The rigorous academics are “demanding and challenging” gauntlets thrown down by professors that are “esteemed published scholars in their respective fields.” “You’ll work hard but you’ll learn a lot,” says a student. Small classes offer plenty of face and advice time with these scholars: “Whether it be for class selection or post graduate paths, they are always there to help.” “The support for a student here is absolutely astonishing,” says another. The classroom setting at F&M is completely different from the traditional lecture halls of bigger a schools, and students “often have round tables for close discussion with…professors.” Students love the fact that academic and personal growth are equally important, and the environment is shaped by “people who are active both in school and extracurriculars, and who get excited about both.” The professors at F&M all have “a certain level of uniqueness” in them, but students appreciate that they all possess a great level of understanding. “My professors have managed to get me engaged in areas that have always seemed like a bore to me.”
Athletic teams are “highly competitive and are very active in the local community,” and there is a “large emphasis” on fraternity and sorority life and sports teams at F&M. There is always something to do on weekends, between “[staying] in or [going] to the cinemas to watch movies with your roommates. Club organizations are wildly popular, and “campus is not big, so getting around takes about ten minutes no matter where you are.” “We all really get into our extracurricular activities,” says a student. Off-campus, downtown Lancaster offers plenty of entertainment and dining options (such as the Central Market), and a mall is just fifteen minutes away. College Houses often take “really fun field trips” and in the spring and fall the Barnstormers (the minor league baseball team), is a popular destination for students.
These “smart overachievers who work hard” are also “some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet.” Many F&M students are on a varsity sports team as well as a member of a sorority or fraternity, and a typical student” is probably involved in 3-5 clubs and is trying out for theater, an a capella group, or another organization.” Students categorically study hard, and “fill our free time with fun and meaningful clubs and community service.”