Pierce@60: Celebrating our past - looking to the future

Franklin Pierce University is ever-evolving. As we embark on our 60th anniversary, we reflect on our history with an eye toward the future. Fueled by an institutional commitment to long-range planning and with the support of a community invested in the  success of students and the University, we are poised to proactively pursue opportunities and adapt to challenges as we approach our 60th year in 2022. The array of pressures currently shaping higher education, from shrinking enrollment demographics and questions around the value of a college degree to the unknown long-term impacts of the global pandemic, pushes us to imagine our future with a sense of renewed purpose and urgency. By taking bold and innovative action, we are providing an education that is both relevant and enduring for our Ravens.

Since 1962, Franklin Pierce University has empowered thousands of undergraduate and graduate students to achieve academic excellence and lead meaningful, successful lives. Drawing from our strong foundation in liberal education, we offer majors and programs that develop essential, professional skills; promote close connections between students, faculty members, and staff; and position our students to realize their potential through highly personalized, financially accessible academic offerings. We continue to explore new models and programs that build on our legacy of excellence and help students increase their knowledge,
direct their passions, and graduate as qualified, engaged leaders.

Franklin Pierce encompasses a far-reaching geographic and virtual network. Regardless of whether programs are delivered online or from our campus in Rindge, New Hampshire; our academic centers in Manchester, and Lebanon, New Hampshire and Goodyear, Arizona, we meet students where they are, enabling them to succeed academically and prepare for rewarding careers across a breadth of fields.

While our geographic footprint is expansive, our physical locations and academic programs share a common focus: cultivating students’ success and helping them achieve their goals within a highly personalized learning environment. Whether they are residential undergraduates, online learners, or participants in a full-time, on ground allied health graduate program, Franklin Pierce students acquire the skills required for success in tomorrow’s workforce while cultivating the depth of knowledge embodied within a traditional liberal education.

To ensure our viability as a dynamic, relevant institution, we are increasing our visibility in the New England region through partnerships with corporate leaders and policymakers; deepening our Arizona-based programs to strengthen our presence in that promising market; exploring credentialing programs and other offerings that enhance students’ opportunities; bolstering our reputation as a destination school for health programs; and developing our innovative Pathways to provide students with a clear direction to professional success.

To remain successful within a highly competitive 21st-century marketplace, Franklin Pierce must continue to deliver an education that is both rigorous and relevant. We will achieve this goal by making strategic investments in our campus, centers, and cornerstone undergraduate programs; by continuing to develop and promote graduate and professional programs that align with the needs of prospective students and employers; and by strengthening our relationships with partners, alumni, and donors.


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