Franklin University

Franklin University in Central Ohio offers degree programs on campus and online. The virtual campus includes undergraduate majors in numerous topics from accounting to web development. Franklin also offers an online MBA program and a 17-month online M.S. degree program in marketing and communication. Franklin University’s tuition is especially affordable.

Review Average: 7.4 out of 10 (19 reviews)

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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Beware of Franklin University Columbus Ohio
May 10, 2012
Franklin's curriculum is backwards to traditional colleges. Franklin University's classes have one teaching themselves first,then going to class and finding out how one did. Assignments are give, and are to be completed before one even starts a class, then you show up for your first class,and turn in assignments. Further,depending on how the teacher delivers the material, one may not get instruction for the next assignment until the following face to face meet. Imagine if ... [Read more]

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Service of Franklin University Staff
May 15, 2012
Typically every time I call into the financial aid department I received a different response regarding the same questions. Representatives answer the phone with not enough information to answer questions. I have a current teacher that yawns during her presentations via Franklin Live and conducts herself very unprofessionally. This same teacher fails to respond to emails. Hence causing me to drop the class. The Academic Advisers are not able to answer their phones and takes ... [Read more]

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
August 3, 2009
When something in the course is wrong, they don't care, and I have found multiple things wrong with every course that I have taken. I have gone to two schools before Franklin University, and I have never been this frustrated. I would have transferred out of here, but I can't afford it. The online material is weak. The teachers for the online courses are only part-time and have another full-time job so it takes up ... [Read more]

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
MBA 2012
March 27, 2014
I earned both my bachelors and MBA from Franklin. During my MBA I was using the Post 9/11 GI Bill and never had an issue with financial aid. Franklin took care of everything which made it easy for me to concentrate on school. In my undergraduate, I was using grants and student loans. Again, Franklin took care of everything. Scheduling was easy, I never had a single issue with financing, scheduling, any of that. I ... [Read more]

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Avoid this place like the Plague!
July 23, 2013
This place has me so furious I cannot see straight! I signed up for more information for a Bachelors degree and before I knew it they had me signing up for classes. The only problem is that's where they leave you, signing up for classes and nothing more. I called this university several times to get some assistance because there were no local offices near my home. I never received any support; in fact each ... [Read more]

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Franklin University (Columbus, Ohio)
August 8, 2006
I've found Franklin to be Top Notch in all respects. Very throrough and organized and all my expectations have been met. They offer classes in multiple lengths of 6 weeks, up to the traditional semester. I was impressed that everything was covered in 6 weeks in a depth that will really help me, instead of glossing over things to get thru it on time. Great professors. The online format is proprietary but easy to use. ... [Read more]

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great programs; Support/Services Lack
August 29, 2012
Flexibility was my primary reason for attending Franklin. Nearly every degree is available online; on-campus classes are one-night a week. Their trimesters allow for lighter course loads. In my undergraduate (BSBA), I took a back-to-back six-week courses over a twelve/fifteen-week courses. In the MBA program, it's just back-to-back six-week courses, but heavier material. Though not highly accredited (with the "gold" standard like Harvard and Yale), the MBA is a quick 16-month program that is regionally ... [Read more]

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Oct. 3, 2010, 4:17 a.m.
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As anyone can see from the variety of posts, the school isn't all wrong, and there are some positives. Bottom line here (and in concert with my opinion) Franklin is inconsistent at best, and if you're serious about your education, search for a serious school. A school that hasn't managed to develop much in 100 years isn't going to provide a world class education.
Nov. 4, 2010, 2:38 a.m.
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I enrolled in Franklin Univeristy after completing an Associates Degree from University of Phoenix. I figured this is a more traditional school in an online setting and would hold higher regards from potential employers without making me visit a classroom. I have worked in the I.T. industry for over 10 years, and currently hold a supervisory position that does not leave me with flexible hours for in-class time. Franklin has changed my attitude from definitely going after a Master's degree to I cannot wait for the Bachelor's to end. I am sure this is true of many University's, but I have a very hard time with the concept that college is supposed to train you for the business world, but business world experience either does not transfer into college, or barely transfers into college. I found that half of the course at Franklin did not even require a book to be opened, and those that did only required the book for arbitrary knowledge that is too abstract to matter. While it may be true that some random job performing some random task may require this specific knowledge, I would think that college courses should be geared towards more mainstream technologies in the field of interest. In this area Franklin University takes a skim the subject approach to their courses. For unwanted classes this was a blessing, since you never make it deep enough to remember the material; however for classes that are of interest and value, I found this extremely frustrating. I found myself doing additional research about topics that were brought up, just because they sounded interesting or were useful. This did absolutely nothing to help me in the classes, and I found that even taking three to four classes at a time could be accomplished on Sunday alone. I find it hard to hold any value in an education I supposedly gained when the depth of the assignments required a single day's effort to complete 3-4 classes.

I have read other reviews that mentioned the software was out of date, but I found quite the opposite. This was one of the few areas that I liked about Franklin. The Operating Systems and software in the Information Technology degree were current, even from an IT person's perspective.

Overall, if I could go back, I would have chosen another school or held fast at an Associate's degree. I graduate in a few months with a 4.0 and can honestly say that I do not expect to hold any more weight in my degree than the paper it will be printed on.
June 25, 2010, 11:44 p.m.
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Gosh, I wished I'd spent the money elsewhere from the beginning.
May 27, 2010, 2:21 a.m.
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I will say that Franklin really requires lots of extensive researching and group interaction. In saying that I have learned more due to the intensity of writing at least 6-10 papers per clas because I had to really work for it. Like every college some professors grade easier than others but, you will definately find those who tear you apart. They are accredited and very defined as a prestige business school by the locals in Ohio. The only problem with colleges out of state is that if there not the local fad they mean nothing. I will say that online is taking over and the respect is coming if not already here. If you think about it not alot of people know about small colleges here where I live in Texas, but here they are golden roads to success. This school is excellent. Just a word for the wise though, a good place that has an online MBA is Texas A&M University-Commerce. Cost about $1038.00 after books. Check it out as well!
March 20, 2010, 1:28 p.m.
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I love Franklin! I am in their Community College Alliance program, which accepted 80 credits from my local community college.  What I love about the school is that it is very challenging.  I am able to apply my working knowledge to each course, and my I'm forced to apply the concepts from the leanings.

I have other friends who are going to Strayer and other online schools and are getting 4.0 in every semester....but all they are doing is making weekly opinion posts on a bulletin board.
Jan. 31, 2012, 5:50 a.m.
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While the school seems to be pretty decent, I'm pretty saddened to see how long it takes them to handle student finances. I started my FAFSA in mid October to be ready for January classes, and once they began, I was told I was going to have to wait another six weeks for my financial aid to come through, and they couldn't do a book voucher, leaving me with no options. Sad, really. I've already enrolled elsewhere, but good luck to those of you who do attend. It's a good school, just needs polished up.
Jan. 27, 2010, 9:15 p.m.
-2 votes/
Stay away from this university unless you are seeking plenty aggravation and a serious lack of organization. This is what I experienced throughout my entire process from the application process all the way down to, well I'm still experiencing aggravations with this university and I'm not attending there any more. I was a straight A student with a 4.0 GPA. That was until my wife became seriously ill and it forced me to not complete the classes that I was enrolled in dusing my last semester. As a result, I knew that I would receive failing grades in the 4 classes that I was enrolled in which as you can imagine was not what I wanted to do having maintained a 4.0 GPA up to that point but of course my family was my first priority at the time. At the end of the semester after receiving my report card I learned that 2 of my professors gave me a grade of "Z" and 2 of my professors gave me a grade of "E" which is the grade that I expected from all 4 professors. However, due to the grade being posted as a "Z" it caused the number of credit hours that I was enrolled in to drop from 12 to 6 which in turn reduced the amount of financial aid that I was awarded. As a result it left a balance due on my account. Let me also mention that I have talked to close to 20 different people at the university and not one of them has even asked how my wife was doing. Never the less, I have been trying to get my transcripts from Franklin since the end of the semester which they are now holding as ransom. Listen, I could go on for hours but the bottom line is this. Unless you are a glutten for punishment and don't mind talking to incensitive people and are prepared to go through a process like you have never experienced, don't ecen consider Franklin University as a place to further your education. Not when there are so many other good ones out there.
Dec. 14, 2010, 4:18 a.m.
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No university will provide you transcripts unless your account is current.  The professors probably thought they were doing you a favor by assigning you a "z" for the course (I assume this means "incomplete"), because it would not count against your GPA.  You need an attitude adjustment!
Jan. 23, 2010, 9:41 a.m.
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dam good school i think......
Dec. 18, 2009, 12:25 a.m.
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I am an RN and I am currently enrolled at Franklin University pursing my BS in Healthcare Management with a minor in Human Resource Management.  I have absolutely no complaints about the program or this university.
May 29, 2009, 4:43 a.m.
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Love the school, but the interface is brutal, non intuitive, and barely useable.
May 22, 2009, 9 p.m.
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Love the student advisors, the technology reminds me of the 80's movie "Wargames" or the game "Asteroids" as far as interface is concerned.
April 15, 2009, 4:59 a.m.
+1 vote/
I am a current student at FU and I can tell you they have the worst financial aid advisors I have ever worked with. They do not advise you of Anything! They expect you to read through the entire school web site to get what little info they have available, and just Know. And yes there technology is way out of date. 80ish is putting it kindly. Although, they do have the Best student advisors I have ever worked with they should pay those guys more for the crap I know they get.
March 18, 2009, 2:12 a.m.
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March 11, 2009, 6:53 p.m.
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I like Franklin, but the user interface / class management system is ANCIENT!  No blackboard, Web CT, or anything close.  Very clunky, and 1980-ish.
Sept. 3, 2007, 3:41 a.m.
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nothing could have given me greater
Nov. 29, 2006, 6:02 a.m.
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From my experience, Franklin is a challenging school.  I've been reading the reviews on UO Phoenix and other schools where it sounds like basically everyone is getting 4.0's.  Not the case with Franklin, some very challenging courses, some of which students have to work extremely hard to earn a B or C. is not affiliated with Franklin University in any way.