Lancaster Community

We are proud of our unbreakable ties with the Lancaster community. We’re excited to open our doors to our neighbors and invite you to enjoy events, amenities, and more. 

F&M Summer Sessions

At F&M, it’s your summer, your way. Whether you're a local high school student looking to dip your toes into college academics or a guest college student hoping to stay on track or get ahead with course credits, our Summer Sessions offer a range of flexible options tailored to your academic goals.

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Events Open to the Community

Our Lancaster neighbors are welcome to attend any of the public lectures, art exhibitions, dances, musical performances, and theater performances F&M sponsors every academic year. 

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Common Hour

Common Hour is a weekly event bringing speakers to campus to present and discuss diverse and compelling topics. The surrounding Lancaster community is welcome to gather with us for this culturally and academically enriching hour once a week. 


Susan Dicklitch delivers a Common Hour lecture


Amenities Available to the Community

F&M Libraries

Lancaster County residents are invited to become a "Friend" of the F&M libraries, which gives them access to a collection of more than 500,000 volumes, 400,000 government documents and subscriptions to 1,600 newspapers, journals and magazines. 

Spalding Conservancy

The Keith and Dorothy Spalding Conservancy is a 50-acre, urban conservancy less than one mile from campus. Our Lancaster neighbors are welcome to use the small trail system for recreation.

Phillips Museum of Art

The Phillips Museum, housed in the Steinman College Center (622 College Ave.), is home to several galleries and hosts exhibitions and special events throughout the year.

Music Concerts

Several concerts are held throughout the academic year at the Barshinger Center for Musical Arts in Hensel Hall (620 College Ave.). The Barshinger Center was designed by one of the world’s pre-eminent acousticians, Lawrence Kierkegaard, and is renowned for its acoustics.

Theater and Dance

Students and professional performers alike also animate the stage at Roschel Performing Arts Center (630 College Ave.) throughout the academic year. Our historic Green Room Theatre (530 College Ave.) also hosts student productions.

Philadelphia Alumni Writers House

The Philadelphia Alumni Writers House (633 College Ave.) is a center of creative innovation on campus, drawing writers and readers from every corner of campus and the community. You are welcome to join Writers House events, including the yearly Emerging Writers Festival — a hallmark event that invites the country’s most exciting emerging authors to F&M to host readings, craft talks, and writing workshops.


Klehr Center for Jewish Life

Klehr Center for Jewish Life

The Klehr Center for Jewish Life (645 College Ave.) is the place to explore the academic, religious and social dimensions of Jewish culture. It enriches Jewish life on campus and in the Lancaster community, supports the College’s growing Judaic studies program and offers a place for groups of all faiths and backgrounds to gather for discussions, reading groups and classes.

Visit the Klehr Center

Joseph International Center

Joseph International Center

The Joseph International Center (701 College Ave.) is the heart of F&M’s global community. The center hosts speakers, global lunches, and coffee hours, all with the intention of bringing the F&M community together across borders, cultures and languages.

Visit Joseph International Center

F&M College’s outdoor track at Harrisburg and College avenues

Recreational Facilities

Community members are welcome to use the College’s outdoor track at Harrisburg and College avenues. They are also welcome to use Brooks Tennis Center, a lighted, eight-court square adjacent to the Alumni Sports & Fitness Center on Harrisburg Avenue.

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Conference & Events Services at F&M

Conference and Events Services

The Office of Conference & Event Services is the one-stop shop for event planning on campus for external clients. From mid-May through early August, we specialize in renting college facilities for conference and camp use. During the academic year, we assist in planning conferences, athletic events, business meetings, and educational classes.

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Sustainability Resources

Are you hoping to learn more about sustainability? We’re proud to offer resources to neighbors like you looking to live “green.”

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Become a Partner with F&M

The College’s proximity to downtown Lancaster has created meaningful partnerships between city agencies and F&M. We partner with more than 100 businesses, nonprofits, organizations and schools to create meaningful off-campus opportunities for students and faculty. Each year, more than 550 students participate in local research, internships and service projects in both the city and county.
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Health & Safety

Emergency Medical Services

F&M Emergency Medical Service (EMS) is a Basic Life Support (BLS) unit licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. We provide emergency response to the members of the F&M and surrounding Lancaster City community. View our coverage map (PDF).

Learn more about F&M EMS

AED Locations on Campus

We have more than 50 AEDs located across campus. If you find yourself in the middle of an emergency, you can use this map to locate where an AED is available near you.

See a map of campus AEDs

F&M in the Community

April 15, 2024

Class of 2028 Explores F&M at Admitted Student Weekend

934 visitors attended Franklin & Marshall's annual Admitted Student Weekend, held April 12-13.

April 9, 2024

Visiting F&M? Top 5 Things to See this Spring

Exploring F&M for the first time this spring? Make the most of your visit with this quick list of things to do during a one-day visit to Lancaster.

April 9, 2024

Campus Celebrates Solar Eclipse

It’s not every day you catch a cosmic phenomenon between classes. F&M students did just that Monday, witnessing the country’s last total solar eclipse until 2044.