Press Release

Franklin University Earns Collegiate Purple Star Campus Designation


Sherry Mercurio
Executive Director, Office of Community Relations
(614) 947-6581

Columbus, OH (May 26, 2022)

Franklin University, one of the leading educators of working adults in central Ohio, is proud to announce its designation as a Collegiate Purple Star institution. In its inaugural year and as one of the first campuses in the nation to be named to this distinguished honor, the designation recognizes public and independent colleges and universities that are supportive and inclusive of military-connected students. 

“The resources available through Franklin University’s Office of Military and Veteran Affairs connect veterans and service members with everything from educational support to community activities,” Chancellor Randy Gardner said. “Franklin’s efforts exemplify a Collegiate Purple Star campus.”
Criteria for being chosen as a Purple Star college or university include having a dedicated military/veteran point of contact and office on campus, establishing priority registration for veterans and service members, surveying student veterans and service members – along with spouses and dependents – about needs and challenges, and allowing for the establishment of student-led groups and organizations for veterans and service members. 

“Franklin University is humbled to receive the Collegiate Purple Star designation as an endorsement of the assistance and resources we provide to help our honorable military students reach their educational goals,” shared Dr. David Decker, President, Franklin University. “Our military service members make sacrifices worthy of our appreciation and steadfast support.”

Today’s announcement is the most recent affirmation of the University’s commitment to serving those who serve our country. In its 13th year of recognition as a Military Friendly® School, Franklin University has been named a Gold-level Military Friendly® School and a Top Performer in Military Advanced Education's Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities. For more about how Franklin University helps military service members across the United States and around the world pursue higher education without additional sacrifice, visit

About the Collegiate Purple Star 
The Collegiate Purple Star will recognize those public and independent colleges and universities in Ohio that are supportive and inclusive of military-connected students. A Collegiate Purple Star Advisory Committee will determine designations after evaluation and recommendation. The advisory committee will be appointed by the Chancellor and composed of members from organizations that include but aren’t limited to ODHE, the Ohio Veterans Education Council (with representation from two-year colleges, four-year universities, and independent institutions), the Ohio Department of Veterans Services, the Ohio Adjutant General’s Department, and the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission K-12 Purple Star Committee.

About Franklin University

Accredited, nonprofit, and dedicated to educating adults since 1902, Franklin provides onsite course options at our Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, and is an innovator in providing personalized online education. The University offers applied in-demand undergraduate, masters, and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals. Through agreements with partner institutions, the University also offers international academic programs, including its top-ranked MBA.

Franklin University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and holds specialized accreditations for specific academic programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, and the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education. The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Franklin University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE).

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