Franklin College has announced two changes to its application process. The college says the move is a response to the “dramatic changes” to the college admissions process in general in recent years.
The college has adopted an early decision with deposit option for applicants who apply by November 15, 2021. Franklin says admission notification and details about financial aid awards will be provided by December 15.
“We highly recommend that applicants who rank Franklin as their top choice apply under the early decision policy,” said Thanda Maceo, vice president for strategic enrollment management and marketing. “It allows them to receive early notification of their admission status and they receive priority housing, class registration and the possibility of additional merit aid. They will also be more likely to be admitted since the pool of applicants tends to be smaller early in the admissions cycle as opposed to later.”
Franklin says students who apply and are admitted under the early decision policy must agree to attend the college and withdraw other applications.
The college has also adopted a test-optional policy that allows applicants to decide whether to submit an SAT or ACT test score with their application.
“We adopted a conditional test-optional policy in March 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and we determined we do not necessarily need standardized test scores to make sound admissions decisions,” said Maceo. “We have also learned the tests sometimes serve as a significant burden to students and their families who may not have the resources for test taking or test preparation. We believe this policy will increase access to the transformative education at Franklin for many, including the underrepresented.”
Instead of test scores, the college says factors such as high school GPA, class rank, written essays, extracurricular involvement, leadership experience and demonstrated interest in the college through campus visits will play into the college’s admission decision.