Franklin College

Campus Facts & Figures

out of 5

The Campus Pride Index is an overall indicator of institutional commitment to LGBTQ-inclusive policy, program and practice. How is this calculated?

Region: Midwest
City/State: Franklin, IN
Locale: Small Town (10,000 to 25,000)
Student Population (FTE): 1,000
In-State Tuition: $28,840.00
Out-of-State Tuition: $28,840.00
Institution Website:
Institution Type:
Baccalaureate College/University
Private Institution
Liberal Arts College
Residential Campus
Religious Affiliation

LGBTQ Student Opportunities


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Commitment to LGBTQ Issues

Franklin College is committed to making all students feel welcome on campus. The College is reviewing policies and procedures that could effect current and future LGBTQ students for the better. Franklin College absolutely prohibits, forbids, and will not tolerate any verbal, physical or other conduct that belittles or demeans any individual on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity/expression. Franklin College strives to expose their students to diverse experiences and people to help make them a contributing member of a global society. Franklin College provides Safe Zone training each semester that is open to all faculty, staff, students, and administration. Safe Zone Training covers the topics of sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, trans*, and how to be an ally. Franklin College is committed to making our campus a safe home for LGBTQ students.

Our Synopsis

Franklin College provides it's students with a safe and welcoming environment for all. The college currently has a student ran organization, the Franklin College Pride Alliance (FCPA), who hosts weekly meetings and implement different campus wide programs to help advocate and educate Franklin College students about LGBTQ issues. The college also has the Office of Diversity and Inclusion which serves as another great resource for LBGTQ students and their allies. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion co-sponsors with FCPA to host different programs such as the National Day of Silence, the Drag Show, and the Lavender Graduation. Franklin College has a counseling center staff who is knowledgeable with LGBTQ issues and serves as a great resource for students who need extra support. The College also provides regular Safe Zone training to their students and employees covering the topics of sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, trans*, and how to be an ally. After being Safe Zone trained, students and employees can post Safe Zone placards indicating a safe place for LGBTQ students and allies who need support. Franklin College is committed to providing LGBTQ & Ally students a safe and welcoming place to live and learn.

Featured Quotes

Why you'll love Franklin College

"I feel like Franklin College gave me the resources and support needed in order to accept who I truly was as a person without fear of backlash on campus."

— 19 year-old, Gay Male, Sophomore

"The faculty and staff of Franklin College are putting forth a strong effort to make the campus open and welcoming to all students."

— 26 year-old, Gay Male, Staff

"Franklin College has given me a safe and comfortable environment where I can express myself entirely without judgment. "

— 22 year-old, Lesbian Female, Senior

“Franklin College and ODI have given me the education and resources that I am able to utilize in “the real world”. Being involved with the LGBT community and the resources that FC offers makes it possible for me to share my knowledge and passion for equality in my current career. I am able to help the Latino population in Indiana better understand the LGBT community and create a discussion that otherwise would be considered taboo. This would not have been be possible without Franklin College and the ODI staff”

— 22 year-old, Female Ally, FC Alumna '16

"FC has not only been extremely accommodating, but has also given me the courage to be an advocate for myself and others."

— 21 year-old, Gender-Queer, Junior

Highlights & Organizations

Upcoming events


GLSEN National Day of Silence


Drag Show


Lavender Graduation


National Coming Out Day

Groups & activities


Admissions Office

Franklin College Admissions Office

Franklin College Office of Admissions
Franklin College
101 Branigin Blvd.

Franklin, IN 46131

Phone: 317-738-8071

Admission Application Deadline:

Email Campus Admissions

Overall Campus Pride Index Score

The Campus Pride Index has a strong theoretical research foundation in LGBTQ current programs, practices and policies for safer, more inclusive campus learning environments. The index tool has been tested extensively since 2001 and recently updated with new, higher LGBTQ national benchmarks in 2015. 

The Campus Pride Index is a vital tool for assisting campuses in learning ways to improve their LGBTQ campus life and ultimately shape the educational experience to be more inclusive, welcoming and respectful of LGBTQ and ally people. The index is owned and operated by Campus Pride, the leading national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create safer, more LGBTQ-Friendly learning environments at colleges and universities. Campus Pride commends the campuses participating in the index and their willingness to come out, be visible and actively advocate for improving higher education for LGBTQ people.

Franklin College
LGBTQ-friendly break-down by inclusion factors

Sexual Orientation Score
2.5 of 5
Gender Identity/Expression Score
2 of 5
LGBTQ Policy Inclusion
3.5 of 5
LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment
3.5 of 5
LGBTQ Academic Life
1 of 5
LGBTQ Student Life
4.5 of 5
LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life
1.5 of 5
LGBTQ Campus Safety
1 of 5
LGBTQ Counseling & Health
2.5 of 5
LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention Efforts
2.5 of 5

LGBTQ-Friendly Report Card

LGBTQ Policy Inclusion

Non-discrimination statement inclusive of sexual orientation
Non-discrimination statement inclusive of gender identity/expression
Health insurance coverage to employees’ same sex partner
Accessible, simple process for students to change their name on university records and documents
Accessible, simple process for students to change their gender identity on university records and documents
Students have option to self-identify sexual orientation on admission application or post enrollment forms
Students have option to self-identify gender identity/expression on admission application or post enrollment forms

LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment

Resource center/office with responsibilities for LGBTQ students
Paid staff with responsibilities for LGBTQ support services
Ally program or Safe Space/Safe Zone
Actively seek to employ diversity of faculty & staff including visible, out LGBTQ people
Standing advisory committee that deals with LGBTQ issues
LGBTQ alumni group

LGBTQ Academic Life

LGBTQ studies program
LGBTQ specific course offerings
Actively recruit faculty for LGBTQ-related academic scholarship
New faculty/staff training opportunities on sexual orientation issues
New faculty/staff training opportunities on gender identity issues
LGBTQ faculty/staff organization

LGBTQ Student Life

LGBTQ & Ally student organization
LGBTQ & Ally graduate student organization
LGBTQ social fraternity/sorority
Regularly plans LGBTQ social activities
Regularly plans educational events on transgender issues
Regularly offers educational events surrounding intersectionality of identities for LGBTQ people
LGBTQ-inclusive career services

LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life

LGBTQ living space, theme floors and/or living-learning community
Roommate matching for LGBTQ students to find LGBTQ-friendly roommate
Gender-inclusive housing for new students
Gender-inclusive housing for returning students
Gender-inclusive/single occupancy restroom facilities in campus housing
Gender-inclusive/single occupancy shower facilities in campus housing
Trains residence life and housing staff at all levels on LGBTQ issues and concerns

LGBTQ Campus Safety

Procedure for reporting LGBTQ related bias incidents and hate crimes
Active ongoing training for hate crime prevention
Active outreach to LGBTQ students and student organization
Trains campus police on sexual orientation issues
Trains campus police on gender identity/expression issues
Supports victims of LGBTQ sexual violence and partner violence

LGBTQ Counseling & Health

LGBTQ counseling/support groups
Trans-inclusive trained counseling staff
Free, anonymous and accessible HIV/STI testing
LGBTQ-inclusive health information and safer sex materials available
Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers ongoing counseling services
Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers hormone replacement therapy

LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention

Annually participates in LGBTQ admission fairs
LGBTQ student scholarships
LGBTQ mentoring program to welcome and assist LGBTQ students in transitioning to academic and college life
Special Lavender or Rainbow Graduation ceremony for LGBTQ students and allies
Admission counselors receive LGBTQ-inclusive training and resources

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