New Student Newsletter

Welcome Week Information

All new students (freshmen, transfer, commuter and resident) are required to participate in Welcome Week, which starts on Thursday afternoon, August 23, continues all day and evening until Sunday evening and then includes events after the start of classes on Monday, August 27 until Friday evening, August 31. All new students are to attend and should plan to be off work and not make other commitments away from campus.

During Welcome Week, students will participate in activities with their mentor and LA 100 classmates, help the greater Franklin Community on FOCUS day, meet their academic advisors and understand what it takes to be academically successful at Franklin College.

Resident students will receive their orientation schedule during move-in between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 23.  Resident students’ meal plans begin with dinner on Thursday, August 23.

Commuter students are to check in on Thursday, August 23, in the Dietz Center Lobby 5:00 p.m. A new student commuter meeting will be held at 5:00 p.m. Meals will be available to commuter students, free of charge, beginning with dinner on Thursday, August 23, and ending with dinner on Sunday, August 26.

If you have any questions regarding Welcome Week, please contact Keri Ellington at 317.738.8333. 

New Student Move-In Information

The residence halls will open for all new and transfer students on Thursday, August 23.  Move in will occur from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.  You will receive your student ID and room key. You will also complete your residence hall paperwork at this time.  Don’t forget to print labels for your belongings to make move-in even smoother!

Room Assignments 

If you are a new student, you should have already been notified of your room and roommate assignment by email to your Franklin College email address.  If you haven’t received an email, please contact the Director of Residence Life (  Moving into the residence halls is an exciting event but it can also be tiring and a bit hectic. Have no fear – the college community has a very efficient process and we will be there to help!

Prior to arriving

Label all your belongings with your room number so our volunteers can carry your belongings for you and get them to your room.

Here is where you can download pre-made labels you can print, cut-out, and attach to your belongings:

Basic check-in information

Familiarize yourself with campus:

Visit the Maps and Directions page for information about getting to campus

Visit the Move-In Information for Residence Halls page for residence hall specific arrival guides

When you get to campus, go to the designated unloading zone for your residence hall.

Once you’re parked, students will enter the residence hall and go to the hall specific check-in location to complete check-in paperwork and receive room keys.

If family or friends are helping, have them unload your vehicle(s) while you get checked in and unlock your room. If you are moving in alone, unlock your room and then come back to your vehicle to help unload it. Volunteers will help take your belongings from the unloading zone to your assigned room.

If you’re not sure what to bring or leave home, search for “what to bring to college” on the Franklin College webpage.

Parking Permit Information 2018-2019 

All full- and part-time students are required to display a parking permit when parking on campus.

Students may purchase their parking permit beginning August 13, during normal business hours in the Security Office, located on the lower level of the Napolitan Student Center. Parking regulations and a campus parking map will be provided when a permit is purchased. The cost of a parking permit is $50 per year and is charged to your account.  No cash or checks are accepted.

Everyone should pre-register before getting a permit.  Instructions with important information will be sent to your Franklin College email address in early August.  Permits will not be issued without this information. Parking regulations are enforced year-round.

Visitors may obtain a temporary parking permit any time by contacting the security officer on duty at 317.738.8888. When requesting a temporary parking permit, the requestor must provide their license plate number and the make of their automobile to the security officer. The security office is located in the southeast corner in the lower level of the Student Center.

Parking permit enforcement will begin on the evening of August 27 – the first day of classes.

Financial Aid: understanding your next steps…

Unsure if your financial aid is finalized?  Access your online financial aid system ( to ensure you’ve completed the steps necessary to secure your aid.

Step 1: Complete your Financial Aid to Do List.  From Verification documents to student loan files, your To Do List must be finalized in order to accept your awards.

Step 2: Visit Accepting Your Awards to actually accept your awards.  It may sound like a no-brainer but this step can be easily forgotten.

It’s that easy!  We want to ensure you understand every step of the financial aid process so questions are welcomed.  Never be afraid to give us a call at 317.738.8075, or send an email message to We are here to help in any way that we can!

Mail Services

Franklin College provides each enrolled student (resident and commuter) with a campus mailbox. Keys to mailboxes are issued in the mail room. You will retain the same mailbox throughout your enrollment at the college. Mailboxes are located on the ground floor of the Student Center.

Student mail/packages should have your unit # included in your address. Please use the word UNIT when addressing student mail, as the U.S. Post Office may not recognize “P.O. Box” or “Box” numbers as a Franklin College address, and the mail may be returned to the sender.

To address a student:
Student’s name
Student’s unit number
Franklin College
101 Branigin Blvd.
Franklin, IN  46131-2623

To address faculty/staff:
Faculty/staff name
Department name
Franklin College
101 Branigin Blvd.
Franklin, IN  46131-2623

Mail service hours of operation are weekdays 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  There is no Saturday mail delivery. The telephone number is 317.738.8077.

The Franklin College Bookstore:

The best place for books

The Franklin College bookstore offers the course materials, study guides and class supplies you need while also offering the sweatshirts, backpacks and tech gear you want.

Preferred Faculty Method for Finding the Right Books

Whether your preference is for traditional textbooks or the latest in digitized offerings, we’ll help you find the solution that best fits your study style and budget and the exact book editions required by faculty.  The bookstore offers Rent-A-Text, new books, used books and digital books.

Your Online Resource is your virtual front door to the Franklin College bookstore. There you’ll find the largest inventory of textbooks and everything you need for every day of your university life. Order online and have it shipped to your home or shipping is free with in store pickup.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the manager, Matthew Neau by phone 317.738.8100.

Message from the Health Center

Thanks to those students who have submitted their health forms.  If the health form has not been submitted, it is important that you address that in a timely manner.  If assistance is needed, or if questions remain, feel free to contact the Coordinator of Student Health Services, Cathe DeCleene at or by phone/fax: 317.738.8090.  Athletic required paperwork is different from the general Franklin College Health Form. If you are an athlete, both are required.

Information on all adult immunizations can be found at:

Flu vaccines will be available again this fall.  Students will be notified of availability and cost via email.

Do You Need On-Campus Employment? 

Federal College Work-Study
Students with demonstrated financial need may be allocated a specific amount of money within their financial aid as part of the Federal Work-Study Program.  Students who qualify may earn up to the amount allocated by working no more than 20 hours per week in various offices on and off campus. To be eligible, a student must submit the FAFSA annually prior to the deadline and follow the steps listed below to obtain a position. Please note that acceptance into the work-study program does not guarantee employment.  Furthermore, work-study funds are only paid relative to work performed.

Steps to Finding a Work-Study Job

  1. From the MYFC homepage, click on “Departments” in the left toolbar.
  2. Click on the “Student Employment” department.
  3. Click on the link in the middle of the page, “Students: Click here to navigate to our Student Employment page!
  4. Click on Student Applicants.  (This page will give you the options of searching the database for jobs, reviewing recently posted jobs, options for email notification of openings, or linking to the Job Planner which will let you view jobs that have been offered in the past.)
  5. Review Job Descriptions.  (Click on the job title to view details about the job such as pay, hours, duties, etc.  Please look closely at Funding Source to determine if this job is open to any students or only those students which qualify for Work-Study.)
  6. If the posted job is “Work-Study” only, make sure you qualify before applying.
  7. Click on the box next to the job(s) for which you wish to apply, then click “Apply for selected jobs” when you are ready to apply.
  8. Fill out Application.  (Completely fill out the application for the position.  Be sure to provide accurate information and a phone number in which you can easily be reached.)
  9. Submit Application.  (When you are satisfied with the application, simply click on submit application.  A copy of your application will be directly sent to the job’s supervisor.  The supervisor will contact those students whom they wish to interview and/or hire for the position.)

Tips for Finding a Work-Study or On-Campus Job

  • Apply to many jobs to increase your chances.  There is no limit.
  • Follow up with a phone call or email messages directly to the Supervisor to show your sincere interest and to separate yourself from the rest of the pack.
  • The best time to find a job is the beginning of first semester.  Apply early.
  • Keep schedules in mind when applying.  For example, if you are an athlete, your time could be limited in the evening.
  • Make personal connections on campus with staff and faculty to identify job opportunities and to express interest in a position.
  • Students that have questions about the Federal College Work-Study program can call the Coordinator of Campus Employment with Student Financial Services at 317.738.8770. Follow us on Twitter @FCworkstudy

Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Franklin College is committed to providing students with the opportunity to live with and learn from people from different cultures, races, sexual orientations, religions, etc.  It is the hope of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion that students take the opportunity to interact with others to help them fully develop as a person. It will be their experiences in and out of the classroom that will help prepare them to be contributing members of a global society. The mission of the Center is to support students, faculty/staff and the community be promoting the value of diversity, broadening multicultural awareness, advancing cultural competence and encouraging cross-cultural collaborative relationships through education and advocacy. Below are a few programs in which your student can participate.

Brother to Brother (B2B) and Sister to Sister (S2S) are peer led role-modeling programs designed to aid in the personal, cultural and educational development and retention of minority students during their matriculation through Franklin College. The programs seek to provide a positive atmosphere that will encourage students to exhibit uncompromising character and academic excellence. It also aids in establishing a cultural foundation for minority students through small group bonding activities. Students will engage in networking, opportunities, build connections amongst one another and set standards of excellence for themselves that they will hold each other accountable for reaching and maintaining. They will also have the opportunity to interact with positive minority role models from the community in a supportive environment.

The B.O.S.S. (Building Opportunities through Support and Structure) Mentoring Program pairs underrepresented Franklin College students with professionals either on or off campus. The purpose is to provide students with successful adult mentors who can provide leadership and guidance in all areas of life. It also serves as an additional level of support to underrepresented students at Franklin College which should in turn assist in the retention rates of the underrepresented student population. If you are interested in signing up for the B.O.S.S. Mentoring Program, please contact Terri Roberts-Leonard at

The B.O.L.D. (Building Our Leaders through Diversity) Living/Learning Community aims to promote an understanding and respect for multiculturalism and diversity and to provide intellectual, social and cultural programs focused on multicultural enrichment. The B.O.L.D. Community is located in the Maple House on campus. The B.O.L.D. House is currently looking for three more residents for the 2018-2019 school year. Contact Veronica Roberts at if you are interested!

FC on the Town

FC on the Town is by the Center for Student Involvement. Engaging off-campus programs are sponsored every month in an effort to familiarize students with social opportunities in the community as well as encourage participation in weekend programming.  The first event is September 7 at Ritter’s Frozen Custard.  Follow the Student Activities Center on Twitter at @FC_SAC for details and information for FC on the Town and Griz Nights!

Please join us for:

  • September 6 – Thursday – Griz Night
  • September 7 – Friday – Ritter’s Frozen Custard
  • October 13 – Saturday – Kings Island (Ohio)
  • November 15 – Thursday – Greek’s Pizzeria PLUS Griz Night
  • December 2 – Sunday – Christmas at the Zoo

Social Media

Don’t want to miss a thing about student involvement? Follow us
Twitter: @FCInvolvement
Facebook @FranklinCollegeCSI

Student Congress Needs YOU

The purpose of Student Congress is to support the values of Franklin College, to direct and promote student activities, to develop a spirit of progress and tradition and act as a liaison between the student body and faculty, staff and administrators. Student Congress appreciates the participation and input of all students. Meetings are held every Wednesday throughout the school year at 6:00 p.m. in the Napolitan Student Center, Room 245.

This fall, Student Congress will be accepting applications for freshmen, at-large, and commuter representatives. If you are interested in joining one of the most active organizations on campus, pick up an application at the Be Engaged Fair or email student congress President Holly Short at

This year Student Congress will be focusing on continuing to make the Franklin College campus lively, vibrant and inviting for all students. If you have ideas or want to be a part of shaping the campus culture, run for a position on Student Congress.

Sodexo Dining Services Welcomes Students to a New Year

Franklin College Dining Services is excited to welcome students for the 2018-2019 academic year.

During the first week of school, Sodexo will be highlighting offerings such as everyday dining to a sampling of off-campus dining options.

Follow dining services on social media:


Twitter: Franklin Colleg1

Instagram: FCdining

Dining Services Hours are:

Monday – Thursday: 6:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday: 6:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Continental Dining is offered on Saturday and Sunday 9:00-11:00 a.m.

If you have meal plan questions, please contact dining services at 317.738.8108 or Les Petroff at  or the business office at 317.738.8031 or Cheryl Stewart at .

We will have a new platform that addresses allergy issues. Our “Simple Servings” station will serve foods that are prepared exclusively with ingredients which DO NOT CONTAIN the following:
-milk-eggs-wheat-soy-shellfish-peanuts-tree nuts-gluten

The entrees are prepared separately from other items in the kitchen with separate utensils to insure no cross-contamination occurs.

Students are encouraged to get involved with the Dining Committee.  This committee provides great feedback from a student point of view.   From these insights, dining services has had menu changes and offers special items to keep the menu fresh.  To get involved, contact Les Petroff at

Important dates in August and September


  • 23-31 – Welcome Week
  • 25 – FOCUS Day
  • 26 – Returning students move in
  • 27 – First day of classes
  • 30 – The Be Engaged Fair


  • 3 – Labor Day – College closed (meals served on the weekend & Labor Day)
  • 28-29 – Homecoming

Student Affairs Directory

Vice President & Dean of Students
Ellis Hall

Associate Dean of Students
Leah Howell

Executive Secretary
Marti Schrock

Director of Campus Ministry
Hannah Adams Ingram

Director of Counseling Services
John R. Shafer

Sara Kinder

Coordinator of Student Health Center
Cathe DeCleene

Director of Dining Services   
Les Petroff

Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Terri Roberts-Leonard

Director of Residence Life 
Jacob Knight

Johnson/Dietz – Hoover/Cline Area Coordinator
Veronica Roberts

Dietz Center – Elsey Hall Area Coordinator
Russ Norris

Director of Security 
Steve Leonard

Assistant Director of Student Involvement & Greek Life
Taylor Dwyer

Coordinator of Student Involvement 
Beth Ostendorf

Assistant to Student Involvement 
Judy Yarnell