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Franklin is an accredited university invested in one thing: You. We offer career-focused academic programs and a continually evolving and relevant curriculum, taught by industry-experienced faculty who help you apply classroom concepts to real-world situations.

Designed by Insiders

Gain in-demand skills with an industry-aligned curriculum.

Real-World Practitioners

Learn from faculty with in-the-field experience.

Institutionally Accredited

We meet rigorous HLC academic standards.

Institutional Accreditation

We meet established criteria for quality teaching, student-centered learning and innovative improvement from the HLC.


Franklin University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Urbana University was accredited as a separate institution by the Higher Learning Commission from 04/09/1975 through 07/31/2017. The University voluntarily resigned affiliation with the Higher Learning Commission, effective 08/01/2017, and became a Branch Campus of Franklin University. The Urbana University Branch Campus ceased enrollments at the end of the 2020 Spring Semester; its records are maintained by Franklin University.

Specialized Accreditation

Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education

The Health Information Management accreditor of Franklin University is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for the bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management has been reaffirmed through 2028-2029. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at

For more information about the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education, please click here.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, post-graduate APRN certificates, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at Franklin University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (


Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

The School of Education at Franklin University holds accreditation for its initial-level educator preparation programs through Fall 2026 from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), 1140 19th St NW, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20036 (202) 223-0077. The following bachelor's degree and post-baccalaureate initial-level licensure programs were included in the CAEP accreditation review: Adolescence to Young Adult Education (7-12), Intervention Specialist: Mild-Moderate (K-12), Middle Childhood Education, and Primary Education (PK-5).

For more information about the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, please click here.

International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE)

The Ross College of Business at Franklin University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11960 Quivira Road in Overland Park, Kansas, USA. For a list of accredited programs please view our IACBE member status page

Click here to see our IACBE Public Disclosure of Student Achievement. 

For more information about the International Accreditation Council for Business Education, please click here.

National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense

Franklin University has been designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense through 2024, by the National Security Agency for our B.S. in Cybersecurity. The designation was awarded as a result of a thorough investigation into the University's cybersecurity curriculum, faculty credentials and competence in research and student involvement in cybersecurity activities.

For more information about the National Security Agency Centers of Academic Excellence, please click here.

Put Theory Into Practice

  • Start reaping your educational ROI with your first class.
  • Put what you learn in the classroom today into practice on the job tomorrow.
  • Enjoy more on-the-job successes with help from coursework designed for the business world.
  • Advance faster, thanks to degree programs that feature hands-on assignments, real-world scenarios and actual experience.

Learn from Real-World, Industry Practitioners

At Franklin, you’ll go well beyond the textbook. With practical advice, quality mentoring and insider insight on hiring and advancement, you’ll learn from extraordinary faculty willing to share their in-the-field experience.

Marian Jones
Vice President, Talent and Organizational Development, Wallick Communities
W. Andy Bouchane
Vice President Program Manager Commercial Banking, Huntington National Bank
Kent Holloway
Chief Executive Officer, Lifeline of Ohio Organ Procurement, Inc
Richard Bash
Deputy Chief of Police, Columbus Division of Police
Sam Karimian
Technical Leader/VP, Global Technology, JP Morgan Chase
Michelle Geiman
HR Director, Charleys Philly Steaks/Bibibop Asian Grill
Jeffrey Racz
AVP, Director of Administration, BroadStreet Partners
Joseph Cable
Vice-President, Supervisory Manager, JPMorgan Chase
Dawn Sumners
Accounts Receivable Supervisor, Ford Motor Company

The Franklin Learning Difference

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Academic & Industry Experts

Credentialed professionals with real-world experience design and teach our classes.

  • Benefit from the insight of industry leaders and the academic expertise of our faculty so that what you learn translates into on-the-job success.
  • Learn from teaching faculty whose professional expertise helps bring academic concepts and theories to life so you can immediately apply them in your career.
  • Discover the theory behind the practice as well as how to apply it in the real world from industry-experienced faculty (not graduate students or lifetime academics).

Relevant & Consistent Curriculum

Everything you learn is a result of your degree program’s content, not the class format.

  • Learn in-demand and on-trend skills in every course you take.
  • Root yourself in foundational concepts while also staying ahead of the curve with degree programs that combine core learning with cutting-edge assignments.
  • Earn the same high-quality degree whether you study online, on-site or both.

Hands-On Learning Experience

Learn theories and concepts, as well as how they apply to practical situations.

  • Participate in relevant and engaging learning simulations, case studies, interactive videos and group exercises.
  • Learn from an intuitively designed and logically taught curriculum so you’re more successful in the classroom -- and beyond.

Continuously Evolving Programs

Stay at the forefront of industry trends through consistent program reviews and updates.

  • Learn from relevant, regularly updated programs, as a result of continuous student feedback and ongoing faculty reviews.
  • Keep up with new trends, thanks to a structured review process that helps identify industry gaps and guide curriculum enhancements.
  • Benefit from improved student learning and teaching methods, informed by hard-data assessments.

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