Undergraduate Academic Policies

Academic Credit and Courseload

Degree and Major Program Requirements

General Degree and Residency Requirements

General Education

Mission Statement:  The General Education program at Franklin University provides diverse learning experiences that promote the development of communication, critical thinking, global learning, and quantitative reasoning skills. These skills are transferable to the workplace and community and create ethical, culturally aware global citizens and engaged lifelong learners.

Taking Graduate Coursework For Elective Credit

Students may select up to eight credit hours of select graduate coursework for elective credit or to meet Major Area requirements while enrolled in an undergraduate program. The specific credit hour maximum per graduate program (in order to adhere to the Higher Learning Commission requirement of 30 graduate credit hours above the baccalaureate degree) are listed below.

Subsequent Degrees

The subsequent bachelor’s degree is open to learners who have completed a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university. (For students with a three-year international baccalaureate degree, the bachelor’s degree needs to be accredited by the ministry of education or equivalent government ministry in the particular country.) Each candidate for a subsequent degree must earn in residence at Franklin University a minimum of 30 credit hours at the 200 level or above, of which a minimum of 16 credit hours must be in major area courses at the 300 or 400 level.

The grade point average (GPA) for the subsequent degree is based on courses taken for the subsequent degree. For students with a bachelor’s degree from Franklin University, the number of credits required after the first bachelor’s degree was awarded must be substantial (normally 30 credits); otherwise the GPA will be cumulative. For major program and degree requirements, refer to the degree listings for specific programs.

Transient Students

A degree-seeking student who wishes to complete coursework at another regionally accredited college or university and then apply it toward a Franklin University degree may complete a Course Equivalency Form to find out in advance how the course(s) will transfer. The student also should attach a copy of the catalog description for the course in question. Students who follow this procedure will be notified concerning how the course(s) will transfer (equivalency and degree applicability). Students who do not obtain such assurance run the risk that the coursework may not apply toward the degree as intended. To be awarded transfer credit, a student must arrange for the institution at which the credit was earned to forward an official transcript to Franklin University.

As stated under “Academic Credit and Course load,” a student is not permitted to carry more than 18 load hours per session at the University or in total at the University and concurrently at any other college or university without permission of the Academic Advisor and Program Chair. Unless permission is granted, credit in excess of the 18 load hour limit will not be transferred to the University.

Grade Reports

Students may view and print grades online. No grades will be released by telephone.


Trimester Honors
Students completing eight or more undergraduate hours of letter-graded courses during any trimester who achieve a GPA of 4.00 are placed on the President’s List for that trimester. Students completing eight or more undergraduate hours of letter-graded courses during a trimester who achieve a GPA of 3.50 - 3.99 are placed on the Dean’s List for that trimester.

Graduation Honors
Each trimester, certain graduating students are recognized for excellence in academic achievement. Such recognition is indicated on the student’s diploma, made a permanent part of their academic record, and announced at commencement.

  • Summa Cum Laude:  Awarded to those who have achieved a minimum 3.90 cumulative GPA in undergraduate coursework.
  • Magna Cum Laude:  Awarded to those who have achieved a 3.70 - 3.89 cumulative GPA in undergraduate coursework.
  • Cum Laude:  Granted to those who have achieved a 3.50 - 3.69 cumulative GPA in undergraduate coursework.

Academic Standards

School of Education Requirements