Your Guide to All Things F&M 

We’ve gathered all the information you'll need to help your student — and you! — thrive in the next four years.

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F&M Parent Newsletter

We love to keep our parents and families in the loop. All parents are automatically subscribed to our parents newsletter, which sends the first Thursday of every month. Keep an eye on your inbox for updates, and in the meantime, explore the latest issue.

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Health & Safety 

On-Campus Health & Safety Resources

  • Student Wellness Center
    The Lancaster General Health of Franklin & Marshall Student Wellness Center is a fully integrated center that provides accessible, confidential, high quality medical and mental health services that support the academic and general wellbeing of students.

  • Public Safety
    F&M’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) is an Accredited Law Enforcement Agency. DPS works around the clock to maintain a safe atmosphere for faculty, staff, students and visitors and ensure the F&M community is a safe one for living and learning.

  • Health Insurance Information 2021-2022
    Health insurance coverage is required for all full-time undergraduate students enrolled at F&M. College policy requires students to maintain health insurance coverage that covers them every day of their higher education career, including summer and breaks. Learn more about the College’s student health insurance policy, which is administered by QM Services and runs August 1 to July 31. 

  • Office of 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. This includes academic, dining, and housing needs.

  • Emergency Preparation Guidelines
    F&M has a comprehensive Emergency Response & Crisis Management Plan that will be activated in case of a crisis situation.

  • DipCares
    DipCares is a program on campus that ensures you, students, faculty and staff are aware of campus resources and how to access them.

Off-Campus Health & Safety Resources

  • UPMC in Central Pa.
    UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center)is a healthcare hub serving Lancaster County.

  • Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health
    Lancaster General Health has several locations conveniently located throughout Lancaster County, including a hospital one mile from the F&M campus.

Finance & Billing 
  • Online Payment & eBill
    F&M uses an online billing and payment system for student tuition bills, meaning paper tuition bills are not printed and mailed. You may access to view and print the billing statement and make payments online after your student has set up authorized user/proxy access for them.

  • Authorized User/Proxy Access to a Student's Account
    The student account provides an up-to-date, detailed picture of the student tuition account activity for the current semester. Students may specify an authorized user who can view billing statements and make payments to their account. If your student has given you access, you will receive an email giving you a link to log in. 

  • Financial Aid
    At F&M, we welcome talented students from all economic backgrounds. We offer need-based aid only (meaning we don’t offer any academic or merit scholarships), and meet 100 percent of an admitted student’s institutionally determined financial need for all four years on campus.

  • Net Price Calculator
    The Net Price Calculator (NPC) is a convenient tool that will take you no more than 20 minutes to estimate your student’s eligibility for need-based financial aid and your out-of-pocket expenses at F&M.

  • Tuition, Room and Board
    Each student is charged, on a semester by semester basis, fees that cover tuition, room, board and some College charges for activities and labs. Learn more by viewing the schedule of fees and expenses for this academic year. 

  • Student Employment on Campus
    At F&M, student employment is more than a job — it’s a pathway to college and career success. On-campus employment offers opportunities for students to not only earn income with the convenience of working on campus, but to acquire workplace and leadership skills employers look for. Learn more about how your student can find a job on campus.

  • F&M’s Debit Account (Ben’s Bucks)
    Need to add money to your student’s F&M debit account? At F&M, these funds are called Ben’s Bucks, and you can easily add more funds to your student’s account for use.

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Academics at F&M 

Academics at F&M

Wondering how we teach and learn at F&M? Dive into what exactly liberal arts means for your student, and discover more about our fields of study, student research, and more. 

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  • 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. 

  • Academic Support Resources
    Whether a student is seeking tutoring on a particular topic, wants their paper reviewed for grammar, or is curious to learn effective study habits, there are endless opportunities for academic support at F&M. 

  • Career Support (The Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development)
    F&M's office of student and post-graduate development, called OSPGD, is a partner in your student’s success from Day 1 on campus. Learn more about OSPGD and how you can support your student’s success beyond F&M by encouraging them to connect with advisers and mentors early and often.

  • Registrar and Transcripts
    The Office of the Registrar is responsible for maintaining the academic records of all current and former students and for upholding the academic policy set by the faculty. Find out more about course registration, graduation requirements, and more to help your student stay on track.

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Student & Campus Life 

  • College Houses
    A distinctive feature of the F&M experience is the College House residential community. These are not run-of-the-mill dormitories, but lively hubs of intellectual, extracurricular, and social engagement not only give students a place to hang out, sleep, and study, but also give them their own special place to belong.
  • Student Clubs & Organizations
    Explore F&M's vibrant campus life — which inclues more than 140 active student clubs and organizations, dozens of fitness classes, and abundant opportunities to engage in volunteer service — to see how F&M provides students with a vibrant campus life experience to complement their academic pursuits.

  • Athletics 
    F&M sponsors 27 intercollegiate teams, and nearly 30 percent of the student body competes in varsity sports. We embrace the educational value of competitive sports and structure our athletic programs to maximize their contribution to student development.

  • Housing
    It’s important for your student to feel comfortable in their home away from home. With our unique residential life, we make sure they’re well taken care of. Learn more about housing at F&M, including residential options, information about renters insurance, housing accommodations, and more.

  • Dining
    Great food, honest values, and a comfortable atmosphere can be found in every F&M campus dining location. Learn more about dining services at F&M, meal plan options, dietary accommodations, and more. 

  • F&M Gear
    Show your pride with some F&M gear! Explore apparel at the F&M College bookstore or through our Diplomat Spirit Shop.
     

Transportation

All students who plan to operate and park a motor vehicle  on campus are required to register their vehicle. F&M prohibits first-year students from bringing vehicles to campus or surrounding neighborhoods unless a first-year parking waiver is approved.

Students have other options for transportation, including:

Learn more about transportation at and around F&M.

 

Privacy & Information

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. Review the FAQ below to learn more about what FERPA means for your student.

Exploring F&M's Campus and Home City of Lancaster 

Visit F&M's Campus

We always appreciate an opportunity to host our parents and families. Explore this site to discover what you need to plan the best visit.  

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  • Your Admission Visit
    Are you and your student just getting started on your F&M journey? We know just how important getting a feel for campus is, and we’re excited to welcome you for a visit.

  • Getting to F&M
    Whether you’re visiting us by bus, train, car, or plane, we have useful directions, estimated travel times, and more to help get you here.

  • Campus Map
    Explore this interactive map to find your way around F&M’s campus with ease.

Lancaster, F&M's Extraordinary Home

Curious to know more about the city your student is living in? Lancaster is a rich hub of culture and arts filled with art galleries, historical buildings and delicious restaurants. And it's all within walking distance of campus. 

Learn more about Lancaster
  • City of Lancaster
    Visit the City of Lancaster’s website to learn more about the city where historic preservation and a thriving arts scene live side by side.

  • Dining and Staying in Lancaster
    Want to visit your student on campus? Discover where in Lancaster you can stay and all the incredible restaurants you can visit. 

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Ways to Get Involved  

There is a reason our community is known as a F&Mily. We want parents and guardians to feel connected to this place that their student will call home for the next four years. There are lots of ways you can have an impact on your student and the institution.

  • Connect With F&M Parents & Families on Social Media
    Meet other proud families of F&M students on this Facebook page just for parents and families. You’ll have opportunities to ask questions, join discussions, and more.

  • Attend an Event
    Parents are encouraged to attend F&M’s diverse event offerings. Opportunities to connect with other members of the F&M community occur year round both on campus and in any of F&M's numerous regional chapters.

  • Join the Parents Council
    The Franklin & Marshall College Parents Council is a group of prominent and influential parents of current F&M students who are invited by the College to join the council. These members of the Franklin & Marshall community serve as knowledgeable and generous advocates.

 

 

  • Become an Invaluable Volunteer or Mentor
    Parents are among F&M's most loyal donors, but they are just as generous with their time. They volunteer to mentor students, come to campus to discuss the challenges and opportunities within their industries, and help us place F&M students in internships and jobs.

  • Be Our Biggest FAN
    Volunteer alumni and parents from around the nation serve as ambassadors for the College as part of the Franklin & Marshall Admission Network (FAN), which builds community among past, present and future students and parents of F&M and promotes the benefits of an F&M education to prospective students and their parents. 

  • Join F&M’s True Blue Network
    Interested in hiring a Diplomat as an intern? Or are you open to answering a student’s questions related to your industry? Parents are more than welcome to become members of the True Blue Network, F&M’s networking site, to help launch an F&M student or graduate into success.

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