If you want a college town seeped in history, you've come to the right place. Founded in the 1730s, Lancaster, Pennsylvania boasts an outstanding collection of architecture from the colonial and Victorian era. Central Market, the oldest farmers' market in the United States, offers students at Lancaster colleges and universities fresh, authentic, regional foods year-round. Lancaster cultural offerings include museums, art galleries, and an opera house. Lancaster is a relatively small town in a great location--within easy reach of Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. Students at Lancaster colleges and universities can enjoy the comfort and safety of small town life while remaining close to the arts, culture, and nightlife of larger cities.
Lancaster colleges and universities include Franklin and Marshall College and the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design. Franklin and Marshall College is a small, academically competitive liberal arts college. The Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, a private art school, grants bachelor of fine arts degrees in graphic design, photography, illustration, and more.