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Franklin College freshman class largest since 2007

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Franklin College is preparing for the largest class of incoming students in seven years.

The incoming class, which will graduate in 2018, currently has 381 students enrolled for the fall semester.

The last time enrollment was so high was in 2007. For the past five years, fall enrollment has been less than 350 students.

About 175 students were in the school’s 2014 graduating class.

“Strong enrollment indicates the Franklin College message of value and quality is resonating with students and parents,” President James “Jay” Moseley said in a news release. “We’re proud that awareness of Franklin College’s educational excellence continues to grow.”

The new students, including 48 from Johnson County, come from 69 Indiana counties and 14 states. The average grade-point average for the incoming class is 3.4 out of 4.0 in high school, and more than one-third of the students were in the top 20 percent of their high school classes, the release said.

The private college has about 1,000 students and more than 36 majors. Tuition costs $28,000 per year.

New students will move onto campus Aug. 22.

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