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Student Body


Number of states, districts, and territories represented by our students


Number of countries represented by our students

58% White

17% International

10% Hispanic or Latinx

5% Black or African American

5% Asian American

4% Two or more races

1% Unknown

Less than 1% American Indian or Alaskan Native

18% First-Generation College Students

16% Qualify for Federal Pell Grant


  • Percentages listed are out of the total on-campus students only
  • Pell and first-generation status are both determined based on information collected in students' first-year at F&M
  • Countries represented count is based on International Students' citizenship
  • States, Districts & Territories count is based on Domestic Students' residence

A Launchpad for Success

F&M is committed to your success even before you step foot on our campus as a first-year student — and that commitment extends well into the years after you graduate. Did you know that 93% of the Class of 2023 were either employed or pursuing further education within 6 months of graduating? That's the value of an F&M education.

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The Educational Experience

A 9:1 Student-Faculty Ratio

We're committed to a teaching and learning environment where faculty know every student by name, and no voice goes unheard.

18 Students in the Average Class

Our classes are built small so that students and professors can engage in dialogue. It's a hands-on learning model that instills in our students the abilities to articulate ideas and respectfcully debate opposing points of view.

51% Faculty-Student Collaboration Rate

So much of a liberal arts education takes place outside of the classroom — by design. At F&M, 1 out of every 2 students collaborate with professors on research or guided learning by the time they graduate.

Global Citizens

F&M in London
200 International Programs

Our students know that the best way to build the skills they need to succeed in an increasingly global community is to go beyond their borders and explore new corners of the world. We offer more than 200 programs in 50 countries for students looking to study abroad.

Learn More About Your Options 

Fasion Internship in Italy

Historically, 45-50% of Students Study Abroad

It's not uncommon for F&M students to complete a semester and a summer (or two!) studying off campus, honing foreign language skills, conducting research, completing immersive internships, or taking courses that add richness to the F&M curriculum.

Read Some of Their Stories

Clubs, Activities & Athletics

Pickleball at ASFC

118 Student Clubs and Organizations

If there is something that moves you, chances are good that you'll find it at F&M. Our entrepreneurial students are in charge of over 100 clubs, organizations and club sports. And if you get to campus and don't find the club you are looking for, you are welcome to create it with the help of F&M and your friends.

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Women's Soccer Practice

28 Varsity Athletic Teams

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F&M at a Glance

Founded more than two centuries ago in Lancaster, Pa., we are a highly selective top-50 liberal arts college that welcomes applications from students of any race, color, or national or ethnic origin. Our 220-acre campus is adjacent to a thriving small city of 60,000 residents. We are just 2.5 hours away from major metropolitan centers New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.

1787 as Franklin College (would later merge with Marshall College to form Franklin & Marshall)

Institution type: Liberal arts college, coeducational

Location: Lancaster, Pennsylvania; City setting, population 60,000 (the City of Lancaster is the hub of a county of more than half a million people)

Nearest major cities: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Baltimore, Maryland; and New York City, New York, all easily accessible by train, and all of which have major commercial airports

Enrollment: 1,973 undergraduates (includes students studying off-campus) 

Demographics: 47% male, 53% female

Academic calendar: Semesters (two, 15-week terms)

Fields of Study: 62

Degree awarded: Bachelor of Arts

Student/faculty ratio: 9:1

Average class size: 18

States/Districts/Territories Represented: 43

Countries Represented:  50

First-to-Second Year Retention Rate: 85% (Incoming 2022)

4-Year Graduation Rate: 72% (Incoming 2019)

6-Year Graduation Rate: 86% (Incoming 2017)

Campus: 220 acres. F&M also has a campus in Bath, England, for its first-year iF&M program and Advanced Study in England program. The College also maintains a nature conservancy and communal gardens on nearby Baker Campus.

Accreditation: Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education