Franklin College uses an interdisciplinary approach to craft students into the next generation of diverse thinkers and leaders.
With innovative practices such as the Immersive Term, robust research opportunities, and a professional development program that spans all four years, students leave with the academic and professional foundations to succeed in any field. Franklin sits on the cutting edge of colleges integrating the demands of modern employers with engaging and interesting course content.
Franklin provides the opportunity for students to explore their interests, even if they don’t align with their professional goals. Students are encouraged to make connections between disciplines and become world-class critical thinkers.
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THE IMMERSIVE TERM
Franklin College learning isn’t limited to the traditional fall and spring semesters. The innovative Immersive Term sits in between these two—the entire month of January is reserved for a non-traditional experience of some kind. Immersive Terms include everything from comparing Harry Potter films to those of Alfred Hitchcock with tenured faculty to volunteering in Uganda.
This unique practice allows students to explore and expand their interests. Internships, studying abroad, or taking a non-traditional course helps students make connections between their regular coursework and other aspects of society and education. Franklin College’s commitment to the Immersive Term fulfills their promise of creating well-rounded citizens who are equipped to take on the world.
RELEVANT AND RESPONSIVE CURRICULUM
Franklin College students may graduate as experts in their chosen field, but they also become well rounded as part of a relevant and responsive liberal arts curriculum. Students can expect to learn skills applicable to any part of life—-speaking, writing, quantitative reasoning, scientific thinking, foreign languages, and more are integrated in this program. Many courses qualify for the core and exploratory courses, so students may all go down their own unique path to fulfill all the same requirements.
Students across disciplines participate in undergraduate research in their time at Franklin College. Whether the final product is a report, a design, or something else, research gives Franklin students an opportunity to learn more about their chosen subject and become more independent thinkers. Every Franklin research project culminates in some sort of presentation on campus—and many often go on to state, regional, and national conferences as well!
“Students wanting to get involved should not be afraid to ask about opportunities. As a new student at FC, I was timid, and the idea of asking a professor for an opportunity to do research seemed daunting, although it proved to be worthwhile. Many of the professors have projects that students may not be aware of and the only way to find out about them is to inquire. For those students just beginning their research, I would advise them to keep an open mind and stay consistent. Projects may seem less than glamorous at times and, occasionally, the lab work can seem tedious, but when you finally obtain data and see a question being answered or an answer being explained by your work, it’s all worthwhile.” – Kenzie Glassburn, ‘17
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 0%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 4%
White, non-Hispanic: 86%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 2%
“My professors pay attention to who I am and who I want to be.” – Meg West, ’18
INTERCULTURAL HONORS EXPERIENCE
Students looking to expand their worldview can apply for the Intercultural Honors Experience, which offers them the opportunity to study other cultures in preparation for a trip abroad. As the world becomes more diverse, employers are looking for students fluent in several cultures upon their graduation. The Intercultural Honors Experience requires students to complete a course and present a research paper to become eligible for scholarships to study abroad. Students receive the flexibility to pick a spot on the globe to explore first-hand.
The first year at Franklin College is an introduction to everything a student will need in their time on campus. Starting with the Liberal Arts Seminar, students learn about Franklin’s mission and its numerous resources. The Liberal Arts Seminar focuses on strategies for academic success, goal setting, and career planning. After their first year, every student understands Franklin’s expectations and everything they can do to meet—and exceed—them.
Student support goes outside of regular coursework and advising in the Launch Lab, which all students attend at least three times in their first semester. The Launch Lab introduces skills and topics every student will need in college—the value of emotional and physical self-care, how to build a community, how to handle failure, and more. The Launch Lab is a place for students to learn more about the subjects they don’t know about or are too afraid to ask about.
The Center for Student Success houses many resources students will need when tackling the transition from high school to college. For students who are struggling, the Center helps plan the steps needed to get back on track. With advisors available to discuss topics both academic and personal, the Center for Student Success is a safety net for students and their families to make sure they’ve got everything they need to excel in their first year and the years to follow.
Beginning in their first weekend on campus, service-learning is a central part of every Franklin student’s experience. The Freshman Offering the Community Unselfish Service (FOCUS) weekend sets the tone for an entire college career of community service and civic engagement.
Following that first weekend, students continue to participate in courses that have service-learning components embedded in the curriculum. English students, for example, volunteer at after-school programs with local children to put their knowledge to good use. And the Immersive Term, which every student completes, requires students to engage with their community or the community that they’re studying—abroad or otherwise.
Franklin College sits in Franklin, Indiana, just outside of Indianapolis. Students can travel to Indianapolis to watch the Pacers or Colts play, see a concert, or go shopping. Franklin and the rest of Johnson County is home to dozens of beautiful parks and outdoor activities, sure to keep students active and busy throughout their time at Franklin.
The Franklin Grizzlies compete in 19 NCAA Division III sports.
Men’s Teams: Baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field
Women’s Teams: Basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, volleyball
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
As soon as a student sets foot on campus, Franklin College sets their sights on what’s to come after graduation. The four-year Professional Development Program (PDP) encapsulates every step of that process—goal setting, résumé building, networking and, finally, landing the perfect job or internship. Students get career support in their classes themselves, attend dinners to learn proper etiquette, and build a closet that allows them to dress for the job they want.
The PDP also gives students essential life skills, such as understanding healthcare benefits and building a personal finance plan. The program isn’t exclusively about helping students find an internship or job; it places an emphasis on giving them what they need to make informed personal decisions for the rest of their lives. Every student also completes an internship before graduation, because experiential learning is an important way to both cement their skills and explore their interests.
“The Professional Development Program definitely helps you know what to expect when it comes to interviews and professionalism. Professional Development classes are an important aspect to succeeding at Franklin College and in the real world, because you learn valuable skills and strategies for working well with others.” – Shayla Jones, ‘18
At the end of their Franklin journey, students demonstrate all of the skills they have learned through the Senior Competency Practicum, a final capstone or seminar within their major. Just as every major is different, so too is every student’s practicum. Whether they work on their own or do so as part of their coursework, students complete either an essay, an oral exam, a standardized exam, or a capstone project.
The Senior Competency Practicum allows students to synthesize everything they’ve learned at Franklin College into a single final work—solid proof that they are prepared for their next step in life.
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