Franklin College Facts

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Mission: A Franklin College education fosters independent thinking, innovation, leadership and action for ever-changing professions and a globally connected world.

Vision: Franklin College will be nationally recognized as a premier college for engaged learning in the liberal arts and sciences, inspiring students to think independently, to question critically and to live, lead and serve meaningfully.

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 liberal arts college in the Indianapolis metropolitan area, about 20 miles from downtown Indianapolis. Our small class size allows students to thrive through personal interactions and individual mentorship. In addition, our liberal arts and sciences curriculum offers transformative opportunities that translate into empowered perspectives and real-world jobs. Our professors, faculty-advocates, challenge students to stretch beyond easy answers and become leaders in their fields. At the end of the day, we are self-motivated lifelong learners who relentlessly pursue the best in ourselves and in our community. 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 roughly 20,000.

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

Other Accreditation: The Teacher Education Program is accredited by the Division of Professional Standards of the Indiana Department of Education and by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.  The Athletic Training Education Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.

Total Enrollment: There are 956 full-time enrolled students representing 15 states and 5 countries. Franklin has maintained a student body that is 47% male and 53% female.

Entering Class: Franklin College welcomed 270 students in the fall of 2019. 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 900 and 1140. 35% of the students were in the top quarter of their high school graduation class. 49% of our first-year class completed an Indiana Academic Honors Diploma. Of our freshmen, 14% identify as multicultural/international students.

Tuition and Fees for 2020-21
Room: $6,026
Full Board Plans: $4,070
10-Meal Only Plan: $3,706
Board: Winter Term: 450

Scholarships & Financial Aid: Merit-based scholarships and need-based assistance, including federal grants, are offered. In the 2018-19 school year, we administered more than $30.6 million in financial aid.

Academics: Franklin College offers a bachelor’s degree in 50+ majors in 24 academic disciplines. The college also offers eleven pre-professional programs. The student-to-faculty ratio is 11:1. The average class size is 15. There are 79 full-time faculty members; 82.2% of the Franklin College faculty holds a terminal degree in their area and 58 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 1,023 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 209/214 class of 2019 graduates six months post-commencement, 97.6% of students were employed or attending graduate school within six months of graduating: 73.2% of graduates were already employed full-time, 12.4% were in graduate school, 9.6% were in part-time employment, 2.4% were pursuing other interests and 2.4% 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)