Ohio university plans Indianapolis branch-WEB ONLY

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Franklin University, a college based in Columbus, Ohio, is planning to open a location on the north side of Indianapolis, the school announced today.

The 107-year-old school, which has enrollment of 11,000 at its main campus in Columbus and three suburban locations, hopes to expand outside of Ohio for the first time. Its growth plan calls for the opening of branches in other Midwest and international markets, the college said.

It is awaiting approval of the Higher Learning Commission and the Indiana Commission on Proprietary Education.

“We selected Indianapolis as Franklin University’s first expansion site due to the city’s many similarities to Columbus and the alignment between Indiana’s projected employment growth and Franklin’s academic programs,” Dr. David Decker, president of Franklin University, said in a press release.

Franklin offers 25 undergraduate majors and three graduate programs, and graduates more than 1,500 students annually.

The school offers non-traditional classes and schedules that cater to older students and working adults, said Franklin spokeswoman Sherry Mercurio. Its average undergraduate student is 33 and average graduate student is 36, she said.

The school has not decided on a specific location yet, but would like to be in a densely populated area on the north side, Mercurio said. She said the school would not discuss projected enrollment for Indiana while it was in the approval process.

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