Franklin and Marshall College

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Franklin and Marshall is a private liberal arts college located in scenic Lancaster, Pennsylvania in the heart of Amish Country. A gift of 200 pounds from Benjamin Franklin led to the establishment of the school in 1787. F and M emphasizes a hands-on approach to education combining in class studies with work in the field, in labs, out in the community and around the world.  


Stay: The Lancaster Arts Hotel | Breakfast: Rachel's

Lunch: Chestnut Hill Cafe  | Dinner: Fenz

Visitor Information: Tours are given Monday through Friday at 10 and 11 a.m., as well as 1, 2 and 3 p.m. (except select holidays). Tour F and M

Stay: You can’t beat the location at The Lancaster Arts Hotel, just down the street from campus. Once a tobacco warehouse, it is now a beautiful boutique hotel that houses John J Jeffries, a delicious farm-to-table restaurant. Three miles away from campus another alternative is the Cork Factory Hotel.

Coffee: The incredibly friendly staff at Prince Street Cafe takes immense pride in the coffee they select. This is a great place to observe F and M students as it is a highly sought out study location.

Breakfast: If you are a fan of crepes, savory or sweet, then Rachel’s Creperie was made for you. One student states: “You cannot go wrong with the Breakfast Burrito or the Steak and Egg crepe. They serve lunch and dinner as well; guiltily my friends and I have gone more than once in a day. Not to be missed!”

Lunch: There’s always live music and local art at Chestnut Hill Café, a cozy café close to campus, on a lovely tree lined street. Everything on the casual American menu is good but they are known for their grilled cheese and tomato soup! Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant serves comfort food and handcrafted beers, conveniently located right next to campus. Students say there’s not much ambience, but you won’t care once your order of sweet potato fries arrive!



Casual: The Press Room is a homey bistro with a beautiful courtyard and fountain. Checkers Bistro excels in eclectic small plates, we hear the ravioli is a must order!


A Step Up: Fenz is an upscale yet funky restaurant located up the street from F&M’s campus. It has a rooftop terrace, low lighting and a creative menu.

Late Night Snack: Splits and Giggles is a student favorite! We’re told it’s ideal for study breaks where everyone gathers “ for ice cream and friends and to hang out on the patio on a spring or summer night.”

Local Attractions: Downtown Lancaster is the oldest inland city in the country; it’s fun to walk around the downtown exploring the shops, art galleries and cafes. Don’t miss a stop at the historic Central Market, the oldest farmer’s market in the country. You can easily spend a morning tasting, wandering and people watching. It’s an eclectic mix of Amish and Mennonite farmers, college students, children, locals and tourists. The market operates year round and is open on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays in the heart of the city.

— Quotes From Campus —

F&M is a beautiful and tight-knit campus. There is something very charming about the green in the center of campus bordered by the brick buildings and the warm feeling you get from people as you walk around each day.
— Carrie
As a student, it is easy to become consumed with life on campus, but make sure to get out and explore. Lancaster is filled with interesting people, a wide variety of cultures, stunning farmland and hiking and lastly, some of the most delicious food I have ever had.
— Rodney





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Acceptance Rate


Common Application


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Early Action/Decision

Early Decision 1 and 2


Average - 1370


Average - 29




Small - 2,200 Undergraduates




Admissions Office

637 College Avenue
Lancaster, PA 17603,

(p) (877) 678-9111

Sports Divisions

NCAA Division III

Greek Life


Noteworthy Alumni

Treat Williams
Roy Scheider
Scott Ritter

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