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Franklin Pierce University offers associate degree, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. This may make it seem like the campus and student population are large—but that’s not exactly the case. If you attend FPU, you’ll be one of just over 2,100 students. And, if you visit the campus, you’ll be able to see almost all of it just by turning around in one spot, though the athletic center and fields are farther off. The physical campus is divided by a road, with the office of admissions, university bookstore, and a parking lot on either side.

Overview of Franklin Pierce University

You’ll have the opportunity to live on campus, though you’ll probably have at least one roommate. Don’t forget to check out what’s available off campus. While FPU is technically in the town of Rindge, NH, it’s also about the same distance from Jaffrey and Fitzwilliam. All of these towns are pretty small, so you’ll want to check them out and see which ones offer food or places you’re interested in visiting. The school is also close to the state border with Massachusetts, which is straight south.

General Information

School Type Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting Rural: Fringe
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 12:1
Graduation Rate 49%
Year Founded 1962

Student Enrollment

Total Students2,114


Undergraduate Student

Male NA
Female NA

Graduate Student

Male NA
Female NA

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Male 2,242
Female 2,908


Male 1,390
Female 2,036

Acceptance Rate66%

Male 62%
Female 70%

Enrollment 408

Male 190
Female 218
Application Fee NA
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Recommended
Recommendations Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline Rolling
Common Application Accepted Yes

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

Going to college isn’t cheap. But, once you graduate, it’s worth it, especially if you find a job in your degree field. The total cost of attending school for one academic year averages around $56,500 at Franklin Pierce University. This includes tuition, room and board, books, supplies, and other various costs.

Luckily, you’re unlikely to have to pay the whole cost. You’ll be responsible for the average net price, which refers to the total left for a student to pay after their entire financial aid package has been applied for the year. In a recent academic year, this averaged $27,876 for all students. Even better, since financial aid is more readily available if your family has a lower annual income, those students whose families make less yearly will receive more financial aid and end up paying a lower average net price. Specifically, families earning less than $30,000 pay around $23,361, those families earning between $48,001 and $75,000 pay around $28,714, and families earning more than $110,001 pay around $30,323.

The entire freshman class also qualified for financial aid in the same year. Each student received $25,869 on average and 99% of the class received an average of $23,949 in institutional grants and scholarships.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $27,876
Average Total Aid $25,869
Students Receiving Financial Aid 100%
Room & Board $13,900

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $39,100
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $39,100
  • Books and Supplies - $1,300
  • Room & Board - $13,900
  • Other - $2,200


Let’s say that, on the first day of your classes you find two of them have a time conflict. Especially once you get past your freshman/sophomore years, it will be likely that your major courses aren’t offered every semester, or even every year. Luckily, you may be able to take some classes through an online option.

FPU’s retention rate is 68%. This is the percentage of first-time students like you who decide to return to the campus for their second year of classes. Looking down the road a few years, you’ll find that the 4-year graduation rate is 41% and the 6-year graduation rate is 49%. These numbers are somewhat low, but not excessively so. They are also a good way for those considering enrolling at FPU to understand how well the school prepares you for graduation and future success.

The most popular degree programs offered are health professions and related programs; business, management, marketing, and related support services; homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and related protective services; psychology; and communication, journalism, and related programs.

Student Population Total

Student Population 2,114

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

Health Professions and Related Programs 119 Total Graduates / 35%
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 57 Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 31 Graduates
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other 16 Graduates
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 9 Graduates
All Business Majors 82 Total Graduates / 25%
Business Administration and Management, General 38 Graduates
Accounting and Finance 28 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 16 Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 37 Total Graduates / 11%
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 37 Graduates
All Psychology Majors 18 Total Graduates / 5%
Psychology, General 18 Graduates
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 14 Total Graduates / 4%
Communication, General 6 Graduates
Sports Communication 6 Graduates
Mass Communication/Media Studies 2 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 21%

Outcome & Salary

It’s important to know if you will be earning a solid income after you graduate, and most schools publish information so that you can figure this out. Graduate’s early-career salaries are $41,600 and their average mid-career salaries increase to an average of $64,500.

The 4-year net cost of education is $111,504, which will help you figure out your likely return on investment (ROI). A graduate’s 10-year salary earnings potential is $712,550 and their 20-year earning potential is $1,357,550. After the cost of education is deducted, the 10-year projected ROI is $601,046 and the 20-year ROI is $1,246,046.

High school graduates who don’t continue their education earn an average salary of $38,792; their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year income averages $775,840.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $41,600
College Grads Average Salary $71,255
College Grads Mid Career Salary $64,500
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $712,550
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,357,550
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $111,504
10 Year Projected ROI $601,046
20 Year Projected ROI $1,246,046
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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