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Franklin and Marshall College Overview

Located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Franklin and Marshall College is a private not-for-profit institution. The city atmosphere of Lancaster makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

What Is Franklin and Marshall College Known For?

614 Undergraduate Awards
$50,096 Avg Cost After Aid
34% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Franklin and Marshall may have an easier time interacting with their teachers since the student to faculty ratio at the school is 9 to 1.
  • The student loan default rate at Franklin and Marshall is 1%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • The bachelor's degree is the highest award offered at Franklin and Marshall.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 90% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Franklin and Marshall bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $58,900 a year. That's about 44% more than their peers at other schools.
  • On average, it takes about 4.0 years for students from Franklin and Marshall to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.

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Franklin and Marshall College Rankings

According to our 2021 analysis, Franklin and Marshall is ranked #121 out of 2,320 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #12 out of 137 schools in Pennsylvania.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Franklin and Marshall.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#10 Most Popular Behavioral Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#16 Best Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#37 Most Popular Germanic Languages Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#53 Best Anthropology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#56 Best Political Science & Government Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#60 Best Sociology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#64 Best Business Administration & Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#65 Best Economics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#75 Most Popular Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#107 Most Popular Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Franklin and Marshall has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#31 Highest Paid Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Graduates College Factual
#41 Best Colleges for Political Science & Government College Factual
#54 Best Colleges for Sociology College Factual
#117 Highest Paid Business Administration & Management Graduates College Factual
#161 Highest Paid Business, Management & Marketing Graduates College Factual

Where Is Franklin and Marshall College?

Location of Franklin and Marshall College

Contact details for Franklin and Marshall are given below.

Contact Details
Address: College Ave, Lancaster, PA 17604-3003
Phone: 717-358-3911

How Do I Get Into Franklin and Marshall?

You can apply to Franklin and Marshall online at:

Admission Requirements for Franklin and Marshall

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores neither required nor recommended
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Franklin and Marshall?

34% Acceptance Rate
59% Of Accepted Are Women
Franklin and Marshall has a fairly low acceptance rate of 34%, which makes it more selective than most schools. Take time to make sure you submit all the requested materials and you prepare the application in full. You don't want to get denied right off the bat due to an incomplete application!

Approximately 41% of accepted students are men and 59% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 30%, and the acceptance rate for women is 37%.

Can I Afford Franklin and Marshall College?

$50,096 Net Price
49% Take Out Loans
0.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Franklin and Marshall is $50,096. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Franklin and Marshall, approximately 49% of students took out student loans averaging $6,479 a year. That adds up to $25,916 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Franklin and Marshall is 0.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Franklin and Marshall College Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,306 Full-Time Undergraduates
55% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,315 undergraduate students at Franklin and Marshall, with 2,306 being full-time and 9 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Franklin and Marshall

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,306 full-time undergraduates at Franklin and Marshall, 45% are male and 55% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Franklin and Marshall

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Franklin and Marshall College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Franklin and Marshall Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 107
Black or African American 140
Hispanic or Latino 243
White 1,258
International Students 434
Other Races/Ethnicities 124

Geographic Diversity

Pennsylvania students aren't the only ones who study at Franklin and Marshall College. At this time, 36 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 59 countries are represented at Franklin and Marshall. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Vietnam, and India.

Franklin and Marshall College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s TOTAL
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 92 92
Political Science & Government 82 82
Business Administration & Management 58 58
Economics 43 43
Behavioral Science 35 35
General Biology 25 25
Mathematics 25 25
Sociology 23 23
Public Health 21 21
Chemistry 19 19
Writing Studies 15 15
History 15 15
Natural Resources Conservation 14 14
Computer Science 13 13
Romance Languages 13 13
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 11 11
Area Studies 10 10
Anthropology 10 10
Zoology 9 9
General English Literature 8 8
Philosophy 8 8
Fine & Studio Arts 8 8
Germanic Languages 7 7
Cognitive Science 7 7
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 6 6
Physics 6 6
Astronomy & Astrophysics 5 5
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 5 5
Geological & Earth Sciences 4 4
Drama & Theater Arts 4 4
Music 4 4
Classical & Ancient Studies 3 3
Ethnic Studies 2 2
Dance 2 2
Classical Languages & Literature 1 1
Religious Studies 1 1
TOTAL 614 614


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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