Sylvan Learning

At a Glance

Products & Services: Supplemental and enrichment education

Number of Locations: 646

Total Investment: $186.9K - $282.2K

Founded: 1979

Began Franchising: 1980

About Sylvan Learning

Based in Baltimore, Sylvan Learning Centers was founded in Portland, Oregon, in 1979 to provide personalized instructional services to students of all ages and skill levels. Sylvan has been franchising since 1980 and has learning centers in North America and Asia.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2015 544 76 14 12
2014 585 82 16 44
2013 586 82 16 53
2011 740 91 11 40
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units worldwide.

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $186,945 - $282,213
Franchise Fee: $48,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 8-9%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 10 years, renewable
Veteran Incentives: 10% off franchise fee
Financial Requirements
Net Worth: $250,000
Liquid Cash Available: $75,000
41% of all franchisees own more than one unit. Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 2 - 4. Absentee ownership of franchise is NOT allowed. (100% of current franchisees are owner/operators).
Financing Type In-House Third Party
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How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: Available at headquarters: 1 week. At franchisee's location: During opening. At regional locations : 5 days.
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet, Field operations/evaluations
Marketing Support: Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, National media,

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #117 (2014), #75 (2012), #53 (2011),
America's Top Global: #192 (2014), #67 (2012), #46 (2011),

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