Franklin Pierce University Conferences and Catering

Franklin Pierce University Conferences and Catering

Event Types Welcomed

  • Adult Social Events
  • Corporate Social Events
  • Expo/Competitions
  • Family Reunions
  • Professional Meeting / Training / Conference / Retreats
  • Youth Parties
  • Youth Retreat/Camps


Franklin Pierce University is listed as the #2 Largest Conference Facility in NH by NH Business Review 2023 Book of Lists.

At Franklin Pierce, we bring friends, families, and communities together through our Summer Conferences Program. From overnight spiritual/religious camps and sports groups to single day business meetings and family reunions, Franklin Pierce is home to all.  Sitting on 1,200 acres of land in the Monadnock Region of NH, FPU offers both recreational and business style retreats fit for any group. Whether your day is full of classroom trainings and education sessions or you’re here to use one of our 4 sports fields and relax by the lake, FPU has can accommodate all.  You’ll be able to partake in educational sessions in our classrooms (complete with all your A/V needs) while enjoying the splendid views of Mount Monadnock and Pearly Lake. Dozens of hiking trails surround our campus, and Pearly Lake is the perfect place for an afternoon team building in our kayaks and paddle boats. The Bubble offers you a full indoor track/turf/court experience, a full workout room and game room. Our multiple outdoor hammock areas and fire pits make for a great way to end your busy day.

Our venues are available for meeting rooms and dining year-round and events with overnight lodging are accepted in June and July. Our Lakeview Townhouses sit directly across from Pearly Lake and offer a townhouse style living with a view. We offer air-conditioned overnight accommodations as well as daily meeting spaces, free Wi-Fi, washers and dryers and ample parking across campus. From classrooms for 10 to meeting spaces for up to 1000, there is no shortage of options for spaces.

Our newly renovated Dining Hall offers full meals, and we can provide catering from simple coffee services to upscale dinners. Our Chef will work with you to create menus that fit your every need and will excite your guests, because life is too short for boring food. Our team of culinary experts provide top tier customer service and can accommodate all allergies and dietary restrictions.

At Franklin Pierce, we want you to have the best experience possible.

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Meeting & Event Spaces

  • Max Capacity: 1000 guests
  • Largest Classroom Style: 100
  • Largest Theatre Style: 300
  • Largest Auditorium Seating: 1000
  • Largest Arena Seating: 600
  • Largest Seated Reception: 100
  • Largest Standing Reception: 300
  • Maximum Casual Dining Seating: 350
  • Academic Year Largest Group: yes
Spagnuolo Hall
Spagnuolo Hall is an all purpose function room located in the Emily Flint Campus Center. Available for banquets, receptions, dances, performances and lectures.
  • Main room 36' X64', The Atrium 42' wide 20' deep Sq. Ft.
  • 150 participants at round tables Banquet Style
  • 250 participants Theatre Style
  • 150 participants at round tables Conference Style
Lakside Education Center
An all-purpose classroom next to Pearly Pond which is used for classes, Lectures, receptions and banquets.
  • 56 at Round Tables Banquet Style
  • 60 Classroom Style
  • 75 Theatre Style
  • 30 Hollow Square Space Style
Cheshire Community Room
This is an all-purpose room used for classes, lectures, receptions and banquets.
  • 72 at round tables Banquet Style
  • 100 Classroom Style
  • 150 Theatre Style
  • 35 Conference Style
  • 30 Hollow Square Space Style
Cheney Hall
This is an all-purpose music hall with a stage. This room is used for classes, recitials, receptions and banquets.
  • 48 at round tables Banquet Style
  • 80 Classroom Style
  • 100 Theatre Style
  • 30 Conference Style
  • 25 Hollow Square Space Style

Food & Beverage Options

The Main Dining Room
One of three dining areas connected together in the Emily Flint Campus Center.
  • Seating Capacity: 118
The Hampshire Dining Room
One of three dining areas connected together in the Emily Flint Campus Center.
  • Seating Capacity: 128
The Blue Room
One of three dining areas connected together in the Emily Flint Campus Center. This Dining Room has AC availability.
  • Seating Capacity: 100
The Emily Flint Campus Center
Franklin Pierce's food services are provide by Sodexo Corporation. We serve three meals per day, buffet style in our Campus Center. Sodexo will also be able to provide special meals upon request and catering across the campus. The Campus Center is conveniently connected to Spagnuolo Hall, which is one of our most multi-functional and popular event spaces. It also features the Monadnock Lounge, a small, quiet meeting space for 20 people and the Pioneer Lounge, a newly renovated space that is great for check-ins, small receptions, and other events.
  • Seating Capacity: 350
Our Dining Facility
Our Dining Facility is made up of a buffet style service line. In addition to this space, we also have a fully operating salad bar, deli bar and pizza station. Our Executive Chef and Catering Manager are happy to work with you on creating the perfect menu for your group! We are also capable of creating and serving ethnic cuisines including, but not limited to, East Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern, and South American foods. We offer a wide array of Pepsi Fountain Beverages, including Dole Juice and Natural Flavored Water. We proudly serve local, Green Mountain Coffee from Vermont and Bigelow Teas. We also have a full soft serve ice cream machine, ice cream novelty chest, and our fresh, in-house desserts made each day by our Baker.

Catering options

Sodexo Catering
We offer a wide variety of catering for any occasion. From simple desserts and snacks to high end dinners and receptions. We will work closely with you and your group to design a menu that meets your needs. We have a full catering menu available through the link below. Are your favorite options not listed? We are happy to work closely with you to craft your perfect meal and can provide additional ideas, options and pricing upon request. Catertrax Link:


  • Total Number of Overnight Guests: 600
  • Number of Overnight Rooms: 600
  • Wi-Fi in Guest Rooms: Yes
  • Wi-Fi Guest Room Cost : Free Wi-Fi
Overnight Room Attributes
  • 24-hour check-in
  • Air-conditioned rooms available
  • Linens Provided
  • Kitchen Available
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Towels
  • Washer/Dryer
  • WiFi


Lakeview Townhouses
Twenty-Eight air-conditioned townhouses, which overlook Pearly Lake. Twenty-Four of the twenty-Eight townhouses also offer studio apartments with two beds. Each townhouse, combined with a studio apartment, can accommodate up to eight people.
  • Three bedrooms, living room and kitchen in each townhouse.
  • Two beds per bedroom.
  • Guest Wifi: Complimentary
Cheshire Hall
An air-conditioned suite style residence hall, offers 126 beds.
  • 63 Rooms
  • 126 Beds
  • Guest Wifi: Complimentary
This accommodation has A/C

Featured Amenities

  • A/V Equipment
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Air Conditioning Air Conditioning
  • Car Charging Station Car Charging Station
  • Chairs
  • Complimentary Parking
  • Event Tent
  • Fitness Center Fitness Center
  • Flexible Floor Plan
  • Game Room
  • In-House Catering
  • Laundry
  • Linens
  • Outdoor Fire Area
  • Outdoor Space
  • Overnight Rooms
  • Running Trails
  • Scenic Views
  • Sports Facilities
  • Tables
  • Tent Camping
  • Waterfront
  • WiFi

Venue Location + Transportation


40 University Drive,
Rindge, New Hampshire 03461-5045

Nearby Airport

  • Manchester-Boston Regional Airport - 60 minutes

Nearby International Airport

  • Boston Logan International Airport - 90 minutes


  • Onsite Parking: Yes
  • Car Charging Stations: Yes

Nearby Cities

Keene, NH – 15|Manchester, NH – 40|Boston, MA – 65|Albany, NY – 110|Hartford, CT – 95

Things to Know


  • Must Use In-house Catering: Yes
  • External Catering Allowed: No
  • Can Bring in Own Food: no
  • Cultural Catering Available: Yes
  • Food and Beverage Onsite: Yes
  • Do you offer tables, chairs, and linens?: Yes


Four computer labs; wireless internet in all classrooms and residence halls; Smart Classrooms and AV Support Services. Teleconferencing available. Print shop services are also available on request for groups.

  • Guest Wi-Fi: Free
  • Onsite Tech Support: Yes
  • Wi-Fi in meeting space: Yes
  • Equipment Available On-Site:
    • LCD Projectors
    • Projector Screen
    • Laptops
    • Microphones
    • Sound System

Venue Policies

  • Alcohol Consumption: Yes
  • Smoking Permitted: no
  • Cannabis Industry-Friendly: No
  • Cannabis Consumption: No
  • ADA Accessible: Yes
  • Family Friendly: Yes
  • Pet Friendly: No