Pandemic FAQs

Franklin & Marshall College is currently closed to visitors as of November 18, 2020. In the event that we are able to re-open to visitors, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with the information below. While some of this information may be subject to change due to the continuously evolving nature of the pandemic, we believe you will find this resource useful as you plan your visit to campus. 

Is it possible to visit F&M during the COVID-19 pandemic? 

While campus tours were offered throughout the Fall on a limited, by-appointment basis, effective as of November 18, 2020, the Office of Admission is closed to visitors. Due to the increasing prevalence of the COVID-19 pandemic, Franklin & Marshall has chosen to make the difficult decision to close to visitors in accordance with the travel guidelines set by the PA Department of Health. We thank you for your understanding during this time. 

Are there any states from which visitors are unable to travel to campus? 

In accordance with the PA Department of Health travel guidelines, we are unable to offer tours to anyone traveling from outside of PA at this time. Please be sure to check this link regularly, as conditions may change.

When visits re-open will there be restrictions regarding the number of visitors on campus at a time? 

In order to facilitate appropriate social distancing and to ensure the continued safety of our community members, we are currently restricting visitors to no more than 6 people in a group. Should you be traveling with more than 6 people, please bring only 6 party members to campus on the day of your visit.

What procedures can I expect when I arrive? 
Once visitors have arrived on campus, they will be asked to check in by phone with the Office of Admission. We will use this call to walk visitors through a set of screening questions to determine their eligibility to safely take a campus tour. Once screening is completed, visitors will proceed to the Wohlsen Admission House at 637 College Avenue, where they will be welcomed to campus by a staff member and connected with their tour guide. Once on tour, visitors should be aware that the entirety of the tour will be held outside. No visitors may enter buildings at this time to ensure the safety of our students and community. 

Please note: Because we are unable to allow visitors to enter campus buildings, visitors will be unable to use College restroom facilities during their time on campus. We encourage visitors to plan ahead accordingly. 

What measures are being taken to ensure the safety of myself and my family? 
Prior to returning to campus, all students, staff, and faculty members were tested for COVID-19. The College also has limited the number of visitors on campus at any one time to mitigate the potential of spread. Additionally, visitors from states currently experiencing heavy COVID-19 outbreaks are not permitted to visit campus. Screening questions posed upon a visitor’s arrival will help determine the safety of an in-person visit. While on campus, visitors will be asked to remain outside and may not enter any campus building. This includes any academic buildings, student living spaces, and the Wohlsen Admission House. 

Will I be required to wear a mask?
All visitors will be required to wear a mask for the entirety of their stay on campus. Please note that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania currently requires that masks be worn in any public spaces where appropriate physical distancing is not consistently possible. Commonwealth guidelines also encourage individuals to wear masks whenever interacting with people from outside their household.

Will a mask be provided if I do not have one? 
The Franklin & Marshall College Office of Admission does not provide masks for visitors. Please plan ahead accordingly and bring a mask to campus if you intend to take a campus tour.

Am I permitted to take a self-guided tour of campus? 
Visitors are welcome to take a self-guided tour at their leisure. Self-guided tour packets are available at the Wohlsen Admission House at 637 College Avenue. We require visitors to wear masks while on campus, in accordance with Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines. Please note that visitors are not currently permitted to enter campus buildings. This measure ensures the health and safety of our campus community. Finally, we ask those currently experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 to refrain from visiting campus. Additionally, we can not currently accept visitors from states currently experiencing significant outbreaks. Those states are listed in the PA Department of Health Guidelines

For those who are unable to visit campus or are not comfortable doing so, the Office of Admission encourages you to explore our robust suite of virtual visit opportunities