Jewish Students at Franklin & Marshall College

Franklin & Marshall College

#36, overall score 63/100

Fun Fact:

Built in 1852, the Fulton Opera House is the oldest continually operating theater in the country.

Why should Jewish students attend Franklin & Marshall? First and foremost, Franklin & Marshall is a highly-rated small liberal arts college offering vibrant academic, cultural and social communities. In addition to the academic quality, there is rich and active student Jewish life that is diverse in nature and empowering for students. Our Hillel offered students over 130 event and activities last year, many of which were student initiated. — Dr. Ralph S. Taber, director, Klehr Center for Jewish Life

ACADEMICS Score: 25/30

  • Score: 25/30
  • Acceptance rate: 36%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 9:1
  • Jewish studies major: Yes
  • Israel studies major: No


  • Tuition: $52,290
  • Room & board costs: $13,120
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $47,424
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: Paul and Rose Wiener Scholarship


  • Location: Lancaster, Pa.
  • Region: Mid-Atlantic
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Liberal Arts: Yes
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 2,249
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 370
  • Jewish population share: 17%
  • Student origin: 27% in-state/73% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: III
  • NCAA team: Diplomats
  • Ultimate Frisbee team: Deep Blue

ISRAEL Score: 13/20

  • Score: 13/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 16
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel-related clubs: Dips for Israel
  • BDS resolution: Never introduced

JEWISH LIFE Score: 21.67/40

  • Score: 21.67/40
  • Hillel: Klehr Center for Jewish Life
  • Chabad: Chabad Serving F&M
  • OU-JLIC: None
  • Meor: None
  • Jewish fraternities: ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 1
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan?: Yes
  • Active Hillel clubs: 3
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 60
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 3 (1 Orthodox, 1 Conservative, 1 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Roy Scheider
  • Most unique/noteworthy Hillel club: Holocaust Remembrance is a very active club with almost 20 years of providing a wide range of programming and events to remember and to educate the college and the community about the Holocaust and all manners of genocide.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All over the country and world, with an emphasis on the Northeast region.
  • Kosher food details: StarK-supervised, freshly-made options, meat and dairy, are available to all students on the college meal plan and any guests who enter the dining hall.
Recommend this article

Franklin & Marshall College

Thank you!

This article has been sent!