Franklin Pierce University
Rindge, NH, USA

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Franklin Pierce University
3.22 Average Rating

Kate from Hopedale, MA

researching this school
8 people found this review useful
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Will learn a lot
From my meeting with some of the professors and sitting in on some classes I feel that the teachers will push you to learn. This school may not be Harvard but that may mean that the teachers care a little more about how smart you are, not just how many zeros are on their paycheck.
Will enjoy being here
Franklin Pierce is a GORGEOUS campus. It is very very very tiny so if you are from a big city and love that lifestyle this isn't the place for you. It is in the middle of no where and the closest big city is Keene, NH which isn't really even a city. If you are someone who really enjoys being involved in student activities, FP has a lot of those so you will be able to always stay busy and have fun that way, but if you are looking for a club scene, chances are you won't find one. On the brighter side, FP does do a lot of trips into Boston and Providence, etc. it just means a little extra money to pay since you are so far from them.
Bang for the buck
FP isn't cheap, but it isn't a trillion dollars either. The dorms are average, getting better as you get older (the seniors live in town houses with 3 bathroom, 6 house mates, their own washer and drier, etc). The classes are small and the facilities are gorgeous (especially the comm. building).
Tips for prospective students
It is in NH so remember your winter jacket and boots. The food is excellent but the campus is so small that you probably won't be getting a ton of exercise from walking so make sure you hit their state of the art gym/sports complex to burn off that freshman 15 :-P
Great for these types of students
Students who are smart, small town people who like tight close knit schools/communities. Not for partiers or those who love the big city feel. Everyone seems to be accepting of you just as you are, so if you don't own a pair of UGG boots do not fear.
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Victoria from Fall River, MA

accepted here and planning to attend soon
2 people found this review useful
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Will learn a lot
There are so many programs to choose from and you can coordinate majors and minors to fit your needs. They've also made a new integrated major where you can design your own. I'm doing a dual major and dual minor, and I can also take some classes in the summer to graduate on time.
Will enjoy being here
The environment of the school is wonderful, its such a peaceful place and I've even visited in the winter. Sure it is freezing but the sight of the snow on the trees is beautiful. PLUS They even set up a snowboarding ramp on the front lawn, and they may open up their private ski hill again.
Bang for the buck
With the right scholarships and financial aid, my tuition has been brought down over $30,000. All I'm paying for now is room and board. There is a great Presidential Scholarship worth $60,000 and you just need a minimum SAT score of 1650 to apply for it. It helps out big time.
Tips for prospective students
Keep your mind open. At first I hated the school, I still kind of dislike that I'm out of the city, but I joined Wellness Housing so I hope that everything kind of works out.. Nature, wellness..There's gotta be some connection. Think about staying occupied, not about how much you're stuck out in the boonies.
Great for these types of students
This school is great for outdoorsy people, or people like me that just want to get away from it all and start fresh. It's a small campus so people that have been going through small schools for their education may feel more at-home.
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Amber from Ashford, CT

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
This may not be the best school in the country, but it is a fantastic school. Small class sizes, you can get to know your professors better, gorgeous campus, and you can even self design majors!
Tips for prospective students
Make sure to apply for scholarships and have a plan for payment because it is a more expensive school. Also, don't be afraid to talk to people when you go to open houses or step days!
Academic Rigor
They expect a lot from their students here, and having good grades is required for a lot of other activities you can do on campus.
Dorm Life
As a freshmen you don't have great dorms (they're very small), but every year your dorm gets bigger. Overall living in a dorm is fun! It's like living in a mini apartment with another person and learning how to buy your own things and live on your own.
Food and Dining
Average, it's not like a home cooked meal from home, but it is food and it isn't terrible.
What to do for fun
They have a lot of activities, performances, guest speakers, and other fun activities put on by clubs on campus and the college. There is plenty to do so long as you pay attention to what is happening.
Clubs and Activities
There are quite a few clubs on campus that are geared towards any students interest. I am on Dance Team and in Gamers Club, but there is also Cheer, Archaeology Club, Criminal Justice Club, Anime Club, GSA, etc.
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Kendra from Brunswick, ME

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
Franklin Pierce University is a great school with a beautiful campus. There is a very friendly environment and the faculty and staff are extremely welcoming. It is a small private university with a lot of one-on-one attention.
Tips for prospective students
Even thought FPU is a private university, it can be affordable. The school gives out many scholarships based on academics, so work hard! Also, look for private scholarships. The more active you are in school, the better experience you are going to have.
Academic Rigor
The academics at FPU are challenging, but not impossible. Everything you do requires hard work and dedication. Some classes are easier than others, but there is always help available if you are struggling in a class.
Dorm Life
Dorm life is so much fun! One of the best parts of college is living on your own and meeting new people. Once you meet new people and become more comfortable with your surroundings, everything else falls into place. The dorms are clean and livable. There are 24 courtesy hours and quite hours at night so that you can get your work done and study.
Food and Dining
When you are eating from the same place every day, you tend to get sick of the food. This is exactly how it is at FPU. The food is good and there is a variety, but you do get tired of eating cafeteria food every day. The dining hall at FPU is expanding and is very nice.
What to do for fun
There are so many things to do for fun right on campus. FPU is located right next to pearly pond and the school provides kayaks, paddle boats, etc. Mt. Monadnock is also right on campus and a lot of students enjoy hiking it. There are many clubs and sports on campus and there are many ways to get involved.
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Jacqueline from Hamden, CT

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Some classes can be challenging but as long as you apply yourself you will get through them. However you also have classes that are alot of fun especially the ones in your major.
Am enjoying being here
I absolutely love this school and being here it is one of the best experiences in my life so far.
Bang for the buck
This school is great about handing out scholarship aid so no one actually pays the ticket price.
Tips for prospective students
Bring a lot of sweaters, buy rain boots and snow gear! Above all else buy a good pair of hiking boots.
Great for these types of students
This school is great for outdoorsy kids, we are in a beautiful mountain area with a lot of opportunity.
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