Franklin University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

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About Franklin University

Franklin University was originally established in 1902 under YMCA sponsorship. Today the institution has grown into Ohio's third largest private university. The primary campus is located on 14 acres in downtown Columbus, Ohio.

In addition to the main campus, the university serves students via three centrally located Ohio locations as well as online. Franklin also recently opened its first out-of-state campus in Indianapolis, Indiana.


Franklin University offers around 44 undergraduate degrees and five graduate degrees through its College of Arts, Sciences & Technology, College of Business and College of Health & Public Administration. All of its programs are offered online, and more than 80% of the university's students take at least one online class. Franklin has partnered with 270 community colleges to deliver online bachelor's degrees to their graduates as well.

In addition to the degree programs mentioned above, Franklin University offers professional certificates, career development workshops, and special learning opportunities such as a weekend learning college. Franklin caters to working adults and offers most class sessions at night to accommodate busy work schedules. Students also have the option of taking courses in 3-, 6-, 12, and 15-week formats.


Franklin University accepts applications for admission on a rolling basis throughout the year and allows applications to be submitted online along with high school transcripts. Over 90% of undergraduate students have transferred credits from other schools. The average student's age at Franklin is in the mid-30s, and the school serves students from over 70 countries throughout the world.

In 2011, G.I. Jobs magazine honored Franklin University by naming the school to its 2011 list of Military Friendly Schools. In 2010, the university's online Master of Business Administration (MBA) program was awarded a Best Value in Regionally Accredited Online MBAs by The school has also been named as one of America's Top Military Friend Colleges and Universities by Military Advanced Education magazine.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition costs and associated fees at Franklin University is around $9,025 for undergraduate students and $12,960 for graduate students as of the 2011-2012 year. The school offers tuition payment plans in addition to financial aid. Roughly 88% of all students attending Franklin in 2010-2011 used at least one form of financial aid.

School Type Private, 4-year **
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, master's, professional certificates, career development workshops**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Trimesters*
School Setting City, large**
Student Body Around 6,439 undergraduates and 1,026 graduate students in 2011**
Student Housing None**
Schools and Programs Around 44 undergraduate degree programs and 5 graduate programs via 3 colleges*
Student-Faculty Ratio 18:1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: Business administration and management (465)
Master's: Business administration (348)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates for 2003 cohort 28% in four years
36% in six years
38% in eight years**
Admission Rate N/A
Entering Class Size N/A
First-Year Retention Rates in 2011 About 32% (full-time students)
23% (part-time students)**
Average SAT Score of Admitted Students N/A
Undergraduate Application Due Date Open admissions policy**
Decision Notification Date N/A
Tuition Undergraduate tuition and fees for 2011-2012 are roughly $9,025 for undergraduates and $12,960 for graduates (excludes room and board, books, course materials, personal expenses and transportation)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Federal grant aid (80%), state/local grant aid (66%), institutional grant aid (4%), loan (82%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid in 2010-2011 88%**

Sources: *Franklin University; **IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics

School Contact Information

  • Address: 201 S. Grant Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215
  • Phone: (877) 341-6300
  • Website:

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