Looking Ahead to Fall 2024

F&M Votes and Civic Engagement

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Fall 2024 is going to be a lively time on campus in part because the United States will be having a presidential election! The general election takes place on Nov. 5, 2024, and in the weeks leading up to it, F&M's community will have plenty of opportunities for learning with and from each other and engaging in constructive dialogue on relevant topics.

The election also makes this the perfect semester for students to get involved with F&M Votes, a nonpartisan coalition of F&M students, faculty and professional staff engaged in voter registration, education and civic engagement activities. The work of registering F&M voters and promoting each election takes the work of dozens of students, faculty and professional staff. F&M Votes volunteers staff registration tables, handle in-class registrations, process paperwork, compile statistics and participate in efforts to "get out the vote.”

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Sophomore Sojourn

Specifically designed for this juncture of your student's F&M experience, the Sophomore Sojourn offers sophomores a unique opportunity to retreat from campus to reflect on, ideate about and clarify your path through and beyond F&M. This one-night retreat occurs off-campus during the fall break and is an excellent way to develop greater self-awareness through interesting sessions and build deep connections with each other and a supportive community of F&M alumni, faculty and staff facilitators. 

The cost is FREE, but applications are required and the retreat will be limited to the first 100 sophomores who complete their application. The application will be released once the semester begins, so tell your student to stay tuned!

Fun Events on the Fall Calendar

The Fall calendar is already filling up with fun events for the whole campus. Here are a few highlights to look forward to:

  • All Campus Party (Aug. 27)
  • Involvement Fair (Aug. 30)
  • Welcome Back Bagel Breakfast at your College House (first week of September)
  • First Friday - Downtown Lancaster (Sept. 6)
  • One World Festival (Sept. 8)
  • City of Lancaster Music Friday (Sept. 13)
  • Campus Inclusion Week (Sept. 15-20)
  • Fall Fest (Sept. 21)
  • True Blue Weekend (Oct. 4-6)
  • F&M Football in Shadek Stadium: Battle for the Conestoga Wagon (Oct. 5)

Living on Campus


Our four-year residency requirement means students are required to live in F&M-owned or -approved housing for all four years.

Housing applications for returning students are available in February each year. Your sophomore student has the option to continue living in their College House. They can also choose to apply for a House Adivser (HA) position or live in one of our two residence halls on campus: Thomas Hall and Schnader Hall.

Students who don't receive housing in one of these options participate in the annual room selection proccess, the Housing Lottery.  Housing Lottery information sessions are held in March and April. All students participating in the lottery are encouraged to attend a session in any College House.

Students who did not select housing through the Housing Lottery will receive a housing assignment from the Housing Office in the weeks prior to the start of the fall semester. 

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Contact Housing

If you need to get in touch with your student’s College House, you can reach out to the assigned faculty mentor (don) and administrative facilitator (dean). If you have questions about F&M housing in general,  you can explore our FAQ to learn more or reach out to our housing team at housing@fandm.edu for additional help.

Meal Plans

Sophomores are required to purchase a meal plan unless they are commuting (though students can of course purchase a meal plan if they are!). Meal plan pricing is automatically folded into your student's tuition details.

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Academics and More

Academic Advising

Many second-year students focus on exploring several academic and life decisions. Your student’s faculty adviser will support them in making these long-term decisions about major(s)/minor(s) declarations, study abroad and their desired levels of integration, leadership and involvement in the larger F&M community, and much more.

Conversations your sophomore should be having with their faculty adviser:

  • What are you thinking you want to major in? Why is this subject compelling to you? Where do you think that studying it might lead you?
  • Is there more than one subject that draws your attention for a potential major? If so, how might these subjects work together as a course of study going forward?
  • If you do not know what you would like to major in, think of the courses you have taken: what did you like most? Which skills did you most enjoy practicing?
  • Do you want to study abroad? Is there a language you wish to learn?
  • Is there a field of study you want to do special research in? A professor with whom you’d particularly like to work? 
  • What kinds of programs/clubs/leadership opportunities would you want to create for yourself at the College if you could?
  • What are you most excited to do during your next two years?

Learn more about academic advising

Career and Professional Development

A milestone in your student’s sophomore year is their major declaration. Our career center will guide them through every step of this important decision. Our signature programs for your sophomore include: 

  • An academic fair where students can learn more about programs and meet faculty from academic departments on campus
  • “Not a Major Decision” individual and group sessions to support students in the period leading up to and following major declaration
  • “Living Beyond F&M Series” consisting of sessions on financial literacy, public speaking, the etiquette of the business meal, and more
  • F&M’s True Blue Network, a career network platform exclusive to our community

Your Student’s Career Adviser

If they haven’t done so already, encourage your student to reach out to their career adviser. Your student’s primary career adviser is assigned to them based on their College House. Their adviser will work with them one-on-one to help build a trajectory of success. 


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June 12, 2024

Success Beyond F&M: ‘Within One Month, I Knew I Was Going to Be Successful’

Samantha “Sammi” Perry ’23 shares how F&M prepared her both academically and socially to thrive in her pursuit of a master’s degree in political communications. “I am thrilled to be doing so well in the master’s program due to my F&M experience, but also to my perseverance,” she said.

June 28, 2024

Success Beyond F&M: ‘F&M More Than Prepared Me for the Next Steps in My Career’

Meet Nick Tewell '23, a biology major and Spanish minor at F&M who is pursuing his doctor of medicine degree at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. "I have found myself exactly where I envisioned myself when I began my first year at F&M," Tewell said.

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Campus Employment?

At F&M, student employment is more than a job - it’s a pathway to college and career success. Student employees play a vital part in our community as contributing members to nearly every F&M department and office. From being a House Advisor and First-Year Advising Mentor to precepting for a class, tutoring in the Hub, or guiding campus tours, there are many employment opportunities open to sophomores and beyond that would be great additions to your campus activities – and will bolster your student's resume! All on-campus employment opportunities are posted on Handshake with application instructions for each position.


Internships not only enrich your student's academic journey, but also allow them to immerse themselves in the day-to-day life of their field prior to entering the workforce. These short-term work experiences help them identify the careers and industries that best fit their distinctive talents and developing interests, while making them a more competitive applicant for the post-graduate job market. Your student can even submit an application to earn academic credit for their internship experience or get funding to conduct an unpaid internship. 

OSPGD will help your student discover and land these positions, guiding them through the internship search, application, and interview processes, and facilitating connections with F&M alumni, parents and friends of the College for potential opportunities.


Regardless of your student's class year, there are invaluable opportunities to convert theory into practice and enjoy hands-on experience in and out of the classroom. They may even see their name in print or get to present their findings at a conference! Many professors offer research opportunities outside of their regularly offered courses throughout the academic year or as part of our Summer Research Scholars program. How do they get involved? The simplest way is to talk to a professor whose work interests them and ask if they have any research positions available.

Off-Campus Study?

Is your student planning on participating in off-campus study? Most who plan to participate will have this experience during their junior year; if they expect to do the same, we encourage them to reach out to our off-campus study staff this fall. The advising and application process begins one academic year prior to their experience. All programs approved are for transfer credit, and your financial aid packages for the semester can be used towards off-campus study programs.

Get in Touch With F&M

Do you have any questions? We're happy to help. Feel free to reach out to us at families@fandm.edu or visit our contact page.

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