1 Apply Online

Anytime. Anywhere. No Cost.

Our online application is quick, easy to navigate, and free. Applications are accepted year-round and we do not require personal essays or recommendations. Once submitted, your application will be processed within 48 hours. Soon after that, one of our friendly and knowledgeable Admissions Advisors will reach out to help guide you through the remaining steps of the admissions process.

Franklin University's undergraduate open admission policy reflects the University's mission as a student-centered, non-profit, independent institution providing high quality, relevant education enabling the broadest possible community of learners to achieve their goals and enrich the world.

A student who meets at least one of the following criteria is eligible for admission as a degree-seeking student:

  1. Is a graduate of an accredited high school, or
  2. Has passed the General Education Development Test (GED), or
  3. Has passed a State High School Equivalency Examination, or
  4. Has completed homeschooling at the secondary level, or
  5. Has earned a certificate demonstrating that the student has passed a state-authorized examination that the state recognizes as the equivalent of a high school diploma or
  6. Has successfully transferred at least (6) semester hours that apply towards a Franklin degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, an institution recognized as a candidate of accreditation, or an institution recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (ability to benefit), or
  7. Has an associate, bachelor or master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, an institution recognized as a candidate for accreditation, or an institution recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation

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2 Transfer Your Credits

Going back to school doesn't mean starting over.

We know the more credits you transfer, the less money and time it takes for you to earn your degree. That's why we look at every option available, helping you spend less and finish faster. Today, 90% of Franklin undergraduates transfer college credits from at least one other institution. There are also a number of other ways to maximize your transfer credit by leveraging your previous work experience and training.

To help you get started, the table below shows which of your official transcripts you will need to send to us, based on your current level of education.

High School Transcripts College Transcripts
No College Experience
Some College Experience
Associate's Degree or Higher

Learn additional information and the specific steps needed to obtain your transcripts.

If you have not attended an accredited college or university, you will need to send us your official high school transcript or GED certificate.

High School Transcripts

Since many high schools are closed or short-staffed over the summer, it may be more difficult to acquire your transcripts during that time period. You should set aside additional time to obtain your transcripts and be aware that some high schools may not be able process transcript requests in June and July.

You can expect to spend $3 - $10 for your high school to process your transcripts. You should also build 7-10 days into your schedule for your transcripts to arrive at Franklin. There is no cost for us to receive and evaluate your transcripts.

All transcripts will need to be submitted to the address below in the official sealed envelope.

Submit official, sealed transcripts to:
Franklin University
ATTN: Office of Transfer and Articulation
201 S. Grant Ave.
Columbus, OH 43215-5339

If you have attended an accredited college or university but have not completed a degree, you will need to send us your official college and high school transcripts.

College Transcripts

To maximize your potential to transfer credit, be sure to send us the official, sealed transcripts from all of the colleges or universities where you have registered for courses. Most colleges and universities have an Office of the Registrar or Office of Records, which is the department responsible for maintaining student transcripts, records, and enrollment status. Contact your previous school's Registrar's Office to request your official transcript and have them sent directly to us at the address listed below.

High School Transcripts

When acquiring your high school transcripts, it should be noted that since many high schools are closed or short-staffed over the summer, it may be more difficult to acquire your transcripts during that time period. You should set aside additional time to obtain your transcripts and be aware that some high schools may not be able process transcript requests in June and July.

You can expect to spend $3 - $10 per institution (college or high school) for them to process your transcripts. You should also build 7-10 days into your schedule for the transcript to arrive at Franklin. There is no cost for us to receive and evaluate your transcripts.

All transcripts will need to be submitted to the address below in the official sealed envelope.

Submit official, sealed transcripts to:
Franklin University
ATTN: Office of Transfer and Articulation
201 S. Grant Ave.
Columbus, OH 43215-5339

If you have earned an associate's degree or higher from an accredited college or university, you will need to send us your college transcripts.

College Transcripts

To maximize your potential to transfer credit, be sure to send us the official transcripts from all of the colleges or universities where you have registered for courses. Most colleges and universities have an Office of the Registrar or Office of Records, which is the department responsible for maintaining student transcripts, records, and enrollment status. Contact your previous school's Registrar's Office to request your official transcript and have them sent directly to us, at the address listed below.

You can expect to spend $3 - $10 per college for them to process your transcripts. You should also build 7-10 days into your schedule for the transcript to arrive at Franklin. There is no cost for us to receive and evaluate your transcripts.

All transcripts will need to be submitted to the address below in the official sealed envelope.

Submit official, sealed transcripts to:
Franklin University
ATTN: Office of Transfer and Articulation
201 S. Grant Ave.
Columbus, OH 43215-5339

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3 Identify Your
Financing Options

Minimize the out-of-pocket expense
of your degree

It's important to think about your financing options early in the admissions process. Financing your education can include options such as federal financial aid, employer tuition reimbursement, school funding programs for active military and veterans, as well as a variety of Franklin scholarships and grants.

To find out if you're eligible for federal financial aid, complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online application. Be sure to include the Franklin University FAFSA code: 003046.

Start Your FAFSA Application

Learn more about:

Federal Financial Aid Grants & Scholarships
Military & Veteran Benefits Employer Tuition Reimbursement

4 Complete the Admissions Process

Prepare for your success as a Franklin student

Your success as a student is important to us and we want to be sure that you start off on the right foot. Depending on your academic background, visa status, or intended program there could be additional paperwork or steps that are required before you are able to register for classes. Your Admissions Advisor will work closely with you to identify these requirements, ensuring you've completed each of the steps necessary to be accepted into Franklin University.

Additional requirements could include the following:

Once you receive your official transcript evaluation from us, your Admissions Advisor will help determine if there are any additional placement tests that you will need to complete.

  • If you do not have prior college credit you will likely need to complete placement tests for math, writing, English, and computer literacy.
  • If you have prior credit, your Admissions Advisor will help identify areas where you may need to take placement tests.

In either case, your Admissions Advisor will work with our Student Learning Center (SLC) to request the placement tests on your behalf. The SLC will then contact you and provide instructions on how and where you can take exams. While testing services are available at many of our Midwest locations, the SLC will work with you to help identify an approved testing facility in your area, regardless of where you live.

There are no costs or fees for placement tests and results are available shortly after completion of the tests.

By performing well on placement tests, you may be able to skip one or more basic math and English classes, which will ultimately save you time and money. Because we are committed to your success, the SLC provides descriptions and study guides for each test. Be sure to take advantage of these useful tools and set aside time to study.

Learn More About Placement Tests

Since payment for your first term will be due on the first day of classes, we recommend that you finalize all your financing options before taking the next step and registering for classes. Your Admissions Advisor can help ensure all your payment options are properly in place.

Payment Options
Our convenient online tuition payment service allows you to pay for each trimester in full, or by monthly payments. Payments can be made by credit card, or from your checking or savings account.

Employer Tuition Reimbursement
If your employer will be assisting with your tuition, they are able to make payments directly to the University, or they may choose to reimburse you once they have received your grades at the end of each trimester.

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Technical credits are credits you've earn through previous college coursework, work experience and/or other training, and are a requirement for some of the programs at the University. In some cases, additional steps are needed to ensure your work and training experience match your chosen program's requirements.

Programs that require technical credits:

  • Allied Healthcare Management
  • Applied Management
  • Health Information Management
  • Information Technology
  • Interactive Media Design
  • Nursing
  • Public Safety Management
  • Social Media Design

Successful completion of the admissions process means you are officially a Franklin University student. There are just a few simple steps you'll need to complete before you begin classes.
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5 Register for Classes

We'll help you get started

Your Registration Appointment is a critical step in the process that gives you the opportunity to select the courses you would like to take during your first term, get final questions answered, and start your Franklin experience in the best way possible. If you live close to one of our Midwest locations, you can attend your Registration Appointment in-person. Or, if you prefer, your appointment can be handled over the phone.

We know you're busy and need flexible scheduling options. That's why our Admissions Advisors are available over lunch, during the evenings, and even on select Saturdays.

During this meeting, your Admissions Advisor will help you register for courses. Once complete, you will have a clear picture of your first-term schedule. You will also receive your Registration statement detailing the courses you've chosen, payment balance statement, as well as your Franklin email address and the login information to our online student portal.

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6 Complete Orientation

Log in and get started. We'll help navigate.

We pride ourselves on providing innovative ways to help you navigate the resources you'll need to reach your goals. Our online New Student Orientation takes just one hour to complete and is packed with information that will familiarize you with the processes, policies, and guidelines to be a successful Franklin student.

The orientation session helps you understand our unique approach to learning, identifies resources available to you, and prepares you for your Franklin experience. Your Admissions Advisor will provide you with log in details following your registration appointment and you will be able to access your orientation session 24 hours after your registration has been processed.

Completing this final step means you have the resources and knowledge to take on the
challenge of earning your bachelor's degree at Franklin University.
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