School Spotlight: Franklin & Marshall College

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school!

School Spotlight: Franklin & Marshall College
Lancaster, PA

Many liberal arts colleges boast small student-to-faculty ratios and supportive campus communities. But how many also feature top-notch science programs, self-governing residential houses, and unique professional development opportunities to prepare students for life after college? Enter Franklin & Marshall, located 90 minutes west of Philadelphia and home to a passionate group of around 2,280 students. Named after benefactor Benjamin Franklin, F&M offers outstanding science programs in everything from animal behavior and bioinformatics to neuroscience and public health. Research opportunities abound, and research grants make it easy for students to pursue special projects in a range of academic fields. Nearly all F&M students live on campus, and they can choose from a wide range of options. Freshmen live in one of five College Houses that merge academic and residential life, while upperclass students can choose from theme and special interest houses (such as the Arts House or the Wellness/Substance Free House), or fraternity and sorority houses. Nearly thirty percent of students participate in varsity athletics. In addition to football, squash, and wrestling, the Diplomats compete in women’s lacrosse and men’s golf, which have won 12 and 15 conference championships, respectively.

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Written by Emily Toffelmire
Emily Toffelmire is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions experts. Prior to joining College Coach, Emily worked as an admissions officer at University of Southern California as well as a college counselor at high schools in the US and Thailand. Visit our website to learn more about Emily Toffelmire.