Admissions Overview

Franklin Pierce University is proud of its innovative approach to education, its award-winning faculty and the quality of its academic programs. We have made our campus a comfortable academic home that offers a wealth of educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities. As such, we seek to admit students who show potential to succeed academically and to contribute as members of a liberal arts community.

(Adult students will find admissions information in the undergraduate adult, graduate program and online learning sections of this site.)

The University admits those secondary school graduates who have a sincere desire for higher education, who have demonstrated an ability to acquire this education, and who have exhibited good citizenship. Admission is open to all qualified applicants without regard to race, religion, physical disability, or ethnic origin. This page contains information on:

 

bullet When can I apply?
bullet High school requirements
bullet Admission procedures
bullet Considerations for transfer students and veterans
bullet For international students
bullet Policies on advanced standing and early admission
bullet How to apply for readmission
bullet University non-discrimination statement

For admissions information:
Call 1-800-437-0048 within the United States
If you are calling from outside the United States
please use 603-899-4050.
Fax 603-899-4394
e-mail: admissions@franklinpierce.edu

When Can I Apply

Applications are processed on a rolling basis. There is no application deadline. Students may apply to enter for the Fall, Spring or Summer Sessions. Applicants are evaluated on an individual basis with the student's potential and seriousness of purpose of primary concern. The trend toward improved grades, more difficult coursework and greater school involvement all weigh heavily in the student's behalf. Counselor support and supplementary recommendations are valued and given special consideration. The University's small class size and accessible faculty means that consistent high school achievement is generally a more valid predictor of success at Franklin Pierce than SAT scores.

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High School Requirements

Candidates considered for admission to Franklin Pierce University ordinarily must be graduates of an accredited secondary school unless they qualify for early admission. Each entering student must submit evidence of adequate preparation for college. Sixteen units of secondary school work are required of each candidate, and the preferred distribution is as follows:

English, 4 credits
Mathematics, 3 credits
Laboratory Sciences, 2 credits
Social Sciences, 2 credits
Electives, 5 credits


Candidates deemed to have potential and motivation, yet not meeting all admission requirements, may be accepted provisionally. Franklin Pierce evaluates each application holistically, giving consideration to multiple facets of the application packet. We evaluate the following materials in order of importance:

Your high school course work:
Applicants are evaluated on an individual basis with the student's potential and seriousness of purpose of primary concern. The trend toward improved grades, more difficult course work and greater school involvementweigh heavily in the student's behalf. Seniors grades are evaluated closely and the most recent senior grades must be submitted with a student's transcript.

Recommendations:
Counselor support and supplementary recommendations are valued and are given special consideration. Students are required to submit one recommendation from a school counselor or academic teacher. A student may submit additional letters of support from those who know the student's academic work with their application.

Standardized Test Scores:
Class size and campus environment are such that SAT results are generally a less valid predictor of success at Franklin Pierce than ongoing classroom achievement. However, these scores still provide Franklin Pierce valuable information and are considered as part of the admissions packet.

Writing Sample:
In addition to the required writing portion of the SAT or ACT, we also require a polished writing sample to evaluate a student's written abilities. Students may choose from a question listed on the application or submit a graded writing sample from a recent academic class. The essay gives students the opportunity to both demonstrate their writing aptitude, and share with Franklin Pierce a little more about themselves.

Potential for Success:
Franklin Pierce admits those secondary school graduates who have a sincere desire for higher education, have demonstrated ability to acquire this education, and have evidenced good citizenship. Students can demonstrate these abilities through elective course work, school athletics, extra curricular activities, community involvement and volunteer service.

Admission is open to all qualified applicants without regard to sex, race, color, religion, age, physical disability, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation or marital status. Applications are processed on a rolling basis; there is no application deadline.

Candidates considered for admission to Franklin Pierce University ordinarily must be graduates of an accredited secondary school unless qualified for early admission. Franklin Pierce University supports the efforts of secondary school officials and governing bodies to have their schools achieve regional accredited status to provide reliable assurance of the quality of the educational preparation of its applicants for admission.

For admissions information:
Call 1-800-437-0048 within the United States
If you are calling from outside the United States, please use 603-899-4050
Fax 1-603-899-4394
e-mail: admissions@franklinpierce.edu

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Procedures for Admission

Though applicants are considered on a rolling basis until the class is filled, students are encouraged to apply and have their transcripts and recommendations sent early in the senior year.However, later applications will be considered if space is available. Students may enter in the Fall, Spring, or Summer. The formal application should be forwarded to the Office of Admissions, Franklin Pierce University, 40 University Drive, Rindge, NH, 03461. There is no application fee. Upon acceptance, a $400 deposit, which is credited toward tuition, will be requested. Written requests for deposit extensions until May 1 will be granted.

The application consists of the following documents and information:

1. The completed application form.

2. Official secondary school transcript.

3. Official transcript from each college attended.

4. Official secondary school recommendation (guidance counselor, principal, or teacher) is required in most cases.

5. Any student seeking admission to the University normally submits either the results of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT I) of the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) or the results of the American College Testing Program (ACT). Special consideration will be given to students who, for valid reasons, are unable to submit SAT or ACT scores. Information concerning the Scholastic Aptitude Test may be obtained by writing to the College Entrance Examination Board, P.O. Box 592, Princeton, NJ 08540. Information concerning the American College Testing Program may be obtained by writing to the American College Testing Program, P.O. Box 168, Iowa City, IA 52240.

6. A sample of the student's writing or an essay.

7. An on-campus interview is recommended.

8. Foreign students must submit the Certification of Finances and an acceptable TOEFL score in addition to the above items and must demonstrate college-level English language ability. This ability is normally ascertained through the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). However, acceptable SAT or ACT scores may be substituted for the TOEFL.

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Transfer Students & Veterans

Transfer students are welcome at Franklin Pierce University. Transfer students, including graduates of two-year colleges, are welcome to apply for entrance in the Fall, Spring, or Summer. The Admissions Office must be furnished with an official transcript from each college attended. A complete policy statement regarding transfer credits is available from the Registrar. Students from Associate-level accredited colleges will receive transfer credit of up to 75 semester hours for grades of "C" or better.


Veterans are encouraged to apply to Franklin Pierce University. Recognition is given to CLEP general exams, USAFI courses and G.E.D. equivalency examinations. Financial aid and employment opportunities are available. The University participates in Project Ahead which allows service men and women to earn credit while on duty.


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Advanced Standing & Early Admission

The University recognizes unusual secondary school accomplishment by means of advanced placement and credit for those who have taken especially enriched or accelerated courses before entering college.

Students may apply for advanced credit by taking Advanced Placement Courses, International Baccalaureate courses or the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and earning acceptable scores.

Applicants qualify for such credit by satisfactory achievement on the College Board Advanced Placement Tests and through the College-Level Examination Program. Further information may be obtained by writing to the College-Level Examination Program, College Entrance Examination Board, 888 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019. (See Credit Policies for limits on CLEP credits.)


Students may be granted early admission. Students who have completed their junior year in high school may apply to have the requirement of high school graduation waived. Normally students are expected to have strong school and family support for the Early Admission option and show maturity and positive motivation for selecting this option. Applicants wishing to be considered for early admission are asked to arrange for a personal interview.


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Readmission


Any student reentering or seeking readmission to Franklin Pierce University should contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs at 603- 899-4360.

Students who have been suspended for poor academic achievement may be readmitted if they:

a) Attend a Franklin Pierce University Summer Session or a subsequent term at a Professional Studies center and receive a grade of C or better in two courses approved in advance by the Academic Dean, or

b) Attend another college and receive an average of 2.0 or better in 12 credits approved in advance by the Academic Dean.

Suspended students wishing to exercise either of these options should contact the Vice President for Student Affairs to make necessary arrangements.

Upon completion of the approved work, an application for readmission should be submitted to Student Affairs, along with a transcript of work completed.

Download the Application for Readmission: PDF


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Nondiscrimination Policy


Franklin Pierce University admits students of any race, color, gender, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the University. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, disability, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other University-administered programs.

In compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, the University guarantees that matriculating students have the right to inspect all personally identifiable records maintained by the University and may challenge the contents and accuracy of those records through appropriate University procedures.

It is further guaranteed by the University that student records containing personally identifiable information will not be released except as permitted by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.


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