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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 will close in May after the conclusion of the Spring 2020 semester.

What will happen to the campus, buildings, furniture, equipment and other assets? 
Our highest priority is to ensure students experience a seamless transition of their academic studies. Over the coming weeks, all efforts will be focused on providing support for our students and employees as we implement this transition. Therefore, 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.

What will happen to contracts currently held with vendors supplying products or services to the Urbana University Branch Campus?
Vendor contracts will be honored through the date of branch campus closure or the contract termination date, whichever date is earlier.

Who can current vendors contact for questions regarding their contracts?
Vendors may contact Rick Sunderman, campus operations supervisor, or their contract contact as specified in the contract.

If campus is closed, what arrangements will be made to allow vendors to pick up property currently on campus?
Contact information will be posted on the website for vendors to arrange property pickup.

How will the Miller Art Center and the artwork currently on exhibit be impacted by this decision?
A final decision has not been made regarding the Miller Art Center. Officials are looking into all aspects of this subject and will confer with its benefactors to make a final decision. Updated information will be posted here as a decision is made.

Will the Johnny Appleseed Museum be impacted by this decision due to its location within Brown Hall?
A final decision has not been made regarding the Johnny Appleseed Museum's current location on the Urbana branch campus. Officials are looking into all aspects of this question and will post an update when  a decision is made.