Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 F&M Collegiate Leadership Summit will be held virtually. Please see below for more information.

Building Tomorrow's Leaders at F&M

Franklin & Marshall College invites high achieving high school students from diverse backgrounds with a strong history of leadership to participate in the Collegiate Leadership Summit (CLS). A first in F&M’s history, CLS is an online, interactive program designed to help students explore their leadership abilities as they transition to a college environment. While CLS has historically been an in-person two-day program that provides selected delegates an opportunity to develop their leadership skills at F&M, in response to the COVID-19 public health crisis we have decided to transition this program to a virtual event spanning a two-week time period. 

Throughout this unique summit, delegates will interact with members of the F&M community and experience life in a selective liberal arts environment while participating in leadership oriented workshops, seminars, and group activities. Delegates will also demonstrate their leadership skills through an F&M admission interview, and workshops about the F&M college application process.

The Collegiate Leadership Summit will begin on:

Monday, September 27th, 2021

The interest form deadline is Monday, September 6th. The application deadline is Friday, September 10th.

Students will be notified of a decision the week of Monday, September 20th.


In order to be considered, all candidates must: 

  • Be currently enrolled in high school, completing their senior year.

  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.3 in rigorous classes

  • Be of a background underrepresented in higher education

  • Have demonstrated leadership in their school or community

Application Process

The CLS Student Interest Form is now live.

*Once a student submits their form, they will receive the CLS application. Please know that students must complete the application by the above deadline to be considered for the Collegiate Leadership Summit. 


Sessions will run 5-8 p.m. Eastern time, with the exception of the dates with interviews. More information on interviews is available below. Detailed schedules will be sent to those selected for the program.

  • Monday, September 27 - Welcome to CLS
  • Tuesday, September 28 - F&M Interviews* and Leadership Workshop
  • Monday, October 4 - F&M Interviews* and Mock Class Experience
  • Tuesday, October 5 - Closing Session

*Students will need to be available beginning at 3 p.m. Eastern time on F&M Interview days. 


Please email Brenda Gomez '17 at bgomez@fandm.edu, or call 717-358-4151.