Member Spotlight: Franklin Pierce University

The mission of Franklin Pierce University is to embrace an education that matters: one that achieves academic success through the integration of liberal arts and professional programs. Its community of educators and learners creates an environment that fosters intellectual curiosity and encourages experiential and applied learning. A Franklin Pierce experience enables each student to discover and fulfill his or her own unique potential and prepares students to become confident, knowledgeable individuals and leaders of conscience.

Founded in 1962, Franklin Pierce University marked its 50th Anniversary with sweeping changes to its curriculum; a new General and Liberal Education curriculum was designed to closely connect academic learning to students’ career and life choices. This innovative, outcomes-based general and liberal education curriculum has a flexible, holistic curricular structure, offering students a unique pathway through the college experience to the practicalities of the world beyond.

The College at Rindge is home to a four-year residential undergraduate program which offers bachelor’s degrees in 24 major courses of study, along with 29 minors, two certificate programs, and four pre-professional tracks. The College of Graduate & Professional Studies program offers advanced degrees and certificates in today’s high-demand fields – education, business administration, information technology, health care, and transformational leadership; these programs are offered at multiple locations as well as online to accommodate the needs of busy working professionals.

Franklin Pierce recognizes that it cannot offer what is best for its students without actively pursuing connections and engagement outside the University. President James Birge says, “No industry can thrive today when it focuses solely on its own work or ignores the external factors that impact its mission. By participating in the activities of the New England Council, and the resources it offers, Franklin Pierce University is able to measure where it needs to engage with other industries and how to anticipate opportunities that extend our mission to educate women and men to be leaders of conscience.”

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