Franklin College

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Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus
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American Baptist

Franklin College, a small, American Baptist Church-affiliated liberal arts college, was founded in 1834 in the small Indiana town of Franklin. Named, like the town, for Benjamin Franklin, Franklin College was notable for being the first college in Indiana, and one of the first in the US, to admit women alongside men. Over more than 180 years, Franklin College grew into the heart of Franklin and central Indiana, building a reputation for community engagement, academic quality, and ethical responsibility. Franklin is ranked in the top tier of national liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report.

Academic Programs

Franklin operates as a traditional liberal arts college, with all students building a strong intellectual and academic grounding in the classical humanities and sciences as a preparation for professional life. More than 50 majors, and 11 pre-professional programs, give Franklin students a full, comprehensive slate of options, from business and accounting, to computer science and software engineering, to the fine arts and humanities. A low student:faculty ratio of 11:1 gives students the kind of access to their professors that only a small liberal arts college can provide.

Franklin excels at providing students with access to internships and employment after graduation. Part of Franklin’s advantage is its proximity to Indianapolis, Indiana’s largest city; falling within the Indianapolis metropolitan area, Franklin has built considerable connections to the government and industry of the city. Nearly all Franklin students (as much as 95%) complete internships during their college career, and many majors require an internship for graduation. All that experience has real results; the Franklin name is trusted in Indianapolis and throughout Indiana, helping around 90% of graduates find jobs or enter graduate school.

Student Life

With a student body of just over 1000, Franklin College is known for its rich, comfortable on-campus atmosphere. In the liberal arts tradition, around three-quarters of the student body lives on campus creating a vibrant campus life. In addition to student-led clubs and organizations like service groups, recreation clubs, and honor societies, Franklin has a busy Greek life; while there are only a half dozen fraternities and sororities, more than 40% of the student body are members of a Greek organization. The Franklin College Grizzlies compete in the NCAA Division III Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference in 17 varsity sports. Once known as the Fighting Baptists, Franklin’s teams were renamed in honor of their legendary basketball coach, Ernest “Griz” Wagner.

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