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Undergraduate Students

Your Path to Success Starts Here

Starting something new is never easy, and deciding to earn your bachelor’s degree is no exception. We understand getting started can seem overwhelming and want to help by providing clarity and transparency throughout the entire process.

Below we detail, step-by-step, everything you need to know to begin your educational journey at Franklin. From applying online to new student orientation, you’ll understand what you need to do, where we can help, how much it will cost, and how long it will take.

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Apply Online

Apply. Anytime. Anywhere.

Our online application is quick, easy to navigate, and, best of all, free. We accept applications year-round and do not require personal essays or recommendations. Once submitted, we process your application within 48 hours.

Once your application is processed, we’ll email you a username, password and link to log into our MyTools applicant system so you can track your progress throughout the admission process. You can also access MyTools and other helpful Franklin information through the MyFranklin mobile app.

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How long will it take?

  • On average, you can complete our online application in about 20 minutes.
  • Once submitted, we’ll process your application within 48 hours.

How much will it cost?
Applying to Franklin is free and we accept applications year-round.

How will I know it’s complete?
One of our admissions advisors will contact you by phone or email. 
We’ll also email you a username, password, and link to log into our MyTools applicant system so you can track your progress throughout the admission process.

Notes & Tips
To ensure you have ample time to complete the admission process, we recommend submitting your application at least 6 weeks prior to the term in which you want to start classes.

Transfer Your Credits

Going back to school doesn't mean starting over.

We know that the more credits you transfer, the less time and money it takes for you to earn your degree. That's why we look at every available option to help finish faster and spend less. Today, 90 percent 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, including leveraging your previous work experience and training. 

To help you get started, here’s a look at the official transcripts you’ll need sent to us, based on your current level of education.

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How long will it take?
Once we’ve received all your transcripts, we’ll complete our official evaluation within three weeks. Please allow an 7-10 days for processing and delivering of your transcripts from other institutions to us.

How much will it cost?
There are no costs or fees related to us receiving and evaluating your transcripts, however, other institutions (colleges and high schools) may charge a processing fee when you request a transcript. Typically, that cost is between $3 and $10 per transcript.

How will I know it’s complete?

  • We’ll email your official Franklin transfer credit evaluation once we’ve processed all your transcripts.
  • You may log into Franklin’s MyTools applicant system to get real-time updates on your transcript information.

Notes & Tips

  • In order for us to accept your transcripts, please complete our free, online application.
  • Have your transcripts be sent to us in an official sealed envelope, stamped with ink to verify that the document has not been altered or request that your transcripts be sent electronically to transcripts@franklin.edu
  • Expect us to process your transcripts once we’ve received all of them.
  • You will not be able to request transcripts from institutions in which you have a financial hold.

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 admission 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 Franklin University’s FAFSA code, 003046.

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How will I know it’s complete?

  • It depends on how you decide to pay for your education. Be sure to have early conversations about your options with your admissions advisor to determine your best course of action. 
  • If applying for federal financial aid, your application will likely be processed within a few days of submission.

How much will it cost?
There are no costs or fees associated with applying for financial aid, scholarships or grants.

How will I know it’s complete?
Knowing when you've secured financing will depend on how you decide to pay for your education. If you applied for financial aid, then receiving, reviewing and submitting your financial aid award letter will mean you've completed the process. 

You can log into our MyTools applicant system to check the status of the documents required for financial aid. 

Regardless of how you decide to pay for your education, payment for your first term is due on the first day of classes.
 

Notes & Tips
If applying for financial aid, be sure complete your application at least 2-3 weeks before the start of your first class so we can process funding before your payment is due. 
 

Complete the Admission Process

Prepare for your success as a Franklin student.

Your success as a student is important to us, so we want to be sure you start off on the right foot. Depending on your academic background, visa status or intended program, there could be additional paperwork or steps needed before you can register for classes. Your admissions advisor will work closely with you to ensure you've completed each of the steps necessary to be accepted into Franklin University.

Additional requirements could include the following:

Earn additional college credit for subjects you already know:

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How long will it take?

  • Placement tests are typically scheduled within 3 days of contacting the testing facility. You can expect to complete each test in 1-3 hours.
  • Time needed to secure finances is dependent on your method of payment. If you've met the priority deadline for the trimester, you can expect federal financial aid to be completed within a few days after you've submitted your FAFSA application.
  • Verifying work experience for transfer credit may require additional time. Be sure to have conversations with your admissions advisor to determine your best course of action.
  • Credit By Exam test times vary by examination. Time limits typically range from 90 minutes to 3 hours.

How much will it cost?

  • There are no costs or fees associated with finalizing financing or technical credit.
  • Credit By Exam fees vary by examination provider, although fees usually range from $40 per credit hour to $100 per examination.

How will I know it’s complete?

  • Results of your placement tests are available shortly after completion. You also can log into our MyTools applicant system to see which tests you still need to complete.
  • Knowing when you've secured financing will depend on how you decide to pay for your education. If you applied for financial aid, receiving your financial aid award letter will mean you've completed the process.
  • Knowing when you've completed the technical credit requirements for a select program is dependent on your specific work and training experience. Be sure to have conversations with your admissions advisor to ensure you’ve completed this step.
  • For many Credit By Exam tests, you’ll receive your score report immediately following the exam. Others may take longer since they may require manual grading.

Notes & Tips
If you need to take placement tests, be sure to prepare. Placement tests can be difficult, and a poor performance could delay the time it takes for you to begin your coursework. Fortunately, our testing center provides descriptions and study guides for each exam so be sure to take advantage of these study resources.

Plan ahead. Be sure to talk to your academic advisor to incorporate the Credit By Exam tests into your academic plan. 

Study guides and exam prep materials for Credit By Exam tests are available for every exam. Be sure to prepare as poor performance may result in a delay in your academic progress. Depending on the test vendor, a repeat test may not be available to you for 90 to 180 days.

Register For Classes

We'll help you get started.

Your registration appointment is a critical step in the process, giving 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 possible way. If you live close to one of our Midwest locations, you can attend your registration appointment in person. Or, if you prefer, you may have your appointment 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 some Saturdays.

During your appointment, your admissions advisor will help you register for classes. Once complete, you’ll have a clear picture of your first-term schedule. You’ll also receive your registration statement detailing the courses you've chosen, payment balance, as well as your Franklin email address, and the login information to our online student portal.

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How long will it take?
Once you're accepted, your registration appointment will be scheduled as soon as possible. Appointments are typically scheduled a few days after you've completed the steps needed to register for classes. The appointment usually lasts about an hour.
 

How much will it cost?
There is a $25 fee when you register for classes, but this can be waived by attending one of our Open Houses. This fee is added to your tuition payment invoice.
 

How will I know it’s complete?
By the end of your appointment, you will be assigned an academic advisor who will serve as your personal resource throughout your entire duration as a Franklin student. Your academic advisor can provide you with additional information about the program you selected, University policies and other helpful details.

Notes & Tips
Get prepared for your registration appointment by making sure that your financing is secured. We also recommend that you make a list of any last-minute questions you may have.
 

Complete Orientation

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

We pride ourselves on providing innovative ways to help you reach your goals. Our online New Student Orientation takes just an hour to complete and is packed with information to help familiarize you with processes, policies and guidelines to be a successful student at Franklin.

Your orientation session will help you understand our unique approach to learning, as well as provide you with important resources and information to prepare you for your Franklin experience. Your admissions advisor will give you log in details following your registration appointment. You can access your orientation session 24 hours after your registration is processed.

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How long will it take?
Most students complete online orientation in about an hour.

How much will it cost?
There are no costs or fees associated with orientation.

How will I know it’s complete?
At the end of your orientation session, you’ll complete a simple quiz to make sure you clearly understand the information presented. Once you've completed the quiz, you’ve completed orientation.

Notes & Tips

  • New Student Orientation may be helpful for any undergraduate student who is new to the University, or is returning after an absence of a year or more.
  • We recommend that you complete your online orientation before the start of your first class.
     

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