Facts & Figures

Franklin Pierce University is a small, private regionally accredited university grounded in the liberal arts, with a focus on personal attention and high-quality instruction. The nonprofit University consists of the College at Rindge and the College of Graduate & Professional Studies. Degrees are offered through the doctoral level. Our institutional mission focuses on preparing citizens and leaders of conscience for a new century who make significant contributions to their professions and communities, whether their aspirations are local or global.   

  • Founded November 14, 1962
  • University Mission and Vision Statements
  • Accreditation Information
  • College at Rindge located in Southwest New Hampshire
  • College of Graduate and Professional Studies has 4 locations
  • 24 available majors, 30 minors
  • 87% of students live on campus
  • Two 14-week semesters and two 4-week summer sessions (College at Rindge)
  • General and Liberal Education Curriculum (Rindge)
  • Six 8-week Undergraduate Adult terms (College of Graduate & Professional Studies)
  • Four 12-week Graduate terms (College of Graduate & Professional Studies)
  • 100% of students accepted to the College at Rindge for the 2014-15 academic year will receive a financial aid award.
  • Over $22 million awarded in institutional scholarships and grants each year to qualified students.
  • Average student financial aid package (2014-15): $37,600
  • Average Franklin Pierce University Scholarship (2014-15): $18,200

College at Rindge tuition & fees:

Yearly tuition - $30,870
Standard room (per year) $7,326
Standard board (per year) $5,220
Institutional fee - $2,350
Technology Fee - $100
Summer tuition (per credit) $365-$380

College of Graduate and Professional Studies tuition & fees:

Undergraduate Adult programs - $380/credit hr.
Master degrees - $645/credit hr.
Master Physician Assistant (MPAS) - $9,858 per term
Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) - $10,003per term
Technology Fee - $100
Graduation Fee - $200

Financial Aid: FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Federal School Code for Franklin Pierce is 002575.


Mount Monadnock
40 miles of maintained foot trails... this 3,165-ft. mountain summit is the most frequently climbed mountain in North America and the second most frequently climbed mountain in the world after Japan's Mt. Fuji. The "Grand Monadnock Climb" is a campuswide event in the Spring.

Pearly Pond
Cardboard Boat Regatta in the spring, and kayaking, canoeing, paddleboats, and swimming in warm months. Ice skating and hockey games with friends in the winter.

Campus Recreation & Adventure Recreation / Intramural sports
Adventure Rec. offers indoor rock climbing and rock climbing trips, sporting equipment such as kayaks and mountain bikes for rent, as well as campus community trips to local NH ski areas, mountain bike trips, kayak trips, and more. The Activity Center has tennis courts, basketball courts, an indoor soccer field, and a fitness & weight training area. Campus Recreation hosts intramural such as Volleyball, Flag Football, Rugby, Floor Hockey, Intramural Basketball & Soccer plus more!

Student Activities

  • 20 Clubs & Organizations
  • The Student Government oversees campus clubs & organizations and coordinates club activities. 
  • The Pierce Activities Council (PAC) is a student run council that plans and organizes on- and off-campus activities.
  • The Office of Student Involvement also organizes events on and off campus.
  • Adventure Recreation & Campus Recreation Departments plan outdoor events and activities.
  • The Community Service Office can easily offer ideas to lending a helping hand where needed.

Rindge, NH:  Close to major urban and metropolitan areas:

City Name:           Population:            Distance from Rindge:
Keene, NH                 22,420                           30 min.
Fitchburg, MA             42,161                           35 min.
Nashua, NH               87,735                           60 min.
Lowell, MA                104,400                           60 min.
Manchester, NH      109,395                           60 min.
Worcester, MA         182,421                           75 min.
Boston, MA               645,169                           90 min.

Best online MBA
Best Online 4-Year School in New Hampshire for 2015-2016 by AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org
Top 5 in NH
Nationally listed in 2011, 2012, 2013 by Forbes magazine's ranking of "America's Top Colleges." 

The Provost Office / Vice President for Academic Affairs

Degrees & Certificates offered:
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Science
Master of Business Administration
Master of Education
Master of Physician Assistant Studies
Master of Science in Nursing
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Undergraduate certificates
Graduate certificates
Teacher Certification:
Elementary, secondary, and special
: Medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, law

Study Abroad Programs: Pierce in Vienna; Pierce on the Camino; Lyon, France; Costa Rica; Beijing, China.

Library: 132,015 volumes; 13,365 serial subscriptions

Locations: Rindge, NH - (Main Undergraduate campus); Lebanon, NH; Portsmouth, NH; Goodyear, Arizona; and Manchester, NH (Graduate Centers)

  • 1,400 undergraduate students | The College at Rindge
    610 adult students | The College of Graduate & Professional Studies
  • Geographic Representation: 40 states, 14 countries
  • Average class size: 17 students
  • 56% female 44% male / Undergraduate (2015)
    62% female 38% male / Graduate Professional Studies (2013)
    77% female 22% male / Professional Studies Undergraduate (2013)
  • Student:Faculty ratio: 12 to 1
  • Freshmen 2014 Retention Rate: 67%
  • Rolling admissions; early decision program; honors program

Asian 1%
Black or African American 4%
Hispanic/Latino   5%
Non-Resident Alien 2%
Two or more races 2%
Unknown 13%
White 74%

Athletic Affiliation: NCAA Division II
Team Name: Ravens
Colors: Crimson & Gray

Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Rowing, Soccer, Sprint Football, Track & Field, and Tennis.

Women: Basketball, Bowling, Rowing, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Track & Field, Tennis, and Volleyball.

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Data about costs, types of students enrolled, graduation and retention rates are collected by The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education. Visit the College Navigator by the NCES.

Adult Undergraduate



Franklin Pierce University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC)... Read more...



Franklin Pierce University operates under the authority of a Board of Trustees. The Board retains ultimate control over institutional affairs in accordance with the University's charter, bylaws, mission statement, and institutional plans. The current Board consists of twenty-two members, including the University President. The Board membership reflects a broad spectrum of civic, political, educational and business interests.

Leslye A. Arsht  Arlington, Virginia
Lloyd Astmann '69  Paramus, New Jersey
Steven V. Camerino  Durham, New Hampshire
B. Jay Cooper Marion, Massachusetts
Elizabeth DiPietro Metuchen, New Jersey
Carleen A. Farrell ’71 Assistant Secretary, Arlington, Massachusetts/Delray Beach, Florida
Caryl Felicetta Metuchen, New Jersey
Al N. Marulli, Jr. ’69 Essex, Connecticut/Palm Beach, Florida
Patrick McHugh Hooksett, New Hampshire
Al Minahan Wakefield, Massachusetts
Dr. Kim Mooney, President, Franklin Pierce University
Sean O'Kane Hollis, New Hampshire
Kerry Stein Mamaroneck, New York
Alfred Zucaro Boca Raton, Florida
Nathaniel Peirce, Clerk of the Corporation, Franklin Pierce University  |  Rindge, New Hampshire
Vicki DoyleAssistant Clerk of the Corporation, Franklin Pierce University | Rindge, New Hampshire



Franklin Pierce University is a member of the Association for Continuing Higher Education and the National University Continuing Higher Education Association. These organizations seek to advance the goals of adults in higher education.  The University holds membership in the following organizations:

  • American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers                
  • American Council of Education
  • American Library Association
  • American Personnel and Guidance Association
  • Association for Innovation in Higher Education
  • Association of American Colleges and Universities
  • College and University Personnel Association
  • Council for the Advancement of Experiential Learning


IACBEFranklin Pierce University is an educational member of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), located in Lenexa, Kansas.