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Reviews 857 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Took me a while to get settled in, but I love it now and couldn't imagine another college.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I feel like I can talk to many of my professors and counselors about my plans for the future (same goes for alumni) and I know they will offer me any wisdom they possess that will be off use or contacts the help me further my successes.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I never want to leave Lancaster simply for the outstanding number of farm-to-table restaurants that exist downtown. Skip the Panera all four years and take the fifteen minute walk downtown to get some of the best sandwiches, coffee, ice cream, noodles, doughnuts, steak (like real meals) you'll ever want.

5 College Junior

Greek Life: As a freshman, it saved my experience for the year. As a sophomore it offered me a support network that I never knew I needed until the woes of your second year at college hit you in the face. I'm glad I joined, but it is not an essential part of F&M. Most people that are social and enjoy going out on weekends, however, are mostly in a greek organization of some sort. Just added a fifth sorority on campus because the need was so great--if it goes well, a sixth one may come in two-four years! What I love about it is that you are not just your organization and most people in organizations are heavily involved in other activities like sports teams and musical groups, etc., you just have to budget your time!

4 College Junior

Majors: The Office of Post-Graduate Development is great. Each college house is assigned one advisor, which doesn't sound like a lot but the office is expanding rapidly so that number will likely increase. Make appointments early, even as a freshmen to establish a relationship with them and get help exploring interests without feeling guilty for taking classes that don't add up to a major right away. Research opportunities are offered in every department!

College Junior

Majors: The American Studies department welcomes everyone with open arms, that is if you enjoy reading a lot and writing papers about movies and books.

4 College Junior

Facilities: It's not the Google home office but it's a liberal arts college and you are getting what you should expect. Well maintained by as extremely lovely custodial and food service staff. Seriously, they are so freakin nice.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I would LOVE to stay in Lancaster after my four years are up if I wasn't concerned about being the grad that never leaves. It's such a vibrant place and every single person I've talked to, be it a shop owner on North Queen Street (the self-proclaimed "Party Street" for their hosting Music Fridays as an alternative to First Fridays on Prince Street), or a local realtor I met while watching a world cup game at Tellus360, or even my professor from Montreal--they all genuinely enjoy living here. They love hearing about what I'm up to as a student at F&M, but you have to be approach them all in a way that you want to engage the community. The school is putting a lot of effort towards fostering a stronger relationship with Lanc and I'm not sure how that's going but I definitely love it!!

3 College Junior

Diversity: It's tough for international students the bridge the gap between their international circles and non-international students. The sexual orientation discussion is a frequent event at the women's center which is great!

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Be smart and know who you're with and what you're doing. The school is pushing students, especially freshmen to take more responsibility for their actions (shocking, you're at college and you don't do this?). The emails regarding this are funny to catch in the library on Sunday afternoons but kids are kids are kids. We all do dumb things and the people that aren't smart about it get caught. Make friends with your neighbors so that if something you're doing bothers them they don't go straight to Public Safety because that can really screw you over.

3 College Junior

Athletics: The Alumni Sports and Fitness Center needs a little revamping. It's not big enough for the number of students and teams that need to share the space but if you go at the right time you have the place to yourself. Can't wear tank tops for hygiene reasons.... weird.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: You'll meet diverse people if you try, otherwise your social circle can be limited. Lots of prepsters but some crunchy folks too. I'm from California and people would tell me they could tell by the way I dressed during freshman year. Very east coast liberal arts, like what do ya expect?

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Typical dorms. You want out by end of sophomore year but find another place that doesn't happen when you live in a dorm for two years in a row and I'll pay you with a cookie. If you get accepted to live in a theme house on West James, you're lucky but keep in mind that you will be isolated from the rest of your grade but for most that choose this option it doesn't matter anyway!

4 College Junior

Academics: Most of my professors really care about me and want to help me succeed. That said, it depends on the subject and level of interest because some visiting professors are visiting for a reason (they are not as strong!). Office hours are essential and so worth the effort. Meet them halfway and they will usually reciprocate in more than kind.

5 College Junior

Academics: American Studies is a great department. Every month there are events for majors with authors that visit campus for readings, movie outings, potluck dinners, and once I even joined a skype session with a grad working for an urban developer about how his major helped him along the way.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Meet with a counselor about and present your aid packages from other schools as leverage.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Without the generous financial aid package from F&M I would not have been able to attend any school in the top tier.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: People here will always brag/complain about how F&M is the 4th most rigorous college in the country, but that was according to one newspaper in 2011. Still, it is very difficult to get good grades, especially in the sciences.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: A math major has lots of studying to do, but it's what I enjoy best and am good at.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Good at first but gets old pretty fast.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Frats, lofts and college row all host parties every weekend. So far I have not been to any party that has gotten out of hand because people here are too smart to let that happen. It is still great fun even though or maybe because you know most people there.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: People are great here. There are all types of groups, but people get along with others who are not as like-minded too. I feel like there are a few students who don't have any friends, but most people find their place pretty quick.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: Freshman aren't able to have cars, but they're great for getting away from campus for a bit

4 College Freshman

Computers: There are lots of computers available in plenty of buildings.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Lots of preppy people, but there are definitely gems here and there.


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Danielle Glass
New York, N.Y.
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Contrary to however much they may complain, Fummers love it here. Once they’ve found their niche, they’re the happiest little bunch of workaholics you’ll ever meet. The only regrets come from those people who expected college to be a series of protests and consciousness-raising events. You can have those experiences if you really want to, but in all probability, you’ll have to organize them. Another popular complaint is the lack of privacy in the social scene—let’s face it, F&M is small, and everyone knows everyone else’s business.

The most common F&M experience follows a pattern of coming to know the school, getting to know people, and then having your initial high hopes met with reality. After a brief stint of disillusionment and dissatisfaction (this bit is optional), you’ll come to recognize the wonders of F&M and meet the people whom you will hopefully stay close with. You’ll close out your experience having grown both academically and socially. Not a bad job for four years!

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