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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.
|School Type||Private not-for-profit|
|Campus Setting||Rural: Fringe|
|Student Faculty Ratio||12:1|
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Rank||Recommended|
|High School Transcripts||Required|
|College Prep Courses||Recommended|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)||Required|
|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|
|Average Total Aid||$25,869|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||100%|
|Room & Board||$13,900|
- 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
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.
|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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