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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is relatively big on campus. However, it is by no means dominating, and you can have a great social life whether you choose to participate or not. I decided not to join a social sorority this semester, but I have both friends who did and friends who didn't, and everyone seems to be super happy with their choices. If greek life is right for you, it can be fun but not all-consuming. I think F&M has a happy medium of maintaining the community of greek organizations without being cliquey or domineering.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: I'm not an athlete, but the ASFC is a super nice facility. The school funds yoga and other classes that students can attend, and there's a great area with machines and treadmills. I go a few times a week and have never found it lacking. I love the yoga on campus though!

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lancaster has an EXCELLENT food scene. Downtown Lanc is F&M's hidden gem; sadly, few underclassmen take the time to get to know Lancaster. There are amazing coffee shops populated by hipsters and yogis, classy restaurants perfect for parent's visits, and places with straight up fantastic food that are great for going out with friends. I'm underage, but I've heard that the bar scene is even better. My biggest piece of advice would be to get to know downtown Lancaster, because come mid-February getting off campus can be the one thing that keeps you sane. Lancaster is a really cool, young, artsy city surrounded by farmland, which makes for a fantastic fresh food scene.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: There have been changes in the alcohol policy enacted recently that have been pretty frustrating. In most other areas, I think the school does a great job of setting and enforcing fair rules. But the crackdown on alcohol is impractical and badly done. However, students are voicing their opinions and hopefully the situation will change soon.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Mostly because of Dr. P, F&M has excellently overhauled financial aid. It is absolutely there for those who need it.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: There has been quite a bit of controversy over the nightlife lately. The administration is really coming down on frats in an effort to clean up issues with binge drinking and sexual assault. (Which most colleges have been, rightfully, held especially accountable for recently). However, their actions are mostly misguided and have led to a lot of frustration in the student body. Personally, most of my social life doesn't come from going out to frats. They're fun for a night out every once in a while, but most my nights are usually spent at parties at friends' apartments, going downtown, or staying in with friends. It's possible to have a fantastic social life without the frats, and you easily can at F&M. Parties aren't everything, and it's easy to have fun here.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Overall, the food on campus is great. Sodexo has been trying really hard to step up its game. However, because one is forced to buy the meal plan, it can become repetitive and frustrating. I have had great interactions with Sodexo and was able to change part of the meal plan to fit my dietary restrictions, so they really do listen to what we want. Like any other small campus though, the food gets repetitive, and without a kitchen it's hard to change things up. Next year I'll be off the meal plan and plan on taking advantage of the AMAZING local food available in Lancaster.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: At F&M, you'll live in on-campus housing all 4 years. For me, this has been such a perk; even though I'll be living in a theme house next year that is technically "off campus", I'll still be able to call F&O if anything goes wrong with the house itself. I have found the house system to be fantastic, but then again, as a resident of New I know it's a little skewed. The houses really do help build community and identity at F&M very quickly if you let them. The school is trying really hard to improve housing, and I feel that they're succeeding. Past freshman year there are soooo many choices for housing, but most people don't take the time to really understand the options. If you look hard enough you'll find somewhere you love!

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am not involved in Greek Life but some of my best friends are and they all seem to enjoy it. Some of the Frat guys have an over inflated view of self, but all in all they're good people.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Soccer and Basketball are really fun to watch, not many people attend the games but they can still be fun. Sports at a DIII school are very different then a big DI school. You go to games more to support friends then to have a great time at a sporting event.

2 College Freshman

Administration: I was involved in student government, therefore I interacted a lot with administration. The amount of redtape at this school is crazy. Their biggest concerns are saving money and increasing the size of the endowment. The administrators themselves are not that bad, the board of trustees holds all of the power and are the main reason for the redtape.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: The party scene on campus is the same every thursday through saturday. You see the same people at the same frats/ lofts every weekend. It can be an extremely monotonous night life, it can be fun for the first semester, but gets old fast.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food isn't that bad, it just gets old very fast.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The rooms themselves are pretty nice, but the college house system is not good. It limits where you can live for the first two years of college and it makes it very difficult to make friends with people in other houses.

1 College Senior

Administration: The administration is ruining the nightlife here at F&M. They are doing everything they can to eliminate greek life from the social scene. I feel so bad for the freshmen who haven't been able to experience F&M the way I did. If I was a freshman now I would probably transfer

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: They are fairly strict but also care about students.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The psafe officers are extremely nice and care about students like they are their children. Campus is well lit, I feel safe. Appel health center is decent.

College Sophomore

Scholarships: I received nothing, but that was expected, so I'm really not the person to ask. I have heard that the financial aid people are really nice and accommodating for the most part, but I do know of people who couldn't come back sophomore year because of their aid falling through.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I love my sorority, and generally girls tend to fit well with their sororities. Every girl gets into one for the most part. The fraternities are ok, they're fairly diverse and more competitive to get into. For the most part people have friends who are in greek life and friends who aren't.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Classes are challenging but you learn a lot. There are so many great people here who are kind, intelligent, engaged, and diverse.

College Sophomore

Majors: Haven't decided my major yet but many options are appealing. The BOS major is definitely the big major here.

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1 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek Life is fine, the Administrations noose around their neck is bad. They are limiting safe drinking options and are utterly incompetent at their positions.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Everything went okay. It worked well although I Didnt get the aid i needed

1 College Sophomore

Administration: Administration needs a massive overhaul, in my personal opinion nearly 80% of the administration needs to go. Nepotism and Incompetence aren't something we should have in a College of our stature.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Fantastic town of Lancaster offers options for almost anything.

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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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