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Franklin Pierce College: Narrative Description


20 College Rd., PO Box 60
Rindge, NH 03461-0060
Tel: (603)899-4000; 800-437-0048; Admissions: (603)899-4050; Fax: (603)899-4372; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees (profile does not reflect significant enrollment at 6 continuing education sites; master's degree is only offered at these sites). Founded 1962. Setting: 1,000-acre rural campus. Endowment: $6.2 million. Total enrollment: 1,591. Faculty: 142 (68 full-time, 74 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. 3,347 applied, 86% were admitted. 3% from top 10% of their high school class, 16% from top quarter, 45% from top half. Full-time: 1,572 students, 49% women, 51% men. Part-time: 19 students, 47% women, 53% men. Students come from 32 states and territories, 18 other countries, 84% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 3% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 1% 25 or older, 93% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 65% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; protective services/public administration; communications/communication technologies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at 12 members of the New Hampshire College and University Council. Study abroad program. ROTC: Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements: Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: minimum 2.0 high school GPA, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $0. Comprehensive fee: $30,165 includes full-time tuition ($21,900), mandatory fees ($610), and college room and board ($7655). College room only: $4280. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $730 per credit.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 32 open to all. Most popular organizations: Outing Club, WFPR-Radio, Student Senate, Law Club, Business Club. Major annual events: Fall Weekend, Crimson and Grey Cultural Series, Alternative Spring Break. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,389 college housing spaces available; 1,370 were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Option: coed housing available. Franklin Pierce College Library plus 1 other with 110,210 books, 26,111 micro-form titles, 10,985 serials, 10,589 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 109 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Rindge is a rural community with a temperate climate. Cathedral of the Pines, an outdoor international shrine for people of all faiths, is located here. Numerous lakes in the area provide facilities for boating and fishing. There is limited part-time work for students off campus.

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