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IPEDS ID: 182795
OPE ID: 00257500
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Franklin Pierce University
40 University Drive, Rindge, New Hampshire 03461-0060
General information:  (603) 899-4000
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  One but less than two years certificate
Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Doctor's degree - other
Campus setting:  Rural: Fringe
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  2,204 (1,671 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  12 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges and Universities (smaller programs)
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2013Full timePart time
Total faculty97227
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-34
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees$28,800$29,450$29,950$31,0003.5%
Books and supplies$1,000$1,000$1,000$1,20020.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$10,100$10,620$11,260$11,5983.0%
Off Campus
Room and board$10,100$10,620$10,620$10,598-0.2%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
On Campus$42,100$43,270$44,410$45,8983.4%
Off Campus$43,000$44,270$44,770$45,8982.5%
Off Campus with Family$32,900$33,650$34,150$35,3003.4%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2013-2014
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2012-2013
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid1544100%————
Grant or scholarship aid544100%$9,820,815$18,053
Federal grants16631%$713,104$4,296
Pell grants16530%$642,704$3,895
Other federal grants7514%$70,400$939
State/local government grant or scholarships9017%$94,270$1,047
Institutional grants or scholarships47888%$9,013,441$18,857
Student loan aid47788%$3,852,795$8,077
Federal student loans47587%$2,960,261$6,232
Other student loans6913%$892,534$12,935
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid11,40281%$25,025,026$17,850
Pell grants42424%$1,629,636$3,843
Federal student loans1,16267%$8,404,617$7,233
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$20,616$26,895$26,357
  • 100% of incoming students were awarded a scholarship from Franklin Pierce University beginning in Fall 2012.
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2010-20112011-20122012-2013
$0 – $30,000$19,625$22,857$23,571
$30,001 – $48,000$24,250$21,981$23,737
$48,001 – $75,000$23,029$24,791$24,115
$75,001 – $110,000$24,527$24,841$25,021
$110,001 and more$28,318$28,602$24,434
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2013
Total enrollment2,204
Undergraduate enrollment1,671
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment71
Graduate enrollment533
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 88%
Part-time: 12%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 44%
Female: 56%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 1%
Black or African American: 4%
Hispanic/Latino: 5%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 74%
Two or more races: 2%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 13%
Non-resident alien: 2%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 84%
25 and over: 16%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 21%
Out-of-state: 78%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 1%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2012.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 65%
Part-time: 35%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 5%
Enrolled in some distance education: 8%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 87%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 24%
Enrolled in some distance education: 17%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 58%
Undergraduate application fee (2013-2014): $40
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2012
Number of applicants3,5461,7961,748
Percent admitted85%82%88%
Percent admitted who enrolled18%19%17%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2012 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading440530
SAT Math440550
SAT Writing420520
ACT Composite1621
ACT English1924
ACT Math1824
ACT Writing78
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 67%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Returned in Fall 2013
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 85 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2013.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 44%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2005]
4-year: 0%
6-year: 51%
8-year: 51%
[Began in Fall 2007]
4-year: 39%
6-year: 44%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2005 or Fall 2007
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 40%
Female: 49%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Asian: 50%
Black or African American: 42%
Hispanic/Latino: 54%
White: 45%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 38%
Non-resident alien: 40%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramAssociateBachelorMasterDoctorUndergraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization-10----
Women's Studies----0-
Category total-10--0-
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General-28----
Category total-28----
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting and Finance-18----
Business Administration and Management, General16d40d----
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other--29d3d0d-
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General--10d-4d-
Marketing/Marketing Management, General2d15d----
Category total18d73d39d3d5d-
Communication Technologies/Technicians and Support Services
Graphic Communications, General-12----
Category total-12----
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Mass Communication/Media Studies-20----
Category total-20----
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications----0d-
Information Technology-6d4d---
Category total-6d4d-0d-
Art Teacher Education-----0
Biology Teacher Education-----0d
Curriculum and Instruction--5d---
Education, General-2----
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Elementary Special Education Programs--3d---
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances--5d---
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities--8d---
Elementary Education and Teaching--7d--0d
English/Language Arts Teacher Education--1d--0d
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education--2d---
Social Science Teacher Education-----0
Social Studies Teacher Education--2d---
Special Education and Teaching, General--2d---
Category total-235d--0d
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General-5----
Category total-5----
Health Professions and Related Programs
Health Services Administration--9d-0d-
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General-0----
Health/Health Care Administration/Management00----
Nursing Administration--1---
Nursing Education--0-0-
Nursing Practice-55----
Physical Therapy/Therapist---63--
Physician Assistant--26---
Category total05536d630d-
History, General-10----
Category total-10----
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration1d17d----
Category total1d17d----
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Assistant/Paralegal----7d-
Category total----7d-
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies3d4d----
Category total3d4d----
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General-6----
Category total-6----
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
International/Global Studies----0-
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General-5d----
Sustainability Studies----0-
Category total-5d--0-
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science-16----
Category total-16----
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management-15d4d-0d-
Category total-15d4d-0d-
Psychology, General-19----
Category total-19----
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Human Services, General2d9d--0d-
Social Work-5----
Category total2d14d--0d-
Social Sciences
Political Science and Government, General-4----
Category total-13----
Visual and Performing Arts
Documentary Production----0-
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General-6----
Fine and Studio Arts Management-3----
Fine/Studio Arts, General-7----
Music, General-5----
Category total-21--0-
Grand total2435111866120
2012-2013 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division II (without football) MenWomen
All Track Combined9990
Field Hockey19
Ice Hockey3324
Other Sports32
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education12/1/1968 -  Accredited
2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations302525
Liquor law violations123016
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations007
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible444
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault011
Motor vehicle theft120
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible444
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault010
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201120102009
Default rate6.8%7.5%8.0%
Number in default576066
Number in repayment831799817
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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