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Reviews 740 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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.

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.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Extremely friendly community, lots of opportunities

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: From what I understand it is pretty easy to obtain, and it is pretty close to campus. I don't know about the cost, though.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of options in downtown Lancaster, but they are not the closest to campus.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: I like the party scene at school because I am more into low-pressure, casual parties than crazy dancing parties. From what I understand though, administration has made frats difficult to access. Also, it is not easy to get information on the house and loft parties because they do not usually advertise.

2 College Freshman

Administration: For someone who values safety, this school has the potential to sabotage itself with its anti-drug and anti-underage-drinking policies. The administration tries to control the students by closing what spots they can (frats), but all that manages to do is force students to go to more crowded, less controlled environments and put themselves at higher risks.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The process was relatively simple, but my family and I are still paying a lot more than we can afford to right now.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: I quite enjoy the food options at F&M. They are reliable, which can be seen as boring to some people, but not to me. I have a frequently upset stomach so the fact that they don't try out crazy recipes all of the time is great. They also have a lot of customizable options, like the pasta bar and the stir fry bar. They also have KIVO (kosher, international, vegan/vegetarian, organic foods) which is great if you are looking for that.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The rooms are large and well-furnished. The layouts of the dorm buildings vary and can be complicated, though. The common rooms could use more up-to-date (clean) furniture, but they are functional. The food is good and there is a large variety of options, but the main dining hall closes at 8pm. The social atmosphere is great once you find your niche of people, but it is not always easy to do that. And everything is in a walkable distance from campus, except for a few select locations to which there are free shuttles accessible.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Some dorms are very small but others are very spacious.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I loved my time at F&M but if it wasn't for the Greek-Life I don't know what I would've done with my time there

5 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: With the current administration Greek-Life has gone through a recent storm. Greek-Life in general at F&M has a storied-rich history that goes back over 125 years. Greek-Life is a big part of F&M culture.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Administration is trying to curb off-campus housing. It once was a normal and cost efficient way of going to F&M. I guess they get a kick-back of some sort from College Row and Charlotte Street Associate

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Off-Campus dining is so under-rated. Students don't realize that there are so many great options in Lancaster.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Administration: New administration is bad. There's also too many of them. Porterfield is all talk and no show. He is known for making appearances at events just long enough to take a picture and leave. Very telling of how he runs the school. Looks good on the outside but underneath its not what it seams. #WhyItDoesntWork

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4 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Fraternities and Sports teams really carry the burden of housing all of F&M's party scene. Those who are not involved in either of the two groups really under appreciate what they do. The administration has also cracked down recently. They have banned kegs and have limited parties. Day parties are no longer normal. The party scene has definitely scene better days and does not look like it will get any better anytime soon.

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: More Merrit-Based Scholarships should be given.

2 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: Dining is bad on campus. I was lucky enough to get out of it after sophomore year. Haven't looked back since

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: The housing system is going through a rebuilding phase that has already vastly improved housing. It certainly will get better over the next few years as well.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: gets exclusive and repetitive but there are options

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Compared to most colleges we are lucky- decent quality

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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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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