Franklin Pierce University is a private institution known for its distinctive liberal arts heritage, intellectually enriching faculty/student relationships, and excellence in graduate and professional education. Academic programs are designed to connect majors and degree programs to career options. The University consists of the College at Rindge and the College of Graduate & Professional Studies. Degrees are offered through the doctoral level. The institutional mission focuses on preparing citizens and leaders of conscience for the 21st century who make significant contributions to their professions and communities, whether their aspirations are local or global. The diverse student population represents 40 states and 14 countries. The College of Graduate & Professional Studies enrolls approximately 865 adult learners in 32 degree and certificate programs in leadership, business, management, health care, and education at our four graduate and professional studies campuses across the state, in Arizona, and through online distance learning. The main residential campus in Rindge enrolls approximately 1,400 undergraduates in over 40 academic programs of study in business, education, humanities, the sciences, and the visual and performing arts. Students receive personal attention in this close-knit community; the average class size is 17, and the student-faculty ratio is 12:1. Located on 1,200 acres surrounded by lakes, woods, and mountains in the beautiful Monadnock region of New Hampshire, Rindge is 65 miles from Boston, 112 miles from Hartford and 236 miles from New York City. Franklin Pierces commitment to the environment is deeply rooted in the rich natural setting of our Rindge campus. With over 1,000 acres of undeveloped forests, fields, wetlands, and lakeshore, the land provides excellent opportunities for experiential learning about ecology as well as the impacts of humans on the natural world. In 2007, we signed the American College and University Presidents Commitment to Climate Neutrality. Our Sustainability Council is working on a number of actions to decrease greenhouse gas production, improve land stewardship, and reduce the environmental impacts of campus operations. All of these programs are now part of a larger strategic plan, the Green Earth Initiative, which strives to make the environment a central focus of all University actions. Students have the opportunity to participate in international studies on campus and study abroad, and Honors programs provide additional challenges. The "Pierce Walk" on the Camino allows approximately 15 students to travel in this one-semester, long-distance walk through southern France and across northern Spain along the old pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. Physical facilities of the main campus include modern classroom buildings with state-of-the-art technology, a MAC computer lab, digital photo and print labs, a TV and radio station, the library, an academic services center, the Thoreau Art Gallery, a campus center, residence halls and apartment houses, townhouse complexes, a field house, an air frame recreation complex, a dance studio, a health center, a boat house, the Lakeside Educational Center, a glassblowing facility and a theater. Campus activities include a number of academic and special interest clubs, and groups centered around common political, arts, and academic interests. Our active Adventure Recreation and intramural programs offer a wide variety of activities on campus and throughout the regions many natural recreational facilities. The Franklin Pierce Ravens sponsor 24 (14 womens and 10 mens) intercollegiate sports teams competing at the NCAA Division II level.