Franklin College, founded in 1834, is a private four-year liberal arts school located twenty minutes south of Indianapolis in Franklin, Indiana. It has a small student population at 1,047, and the major emphasis of the school is on personalized attention in the classroom. The student-teacher ratio is twelve to one. In 1842, Franklin College first admitted women into their programs, they were the first in the state and seventh in the nation to do so. The College is associated with the American Baptist Church, but all students are welcome. The College boasts a ninety-five percent job placement upon gradaution.
Students can enjoy the sprawling acreage that makes up the Franklin College campus, in a small town setting while receiving their education in small classrooms. They are also able to enjoy all that a large city offers, as Indianapolis is the seventeenth largest ciry in the nation and one of the fastest growing metropolitan regions in the Midwest. Indianapolis hosts many national sporting events annually, including the Indianapolis 500, and both men and women’s NCAA Basketball tournaments. Other cultural attractions include the Cultural Trail, War Memorial Plaza, Medal of Honor Memorial, Indy Jazz Fest, the Midwest Music Summit, the Heartland Film Festival, and the Indianapolis Fringe Festival. The city has many parks, museums, art galleries, performing arts venues, and other notable points of interest to complement an academic experience for out of the classroom learning.
Franklin College does not offer distance learning at this time, however they offer many appealing programs fostering educational and personal growth for students. The College has independent study opportunities, ROTC, many internship experiences, Semester At Sea, Intercultural Honors Experience, United Nations Semester, Washington Semester, Teacher Certification, and Visiting/Exchange Student Program. There are many study abroad options for students to learn overseas, and for foreign students to experience a semester or year at Franklin. This type of learning is encouraged by the school.
Liberal Arts is the major academic focus for Franklin College students, and there are over thirty majors available to the undergraduate student body. Students can choose from degrees in programs such as Accounting, Journalism, Psychology, Political Science, Sociology, Theatre, Secondary Education, Computing, Chemistry, Athletic Training, Economics, Computing, Business, Biology, and many more. Engineering is offered as a five year course of study in conjunction with Purdue University in Indianapolis. There are also several academic minors available to enhance and diversify students’ intellectual pursuits. Some of these minor areas of study include Leadership, Canadian Studies, Fitness, French, Recreation, Religious Studies, Rhetoric for Journalism Majors, Quantitative Methods, International Relations, Creative Writing, Chemistry and Coaching. Many of the minors are not available as majors.
Tuition costs per year is estimated to be $24,470. Fees total $265, and room and board combined are a little over $7,000. Total expenses are approximately $32,340 and many students receive financial aid. Franklin College students may receive loans, grants and a wide variety of scholarships. Some scholarships available are the Distinguished Deans Scholarship, the Discovery Scholarship, and the 21st Century Scholars Programs. The financial aid office will assist potential students in applying for aid and financing their future.