5/29/2019 Steve Neumann and Jason Klinger

Record Applications for F&M's Class of 2023

A record 9,502 high school students applied for spots in Franklin & Marshall College's Class of 2023, surpassing the previous record of 7,146 applicants for the Class of 2019 by more than 30 percent.

The College admitted 30 percent of its applicants, placing F&M in a highly selective group of colleges, and this fall, the incoming class is expected to comprise 650 students—one of the largest classes in the College's history.

"This is an exceptional class, with an even stronger profile than its predecessors," President Barbara K. Altmann said. "Over the last decade, F&M has bolstered its excellent national and international reputation by building on the success of its academic programs and innovative approaches to promoting student success during and beyond college. This campus community can be very proud that ours is a first-choice college for highly talented students from around the state, the country and the world."

The average SAT score of 1376 for the incoming class is the highest ever for a first-year cohort at F&M. Here are some other key measures — which will not be final until mid-summer — of the class:

  • 23 percent are first-generation college students
  • 24 percent are domestic students of color
  • 21 percent are Pell-eligible
  • 23 percent are international

Eric Maguire, vice president and dean of admission and financial aid at F&M, credits the College's momentum over the last several years with rising demand for an F&M education. He said other factors include a steady rise in rankings closely watched by prospective students and parents and the burgeoning popularity of the City of Lancaster.

"F&M and Lancaster are both on the rise. We're proud of our programs, our students and faculty, and our location in this great city."

By the Numbers: Key Measures of the Three Most Recent Classes

 

Class of 2021

Class of 2022

Class of 2023

Applications

6,720

6,557

9,502

Admit Rate

34%

35%

30%

Average SAT Score

1340

1346

1376

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