Originally founded in 1902 as part of the Columbus Ohio YMCA School of Commerce Franklin University is a private nonprofit University that has built its reputation on removing barriers to higher education for ambitious adults. As a nonprofit Franklin University puts students first investing in technology people and services designed to support student success. Franklin University also strives to serve the communities in which our students live and work by partnering with local leaders in business government and education to ensure that Franklins curriculum is aligned to meet the specific needs of the community Because of this unique position and respected programs Franklin has grown to be central Ohios foremost educator of working adults as well as the second-largest private university in the state. Nearly 45000 Franklin alumni can be found around the world serving the communities in which they live and work. A leader in online learning Franklin University offers in-demand undergraduate and graduate degree programs online or at numerous Midwest locations. ABOUT FRANKLIN Accreditation Authorization Why select a college or university that is accredited Accredited institutions are held to a higher academic standard by state and regional governing bodies to ensure your education is of the highest quality. Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission HLC. Franklin University has received specialized accreditation for numerous business degree programs from The International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education IACBE. Franklin University is authorized by the Ohio Department of Higher Education. Franklin University is authorized by the Board for Proprietary Education Indiana Commission for Higher Education. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing RN-BSN at Franklin University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education CCNE.