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Franklin College: Who We Are

Mission: Franklin College empowers students through an experiential education, grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, promoting impactful careers and meaningful lives.

Vision: Franklin College envisions a vibrant, inclusive learning community fueled by transformative experiences and innovative partnerships.

Values: Franklin College upholds a common set of values that enhances the community and sustains personal, spiritual, intellectual, and professional growth for a lifetime. We value:

People of INTEGRITY who exhibit

  • honest and ethical conduct and speech
  • responsibility in personal, academic, and professional lives

Commitment to INCLUSIVITY that honors

  • all forms of diversity
  • the dignity of self and others
  • empathy, sincerity, and openness

Culture of INTELLECTUAL CURIOSITY that promotes

  • deep reflection about knowledge, beliefs, and ideas
  • the ability to recognize, formulate and ask discerning questions
  • independent thinking

Drive for INNOVATION and CREATIVITY that encourages

  • a willingness to take risks
  • adaptability to an ever-changing world
  • the ability to solve complex problems

Spirit of COMMUNITY that fosters

  • a collaborative environment that is responsive to the needs of others
  • a supportive, service-minded network
  • respect for the personal beliefs, faiths, and convictions that give purpose and meaning to our lives

History: Founded in 1834, Franklin College is a residential liberal arts and sciences institution located 20 minutes south of Indianapolis. Franklin offers a wide array of undergraduate majors as well as master’s degree programs in Physician Assistant Studies and Athletic Training. The unique curriculum merges classroom instruction with immersive experiences, research opportunities, and study away programs. Our goal is to prepare career-ready graduates for today’s global professions and those of the future. Small classes enable students to thrive through personal peer interaction and mentorship from professors who challenge and inspire them to think critically and perform confidently. Students participate in a vibrant co-curriculum that includes 21 NCAA Division III sports, Greek Life, musical and theatre productions, and more than 40 student organizations. As the first college in Indiana to become coeducational with the admission of women, Franklin welcomes diversity of thought, belief, and person into a community that values equity and inclusion. Franklin College maintains a voluntary association with the American Baptist Churches USA. For more information, visit Find Franklin College on Facebook and follow @FranklinCollege on Twitter.

Location: The Franklin College campus spans 207 acres, including athletic fields and a 31-acre biology woodland. Because Franklin is close to Indianapolis, its residents enjoy easy access to the resources offered by a large city, but they can also enjoy the charm and small-town atmosphere of Franklin itself, which has a population of more than 25,000.

Accreditation:  Franklin College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604
(800) 621-7440

Total Enrollment: Franklin College welcomed 272 students in the fall of 2022, resulting in 907 full-time enrolled students representing 19 states and 7 countries. Franklin has maintained a student body that is 50% male and 50% female. 

Franklin College adopted a test-optional admissions policy in the spring of 2020.  Of those students choosing to submit test scores, the middle 50 percent range score for students who took the ACT was between 18 and 25 and the middle 50 percent range score for students who took the SAT was between 970 and 1170. 41% of the students were in the top quarter of their high school graduation class.  Of our freshmen, 22% identify as multicultural/international students.

Tuition and Fees for 2023-24
Fees: $750
Room: $6,510
Full Board Plans: $4,780
14-Meal Only Plan: $4,670
10-Meal Only Plan: $4,240
Board: Immersive Term: $495

Rankings: Per US News and World Report, the college ranks #71 in Top Performers on Social Mobility (among national liberal arts colleges) and #139 in National Liberal Arts Colleges (2023).

Scholarships and Financial Aid: Merit-based scholarships and need-based assistance, including federal grants, are offered. In the 2022-23 school year, we administered more than $32.8 million in financial aid.

Academics: Franklin College offers a bachelor’s degree in 50+ majors in 24 academic disciplines. The college also offers 15  cooperative, graduate, and pre-professional programs. The student-to-faculty ratio is 11.7:1. The average class size is 14.74. There are 73 full-time faculty members; 72.6% of the Franklin College faculty holds a terminal degree in their area and 49 hold Ph.Ds.

Organizations: Franklin College offers over 50 social, educational, and service-oriented organizations including Greek life, Habitat for Humanity, and Student Congress.

Athletics: Franklin is a member of the Heartland Collegiate Conference and a Division III powerhouse in the NCAA. More than 43% of our students participate in our 21 varsity sports. The school’s mascot is the grizzly bear and the school’s colors are navy blue and old gold.  For more information on athletics, please follow this link:

Graduate Outcomes: In a survey of 164/170 class of 2022 graduates six months post-commencement, 97% of students were employed or attending graduate school within six months of graduating: 68.9% of graduates were already employed full-time, 17.1% were in graduate school, 6.7% were in part-time employment, 4.3% were pursuing other interests and 3% were still seeking employment. Graduate Outcomes Data

Student Outcomes: Franklin College regularly tracks and reviews student retention, graduation, and demographics statistics. Student Outcomes and Demographics (PDF)