Centers and Institutes

Our academic institutes are busy centers of study where theory meets practice. Students work closely with faculty to explore the questions and issues facing the region, nation and the world. The three academic institutes housed within the University are recognized for their relevant work, which is frequently published and broadcast. Our institutes attract renowned speakers, attention from the press and community, and interest from students who want to use their knowledge to explore pressing issues, make a difference and gain valuable experience.

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Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication

The Fitzwater Center houses the University's Department of Mass Communication and student media including a campus radio station, television station and Pierce Arrow newspaper. The Fitzwater Center also serves as an academic laboratory for studying the relationship between the presidency and the press.

Student Services

Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place, and Culture

The Monadnock Institute cultivates a sense of place for individuals and communities in New Hampshire's Monadnock Region and beyond - through research and programs in education, community development, environmental stewardship and regional heritage.


New England Center for Civic Life

The New England Center for Civic Life is a non-partisan academic institute committed to strengthening communities through public deliberation and dialog. The goal is to help participants develop a more effective public voice.

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Conference Center

In the heart of New England and in one of the most attractive settings in New Hampshire, the Conference Center at Franklin Pierce University meets the needs of diverse businesses and organizations.