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Franklin University 2020-2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

Hitaishi Bhatia Hitaishi Bhatia
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Franklin University, Columbus, Ohio is a private university with a student population of nearly 5,000. It provides diverse courses including Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees plus various certificate programs. Most courses in bachelors are offered via an online medium which is a good alternative to be explored if looking for part-time or avocations. The institute is a renowned name in the US Education System that observes a graduation rate of nearly 30%.

With an acceptance rate of around 78%, the institute is a lightly competitive university to get into once all the basic eligibility requirements are met. The organization observes an intake of over 1000 graduates every year in the three seasonal intakes of Fall, Summer and Spring. Some of the salient points to be taken a note of when applying for admissions at Franklin University are as follows:

  • Admissions are available at the institute in 3 intakes that observe different deadlines for its various programs.
  • A nonrefundable fee of 40 and 30 USD for undergraduate and graduate courses, respectively, must be deposited when applying at the university
  • Application process must be completed online while transcripts can either be mailed or sent via email.
  • About 86% of students at the institute receive an average financial aid of around 6,297 USD per year.
  • A Franklin alumni earns up to 40,000 USD as their starting salary which makes it a coveted choice among international applicants.

The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshmen at the institute is around 1180 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is a highly important parameter affecting the admission process as 79% of the applicants submit their SAT scores at the institute. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 22 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants. Any candidate with an ACT score of 25 and above is highly eligible and has a great chance of enrollment at the university.


Application portalOnline portal
Application feeUSD 40
Acceptance rate78%
Average TOEFL score550- PBT, 79- iBT
Average IELTS score6.5
Mode of paymentMasterCard, Visa, Discover, AmericanExpress.
Academic calendarSemester based, each year has 3 semesters
Intake seasonsFall/ Spring/ Summer
Work experienceFor graduate program
Financial AidFederal aid, state aid, institutional aid, loans, merit-based scholarships.

Admission deadlines

The university offers a plethora of courses for international students and provides admission to them in the 3 intakes of Fall, Summer and Spring. To get one's application validated it needs to be submitted before the specified deadline. Also note that the institute doesn’t have any late submission process. University advises an application to be filled 8 weeks before the start of program date for a smooth process.

Term/ SemesterDeadline
Fall 2020August 24, 2020
Spring 2021January 4, 2021
Summer 2021April 5, 2021

Franklin University International Student Admissions

Franklin University accepts international applicants after successful course completion of higher secondary school or diploma, with minimum qualifying grade point average, with submitted academic record till date, passing English proficiency test with cut off specified.

How to Apply?

Application Portal: Apply using the online application portal at the official website

Application Fee: USD 40 and USD 30 for undergraduate and graduate courses, respectively

Basic Admission Requirements

  • A completed application
  • High school or any previous qualifying college’s transcript
  • Transcripts must be evaluated by NACES-member international credentials evaluation agency.
  • English proficiency test score from TOEFL, IELTS, or Cambridge English Language Assessment should be sent to Franklin University using institutional code 1129.
  • F-1 visa holders have to submit financial proof, i.e., financial sponsorship form[4] signed by the sponsor.
  • Copy of passport’s biographical information page.

Applicants applying for a graduate programs must also provide:

  • Admission essay of around 500-800 words.
  • Curriculum Vitae demonstrating work experience, if any.

Applicants must mail all the application transcripts to Franklin University, ATTN: Office of Transfer and Articulation, 201 S. Grant Ave, Columbus, OH 43215-5339. One can also send via email to

English Proficiency Test Scores

International students must have a minimum score in the below mentioned English proficiency scaling tests. Minimum qualifying marks vary based on whether a candidate is applying for Graduate or undergraduate application.

IELTS band5.56.5
Cambridge English scale160180

Students should ensure that they meet all the minimum scores of subsections like reading, writing, listening, speaking, sentence making (only seen in ACCUPLACER).

Visa Process for International Students

Applying for an F-1 international student visa to study in the USA has many steps to follow; there are several options to pay fees and a lot of documents that need to be filled which is compiled in detail as follows:

  • All the applicants need to pay an I-901 fee of USD 350 (one – time, non-refundable) in favour of SEVIS.
  • The receipt of the above payment needs to be later produced during the visa interview.
  • Three payment options available are pay online at, pay at Western Union and pay by mail

Documents that need to be produced at the embassy during the interview are:

  • Passport, which is valid for 6 months at least.
  • I-20 form issued by Franklin University (one needs to make sure that name matches in I-20 form and I-901 form).
  • Letter of admission from University
  • Passport-size photos – 2No’s
  • SEVIS fee payment receipt
  • Proof of residence of the home country
  • Financial support proof.

Franklin University Undergraduate Admissions

Franklin University offers undergraduate admissions in 35 different courses, a few popular courses being Accounting, computer science, business administration and also has uncommon ones like web development, cybersecurity, public relations etc. 80% of the UG students take their course online at their own pace. UG admissions are also given based on credits transfer from the former institution, however, international students have to get their transcripts evaluated.

Admission requirements: 

Undergraduate applicants must submit the below-mentioned documents at the time of admission.

  • Official document transcripts from high school or equivalent.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.25
  • Official GED certificate.
  • English language proficiency test scores when from non-native English speaking country, score being not more than two years old.
  • Affidavit of support and financial statements
  • Guidance counselors recommendation

Franklin University Graduate Admissions

The university offers master degrees in 16 courses for its international candidates seeking to study in the USA which include MBA, MSN among other programs. Notable popular courses are accounting, human resource management, and Data analytics.

Basic Admission Requirements: 

  • Applicants should provide a baccalaureate degree transcript.
  •  Must have earned a minimum of 2.75 GPA on a scale of 4.0. Else, GMAT or GRE scores need to be produced.
  • Few domains also have a requirement of 3.0 GPA and a minimum of 15-30 hours of graduate coursework depending on course.

Additional Requirements

  • Personal interview
  • Admission essay along with a Resume.
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Affidavit of support

Specific requirements for some of the popular graduate programs offered by Franklin University are as tabulated below.

RequirementMaster of Business Administration (MBA)Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA)M.S in Computer scienceM.S in accounting
Application feeUSD 30USD 30USD 30USD 30
GMAT/GREYes, if GPA < 2.75Yes, if GPA < 2.75Yes, if GPA < 2.75Yes, if GPA < 2.75
Work experienceWill be considered in case of low GPAWill be considered in case of low GPAWill be considered in case of low GPAWill be considered in case of low GPA
Professional CV/ resumeRequiredRequiredRequiredRequired

Applications can be submitted 8 weeks before the deadline and also the university takes a time of up to 7 days for processing the applications and releasing its admission decisions. The deadlines for all the graduate programs are different. So, candidates should confirm the dates of their program early and fill the form on time. International candidates should also keep in mind the time required for obtaining a student visa and completing other formalities and thus, must apply at the earliest possible opportunity.

For getting admission at the institute, high ACT/SAT score and GPA are the 2 components that form the maximum weightage. In case of low GPA, work history, references produced, personality traits will also be taken into account when offering admissions.

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