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Housed in newly renovated Rutherford Hall, the Franklin Residential College or the “FRC” is UGA’s first residential community. Unique to the FRC, a staff family resides in Rutherford who regularly host students in their home for intellectual, social, and cultural events. Under the guidance of our Faculty Director, the FRC is a student-governed residence, modeled after residential colleges found at many Ivy League institutions to give the feel of a small college within a large university. Over nearly 20 years in existence, the FRC has become home to thousands of students, accepting a mix of first-year through senior undergraduates into the program each year. Students with any major or minor within the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences may apply to join the FRC. 

Events planned for 2021-22 include service projects, academic events, social gatherings, and the return of our Fall Break trip to Sapelo Island.  


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FRC residents Austin Kral and Bita Jadali have both published research in the new edition of The Classic Journal, a student-edited publication of the Franklin College Writing Intensive Program.
On April 19, FRC residents gathered under the stars on Myers quad for a spirited game of Ultimate with a glow frisbee. This was a great chance to stretch our legs and celebrate the warmer weather with a study break! 
Congratulations to Dhriti Pentela, FRC resident and a first prize winner of the 2021-22 UGA Libraries Undergraduate Research Awards.

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Franklin Residential College
Rutherford Hall
305 Cedar Street
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30609

Academic Advisor in Residence
Chera Watts

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Alumni Spotlight

Jamie Rodriguez

I joined the FRC since the start of my freshman year in 2016. It was a small program about 30-40 students, clearly not the same number of students that today's FRC holds. The FRC grew into the tremendous program it is today, offering a home away from home, the ability to…

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Member Spotlight

Jeffery John

Hello! My name is Jeffery John, and I'm a 4th year Computer Science major with an emphasis in Software Design, a minor in Public Policy and Management, and the Applied Data Science and New Media Certificates. In my free time, I like 3D printing, aquariums, and attending…

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Franklin Residential College @ Gospel Pilgrim Cemetery

Since 2018, FRC has pursued a service learning project in conjunction with community partners at Gospel Pilgrim, a historic African American cemetery in east Athens. In 2019-21, with support from the History Department, the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, and the Mellon Foundation, FRC will complete a series of biographies and maps detailing the lives of those buried in Gospel Pilgrim.

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