Franklin & Marshall College: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Franklin & Marshall College

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Franklin & Marshall College is a private liberal arts college with an acceptance rate of 35%. Located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Franklin & Marshall College describes itself as a "liberal arts college with a graduate school mentality." Two-thirds of students engage in research under faculty guidance. Business administration is the most popular major at F&M, but the school's strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned it a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Franklin & Marshall has a 9-to-1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 18. On the athletic front, the Franklin & Marshall Diplomats compete in the NCAA Division III Centennial Conference for most sports.

Considering applying to Franklin & Marshall? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Franklin & Marshall had an acceptance rate of 35%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 35 students were admitted, making Franklin & Marshall's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 6,557
Percent Admitted 35%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 26%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Franklin & Marshall has a test-optional standardized testing policy. Applicants to Franklin & Marshall may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school, but they are not required. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 53% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 620 690
Math 640 750
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that of those students who submitted scores during the 2017-18 admissions cycle, most of Franklin & Marshall's admitted students fall within the top 20% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Franklin & Marshall scored between 620 and 690, while 25% scored below 620 and 25% scored above 690. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 640 and 750, while 25% scored below 640 and 25% scored above 750. While the SAT is not required, this data tells us that a composite SAT score of 1440 or higher is competitive for Franklin & Marshall.

Requirements

Franklin & Marshall College does not require SAT scores for admission. For students who choose to submit scores, note that Franklin & Marshall participates in the scorechoice program, meaning that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. Franklin & Marshall does not require the essay section of the SAT.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Franklin & Marshall College has a test-optional standardized testing policy. Applicants may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school, but they are not required. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 27% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 28 32

This admissions data tells us that of those who submitted scores during the 2017-18 admissions cycle, most of Franklin & Marshall's admitted students fall within the top 12% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Franklin & Marshall received a composite ACT score between 28 and 32, while 25% scored above 32 and 25% scored below 28.

Requirements

Note that Franklin & Marshall does not require ACT scores for admission. For students who choose to submit scores, Franklin & Marshall participates in the scorechoice program, meaning that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all ACT test dates. Franklin & Marshall does not require the ACT writing section.

GPA

Franklin & Marshall College does not provide data about admitted students' high school GPAs.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Franklin & Marshall College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Franklin & Marshall College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Franklin & Marshall College. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Franklin & Marshall College, which accepts just over one-third of applicants, has a competitive admissions pool. However, Franklin & Marshall also has a holistic admissions process and is test-optional, and admissions decisions are based on more than numbers. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. The college is looking for students who will contribute to the campus community in meaningful ways, not just students who show promise in the classroom. While not required, Franklin & Marshall strongly encourages all applicants to visit campus, and the school offers optional nterviews for interested applicants.

You can further strengthen your application by submitting supplemental materials such as additional letters of recommendation, a resume, recordings of musical performances, or samples of writing or artwork. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and scores are outside of Franklin & Marshall's average range.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent students accepted to Franklin & Marshall. You can see that the majority of admitted students had high school averages of "A-" or better, combined SAT scores of 1200 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 26 or better. Realize, however, that Franklin & Marshall has test-optional admissions, so your grades are going to be more important than your test scores.

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