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General Closure Information & FAQs


Why is the Urbana University Branch Campus Closing?
Like many small rural campuses across the country, the Urbana University Branch Campus has experienced low enrollments for many years. Franklin University’s efforts to stabilize the Urbana campus have met with some success in recent years. However, the global coronavirus pandemic has added a level of stress and uncertainty to Urbana’s prospects that make it impossible to sustain, compelling Franklin University to discontinue physical operations on the branch campus effective after the May Spring 2020 semester has ended. As a result of this decision, academic programming will be moved to Franklin University, while athletic offerings and on-site administrative services will cease at the branch campus. 

When will the Urbana University Branch Campus close?
The Urbana University branch campus closeed in May after the conclusion of the Spring 2020 semester.

What will happen to the campus, buildings, furniture, equipment and other assets? 
At this time, no decision has been made about the future of the physical campus. When a decision has been made, updated information will be made available.

How will the Miller Art Center and the artwork currently on exhibit be impacted by this decision?
Materials will be returned to appropriate owners. 

Will the Johnny Appleseed Museum be impacted by this decision due to its location within Brown Hall?
The contents of the Johnny Appleseed Museum will remain under the ownership of the Johnny Appleseed Foundation. Questions regarding the future home of the Museum and its contents should be directed to the Johnny Appleseed Foundation.