Franklin and Marshall Requirements for Admission

What are Franklin and Marshall's admission requirements? While there are a lot of pieces that go into a college application, you should focus on only a few critical things:

  • GPA requirements
  • Testing requirements, including SAT and ACT requirements
  • Application requirements

In this guide we'll cover what you need to get into Franklin and Marshall and build a strong application.

School location: Lancaster, PA

This school is also known as: F&M, Franklin and Marshall, Franklin & Marshall College


Admissions Rate: 36.2%

If you want to get in, the first thing to look at is the acceptance rate. This tells you how competitive the school is and how serious their requirements are.

The acceptance rate at Franklin and Marshall is 36.2%. For every 100 applicants, 36 are admitted.

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This means the school is very selective. If you meet Franklin and Marshall's requirements for GPA, SAT/ACT scores, and other components of the application, you have a great shot at getting in. But if you fall short on GPA or your SAT/ACT scores, you'll have a very low chance of being admitted, even if you meet the other admissions requirements.


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Franklin and Marshall GPA Requirements

Many schools specify a minimum GPA requirement, but this is often just the bare minimum to submit an application without immediately getting rejected.

The GPA requirement that really matters is the GPA you need for a real chance of getting in. For this, we look at the school's average GPA for its current students.

Average GPA: 3.92

The average GPA at Franklin and Marshall is 3.92.

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(Most schools use a weighted GPA out of 4.0, though some report an unweighted GPA. This school did not officially report its average GPA, but we've estimated it here using data from over 1,000 schools.)

With a GPA of 3.92, Franklin and Marshall requires you to be at the top of your class. You'll need nearly straight A's in all your classes to compete with other applicants. Furthermore, you should be taking hard classes - AP or IB courses - to show that college-level academics is a breeze.

If you're currently a junior or senior, your GPA is hard to change in time for college applications. If your GPA is at or below the school average of 3.92, you'll need a higher SAT or ACT score to compensate. This will help you compete effectively against other applicants who have higher GPAs than you.


SAT and ACT Requirements

Each school has different requirements for standardized testing. Only a few schools require the SAT or ACT, but many consider your scores if you choose to submit them.

Franklin and Marshall hasn't explicitly named a policy on SAT/ACT requirements, but because it's published average SAT or ACT scores (we'll cover this next), it's likely test flexible. Typically, these schools say, "if you feel your SAT or ACT score represents you well as a student, submit them. Otherwise, don't."

Despite this policy, the truth is that most students still take the SAT or ACT, and most applicants to Franklin and Marshall will submit their scores. If you don't submit scores, you'll have one fewer dimension to show that you're worthy of being admitted, compared to other students. We therefore recommend that you consider taking the SAT or ACT, and doing well.

Franklin and Marshall SAT Requirements

Many schools say they have no SAT score cutoff, but the truth is that there is a hidden SAT requirement. This is based on the school's average score.

Average SAT: 1350

The average SAT score composite at Franklin and Marshall is a 1350 on the 1600 SAT scale.

This score makes Franklin and Marshall Moderately Competitive for SAT test scores.

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Franklin and Marshall SAT Score Analysis (New 1600 SAT)

The 25th percentile SAT score is 1300, and the 75th percentile SAT score is 1410. In other words, a 1300 on the SAT places you below average, while a 1410 will move you up to above average.

Here's the breakdown of SAT scores by section:

SectionAverage25th Percentile75th Percentile
Math675633720
Reading + Writing675640710
Composite135013001410

SAT Score Choice Policy

The Score Choice policy at your school is an important part of your testing strategy.


Franklin and Marshall ACT Requirements

Just like for the SAT, Franklin and Marshall likely doesn't have a hard ACT cutoff, but if you score too low, your application will get tossed in the trash.

Average ACT: 31

The average ACT score at Franklin and Marshall is 31. This score makes Franklin and Marshall Strongly Competitive for ACT scores.

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The 25th percentile ACT score is 29, and the 75th percentile ACT score is 32.

Even though Franklin and Marshall likely says they have no minimum ACT requirement, if you apply with a 29 or below, you'll have a very hard time getting in, unless you have something else very impressive in your application. There are so many applicants scoring 31 and above that a 29 will look academically weak.

ACT Score Sending Policy

If you're taking the ACT as opposed to the SAT, you have a huge advantage in how you send scores, and this dramatically affects your testing strategy.

Here it is: when you send ACT scores to colleges, you have absolute control over which tests you send. You could take 10 tests, and only send your highest one. This is unlike the SAT, where many schools require you to send all your tests ever taken.

This means that you have more chances than you think to improve your ACT score. To try to aim for the school's ACT requirement of 32 and above, you should try to take the ACT as many times as you can. When you have the final score that you're happy with, you can then send only that score to all your schools.

ACT Superscore Policy

By and large, most colleges do not superscore the ACT. (Superscore means that the school takes your best section scores from all the test dates you submit, and then combines them into the best possible composite score). Thus, most schools will just take your highest ACT score from a single sitting.

We weren't able to find the school's exact ACT policy, which most likely means that it does not Superscore. Regardless, you can choose your single best ACT score to send in to Franklin and Marshall, so you should prep until you reach our recommended target ACT score of 32.


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SAT/ACT Writing Section Requirements

Currently, only the ACT has an optional essay section that all students can take. The SAT used to also have an optional Essay section, but since June 2021, this has been discontinued unless you are taking the test as part of school-day testing in a few states. Because of this, no school requires the SAT Essay or ACT Writing section, but some schools do recommend certain students submit their results if they have them.

Franklin and Marshall considers the SAT Essay/ACT Writing section optional and may not include it as part of their admissions consideration. You don't need to worry too much about Writing for this school, but other schools you're applying to may require it.



Final Admissions Verdict

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Because this school is very selective, strong academic scores are critical to improving your chances of admission. If you're able to score a 1410 SAT or a 32 ACT or above, you'll have a very strong chance at getting in.

For a school as selective as Franklin and Marshall, rounding out the rest of your application will also help. We'll cover those details next.

But if you apply with a score below a 1410 SAT or a 32 ACT, you unfortunately have a low chance of getting in. There are just too many other applicants with high SAT/ACT scores and strong applications, and you need to compete against them.


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Application Requirements

Every school requires an application with the bare essentials - high school transcript and GPA, application form, and other core information. Many schools, as explained above, also require SAT and ACT scores, as well as letters of recommendation, application essays, and interviews. We'll cover the exact requirements of Franklin and Marshall here.

Application Requirements Overview

  • Common Application Accepted
  • Electronic Application Available
  • Essay or Personal Statement Required for all freshmen
  • Letters of Recommendation 2
  • Interview Not required
  • Application Fee $60
  • Fee Waiver Available? Available
  • Other Notes Common Application Supplement required for freshmen

Testing Requirements

  • SAT or ACT Considered if submitted
  • SAT Essay or ACT Writing Optional
  • SAT Subject Tests
  • Scores Due in Office January 15

Coursework Requirements

  • Subject Required Years
  • English 4
  • Math 3
  • Science 2
  • Foreign Language 2
  • Social Studies 1
  • History 2
  • Electives

Deadlines and Early Admissions

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    • Offered? Deadline Notification
  • Regular Admission
    • Yes January 15 April 1
  • Early Action
    • No
  • Early Decision
    • Yes November 15, January 15 December 15, February 15

Admissions Office Information


Other Schools For You

If you're interested in Franklin and Marshall, you'll probably be interested in these schools as well. We've divided them into 3 categories depending on how hard they are to get into, relative to Franklin and Marshall.


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Reach Schools: Harder to Get Into

These schools are have higher average ACT scores than Franklin and Marshall. If you improve your ACT score, you'll be competitive for these schools.

School Name Location SAT Avg ACT Avg
Dartmouth College Hanover, NH 1500 34
University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN 1475 34
Villanova University Villanova, PA 1395 33
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 1435 33
Emory University Atlanta, GA 1484 33
Georgetown University Washington, DC 1450 33
University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA 1445 33

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Same Level: Equally Hard to Get Into

If you're competitive for Franklin and Marshall, these schools will offer you a similar chance of admission.

School Name Location SAT Avg ACT Avg
Boston University Boston, MA 1418 32
Binghamton University Binghamton, NY 1375 31
Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY 1396 31
Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY 1352 31
Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ 1310 30
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY 1393 30
United States Military Academy West Point, NY 1331 30

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Safety Schools: Easier to Get Into

If you're currently competitive for Franklin and Marshall, you should have no problem getting into these schools. If Franklin and Marshall is currently out of your reach, you might already be competitive for these schools.

School Name Location SAT Avg ACT Avg
Syracuse University Syracuse, NY 1310 29
University of Connecticut Storrs, CT 1315 29
Penn State University Park University Park, PA 1265 28
Temple University Philadelphia, PA 1241 28
University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX 1291 28
Drexel University Philadelphia, PA 1290 28
Hofstra University Hempstead, NY 1246 27

Data on this page is sourced from Peterson's Databases © 2023 (Peterson's LLC. All rights reserved.) as well as additional publicly available sources.


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