Reflecting the strength of its academic program and initiatives to admit a talented class from the full spectrum of student backgrounds, Franklin & Marshall received high marks in national rankings this year.
The College placed No. 37 in a ranking of national liberal arts colleges in the “U.S. News Best Colleges 2015” edition released in September, tied with Dickinson, Skidmore and Whitman colleges. F&M ranked No. 26 in a new list from The New York Times that ranks “The Most Economically Diverse Top Colleges.” The College also figured prominently in rankings published annually by Forbes, The Princeton Review and Washington Monthly.
F&M consistently was recognized for its academic rigor, individualized attention students receive from faculty, generous financial aid and robust opportunities to participate in campus activities.
In the U.S. News rankings, the College appeared on additional lists for “Up and Comers,” which recognize schools schools that “made the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus, or facilities,” ranking No. 4 among national liberal arts colleges, and for “Great Schools, Great Prices,” with a No. 32 ranking among liberal arts colleges.
The New York Times ranking, called the “College Access Index,” measures “how hard each college is trying to attract and graduate poor and middle-class students.” F&M’s ranking is based on the College’s performance in the areas of graduation rates, enrollment, tuition costs, and recruiting more high-achieving students from modest backgrounds.
F&M also was featured in The Princeton Review’s “The Best 379 Colleges: 2015 Edition,” released in early August. The annual list uses student surveys and data submitted by institutions, and does not rank colleges numerically, instead assessing 2,000 four-year colleges and universities that demonstrate outstanding academics, financial aid and quality of campus life. Factors such as fire safety and a commitment to sustainability also are considered.
In various categories, F&M’s marks on a 100-point scale were Academics: 92; Quality of Life: 74; Fire Safety: 93; Green: 85; Selectivity: 95; and Financial Aid: 96.