Franklin Pierce University
40 University Drive
Rindge, NH 03461
(800) 437-0048
Accrediting Agency:
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

Franklin Pierce University was founded in 1962 in New Hampshire, following the legacy of the 14th U.S. president, Franklin Pierce. Forty-five years after its inception, the school reached university status and its original name — Franklin Pierce College — was changed to Franklin Pierce University. The institution currently ranks No. 124 in Regional Universities (North) in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report. Franklin Pierce University also ranked No. 138 for its Physical Therapy program under Best Grad School Rankings. To better maintain individualized attention, Franklin Pierce University maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1.

Programs Offered

Franklin Pierce University recognizes the challenges adult learners face when seeking a higher education while fully employed. Responding to those challenges, the university designed a selection of courses and programs to be completed entirely online. Available from the associate to doctoral level, the programs reflect the quality and rigor of the traditional versions while affording the students the flexibility to complete the degree on a schedule that fits their needs. Degrees are provided in areas of study including criminal justice, human services, management, marketing, leadership, business, and much more. Each program provides the education necessary to have a working knowledge of the subject, and preparation necessary for entry or advancement within the student’s career/profession.


The New England Association of Schools and Colleges accredited Franklin Pierce University as a degree-granting institution.


Students are admitted on the basis of an evaluation of academic history and merit conducted by the university. In order to fulfill the criteria for admission, students must present proof of high school graduation and course work (if entering at the undergraduate level), record of cumulative grade point average (GPA), scores from the SAT/ACT, and transcripts from any previously completed college credits. Graduate student requirements vary depending on the program, but generally require that the applicant hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Additional supporting documents that may also be required for all applicants include: letter(s) of recommendation, essay or writing sample, proof of potential to succeed academically, and test scores from the TOEFL (if applicable). For more information about admissions, click here.

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