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Franklin College

Franklin, IN

Franklin College


Franklin College is a residential liberal arts and sciences college in the Indianapolis metropolitan area, 20 miles from downtown Indianapolis. Franklin's beautiful wooded campus is located practically next door  to the 12th largest city in the United States. The small class size allows students to thrive through personal interactions with each other and faculty.  In addition, Franklin College’s liberal arts and sciences curriculum offers transformative opportunities that translate into empowered perspectives and real-world jobs.  The professors, faculty-advocates, challenge students to stretch beyond easy answers and become leaders in their fields.  At the end of the day, Franklin College students are self-motivated lifelong learners who relentlessly pursue the best in themselves and in their community.

Franklin College believes the liberal arts are as much an experience as an education.  Our 60 majors, minors and professional programs are designed to give you a strong academic background, with practical skills gained through internships, mentored research and our professional development program.  The colleges location makes it very easy to intern in Indianapolis during a semester or take an internship anywhere in the world during summer or a semester away.

Franklin Has been ranked the "#1 Liberal Arts College in Indiana" and a "Best Nationwide College for Your Money."  While these accolades are nice, Franklin is most proud that our students consistently admitted to graduate school and employed at significantly higher rates than our peer institutions.  You graduate from Franklin equipped with a holistic worldview, leadership experience, and a focused skill set that translates into being prepared for the career you desire.

Franklin has a traditional fall and spring semester, along with a four week winter term over the month of January.  The college offers a variety of interesting and unique courses over winter term including travel courses that visit cities both domestic and abroad.  Franklin College students consistently say their winter term experiences were life changing—from friends made, bonds developed with faculty, and opportunities to explore situations and cultures outside a normal classroom

Franklin College's team name is the Grizzlies, and the NCAA Division III Franklin Grizzlies are members of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. The teams have even received some all-sports championships in both men's and women's sports. Students may play varsity sports that include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, softball, and volleyball.  Grizzlies compete on a 78 acre athletic complex called Grizzly Park.

With over 50 different student organizations, students will be able to explore familiar interests and fall in love with new passions.  Students hone their leadership through Greek Life, student government, multicultural activities, intramurals, the fine arts and service.  There is a niche for everyone. 

Franklin College is a campus of diverse friends, and students like it that way.  No one is a number.  Respect is important.  The living communities are comfortable and fun spaces to relax and connect outside the classroom.  Whether its late-night cramming, pizza parties or binge watching a favorite show with friends, students have plenty of chances to recharge and socialize.

Franklin College has no large lecture halls.  The 11 to 1 faculty ratio and average class size of 15 students insures faculty get to know the students—and know them well.  Faculty serve as student advisors—helping students shape their coursework and internships to meet their career goals.  To support students’ academic success there is a team offering support services including workshops, writing support, tutoring, counseling services and more.

The best way to experience the Blue and Gold Spirit is to visit.  Franklin offers open house programs in the fall and spring.  Admitted students may spend the night, attend class, meet faculty and students several times a year.

Both merit and need-based Financial Aid is available.  All applicants are encouraged to file a FAFSA.

Location & Contact

Address 101 Branigin Boulevard
Franklin, IN  46131-2623
United States
Contact Ms. Tara Evans
Director of Admissions
Phone: 317-738-8075
Fax: 317-738-8075

Majors & Degrees

Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
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Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Education Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
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History Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Parks, Recreation, Leisure And Fitness Studies Associate Bachelors
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Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
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Application Fee
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
Other requirements exist (see below)
Required for some programs Interview
Recommended Essay

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen Not reported Not reported Yes
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer Not reported Not reported Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score 25th % Info icon 75th % Info icon
SAT Critical Reading 500 610
SAT Math 510 590
ACT Composite 19 25

Tuition & Fees

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Full-time student fees
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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan No
Tuition payment plans offered Yes
Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition Senior Citizens

Financial Aid

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Student Body

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Hispanic/Latino 2.66%
Black or African American 4.19%
White or Caucasian 87.23%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.31%
Asian 0.82%
Two or more races 2.86%
Other 1.63%


Male (47.54%)
Female (52.46%)

Campus Life


College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Co-ed housing
Disabled housing
Men-only housing
Women-only housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 69%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
Homecoming, Grizzly Grand Prix Festival and Bell Game Against Hanover College

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Most popular organizations:
Student Entertainment Board, Student Congress and FC Volunteers

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No Division 3 No
Basketball Checkmark Division 3 No
Cheerleading No No No
Cross-country Running No Division 3 No
Football No Division 3 No
Golf No Division 3 No
Lacrosse No No No
Soccer No Division 3 No
Softball No No No
Swimming And Diving No Division 3 No
Tennis No Division 3 No
Track And Field No Division 3 No
Volleyball No No No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No No No
Basketball Checkmark Division 3 No
Cheerleading No Checkmark No
Cross-country Running No Division 3 No
Football No No No
Golf No Division 3 No
Lacrosse No Division 3 No
Soccer No Division 3 No
Softball No Division 3 No
Swimming And Diving No Division 3 No
Tennis No Division 3 No
Track And Field No Division 3 No
Volleyball No Division 3 No


Total Faculty
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 75
Part-time - 48
Male - 67
Female - 56