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Reviews 762 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: This school is allows for students to blend many interests. While deeply academic, there is also an emphasis on volunteer activities and internship opportunities. Franklin and Marshall makes me feel like I am always looking forward

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: When fraternities are open, nightlife is great. Considering how small F&M is and despite administration's constant interference with F&M's nightlife, it is still among the most fun in the country in comparison to other liberal art schools of the same academic standing. Many F&M students work hard, but party even harder. There is a vibrant bar scene off campus for upperclassmen and there is always free transportation services available to students.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Fraternity parties and loft parties are the source of much of F&M's party scene. F&M's party scene has the potential to be amazing, but administration has done whatever it can to hamper F&M's party scene.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics are rigorous. Students are consistently faced with overwhelmingly large work loads. The pre-med program at F&M is arguably one of the toughest and most grueling programs in the country. Professors are of the highest degree in their fields of study. Popular study areas include, pre-med, business, government, and psychology. Study abroad programs are extremely popular among juniors.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: F&M is extremely divers when it comes to ethnic/racial diversity. Economically, there are a lot of extremely wealthy people at F&M and a lot of lower class people. There does not seem to be many students in between. There is a large campus divide between conservatives and liberals in terms of political beliefs. While the conservative presence is strong in comparison to other liberal arts colleges, the student body and professors are overwhelming very left and liberal. While F&M is not perfect, it is among the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Hit or miss. As a freshman, you can either have excellent campus housing or poor campus housing. F&M is currently trying to improve campus housing to improve living conditions for freshman and sophomores. Off campus housing is excellent but not available to freshman or sophomores.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: F&M athletics are top class as far as division III sports are concerned. The current athletic facilities are subpar however, the new football stadium will move F&M in the right direction towards updating their athletic facilities. There is still much work needed. School spirit is low, but when compared to other rival division III colleges, F&M's school spirit is equal if not superior to the colleges comparable.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Some of the oldest and richest greek traditions can be found here. The Social Scene at F&M truly revolves around greek life. It would be one of the best greek life scenes in the country if administration was not so inept and unsupportive of the different organizations on campus. Administration is holding F&M's greek life back. As far as liberal arts colleges are concerned, even with its administration, F&M's greek life is still among the best in the country. There seems to be an obvious campus divide between greek supporters and those opposed to it.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The Department of Public Safety is great and takes a number of precautionary measures to make students feel safe on campus. Considering that the campus is located in a city/urban environment, it is very safe.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: While there are no hard drugs here, students tend to come from a lot of money and are able to afford wide array of party drugs.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Highest quality professors and very small class sizes to facilitate the greatest student development and growth.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Alumni network is incredible. Many Alumni hold the highest positions in their field and are more than willing to help fellow F&M grads.

F&M grads are destined to go to some of the best graduate schools in the country.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Marijuana is accessible when you want it. Some druggies in school.

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: This year has many more attacks this semester. You can always ask public safety to walk you home at night, but the school's safety procedure is just to put up more lights.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Professors are helpful but some are hard. The arts courses are easier.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Degrees are important, but I feel that it is best to go to graduate school with the degree you get.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Science buildings are up to date, but the arts and humanities are not doing too well.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: It is pretty exclusive. Freshmen cannot join the first semester, but they do reach out for people to rush.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Not too many people attend events, but the facilities are good for those who want to run or workout.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It is not the best experience for any college student. Many students have thought of or are in the process of transferring. The school is fairly small, and the majority of the population is white. It take time to get used to, and there are not too many activities on campus.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Franklin and Marshall College has been the best decision I have made. After applying and getting accepted to five very different school I had to narrow it down to one. F&M was the right choice. I fit right in. I walk around campus and everyone knows me. It's a friendly environment to be in and I wouldn't trade that for anything. The professors are great and the faculty is amazing. I have made great friends that will last for a life time.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Extremely intense academics and heavy workload

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love F&M and I would recommend the school to anybody who is looking for a liberal arts education. It has excellent professors and the classes are small. You are receiving a personalized education and it is worth every penny you pay. Your professors know your name and are always happy to see you if you need help. It truly is one of the top liberal arts schools in the country and should be considered by everybody looking at similar schools.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Franklin & Marshall was, quite honestly, my last choice. And yet I've been blown away in nearly every way upon arriving on campus. Nearly every major is well-supported, the faculty are top-notch, and very rarely do I feel like we are assigned busy work. Though I wish that most students were more involved on campus and that frats played a smaller role in campus life, Fummers work hard and play hard, and it's been a tough but fulfilling environment.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I could not be happier with my choice to attend F&M. I have been granted many experiences and opportunities (both academic and social) that have enriched my life greatly. Getting involved is integral to both student happiness and success here. Exploring my passions through my academics and extracurriculars have given me a plethora of reasons to have pride to be a Diplomat.

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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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