Franklin Pierce University

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40 University Drive

Rindge, NH 03461

Phone: (603) 899-4000
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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#126 Overall Score: 34 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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Franklin Pierce University is a private institution that was founded in 1962. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,737, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 1,200 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Franklin Pierce University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 126. Its tuition and fees are $30,900 (2013-14).

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

Franklin Pierce University is a private institution known for its distinctive liberal arts heritage, intellectually enriching faculty/student relationships, and excellence in graduate and professional education. Academic programs are designed to connect majors and degree programs to career options. The University consists of the College at Rindge and the College of Graduate & Professional Studies. Degrees are offered through the doctoral level. The institutional mission focuses on preparing citizens and leaders of conscience for a new century who make significant contributions to their professions and communities, whether their aspirations are local or global. The diverse student population represents 42 states and 13 countries. The College of Graduate & Professional Studies enrolls approximately 900 adult learners in 33 degree and certificate programs in leadership, business, management, health care, and education at our four graduate and professional studies campuses across the state, in Arizona, and through online distance learning. The main residential campus in Rindge enrolls approximately 1,400 undergraduates in over 40 academic programs of study in business, education, humanities, the sciences, and the visual and performing arts. Students receive personal attention in this close-knit community; the average class size is 17, and the student-faculty ratio is 14:1. Located on 1,200 acres surrounded by lakes, woods, and mountains in the beautiful Monadnock region of New Hampshire, Rindge is 65 miles from Boston, 112 miles from Hartford and 236 miles from New York City. Franklin Pierce's commitment to the environment is deeply rooted in the rich natural setting of our Rindge campus. With over 1,000 acres of undeveloped forests, fields, wetlands, and lakeshore, the land provides excellent opportunities for experiential learning about ecology as well as the impacts of humans on the natural world. In 2007, we signed the American College and University Presidents Commitment to Climate Neutrality. Our Sustainability Council is working on a number of actions to decrease greenhouse gas production, improve land stewardship, and reduce the environmental impacts of campus operations. All of these programs are now part of a larger strategic plan, the Green Earth Initiative, which strives to make the environment a central focus of all University actions. Students have the opportunity to participate in international studies on campus and study abroad, and Honors programs provide additional challenges. The Global Citizenship Program and the University's own semester-long programs in Vienna, Austria; Athens, Greece; and Lyon, France give students the chance to engage in studies with a global focus. The "Pierce Walk" on the Camino, in the tradition of the long-standing "Pierce Walk" in Europe, allows approximately 15 students to travel in this one semester, long-distance walk through southern France and across northern Spain along the old pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. Physical facilities of the main campus include modern classroom buildings with state-of-the-art technology, a MAC computer lab, digital photo and print labs, a TV and radio station, the library, an academic services center, the Thoreau Art Gallery, a campus center, residence halls and apartment houses, townhouse complexes, a field house, an air frame recreation complex, a dance studio, a health center, a boat house, the Lakeside Educational Center, a glassblowing facility and a theater. Campus activities include a number of academic and special interest clubs, and groups centered around common political, arts, and academic interests. Our active Adventure Recreation and intramural programs offer a wide variety of activities on campus and throughout the region's many natural recreational facilities. The Franklin Pierce Ravens sponsor 22 (11 women's and 11 men's) intercollegiate sports teams competing at the NCAA Division II level.

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School type private, coed college
Year founded 1962
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to Franklin Pierce University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 31. The application fee at Franklin Pierce University is $40. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 84.8 percent.

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Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 84.8%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 31

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Franklin Pierce University is 14:1, and the school has 64.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Franklin Pierce University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; and Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 63.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 41%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 19%
Health Professions and Related Programs 10%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 9%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 8%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 6%

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Student Life

Franklin Pierce University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,737, with a gender distribution of 45.6 percent male students and 54.4 percent female students. At this school, 86 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 14 percent of students live off campus. Franklin Pierce University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,267
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Franklin Pierce University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, health service, and health insurance. Franklin Pierce University 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, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Franklin Pierce University, 65 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Franklin Pierce University.

Students who have cars on campus 65%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Franklin Pierce University, 82.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $19,218.

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Tuition and fees $30,900 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,598 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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