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Franklin & Marshall College 2020-2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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Franklin & Marshall College admissions are available for over 63 areas of study in the 2 intakes of Fall and Spring. The institute provides both Early Decision and Regular Decision admissions and operates on a semester-based academic calendar. Renowned as one of the top ranking institutes of the US Education System, the institute has a huge global presence and wecmones more than 17% candidates from various corners of the world every year.

The college observes a very low acceptance rate of 35% in 2019 which reflects the selective and holistic approach that the institute takes towards its admission process and requires only the cream of the crop to be enrolled in it. The table below shows the last year admissions statistics of the orgaztson:

Number of applicants655730983459
Percent Admitted35%31%39%
Percent Admitted who enrolled26%27%26%

Some of the pointers to be considered when seeking admission at Franklin & Marshall College are as follows:

  • The institute offers admissions in the two rounds of Early Decision. Both the deadlines are considered equal in nature and there is no penalty for applying in January in the second round of intakes
  • The TOEFL or IELTS is required for students whose native language is not English. If the student has been studying in an English-speaking environment for at least 3 years, the requirement for TOEFL may be waived upon request of the student. 
  • Students who do not wish to submit SAT/ACT scores may select the Standardized Test Option when applying to the college.
  • The institute provides need-based financial aid to international students. Please remember that aid documents must be filled by given application deadlines.
  • College offers skype interviews with one of the current international students who are in their final year for applicants planning to attend the institute in fall 2020.


Application PortalCommon Application/Coalition Application
Application fee60 USD
Acceptance Rate35%
Average SAT Score(Middle 50%) 1375
Average ACT Score(Middle50%) 30
Mode of PaymentCash/Check/Money order/Master card/Visa Card/Wire Transfer
Academic CalendarSemester Wise
Intake SeasonFall/Spring
Work ExperienceRequired
Financial AidFinancial aid based solely on need is also available for international students.

Admission Deadlines

The institute provides a range of courses for international students and offers admissions to them in multiple intakes around the year. Some of the deadlines observed at the institute are as follows:

Type of DeadlineLast Date
Regular DecisionJanuary 15
Notification of regular decisionApril 1
Early Decision - INovember 15
Notification of Early Decision - IDecember 15
Early Decision - IIJanuary 15
Notification of Early Decision - IIFebruary 15

International Student Admissions

The institute welcomes more than 2400 students representing 45 countries and 47 states. There is a large number of international applicants at Franklin & Marshall with 17% of international students coming to the college to study in the USA. Admission procedure for seeking enrollment at the college is as compiled below.

Application Portal: Candidates can apply from Common Application or the Coalition Application.

Application fee: 60 USD

Basic Admission Requirements

  • Standardized test scores
  • English Language Proficiency test scores (TOEFL & IELTS is compulsory for students whose native language is not English)
  • Official transcripts 
  • Essays and other additional documents
  • Letters of recommendation.
  • Students are requested to send a copy of the SAT & ACT score along with an application form.
  • Valid passport and visa
  • Financial documents/Bank Statements
  • Interview (if required)
  • Proof of Measles and Rubella Immunization – MMR Vaccination Record

English Proficiency Test Scores

The TOEFL, IELTS or equivalent is required for students whose native language is not English. If the student is already studying in an English-speaking environment, the TOEFL may get cancelled. The minimum score required at the institute is as mentioned below.

Type of testMinimum Score
Cambridge English score169 or higher

Visa Process for International Students

All the international applicants require an F-1 Student visa to study in the USA when applying for admissions to the institute. To get the visa, applicants will have to obtain Form I-20 issued by the college. The institute will issue the form I-20 once the student is accepted for admission and the Admission office is convinced that the student can pay the tuition fees for 1st year. 

Applicants can apply for a visa at the nearest US embassy of their country. The forms can be filled online and a fee of 160 USD must be paid. The documents required for the same are:

  • Electronic application form
  • Receipt of the application fees paid
  • A passport.
  • One photograph
  • 1-20 form 
  • Transcripts 
  • Evidence of English proficiency.
  • Financial statements

Country-specific Requirements

Some of the countries along with their respective requirements are tabulated below:

CountryF-1 Visa requirement
NepalValid Passport, Attendance at public secondary school (Grade 9-12), Educational Transcripts, the ten (10) digit barcode number from your DS-160 confirmation page
IndiaValid Passport, Form I-20, Payment for the application fee for SEVIS
AfghanistanDS-160 confirmation page, the student should bring their form I-20
PakistanValid Passport, proof of financial aid, standardized test score, student questionnaire form.
BangladeshF-11 visa, Students assistance, Complete application form of DS-160

Franklin & Marshall College Undergraduate Admissions

The institute is in high demand in the admission marketplace and competes confidently for talented students across the country and around the world. For Undergraduate students there are 2 options 1) Early decision 2) Standardized test option

Students can apply using either the Common Application or Coalition Application.

Application Fee: 60 USD

Admission Consideration for undergraduates:

  • Secondary school GPA is recommended.
  • Secondary school rank considered but not required.
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • SAT/ACT scores

The minimum SAT/ACT scores required for admission at the institute is as follows:

Test NameAverage Scores25th Percentile75th Percentile
SAT Math680640720
SAT EBRW660620700
SAT Composite134012601420
ACT Composite302832

Franklin and Marshall College Transfer Students Admissions

How to apply: Candidates can apply through the Common Application or the Coalition Application

Application Fee: 60 USD

Requirements-Standardized test scores, English Language Proficiency test scores, official transcripts, essays, letters of recommendation, mid-year reports and other personal documents.

The admissions committee at Franklin and Marshall College review each application holistically and comprehensively. Thus, admissions at the institute have been competitive. With a total enrollment of 6,720 applicants, the college observes a highly selective rate of acceptance.

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