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 and are available either in-class, online, or as a hybrid.  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.   


November 14, 1962


University Mission and Vision


Accreditation Information


First Female and Alumna President

Student-to-Faculty Ratio  
The 1,200 acre Rindge Campus sits in between Mount Monadnock and Pearly Pond. 
5 Locations
College at Rindge and 4 locations for Graduate and Professional Studies.
of the Class of 2014 are working in professional positions or attending graduate school*
100%of students accepted to the  College at Rindge (2017-2018) will receive financial aid.  
$39,490 Average student fiancial aid package for the 2015-2016 academic year.
$28 Million awarded in institutional scholarships and grants each year to qualified students.
Average Franklin Pierce University Scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year.

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

NCAA Championship Appearances.  
NCAA Division II National Championships.
Conference Championships.
Athletes named National Player of the Year.

Traditional Undergraduate
Tuition & Fees

Graduate, Professional, Online
Tuition & Fees
Best online MBA

Best Online 4-Year School in New Hampshire for 2015-2016 by
Ranked Top 5 in NH
Nationally listed in 2011, 2012, 2013 by Forbes magazine's ranking of "America's Top Colleges." 
Ranked in Top 5 in NH
Nationally listed in 2011, 2012, 2013 by Forbes magazine's ranking of "America's Top Colleges." 
Ranked in Top 5 in NH
Nationally listed in 2011, 2012, 2013 by Forbes magazine's ranking of "America's Top Colleges." 
More Accolades
Traditional Undergraduate Undergraduate Professional Adults Graduate
1,400 320 320
56% female 44% male (2015) 62% female 38% male 77% female 22% male
Diversity %
Asian 1%
Black or African American 4%
Hispanic/Latino 5%
Non-Resident Alien 2%
Two or more races 2%
Unknown 13%
White 74%

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Retention & Graduation Rates
1st to 2nd year Fall 2016 4-Year % Entry Fall 2012
62% 44%

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

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
  • Council of Independent Colleges
  • Interstate Certification Compact
  • National Association of College Admissions Counselors
  • National Association of College and University Business Officers
  • National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association
  • New England Collegiate Conference
  • New Hampshire College and University Council

IACBEFranklin Pierce University is an educational member of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), located in Lenexa, Kansas.  *Percentage based upon student survey of 2014 graduates