Franklin Pierce University announces plans to re-open

RINDGE, N.H. – May 20, 2020 ’  Franklin Pierce University today announced that students will return to its scenic 1,200 acre campus in Rindge, N.H. for the fall term.  Work is also underway at the university’s academic centers to renew some clinical rotations and hands-on labs for its Doctor of Physical Therapy and Master of Physician Assistant Studies programs.

“As an alumna of Franklin Pierce, I understand firsthand why our students miss the dynamic and enriching in-person interaction that is such an integral part of life and instruction on campus,” said Kim Mooney, president of Franklin Pierce University.  “That is one of the many reasons it gives me great joy to inform our students that we will be welcoming them back to campus for the 2020 fall semester.”

Franklin Pierce University offers 21 graduate and 27 undergraduate programs in its College of Business, College of Health and Natural Sciences, and College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.  Courses are offered at the university’s 1,200-acre scenic residential campus in Rindge, N.H. nestled between Mount Monadnock and Pearly Pond, and at academic centers in Lebanon and Manchester, N.H. as well as Goodyear, Ariz.

“Our return to in-person instruction and operations will not be approached with blind enthusiasm or inflexibility ’ nor will it be business as usual,” added Mooney.  “Our approach will be informed by the recommendations of four working groups of staff, faculty, and students that are  addressing essential questions related to flexible instructional models, daily health and safety measures, enriching community engagement, and responsible operations.  And it will be governed by our adherence to the guidelines of health agencies and our core beliefs. The well-being of our students, faculty and staff is our first priority.  We will safeguard the communities we call home.”

Franklin Pierce’s return to in-person instruction and on-ground operations will closely follow the governor’s directives.  The university will also work closely with state health agencies, including the New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services led by Franklin Pierce alumna and Commissioner Lori Shibinette.  Some of the many steps the university will take include:

• Establishing COVID-19 health and safety procedures;

• Creating class protocols to ensure adherence to social distancing guidelines; and

• Implementing added steps to ensure the safety of visitors to the campus in Rindge and at all academic centers.

The university will announce additional details in the weeks to come. Updates will be made available on the university’s website,  franklinpierce.edu.

“Although we are taking additional steps in light of the reality we now face, the fall term, like all of those before it, will provide our students with the memorable, personal, and enriching experiences that make Franklin Pierce so unique,” said President Mooney.  “We can’t wait to see our new and returning undergraduate students at our campus in Rindge, New Hampshire in August.”


Franklin Pierce University is an accredited private university in New Hampshire that achieves outstanding student success through the integration of liberal arts and professional programs.  The University includes a 1200-acre residential campus in Rindge, N.H, as well as centers in Manchester, Lebanon and Portsmouth, N.H. and Goodyear, Ariz. Students in the College of Business, the College of Health & Natural Sciences and the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences earn degrees through the doctoral level in classroom-based and online programs.  Franklin Pierce is  a NCAA Division II institution, with 24 varsity  athletic teams for men and women.

Drawing on our strong foundation in liberal education, we offer highly personalized, financially accessible academic programs that develop essential professional skills, promote close community connections, and help students realize their potential to become engaged and qualified leaders.