Criteria for Admission

The University admits those secondary school graduates who have a sincere desire for higher education, who have demonstrated an ability to acquire this education, and who have exhibited good citizenship. Admission is open to all qualified applicants without regard to race, religion, physical disability, or ethnic origin. This page contains information on:

bullet Application Processing Fee
bullet When do I apply?
bullet High School Requirements
bullet Transcripts
bullet Standardized Test Scores (SAT/ACT)
bullet Important Codes
bullet Letter(s) of Recommendation
bullet Essay/Writing Sample
bullet Potential for Success
bullet Non-discrimination Policy

 
Questions? 

We're here if you need any assistance during the application process. Please contact us:

p :  800.437.0048 (within the U.S.)
  603.899.4050 (outside the U.S.)
f :  603.899.4394
e :  admissions@franklinpierce.edu
   
  Franklin Pierce University
Office of Admissions
40 University Dr.
Rindge, NH 03461
                                                                                                                              


Application Processing Fee

When applying online, you must pay the $40 application fee at the time of submission. When mailing the paper application, you can include either check or money order made out to: Franklin Pierce University.

If you find that submitting an application fee is a financial barrier, you may check the box on the application indicating that you wish to have a fee waiver. You will then need to have your guidance counselor submit a fee waiver request on your behalf. We accept fee waivers from College Board, NACAC or a form that is specific to your school.
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When do I apply?

Applications are processed on a rolling basis. There is no application deadline. Students may apply to enter for the Fall or Spring. Applicants are evaluated on an individual basis with the student's potential and seriousness of purpose of primary concern. The trend toward improved grades, more difficult coursework and greater school involvement all weigh heavily in the student's behalf. Counselor support and supplementary recommendations are valued and given special consideration. The University's small class size and accessible faculty means that consistent high school achievement is generally a more valid predictor of success at Franklin Pierce.
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Your High School Coursework

Applicants are evaluated on an individual basis with the student's potential and seriousness of purpose of primary concern. The trend toward improved grades, more difficult course work and greater school involvement are weighed heavily in the student's behalf. Seniors grades are evaluated closely and the most recent senior grades must be submitted with a students transcript.

Each entering student must submit evidence of adequate preparation for college. Sixteen units of secondary school work are required of each candidate, and the preferred distribution is as follows:

English, 4 credits
Mathematics, 3 credits (through Algebra II preferred)
Laboratory Sciences, 3 credits
Social Sciences, 3 credits
Electives, 3 credits


Candidates deemed to have potential and motivation, yet not meeting all admission requirements, may be accepted provisionally.

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Transcripts

An official transcript of your high school or secondary school record including senior year first quarter grades is required to be considered for admission.  We ask that you have your guidance counselor or principal forward this information directly to our Admission Office at the address above (see top of page).  Applicants who have not graduated from high school must submit a GED certificate issued by their state department of education.
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Standardized Test Scores

Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT) scores are part of the admission requirement.  We request that official test scores be sent directly from SAT (code 3395) or ACT (code 2509).  Simply contact the appropriate testing agency and provide our institutional identification code. 

Franklin Pierce University has indicated that it considers your highest section scores across all SAT test dates that you submit. Only your highest section scores will be considered as part of the final admissions decision. Each time you submit scores, we will update your record with any new high scores. We strongly encourage you to submit your scores each time you take the SAT. Sending your scores each time you take the SAT can benefit you by allowing us to consider you for all available enrollment related opportunities.

Information concerning the Scholastic Aptitude Test may be obtained by writing to the College Entrance Examination Board, P.O. Box 592, Princeton, NJ 08540.

Information concerning the American College Testing Program may be obtained by writing to the American College Testing Program, P.O. Box 168, Iowa City, IA 52240.

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Important Codes

Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT)  |  Code 3395

American College Test (ACT)  |  Code 2509

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Letter(s) of Recommendation

Counselor support and supplementary recommendations are valued and are given special consideration. Students are required to submit one recommendation from a school counselor or academic teacher. A student may submit additional letters of support from those who know the student's academic work with their application.
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Essay/Writing Sample

A polished writing sample is also required for admission consideration. You may choose from a question listed below, select your own topic, or submit a graded written paper from a recent academic class. Your essay helps us to become acquainted with you and enables you to demonstrate your ability to organize your thoughts and express yourself through writing.

Directions for essay:

Please submit a typed essay (250 word minimum) on one of the topics listed below:

  1. Evaluate a significant experience or achievement that has special meaning to you.
  2. Discuss an issue of personal, local or national concern and its importance to you.
  3. Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you and describe that influence.
  4. A topic of your choice.
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Potential for Success

Franklin Pierce admits those secondary school graduates who have a sincere desire for higher education, have demonstrated ability to acquire this education, and have evidenced good citizenship. Students can demonstrate these abilities through elective course work, school athletics, extra curricular activities, community involvement and volunteer service.

Admission is open to all qualified applicants without regard to sex, race, color, religion, age, physical disability, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation or marital status. Applications are processed on a rolling basis; there is no application deadline.

Candidates considered for admission to Franklin Pierce University ordinarily must be graduates of an accredited secondary school unless qualified for early admission. Franklin Pierce University supports the efforts of secondary school officials and governing bodies to have their schools achieve regional accredited status to provide reliable assurance of the quality of the educational preparation of its applicants for admission.

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Non-discrimination Policy

Franklin Pierce University admits students of any race, color, gender, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the University. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, disability, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other University-administered programs.

In compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, the University guarantees that matriculating students have the right to inspect all personally identifiable records maintained by the University and may challenge the contents and accuracy of those records through appropriate University procedures.

It is further guaranteed by the University that student records containing personally identifiable information will not be released except as permitted by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

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