Admission Criteria

Franklin Pierce is centered around student success. Your application should be a reflection of who you truly are, because it will be evaluated based upon your potential to succeed here. Submit an application that shows the real you.

High school coursework and grades will serve as the most important factors in the application review process. Your essay, recommendations, involvement in school and community, and personal qualities and character will also be given strong consideration.

Consistent high school achievement is generally a valid predictor of success at Franklin Pierce, because of the small classes and accessible faculty members on campus.

With rolling admissions, you can apply at any time.


  1. Submit an Application
  2. Prepare Supporting Documents (See List Below)
  3. Send All Materials
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High School Coursework

You must submit evidence of adequate preparation for college. Sixteen units of high school or secondary school work are required. The preferred distribution is shown below. If you have not met all coursework requirements, you may still be considered for admission, based on potential and motivation.

High School Coursework
Courses Number of Credits
English 4
Mathematics 3 (through Algebra II preferred)
Laboratory Sciences 3
Social Sciences 3
Electives 3


An official transcript of your high school or secondary school record, including senior year first quarter grades, is required to be considered for admission. Your guidance counselor or principal must forward this information directly to the Admissions Office at Franklin Pierce.

If you have not graduated high school, you must submit a GED certificate issued by the Department of Education in your state.

Standardized Test Scores

At Franklin Pierce you are more than just a number-- or a test score. You are not required to submit standardized test scores as part of your admissions portfolio, except if you are an NCAA Division II student-athlete. However, you may choose to include standard test scores if you wish.

Letter(s) of Recommendation

You are required to submit one letter of recommendation from a school counselor or academic teacher. You may also include additional letters in support of your achievement and personal character.

Essay/Writing Sample

An essay (250 words minimum) is required. Evaluate a significant experience or achievement that has special meaning to you, discuss an issue of personal, local or national concern and its importance to you, indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you and describe that influence, or choose a topic.

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.


Any student reentering or seeking readmission to Franklin Pierce University should contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs at (603) 899-4360 or submit an Application for Readmission.

CONTACT Undergraduate Admissions

(800) 437-0048
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.