitions curated from the permanent collection.


Franklin & Marshall College operates under the overall jurisdiction of the Board of Trustees. Three linked but largely discrete branches of governance are centered in the administration, the faculty and the student body. The committees and other decision-making bodies in each branch are organized in different ways, according to their responsibilities and the source of their authority.

The administration reports to the President through Senior Management. Of the College’s many committees, only those including student members are mentioned below. A student must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the College in order to serve on a College committee. For more information, contact the Diplomatic Congress or the Office of Student Affairs.


The Academic Affairs Committee is responsible for enhancing trustee understanding of how the academic enterprise functions, in order to help trustees, make informed decisions that will strengthen the liberal arts experience for students at the College.  2 Students

The Technology Committee is responsible for the oversight of technology strategies, goals and policies and is charged to encourage excellence in the stewardship of the College’s technology investments and resources.  2 Students

The Advancement Committee provides policy guidance and oversight for the College’s alumni, development, and communications activities.  2 Students

The Enrollment Committee provides leadership, counsel, and support in the development and facilitation of long-range enrollment management strategies consistent with the Strategic Plan.  2 Students

The Buildings, Grounds and Sustainability Committee is responsible for monitoring the implementation of the Campus Master Plan and the Landscape Master Plan, and reviewing capital and major maintenance plans for the existing plant.  2 Students

The Student Life Committee is responsible for providing direction on Strategic Plan initiatives that impact the social and overall quality of life of the College community.  2 Students


The Budget Priorities Committee (BPC) studies the resources of the College in consultation with the President and advises the President concerning the allocation of resources among competing needs in accordance with the College’s long-range plans. 2 students


Faculty Council is the Faculty’s elected legislative body that sets the agenda for faculty meetings and conducts the Faculty’s business either directly or through the following committees:

The Committee on Academic Status (CAS) recommends and implements policies that affect academic standing, dismissal and petitions to exemptions for academic policy. 2 students

The Committee on Instructional and Research Support (CIRS) advises Information Technology Services and the College Libraries on matters relating to the use of technology, information resources, space design, and faculty support as part of the academic program of the College. 2 students

The Committee on Enrollment advises the Vice President and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid on long-range enrollment policies and procedures and articulates faculty priorities for future incoming classes. 2 students

The Committee on Athletics and Recreation advises the Director of Athletics, the Provost or the Provost’s designee, and the Faculty Council on appropriate ways to relate athletic, social and academic life. 2 students

The Committee on the Quality of Campus Life advises the directors of several administrative offices on policies governing the availability and effectiveness of student educational services, e.g. academic advising, counseling, career services, the registrar and first-year programs. 2 students

The Committee on Grants (COG) reviews and evaluates student and faculty proposals for College funds for research and allocates available funds. 1 student

The Student Conduct Committee interprets the rules of conduct for the student body and dispenses judgments regarding breaches of those rules. 4 students (one is chair)

The Curriculum Subcommittee (CSC) functions as a subcommittee of the Educational Policy Committee. It performs the initial review of course proposals submitted through departments and programs. 2 students


The President appoints the following committees with student representation:

The Public Safety Advisory Committee is charged with overseeing continuing efforts to improve the safety of our campus and surrounding neighborhoods and identifies additional steps that can be taken to improve F&M’s public safety environment. 2 students

Campus Sustainability Committee oversees and guides the College’s sustainability efforts, including the implementation of Franklin & Marshall’s Sustainability Master Plan. 4 students

The College Information Technology Committee advises the President on all significant issues involving Information Technology at the College. 2 students

The Campus Tree Advisory Committee advises the President on the planning for and maintenance of the Caroline S. Nunan Arboretum. The Committee will be responsible for educating the community and facilitating connections between the community and the Arboretum. 1 student

The College Facilities Committee advises the President on all significant and strategic issues involving College facilities. 2 students

The Ad Hoc Committee on Honorary Degrees solicits nominations from the College community and selects candidates for honorary degree recipients at Commencement or other special academic convocations. 4 students.


The Provost and Dean of the Faculty, in collaboration with Faculty Council, appoints the following committees with student representation:

The Campus Advisory on Workplace Safety functions as a coordinating body for assessing and responding to workplace safety issues in order to reduce overall exposure by employees to accidents and work-related injuries/illnesses. 1 student (must be a student worker)

The College Exhibitions Advisory Committee advises the Director on exhibitions in the Phillips Museum of Art and special exhibitions in other prominent interior and exterior campus sites and ensures that appropriate exhibitions of exceptional quality are presented on a regular basis. 2 students

The Sound Horizons Committee selects artists to present concerts on campus in the Sound Horizons series. 1 student

The Committee on Fair Practices reviews the College’s goals, programs and actions to determine if they accord with stated policies against discriminating on the basis of race, religion, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, physical handicap and national or ethnic origin and to insure that they give attention to the special needs of women and minorities. 2 students

The Common Hour Committee oversees programming of campus-wide events during the College’s weekly common hour. 4 students

The International and Off-Campus Study Advisory Committee (IOCS) offers direction and guidance concerning international and domestic off-campus study, approves new programs and exchange agreements and monitors the recommended off-campus program list. 2 students

The Mueller Fellowship Committee recommends, selects, invites and plans for a 3-day visit of a distinguished Mueller Fellow each year to meet with students and faculty in classes and seminars. 2 students

The Committee on Sexual Misconduct is charged with reviewing campus services, policies, and procedures pertaining to student sexual misconduct to ensure that they are consistent with best practices and implemented effectively. 2 students