Preparing for Your Arrival
The weeks and months leading up to your arrival in August will be busy ones. We are here to help guide you through all the steps you need to take before arriving on campus at the end of the summer. If you have any questions, you can reach email the F&M Orientation Team.
Looking for an orientation schedule? Excited to meet your roommate? Wondering when you will receive your placement exams? Explore this guide of what to expect to find out and when.
- Incoming student welcome and academic questionnaires made available in Canvas
- Health information form made available
- Please note: Pennsylvania State Law requires that all college students residing in a dormitory must either receive the meningitis vaccine [quadrivalent vaccine is the CDC and F&M recommended vaccine], or sign a waiver declining the vaccine for “religious or other reasons.” You will not be able to receive your room key on Move-in Day without submitting proof of the vaccine or the signed waiver. Find insurance information.
- Incoming students able to log into their financial aid account via MyAid
- Self-Identification & Accommodation information made available
- Information for international students made available
Early June, incoming students receive information from F&M’s health insurance administrator, QM Services, Inc. regarding insurance options and the waiver process
June 15th all academic questionnaires due
Initial information about student employment made available to incoming students
Health insurance information and waiver made available
Students will be sent instructions regarding the housing application via F&M email
Fall bills made available in early July
Student employment virtual job fair
Arrival day information and sign-up form is made available
Fall payment due early August
Room assignment, roommate name, and contact information, College House affiliation, and House Dean information available to incoming students in early August.
Registrar's Office notifies first-year students that AP credits have been processed; Fall 2023 course schedules made available to students in early August.
Student campus mailbox information sent to students
Move-In Day: Friday, August 25
Before you arrive, you’ll need to choose a time slot for your arrival based on your College House.
International students will move in Tuesday, August 22
Students participating in fall pre-season athletics will have another arrival date.
Convocation: Friday, August 25 at 3:30 p.m.
Convocation is a College tradition that brings the entire F&M community together to celebrate the incoming class and transfer students and kick off the opening of the academic year. Parents and families are invited to stay and watch their student begin their F&M journey.
Orientation: Friday, August 25 to Tuesday, August 29
You will receive your F&M ID card when you arrive for orientation
What You Need to Know
Track what dates you need to be aware of throughout the academic year.
The Registrar's Office will create your fall course schedule from the courses you select on the academic survey and from the answers you provide on the language, math and science surveys. These surveys will be accessible through the Class of 2027 Canvas course. Note that some forms become available at different points during the summer. You can expect to receive your class schedule in early August. Explore our course catalog to see what sort of courses you may be registered for.
Information regarding academic placement exams will be available in your Class of 2027 Canvas Course and will be emailed to your F&M Gmail account.
- Transfer of Credit Policy
- Advanced Placement
Make sure you have your AP scores and any college transcripts sent directly to the Registrar's Office at F&M by the end of July. As we create your fall schedule, we will adjust it to make sure you are not enrolled in any course for which you will receive AP credit or transfer credit. If we receive score reports or transcripts after the end of July, we may not be able to adjust your final schedule.
Earning Credit During Deferral
For first-year and transfer students with approval to defer their admission, F&M will allow the study of up to two courses per semester at another institution. Should a first-year or transfer student deferring their admission pursue more than two courses, the student would be required to reapply through the transfer admission process.
Academic Support Resources
- Tutoring & Academic Support
A constellation of tutoring and academic support services are available to you at F&M, many of which are located in one central location on campus. We offer academic coaching, writing support, peer advising, subject-specific tutoring, and much more. You can partner with professionals and student peers to develop skills as a purpose-driven learner, build habits for success, and reflect on how your knowledge provides momentum to achieve your goals.
- Academic Advising
Students at F&M are paired with a faculty member who acts as an academic adviser, offering support and encouragement as they journey through their academic pursuits at F&M. Faculty advisers are given extensive support and training resources to learn how to provide students with access to the tools they need to thrive.
- First-Year Advising Mentors
You’ll be connected with a first-year advising mentor (FAM) to help you successfully launch your journey at F&M. Your FAM will assist you with onboarding and learning F&M’s academic culture, help you add or drop a class to choose that perfect schedule, introduce you to many resources available at F&M, talk about the deep questions of life, and provide tips on where to shop for your new College House room. Most importantly, FAMs will be an important resource throughout your entire F&M experience, listening to your story and helping you craft a distinctive academic path that suits your interests.
The Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development (OSPGD)
Several pre-professional advising programs are offered through OSPGD. These programs are offered as a supplement to your chosen major.
Athletics, Fitness & Recreation
Diplomat Athletic Sports Teams
Athlete Pre-Participation Paperwork
In July, you will receive pre-participation paperwork from our Sports Medicine Office. In August, you will receive additional emails related to paperwork that all athletes must file in order to compete at F&M (and required by the NCAA). Learn more on our athletics site, godiplomats.com.
Club Sports & Intramurals
Club sports begin publicizing their seasons during orientation and during the first
week or two of classes. They provide information at campus fairs, by email and through
printed posters and fliers. Information about registering for intramural programs
is typically announced by the F&M Department of Athletics and Recreation in September.
Learn more about club sports and intramurals at F&M
Billing, Financial Aid & Student Employment
Tuition, Fees, and Billing
Each student is charged fees that cover tuition, room, board, and some charges for activities and labs. All charges and fees for each semester are billed in advance and must be paid in full by the specified term due date. Learn more about tuition, fees, and billing at F&M, including payment options and due dates.
We’re dedicated to making an F&M education affordable for all. By committing to need-based financial aid, we’re able to welcome talented students from all economic backgrounds.
As an F&M student, we will meet 100% of your institutionally determined financial need for all four years on campus. Even if your financial situation changes during your time at F&M, we will adjust your financial aid package accordingly. Learn more about how we determine financial need, types of aid available, and financial aid terms to know.
If you have any questions about financial aid at F&M or your specific package, please feel free to reach out to your financial aid contact. Your contact is based on the first letter of your last name:
- A-G: Mr. Eric E Kopp
- H-O: Mr. Jasper Choi
- P-Z: Ms. Robin L. Gorini
If you’re enrolled in at least three credits per semester (a full-time course load), you are eligible for on-campus employment. If you are awarded Federal Work Study or College Work Option in your financial aid package, you are given priority status as an aided student and are eligible to apply for any position on campus. If you’re not work-aided, you are still eligible to work on campus, but will have a limited number of positions available to you.
F&M’s Student Employment Office (SEO) will guide you through the position search and hiring process, and match you with positions where you will learn valuable, transferable skills that will benefit you both at F&M and beyond. If you are work-aided, SEO will send you an invitation to a virtual job fair via your F&M Gmail account.
If you are seeking campus employment, you must bring original, unexpired identification documents with you to campus during move-in. Copies, scans and faxes are not accepted (per federal government requirements). These identification documents are required before you can start any position on campus.
First-Year Meal Plans
As a first-year, you’re required to purchase a meal plan unless you are commuting (though you can of course purchase a meal plan if you are!). If you’re a commuter and want to purchase a meal plan, please contact Lori Foust, director of housing. Otherwise, your meal plan pricing is automatically enrolled into your tuition details.
How to Access Your Meal Plan
Your meal plan is conveniently attached directly to your F&M student ID card. All you have to do is swipe your card in the dining hall and our retail locations to use a meal or your flex dollars.
Coming Early for a Sport?
If you’re an athlete coming early to campus for pre-season training, you won’t be able to use your meal plan quite yet. Instead, you’ll be fed in the dining hall. Please talk to your athletic advisors if you have any questions.
The chefs on campus work closely with those who have specific dietary needs due to allergen restrictions, religious affiliation, lifestyle choices or other dietary restrictions.
Dietary Need Due to Allergies
If you require a specific dietary need due to allergies, Simple Servings is a gluten-free station on campus that serves a variety of delicious meals that don’t include any of the top allergens, with the exclusion of fin-fish. This station is also gluten-free. The entire dining hall is a nut-free facility, and gluten-free options are available in our retail locations.
If you have other dietary restrictions, our chefs and our dietitian, Sue Hurd, work closely with the Office of Student Accessibility Services to assist you with those restrictions to ensure you have nutritious and delicious meals while at F&M.
KIVO: Kosher, International, Vegan, and Organic
If you keep Kosher or Halal, we have an area in the dining hall called KIVO, which stands for Kosher, International, Vegan, and Organic. This space is a Star K certified kosher dining facility, and also houses Trellis, our entirely plant-based dining option.
Health, Wellness & Safety
You will need to fill out a health history form indicating your personal and family
health history, demographic information, tuberculosis assessment, and immunization
records, including meningitis vaccine requirements. Completion of this form is mandatory
for all new and all transfer students. Please go to your Class of 2027 Canvas course
follow the instructions on completion and submission of the required forms. You can
direct all questions related to health form requirements to email@example.com.
Health insurance coverage is required for all full-time students.
Health, Wellness & Safety at F&M
We offer a comprehensive array of health and wellness resources that not only care for you when you’re feeling unwell, but teach you how to be proactive in your self-care and learn lifelong skills related to healthy living, stress management and more.
There are also trained, licensed professionals available and ready to support you when needed. Our Department of Public Safety (DPS) is an accredited law-enforcement agency on campus. Our Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is a Basic Life Support (BLS) unit licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
Student Accessibility Services
The Office of Student Accessibility Services (SAS) works with students who have disabilities to determine reasonable accommodations and ensure that they have equal access to all aspects of their education. Accommodations may include academic, dining, and housing needs.
Housing Application & Room Assignment
You will receive an email to your F&M Gmail in June with instructions on how to complete your housing application online. We will match you with roommates based upon your answers to those questions. Our College House Deans then review assignments and make adjustments to components that our automated process might have overlooked. Your room assignment (including your roommate’s name and contact information) will be announced in August.
These are not your average dorm! F&M’s College Houses are lively hubs of intellectual, extracurricular, and social engagement that not only give you a place to hang out, sleep, and study, but also your own special place to belong.
When you receive your room assignment in August, feel free to explore the specs of our residential facilities so you can get a better idea of what your room will be like.
What to Bring to Campus
One of the most exciting parts of the summer before college is getting everything you’ll want and need for your room. We know you can’t wait to get started, so check out this list of what we think you might need. Be sure to also review what items you should not bring to campus!
Franklin & Marshall College does not cover the cost of your personal belongings if they are stolen or damaged. Students are expected — and in some cases required — to obtain renters insurance before moving in to protect their personal items.
Shipping & Storing Your Items
F&M has a partnership with Storage Scholars, a service that lightens the burden of moving and storage. Storage Scholars will ship boxes to your house for packing. Once the team receives your belongings, Storage Scholars will store them and later deliver them to campus so they’re ready and waiting in your room.
Move-in day is Friday, August 25!
Sign Up for Move-In Time
In advance of arrival, you will need to sign up for a move-in time. We sent signup links to your F&M Gmail account. You will sign up for a time slot based on your assigned College House. If you don't know your College House, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Move-in starts at 8:30 a.m. You will NOT be able to get into your room before that time. Move-in concludes by 12:45 p.m. If your family plans to arrive after 1 p.m., you will need to contact email@example.com to arrange for a time to pick up your key.
Traveling to F&M
Explore our recommendations on getting to campus, including driving directions and estimated travel times.
Your day will begin with registration at the Alumni Sports & Fitness Center (ASFC) at 929 Harrisburg Ave. (#38 on the campus map.) Please follow the signs and directions from our parking staff to park in one of the lots on the west side of the ASFC. If you need help getting to campus, check out these driving directions.
When you arrive at the ASFC, you will check in at your assigned College House table. You must provide identification (driver's license, etc.) in order to complete your move-in registration.
Keys and F&M Student IDs
You will pick up your key and create your F&M student ID when you check in. You will have your ID photo taken at the ASFC on arrival day and will wait for your ID card to be completed. You will not receive your key until the ID process is complete. If you have any questions, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have incomplete health forms or financial aid documents, you will not receive your ID and key until you resolve those issues with Student Health Services or the Financial Aid Office.
College Departments Available at Check-In
The departments listed below will have representatives available between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the ASFC.
- Financial Aid
- Student Employment Office
- Card Services
- Student Wellness Center
- Dining Services
- Department of Public Safety
- Office of Faith and Meaning
- Ware Institute for Civic Engagement
Are you planning to have an on-campus job? If so, you’re required to bring original
and non-expired identification documents with you to campus. Scans and photocopies legally cannot be accepted. During move-in day, a staff member of our Student Employment Office will review your
documents for authenticity. Once those documents are reviewed and approved, your family
can take them back home if you don't want to keep them on campus.
See a list of acceptable documents to bring
After check-in, you will pick up your move-in day parking pass and be directed to your residence hall. Please plan to unload quickly and move your car promptly to expedite move-in for all new students. Carts will be provided at each housing location, and elevator access will be turned on in all locations. After unloading, please move your vehicle to long-term parking at the ASFC.
If you have any questions about the arrival process, you can contact email@example.com.
Student and Parent Orientation
The formal orientation programs for students and families will begin at 1:30 p.m. on move-in day.
Convocation is a longstanding College tradition that brings the entire F&M community together to celebrate and welcome the incoming class and transfer students and kick off the opening of the academic year. It begins at 3:30 p.m. at the F&M Alumni Sports & Fitness Center, Schnader Field House (929 Harrisburg Ave., Building # 38). Please visit the Convocation website for more information. Parent Orientation will be recorded and Convocation will be livestreamed and recorded for those who can’t attend. We will post the recording on our new student information page when it is available.
We often get questions about what type of computer new students should bring to campus. The answer is: it’s up to you! We recommend bringing a laptop computer that you are comfortable using. If you want to use Windows or Mac, it’s your choice; we are not an exclusively Apple or PC campus.
Keep an Eye Out for Savings
Some vendors, such as Microsoft, Apple, Lenovo, and Dell offer students a discount on their products. We include links directly to these discounts on our website. You may also want to consider purchasing an extended warranty or an accidental damage warranty if it is offered to you.
You do not need to bring a printer to campus.
Learn more about F&M printing services
Software & Appliations
We recommend using Chrome as your web browser.
F&M uses Google Workspace including apps such as Gmail, Google Meet, Google Docs, Google Slides, and more. Google Workspace also offers unlimited storage space for any type of file you may wish to store in the cloud, including Microsoft files that you can edit without moving them to your hard drive.
In addition to Google Workspace, F&M provides you with access to Microsoft Office 365 products, such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. If you want to use any of these Microsoft products, you will need to create a Microsoft account with your F&M email address. To learn how to create a Microsoft account (sometimes referred to as a Microsoft ID), check out our Technology Guideline for Microsoft 365 Apps for Personally-Owned Computers. Be sure to make a note of your login credentials and password, since that account doesn’t sync directly to your F&M account. Once you have a Microsoft account, you can access all of the applications and your data in the cloud through a web browser on any computer or through one of their mobile apps.
Always Use Your F&M Gmail Account
Many of the documents shared on campus are Google Docs, and some will require you to be signed in with your F&M Google account to view them. That’s why we recommend you use your F&M Gmail to read your email and not have messages forwarded to another email account. If you have been forwarding your F&M emails to a personal email account, or possibly to your old high school student account, please discontinue that practice.
Install the Gmail App on Your Phone
If you haven’t installed the Gmail app on your phone yet, please do so! Our Setting Up Email on a Smart Phone or Other Mobile Device TechDoc provides the instructions on how to get that done, whether you have an Apple or Android phone.
We have over a dozen technology policies that apply to our computer systems depending on your role at the College. One of the most important ones to be aware of is our Acceptable Use Policy. Please review this policy, as it contains information about using our email system, the internet, and other computer resources accessible to you as a student. It also explains how your data is handled.
Have a Backup Plan
You never know when your hard drive will crash. Having a spare copy of your files is important. We recommend that you subscribe to a third-party data backup service to keep your files safe. Explore the best backup software and services to see what’s currently available.
If you prefer not to subscribe to a service, buying an external hard drive is an option, but make sure you perform frequent backups. Google Drive is an alternative backup plan, but be careful — although Google Drive provides F&M students with unlimited storage, it only keeps only one copy of a file for you. If you delete it, you may be unable to restore it.
Cars on Campus
F&M does not allow first-year students to bring vehicles to campus unless a first year parking waiver is approved.
Shuttles & Buses
We offer free on-campus shuttle services to both libraries, several of the residence halls, and various off-campus housing locations. Our shuttles also provide a link to Lancaster, offering free transportation to nearby grocery stores and pharmacies, as well as downtown Lancaster, Target, Walmart, and the mall. We also offer transportation to Baltimore-Washington International Airport and Philadelphia International Airport at the end of each semester for a fee. Local buses of the Red Rose Transit Authority also serve the F&M campus, and OurBus runs buses from Lancaster to New York City on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
A Bicycle Friendly Campus
F&M was designated ‘Bicycle Friendly’ by the National Bicyclist Group. Our bike loan program provides free bicycles for students to use during the semester. Students are also more than welcome to bring their own bikes to campus. There are plenty of outdoor bike racks to store and lock bikes, two bike repair stations on campus with pumps, and two bike shops within a mile of campus, including Common Wheel, a nonprofit bike center led by an F&M alumna.
Understanding Academic Surveys
We used this time to discuss the academic surveys you are required to complete by June 15 and told you why these surveys are an important step in beginning your academic journey at F&M. College faculty and staff from academic affairs and the registrar introduced how your fall courses will be selected and answered any questions you had about programs or general education requirements.
Did you know F&M offers pre-professional advising in health, law, and science, technology, engineering or math (STEM)? If you’re interested in pursuing a career in one of these industries, watch our webinar to learn more about the individualized support and guidance you'll find at F&M.
Student Finances: Student Accounts, Financial Aid & Employment
Learn more about student accounts and student employment at F&M.
Living on Campus
Move-in day will be here before you know it! To help you prepare to live on campus, we held a webinar to discuss housing, dining, public safety and more.
College Houses & Move-In
To help you prepare for move-in, we held a webinar to discuss what to expect on move-in day and the College House life at F&M.
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