Franklin and Marshall College (F&M)

Lancaster, PA

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Franklin and Marshall College

Franklin and Marshall College

F&M Reviews

Overall School Rating:

Rated 4 of 5 Stars 8 Review

On Campus Dining:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Nightlife:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars

Student Ratings

Reviews for Franklin and Marshall College

Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

Franklin and Marshall is a small college. This has a lot of implications for incoming students- both negative and positive. On the negative side, parties are smaller than at large state schools and everyone knows everyone else and their personal business. Greek life has a large influence on social life and can be devisive on campus. However, going to a small college has many benefits: the small size makes us have a stronger community here. It also has a direct correlation to class sizes being small, allowing students to get personalized attention. My professors are my favorite part of FandM

Academics

Classes are small, the largest course at FandM (Psychology100) is a class of about 100 and the smallest class size is 4. Workload is on the heavier side, but ranges depending upon major and is usually manageable as professors are understanding usually. Professors are exceptional - funny, engaged, intelligent - they truly are there for their students and want to make our educational attainment better. Majors are broad.

College Life

Greek life and athletics are a large influencer of social life. If you do not participate in these things there are many other clubs available on campus as well as things to do on the weekend in Lancaster.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2013

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Nightlife:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

These have genuinely been some of the best years of my life. The college community is very approachable. The professors and professional staff are always looking to help out. The workload is tough, but you get used to it. It's best to get involved somehow on campus, through clubs, sports, greek life, etc. It definitely helps out a lot.

Academics

Professors are some of the best. Extremely easy to talk to and get along with. Classes are pretty small. I have never been in a class with more than 20 students. The workload is pretty tough, but then again that's to be expected from a good college.

College Life

The campus is in Lancaster, PA. So don't expect a whole lot of night life. It isn't the middle of no-where either. There are a few bars and pubs around, no real nightclubs to speak of. Most people go to the fraternities, if not there are a few bars nearby.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2013

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

My favorite part about Franklin & Marshall College is the amount of student involvement. I feel that I have really been able to connect with my professors and have been able to become close to not only students in my graduation year but older and younger students as well. I believe that my ability to get to know the other students and my professors is not only due to the small classroom sizes, but how active all the students and professors are towards campus life. each student that you meet is part of a number of organizations including either greek life, a sports team, a college house executive board, or an academic or athletic club. It is so nice to constantly meet individuals who are so interested in a variety of different things and who want to not only passionate about their studies, but are passionate about the different clubs and organizations they are apart of as well. The active student atmosphere made me try so many things that I never would have thought of trying when I had first applied. One tip for prospective students is to really decide what you want to study before coming. Since it is a small school the range of courses that you can take are limited, so really make sure the school has the major or offers the courses that you want to take in college before you attend it. It is also a very small school, so if you are someone who enjoys meeting a new person everyday this school is not for you. However, if you are interested in a school which will give you a close knit community, Franklin & Marshall is a great school to attend.

Academics

Although the classes are very strenuous and offer a large amount of work, they are high quality and have given me a great foundation that I think will be very useful when I graduate. The classes are generally small in size. The largest class I ever attended was Introduction to Psychology, which was about 60 people, while the smallest class that I have attended was seven people, showing how much the class sizes really differ. I would say that the average class size is about twenty people, which allows for good class discussions and for the student and professor to form a good relationship. My favorite part about the academic system is that the professors are really passionate about what they are teaching and will really strive to help you do well in the course. Although the grading is changeling, for the most part you end the course with a good grasp on the course material and with a good relationship with the professor which is something that I think gives Franklin & Marshall a competitive advantage academically.

College Life

Because Franklin & Marshall is located in a small city, there is not much to do outside of campus. The city of lancaster is very quaint and artistic which makes it a great city to walk into, however the restaurants are pretty highly priced and it is relatively small. However, being stationed in such a small city really allows the student to get involved in the on campus organizations. I am currently part of the Rugby team, Alpha Phi Fraternity, and Phi Sigma Pi Co-ed Fraternity and do not think that my first three years at the college would have been as amazing if I had not become involved in these organizations. The night life is not too great, however the clubs and organizations really allow you to make good, long lasting relationships and give you a great outlet for relaxing after a long week of hard work. As far as safety goes, there are campus safety officers who are always there to help you if you ever feel unsafe and campus busses who drive around campus late at night in case a student needs a ride home and feels unsafe to walk. I lived in one of the off-campus apartments last semester and felt very unsafe walking home, which made the bus option a very great opportunity for me. The busses were a great way to get home as safely as possible, and the bus drivers are always very nice.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars

Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

On Campus Dining:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars

Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Nightlife:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Overall

The school is overall a great place. The size makes access to all parts of the campus very easy. President Porterfield is a very pleasant person that seems to really care about the success of the students there. He is also very present on campus from what I observed while there.

Academics

In terms of how classes and the workload goes, I cannot speak of it. The professors seem to be great at what they do and teach in an effective way; a way that makes students understand the content. the class sizes are small so it makes it easy to have access to professors if one ever needs to talk to them. It also makes it very easy to have a relationship with them because your faces is not just one in a crowd

College Life

The college seems to be a close community over all. The clubs, although just clubs, are very competitive and very present on campus and make it a very lively campus. The student organizations, like the IMPACT group, are very admirable and hold themselves to high standards. Campus safety is very efficient and are very helpful, whether you are locked out of your residence building or simply locked out of your room. The athletics seem to be very competitive and fierce. they seem to have a lot of pride and training. The weekend activities, I cannot speak for as I have not experienced them


Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars

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