Franklin University

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Franklin University
Seal of Franklin University
Former names
YMCA School of Commerce
Motto Finish. Advance. Succeed.
Type Private, nonprofit[1]
Established 1902[2]
Endowment $60 million
Chairman Bruce Hagen[3]
President David R. Decker, Ph.D.[4]
Provost Christopher L. Washington, Ph.D.[5]
Dean Leslie King, Ph.D. and Andy Igonor, Ph.D.[6]
Location Columbus, Ohio, United States
39°57′29″N 82°59′28″W / 39.95806°N 82.99111°W / 39.95806; -82.99111Coordinates: 39°57′29″N 82°59′28″W / 39.95806°N 82.99111°W / 39.95806; -82.99111
Campus Urban[2]
Franklin University Logo

Franklin University is a private, nonprofit university in Ohio. It was founded in 1902 to serve the needs of adult students. The university has five campuses in Ohio and Indiana as well as a large selection of online courses.


Franklin's Main Campus in Columbus, Ohio
Franklin University Clock Tower in front of Fisher Hall
The Huntington Courtyard on Franklin's Main Campus
Richard M. Ross Auditorium
Alumni Hall, West Entrance
Fisher Hall, West Entrance
President's Office (left) and Student Services Building (right)
Commons, Facing President's Office (left) and Student Services Building (ahead)

Franklin University has a history of serving adult students that spans more than a hundred years. It was founded in 1902 at the Columbus YMCA, under its sponsorship as the YMCA School of Commerce.[7] It would change its name to Franklin University in 1933, and would amicably discontinue its formal affiliation with the YMCA in 1964.

Five years later, in 1969, the institution would open its first building, Frasch Hall. In 1976, Franklin University earned regional accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

In 1993, Franklin offered its first graduate program, the Master of Business Administration (MBA). In 1998, Franklin University created the Community College Alliance (CCA), a program designed to ease the way for community college students to transfer the maximum number of community college credits toward completing a bachelor's degree at Franklin.

In 2009, the university began offering its MBA at the WSB Universities in Poland. Since signing this agreement with WSB, Franklin has entered into educational agreements with educational institutions in eight other countries.

Today, Franklin University offers a broad range of undergraduate majors and graduate programs. Its enrollment includes more than 300 international students from more than 72 countries. More than 265 community colleges across the U.S. have partnered with Franklin University to ease the way for community college students to transfer the maximum number of community college credits toward completing a bachelor's degree at Franklin. Franklin's Community College Alliance Program.[8]

In August 2011, Franklin announced its newest college, the College of Health and Public Administration or COHPA. Franklin now has three colleges, Arts, Sciences, and Technology; The Ross College of Business, and the College of Health & Public Administration.

In 2014, the university purchased Urbana University in Urbana, Ohio.[9]

In May 2016, the Higher Learning Commission approved Franklin's request to offer its first three doctoral degrees, namely the Doctor of Business Administration, the Doctor of Health Administration and the Doctor of Professional Studies in Instructional Design Leadership.[10]

United States[edit]

The main campus of Franklin University is located in downtown Columbus, Ohio. The university also operates locations in the cities of Beavercreek, Dublin, Delaware and Gahanna.

International partnerships[edit]

In addition to its domestic locations, Franklin University offers programs at international locations through agreements with affiliated universities. These include the Wroclaw School of Banking in Wroclaw, Poland, St. Clement of Ohrid University of Bitola in Bitola, Macedonia, and the Modern College of Business & Science in Oman, to name a few.[11]


Franklin University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.[11] It is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.[12] and is authorized by the Ohio Board of Regents. Additionally, its business programs, including undergraduate and MBA programs, are accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).[12][13] The nursing baccalaureate program is accredited by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).[14]


Franklin University offers degrees at the associate, bachelor, master's, and doctorate levels, including joint BS/MS programs. Many of these programs can be completed entirely online.

The university also operates a coaching program"[15] that allows undergraduate and graduate students to be mentored toward reaching academic, professional, and personal goals under the guidance of professionals whom the university has appointed as coaches. Coaches are not university staff, but are professionals working in industry. Each coach has a one-to-one relationship to a Franklin University student, and provides monthly mentoring and guidance to that student.


For the past several years, Franklin University has been named one of America's Top Military Friendly Colleges and Universities by Military Advanced Education magazine.[16][17] In 2016, Franklin University was ranked as the #1 Online School in Ohio by [18]


  1. ^ "Franklin University: Mission and Philosophy". Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
  2. ^ a b "Franklin University: About Franklin University". Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
  3. ^ "Franklin University, Board of Trustees". Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
  4. ^ "Franklin University: Dr. Decker". Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
  5. ^ "Franklin University: Christopher L. Washington". Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
  6. ^ "Franklin University: Leslie King". ; "Franklin University: Andy Igonor". Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
  7. ^ "Franklin University: History of Franklin University". Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
  8. ^ "Franklin University: Community College Students". Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
  9. ^ Binkley, Collin (April 30, 2014). "Franklin University buys financially troubled Urbana University". Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved June 18, 2014. 
  10. ^ HLC, HLC (May 16–17, 2016). "May 2016 Actions". Higher Learning Commission. Retrieved January 27, 2017. 
  11. ^ a b "Higher Learning Commission: Franklin University". Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
  12. ^ a b "Franklin University: Accreditation". Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
  13. ^ "IACBE: Member Listing: Ohio". Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
  14. ^ "CCNE-Accredited Nursing Degree Programs (Ohio)". Retrieved 2017-01-28. 
  15. ^ "Franklin University: Coaching Programs". Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
  16. ^ "2010 G.I. Jobs Military Friendly Schools: Franklin University". Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
  17. ^ "Franklin University: December 2008 Press Release". Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
  18. ^ FU, FU (August 17, 2016). "Franklin University Ranked #1 Online School in Ohio". Retrieved March 4, 2017. 

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