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Franklin University isn’t your typical university—geared to the educational needs of working adults, this private university provides courses and delivery options tailored to fit the needs of people with work and family responsibilities.

The school does not provide a lot of the “frills” of traditional colleges, but instead provides flexible programs for adult students who are serious about developing their careers through higher education. Most classes are conducted online, with traditional courses available on their main campus in Columbus, Ohio and spread throughout various locations in the Midwest.


The school opened its doors in 1902 as a program of the Columbus, Ohio YMCA. At the time, it was known as the YMCA School of Commerce and was intended to help adult learners. Later the name changed to Franklin University in the early 1930s and made an amicable split from the YMCA in the mid-1960s.

Accreditation from the North Central Association was received in 1976 and the school steadily kept ramping up its programs. By 1993, an MBA program was first offered. Staying true to its mission to provide quality adult education, the university created a program to help community college students transfer over with most of their two-year college credits being recognized by the school. About 265 community colleges nationwide participate in the program.

In the 2000s, its international reach was broadened and now has educational agreements with schools in nine countries and maintains an MBA program in Poland. The college has also significantly increased its online learning opportunities and now offers many courses online.


There are a wide variety of academic programs suited to fill the educational needs of adult students, as well as more traditional college students.

The academic programs are divided into three colleges:

  • The College of Arts, Sciences and Technology
  • The College of Business
  • The College of Health and Public Administration

The university offers approximately 30 undergraduate degrees and five graduate programs. Undergraduate degrees include associate’s and bachelor’s programs while graduate degrees include master’s programs, including a MBA.

The university’s business programs appear to be its biggest attraction, with a majority of students enrolled in the business track.

Online Learning

The school has been a pioneer in online learning, and many of its degree programs can be completed online. The university also has a virtual library which students can use from the convenience of their homes or anywhere they can access the Internet.

Military Friendly University

An excellent relationship with the U.S. Armed Forces has been established. The university has been cited as a military-friendly university, and many students who are also military personnel take advantage of the school’s distance learning programs to complete their degrees. In fact, Franklin was recently selected by the U.S. Department of Education to pilot a program, along with 14 other universities, that would provide unlimited distance learning and it was one of 29 universities picked by the Army to provide distance learning courses to soldiers.

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The university’s mission is to remove barriers to higher learning, so its admissions requirements are not as onerous as those of other universities. Students who have a high school diploma, GED or community college credit may attend. The university’s graduate programs have more stringent requirements, however.

Because of its open admissions policy, SAT and ACT scores are not relevant to admission, but may be applicable to some scholarships and forms of financial aid.

Financial Aid

Students are eligible for federal grants and student loans and about 79 percent of students here receive some sort of aid. There are also a number of grants and scholarships offered by the state of Ohio, the university itself, and other organizations that students may be eligible for.

Eligible students can take advantage of the Ohio College Opportunity Grant, a need-based grant available to students seeking their first associate’s or bachelor’s degree. The grant can pay up to $2,808 per year to students who qualify. The money can only be used toward tuition and fees.

The university’s office of financial aid stands ready to help students find other grants and scholarships they may be eligible for.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5686th for the average student loan amount.
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The main campus is in Columbus, Ohio, offering students a broad range of entertainment, cultural, and career networking opportunities. The university also has a number of satellite campuses and students from all over the world are taking distance learning courses. Students all over the world can take advantage of the university’s online library to look up important research materials they may need in their classes.

A number of support services are offered to students including tutoring and leadership development services. Many of the programs are online. A unique coaching service is also available to students by teaming up students with graduates who help them with issues such as work/life/study balance, academic support and other relevant issues to the campus.

The school attracts an older, diverse crowd. Most students are over the age of 30 and because many students are paying their own way, students tend to be more focused and motivated than “typical” college students. Traditional student clubs and organizations are rare because of its focus on adult education.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


Being primarily a center for adult learning, athletic programs are not available.


Accreditation is provided by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Information Summary

Ranks 170th in Ohio and 3821st overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 1,289 0.16
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 87 0.01
Forcible Rape 565 0.07
Robbery 3,244 0.41
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 15,169 1.93
Larceny 30,259 3.84
Vehicle theft 3,615 0.46

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Columbus, OH 43215-5399
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population10,178 (10,178 urban / N/A rural)
Households5,799 (1.47 people per house)
Median Household Income$23,562
Families945 (2.53 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Special Focus Institutions — Schools of business and management
Undergraduate PopulationN/A
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingN/A

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemTrimester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3903

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3488th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $10,656 $10,656 $10,656
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $25 $25 $25
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $444 $444 $444
FT Graduate Tuition $14,760 $14,760 $14,760
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $615 $615 $615
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $11,761 $11,761 $11,761
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $30,067 $30,067 $30,067
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $16,117 $16,117 $16,117

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $9,025 $9,985 $9,025 $9,985 $9,025 $9,985
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $960 $1,080
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $13,100 $12,456
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,250(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,000 $3,996

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 249th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $97,743 ($99,037 male / $71,187 female)
Number of FT Faculty 61 (41 male / 20 female)
Number of PT Faculty 762
FT Faculty Ratio 0.1 : 1
Total Benefits $2,743,000

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