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School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1834
    • Size:
    • Small (<5000 students)
    • Type:
    • Private non-profit
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
    • Specialization:
    • Liberal Arts School 1
    • Climate:
    • Temperate
    • Location:
    • 101 Branigin Boulevard, Franklin, Indiana, United States, 46131
    • Phone:
    • +18008520232
    • Email Address:
    • N/A
    • Setting:
    • Suburban, town

The History of Franklin College

Since it was founded in 1834, Franklin College has been a leader in liberal arts education.  In 1842, Franklin became the first college in Indiana — and only the seventh in the nation—to admit women, and that spirit of inclusiveness still characterizes the college today.  Over the past 175 years, Franklin College has remained dedicated to the educational ideals of our namesake — a broad liberal arts curriculum, hands-on learning experiences, and a commitment to ethical leadership at home and abroad.

With a tight-knit student body of 1,023 students and a highly involved faculty, Franklin College offers a wealth of opportunities you might not expect from a small school.  With 55 majors in 24 academic disciplines to choose from — plus a location convenient to the businesses and organizations in Indianapolis — Franklin College gives you the chance to excel.

Academic Highlights

The school offers major topics of study, including biology, chemistry, journalism, art, political science, theatre and music. There are 49 majors from 25 academic disciplines, 43 minors, 11 pre-professional programs, two master's programs and five cooperative programs. Individualized majors and minors are also available.

Franklin College places a large emphasis on the liberal arts and sciences curriculum, requiring students to reorient themselves with standard mathematics, world history, literature, English and speech skills as well as take one class in the following categories: fine arts, life sciences, social sciences, intercultural, international and philosophy/religion, regardless of their intended major and/or minor.

Life in Franklin College

Franklin College is a charter member of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference and it still competes in this conference. Originally, there was no official name that Franklin College teams competed as. Due to the college's affiliation with the Baptist church, names such as “The Fighting Baptists” was used. One of the first documented uses of the name “Grizzlies” can be found in 1929. This name originates from the nickname of Ernest “Griz” Wagner. In the 1920s, Wagner coached the Franklin College basketball known as the Franklin Wonder Five (1918–1926), after having previously coached the core of the team in high school. This combination won three consecutive Indiana High School Championships (1920–1922) and in the 1922–1923 season, the team won 50 consecutive games, defeating Purdue University, University of Notre Dame, University of Illinios and University of Wisconsin

School Ranking

Ranked #1 national liberal arts college in Indiana by Washington Monthly - 2016


Franklin College is a private institution that was founded in 1834. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 960, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 207 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar.

Notable Alumni

  • George Banta
  • Joe Benigno
  • Roger D. Branigin
  • Walter Coffey
  • Steven A. Cohen

Acceptance Rate

Franklin College acceptance rate 77.9%

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