Franklin & Marshall College

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#36, overall score 64.67/100

Fun Fact:

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

Why should Jewish students attend F&M? 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


  • Location: Lancaster, Pa.
  • Region: Mid-Atlantic
  • Campus type: Small city
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Liberal Arts: Yes
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 2,255
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 300
  • Jewish population share: 13%
  • Student origin: 23% in-state / 77% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The College Reporter
  • NCAA Division: III
  • NCAA team: Diplomats
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Deep Blue

What Students Say:

“The campus is small and beautiful.”

COST & AID Score: 8.33/15

  • Score: 8.33/15
  • Tuition: $54,380
  • Room & board costs: $13,580
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $48,311
  • Average loan debt: $27,011
  • Starting median salary: $53,700
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: Paul and Rose Wiener Scholarship

ACADEMICS Score: 13.33/20

  • Score: 13.33/20
  • Acceptance rate: 34%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 9:1
  • Median SAT range: 1260-1420
  • Jewish Studies program: Yes
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Hebrew major: No

What Students Say:

“I love the opportunities to receive help with anything we may need, [like] tutor opportunities and office hours.”…“F&M is small, rigorous and welcoming. You can’t come in thinking it will be an easy ride.”

ISRAEL Score: 12.33/20

  • Score: 12.33/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 35
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: Dips for Israel
  • Jewish Agency for Israel fellow: No
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 9.33/11

  • Score: 9.33/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 10.20/1,000 students (high)
  • City crime rate: 44.67/1,000 people (medium high)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 21.33/34

  • Score: 21.33/34
  • Hillel: Hillel at The Klehr Center for Jewish Life
  • Chabad: Chabad at F&M
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Chicken soup hotline: No
  • Active Hillel clubs: 7
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 60
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 3 (1 Orthodox, 1 Conservative, 1 Reform)
  • Eruv: None
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Roy Scheider
  • Most unique/noteworthy club: Holocaust Remembrance Committee/Club has been providing campus-wide Holocaust educational programing and event for almost 20 years.​
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All over the country and world, predominantly from 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.

What Students Say:

“Hillel is extremely inclusive and easy to get involved with.”…“We have a good amount of Jews that participate in Hillel without religious ties.”

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