- GRADUATE STUDIES
- STUDENT LIFE
When you arrive for Orientation weekend you will meet your Academic Advisor. Your Advisor will be the instructor for your Freshmen Seminar class (GLE101) if you are entering as a freshman. If you are entering as a transfer student at the sophomore level or higher you will be assigned to an Advisor who will assist you at this time. In both cases this Academic Advisor will remain as your Advisor until you officially declare a major, at which time you will choose a Faculty Advisor within that major.
Credit is granted based on scores received on official exams. For Advanced Placement exams, academic credit is given for exams with scores of 3 or higher. Students intending to major in Biology or Health Sciences must earn a score of 4 or higher to receive credit in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Calculus. Official score reports must be submitted to the University from College Board or International Baccalaureate for credit to be granted.
Students who have taken Advanced Placement exams but have not yet received score results should avoid selecting classes that would otherwise be fulfilled by successful AP exam scores. A list of exams and equivalent course work is available – here
Students who anticipate completing the AP English – Language or AP English – Literature with a score of 3 or higher will receive credit for GLE110 First Year Composition I and should register for GLE120 Fist Year Composition II for the Fall semester. An advisor can assist you in finding course information for this class.
Students who anticipate completing the AP Biology exam with with a score of 4 or higher and who plan to major in Health Sciences or Biology have the option of taking Biology I and II at Franklin Pierce or moving forward to upper level courses right away. There may be an advantage to taking Biology I and II (starting with your cohort, better preparation for upper level courses, increased maturity when taking upper level courses). Additionally, it is not always clear how professional graduate programs view AP credits.
Of course, you should take whichever science is recommended for your major – students who want to major in Biology, NEED to take Biology, and your coach will work with you to coordinate that with your athletic obligations. However, the majority of major programs at Franklin Pierce do NOT recommend a particular science sequence.
A total of 120 credits are needed for graduation. For a student planning to be enrolled for eight semesters (four years) this would average out to 15 credits/semester.
GS002 Writing Skills and GS003 Math Skills are credit-bearing for the purposes of full-time enrollment and financial aid. Credits earned in these courses do NOT count towards the 120 required for graduation.
Education can be chosen as a second major. In order to fulfill graduation and certification requirements, students must maintain a first major in an academic area other than education (Example: English, Biology, History, etc).
Students interested in Education should choose either ED105 Educational Psychology or ED112 Foundations and Issues in Education as one of their five courses in the first semester.
Students who want advice on which course to take should feel free to call the Math Department to consult with a faculty member at (603) 899-4250.
Can Students take both a Science class and a Math class during the first semester?
Yes. Students who have a strong background in math and science (minimum Math SAT of 500 recommended) may choose to take both Math & Science classes during the first semester. In this case, these classes would be the third and fourth classes on the registration form, and only one additional class may be selected. This option is generally chosen only by students intending to major in a scientific discipline.
GS003 Math Skills: This is a developmental course intended to assist students who are not yet prepared to take college-level math or science. Placement is based upon the Math SAT or ACT score but all students placed into this class are also tested and may be allowed to drop the class and add a college-level math or science class at that time.
GS003 Math Skills is credit-bearing for the purposes of full time enrollment and financial aid. Credits earned in this course do NOT count towards the 120 required for graduation.
Students taking GS003 Math Skills may NOT take another Math or Science class until that course has been successfully completed.
The three most important factors for students intending to go to law school are:
2. LSAT score
3. Letters of Recommendation
Like all students interested in a health science field there is an expectation that the pre-physical therapy candidate will have a genuine desire to serve in the community as a healer, have a reputation for integrity in all that they do, have a personable nature and strong interpersonal skills, and an ability to perform well academically in all courses. Students must have the dedication and the self-discipline to set and pursue meaningful goals, resiliency to survive setbacks when they occur and reformulate plans when necessary. A realistic understanding of the field of physical therapy including the educational and experiential preparations is beneficial as well. Students are encouraged to gain knowledge of the physical therapy profession through internship/volunteer work and community service. Students are expected to meet on a regular basis with their academic advisor to monitor and assist with progress through the program.
First Semester Coursework
Freshmen interested in pursuing pre-Physical Therapy should take the following courses their first semester:
• BI101 Biology I*
• CH101 Chemistry I*
And one of the following:
• PS101 Introduction to Psychology
• MT151 Algebra & Trigonometry I*
• MT221 Calculus I*
• MT260 Statistics*
These courses are in addition to First Year Inquiry Seminar and First Year Composition I.
*Students with Math SAT scores below 500 should speak with their Admissions Counselor or an Academic Advisor to determine an appropriate schedule for the first semester.
• Environmental Science
• Any of the Business majors (Accounting-Finance, Management, Marketing, Sports & Recreation)
Biology, Chemistry, Geology and Physics are open to all students – both those who intend to major in a scientific discipline and those who do not. However, it is recommended that students have a minimum Math SAT of 500 or complete a semester of college math prior to taking one of these science sequences.
ES101 Intro. to Environmental Science is a laboratory science course designed specifically to accommodate students who are not planning to major in a scientific discipline. Students considering Environmental Studies as a major or minor should take ES101 Introduction to Environmental Science. Students considering other sciences as a major or minor should take Biology or Chemistry as appropriate.
Students taking GS003 Math Skills may NOT take another Math or Science class during the first semester.
Bachelors’ Degree Candidates at the College at Rindge will be required to complete 30 semester hours of studies at Franklin Pierce. A minimum of 12 upper-level (300/400 sequence) semester hours within their chosen major must be completed at Franklin Pierce University.
Minimum Grade Requirement:
Students may receive credit for courses previously taken at other regionally accredited institutions provided they earned a grade of C or better as defined by Franklin Pierce University. Students from regionally accredited Associate-level colleges will receive transfer credit of up to 75 semester hours for grades of C or better in appropriate coursework. Students from regionally accredited Baccalaureate-level colleges/universities will receive transfer credit of up to 90 semester hours for grades of C or better in appropriate coursework.
*Franklin Pierce recognizes the following institutional accrediting bodies:
MSA – Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
NASC – The Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges
NCA – North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
NEASC – New England Association of Schools and Colleges (both NEASC-CIHE and
SACS-CC – Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges
WASC – Western Association of Schools and Colleges (both WASC-Jr. and WASC-Sr.)
Transfer Credit Limitations:
• Bachelor's degree candidates may transfer in a maximum of 90 credits to Franklin Pierce University, following the specific guidelines below.
Franklin Pierce University students may accelerate their degree programs through use of non-traditional forms of credit. Included are the Learning Experience Assessment Process, the College Level Examination Program, Advanced Placement exams, International Baccalaureate exams and Military and other coursework validated by the American Council on Education (ACE). The maximum combined credit from Associate-level coursework (100/200 level), CLEP, IB, AP, LEAP and Military and other ACE-validated credit that will be allowed in transfer is 75 hours. Bachelor’s Degree Candidates may transfer in up to an additional 15 credit hours in upper-level coursework (300/400-level) from a regionally accredited college or university.
ACE (American Council on Education): The American Council on Education has evaluated and recommended for credit many of the training programs conducted by the Armed Services, major industries, and professional associations. Franklin Pierce University will generally award credit for programs evaluated by ACE per their recommendations. Maximum credit awarded through ACE (including Military Credit) is 45 semester hours.
Military Credit: Students must provide a Military transcript (AARTS, SMARTS or Community College of the Air Force transcript) for evaluation.
CLEP (College Level Examination Program): Students who have previously taken CLEP exams or who wish to take a CLEP exam to demonstrate knowledge in traditional academic areas are limited to 30 credits. CLEP exams taken after matriculation at Franklin Pierce must be taken within the first year and cannot be taken in disciplines where students have had prior coursework.
AP credit (College Board Advanced Placement Exams):
IB credit (International Baccalaureate):
The University recognizes unusual secondary school accomplishment by means of advanced placement and credit for those who have taken especially enriched or accelerated courses before entering college. Applicants qualify for such credit by satisfactory achievement on the College Board Advanced Placement Exams or International Baccalaureate Higher Level Exams. Official score reports must be submitted to the University from College Board or International Baccalaureate for credit to be granted.
Students with an SAT Essay score of 6 or below (ACT English score of 19 or below) must take GS002 Writing Skills. Writing Skills is a developmental writing class which prepares students to take First Year Composition I. Credits earned in this class do not count towards the 120 credits needed for graduation. Students in this category must register for GS002 Writing Skills and will not take GLE110 until after GS002 is successfully completed.
Students with an SAT Essay score of 7 or above (ACT English score of 20 or higher) and no English Language AP credits or transfer credit in writing will take First Year Composition I.
Students who have transfer credit equivalent to First Year Composition I, or who took the AP English Language test and scored a 3 or higher will take GLE120 First Year Composition II. Students in this category should register for GLE120 First Year Composition II as their second class.