Franklin College

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101 Branigin Boulevard

Franklin, IN 46131-2623

Phone: (317) 738-8000
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#6 Overall Score: 84 out of 100. Regional Colleges (Midwest)

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Franklin College is a private institution that was founded in 1834. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,053, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 337 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Franklin College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (Midwest), 6. Its tuition and fees are $27,695 (2013-14).

Franklin College is located on a scenic campus just 20 minutes south of Indianapolis. Students at Franklin can pick from more than 30 majors and get extra help at the library's Academic Resource Center, which offers peer tutoring and assistance with math, writing and technology. In the quaint town of Franklin, students can take a break from studying and walk to the roller rink, movie theater and bowling alley. Students can also make a short drive to Indianapolis, which offers museums, parks, clubs, a zoo and professional sports.

On campus, Franklin hosts more than 60 student organizations, including Greek life and Habitat for Humanity. For students who want to stay active and have fun, there are intramural opportunities in basketball, bowling, volleyball and flag football. More serious athletes can play on the Grizzlies varsity sports teams, which compete in the NCAA Division III Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Notable Franklin students include Robert Wise, who won Academy Awards for directing "The Sound of Music" and "West Side Story." He attended Franklin as a journalism major, but had to drop out when the Great Depression hit.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The Franklin College Leadership program prepares students to lead and contribute in our society by providing them with a structured learning experience and opportunities for practical application of and reflection on leadership. The Franklin College Professional Development program prepares students to make a confident and successful transition from college to the professional workplace or to graduate or professional school.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1834
Religious affiliation American Baptist
Academic calendar 4-1-4
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $79,998,869


When applying to Franklin College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. The application fee at Franklin College is $30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 65 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 65.0%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Franklin College is 12:1, and the school has 78.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Franklin College include: Education, General; Speech Communication and Rhetoric; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; and Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 74.7 percent.

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Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 54%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Education, General 17%
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 14%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 10%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 9%

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Student Life

Franklin College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,053, with a gender distribution of 49.5 percent male students and 50.5 percent female students. Franklin College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,053
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Franklin College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Franklin College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Franklin College, 80 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Franklin College.

Students who have cars on campus 80%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Franklin College, 85.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $16,102.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $27,695 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,190 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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