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Franklin College: Narrative Description


501 East Monroe
Franklin, IN 46131-2598
Tel: (317)738-8000; 800-852-0232; Admissions: (317)738-8062; Fax: (317)738-8274; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: Independent, 4-year, coed, affiliated with American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1834. Setting: 74-acre small town campus with easy access to Indianapolis. Endowment: $65.5 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $5300 per student. Total enrollment: 1,038. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 681 applied, 86% were admitted. 19% from top 10% of their high school class, 48% from top quarter, 88% from top half. 5 valedictorians. full-time: 983 students, 56% women, 44% men. Part-time: 55 students, 55% women, 45% men. Students come from 19 states and territories, 7 other countries, 6% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 4% black, 0.1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 3% 25 or older, 74% live on campus, 2% transferred in. Retention: 70% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; education; communications/communication technologies. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships. Off campus study at Marian College, University of Indianapolis, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, Butler University, Martin University, Ivy Tech State College. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements: Options: Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, TOEFL for international students, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 5/1. Notification: 10/1.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $30. Comprehensive fee: $22,195 includes full-time tuition ($16,750), mandatory fees ($175), and college room and board ($5270). College room only: $3080. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 66 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 41% of eligible men and 41% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: FLOW, FC Volunteers, Student Entertainment Board, Student Congress. Major annual events: Homecoming, Grizzly Grand Prix Festival. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing designed to accommodate 667 students; 689 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2001-02. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Option: coed housing available. Hamilton Library plus 1 other with 122,605 books, 285,893 microform titles, 484 serials, 7,388 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $569,640. 150 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Franklin (population 15,000) is situated 20 miles south of Indianapolis with facilities that include a library, hospital, 15 churches representing major denominations, and various service, fraternal, and veteran's organizations. Recreational activities are fishing, swimming, tennis, and bowling. Part-time job opportunities are available.

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