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Dean College
Dean College is a private college in New England that guides its students toward...

Dean College

Franklin, Massachusetts

Dean College is a private college in New England that guides its students toward both academic and personal success. Its strong foundation of culture and tradition guarantee a meaningful living and studying experience for all who attend. For over 150 years, Dean has given its students a supportive academic environment that thrives on student engagement and exceptional teaching. “The Dean Difference” is exemplified through each student’s commitment to their professional futures, social responsibility, and leadership.


Today, Dean serves close to 1,150 full time students and nearly 300 part-time students. Approximately 90 percent of the college’s entire student population lives on-campus in one of 12 residence halls.


Student Profile

Fall 2017 Enrollment
1,260 undergraduate students
87% of undergrad students are full time
47% male — 53% female
45% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2017-2018 Academic Year
31 full-time faculty
115 part-time faculty
18 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2017
90% of first-year students live on campus
87% of all students live on campus

School Location

Only thirty miles from Boston, MA, and Providence, RI, Dean College is located in Franklin, MA. The College is very close to a variety of activities around town, such as Wrentham Village Premium Outlets, Gillette Stadium, and Patriot Place, an enormous plaza full of endless venues for dining and shopping.

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities X
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research  
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service-Learning, Community-Based Learning  
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X


56% of students began in Fall 2016 and returned in Fall 2017 (full-time, first-time freshmen)


42% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 6%
Hispanic/Latino 9%
Black or African American 16%
White 58%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%
Asian 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 5%


The Dean College bulldogs host intramural sports and house 15 athletic teams, having completed its exploratory membership in the NCAA Division III in 2017. Varsity sports for men include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, football, lacrosse, soccer, and volleyball. Varsity sports for women include basketball, cross country, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, and volleyball.

Academic Programs

Arts & Entertainment Management, Communications, Theatre, Theatre: Acting Specialization, Theater: Musical Theatre Specialization, Theatre: Technical Theatre Specialization, Theatre: Theatre Studies Specialization Business, Management, Criminal Justice and Homeland Security Management, Sport Management Dance, Dance: Dance Studies Specialization, Dance: Performance/Choreography Specialization, Dance: Studio Management Specialization, Dance: Teaching Specialization Liberal Arts & Studies, English, History, Psychology, Sociology, Sport Fitness Recreation and Coaching, Pre-Athletic Training, Coaching, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Environmental Studies, Exercise Science, General Studies, Health Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Education, Pre-Nursing, Science, Sociology

The Dean Difference

Dean College prides itself in “The Dean Difference.” This College-wide commitment to success is a holistic effort that integrates academics with faculty support and community involvement. Whatever a student does on campus, they are acting according to The Dean Difference. Built into each class is a strong network of support, and supplemented by academic growth are a variety of meaningful service and community engagement activities. Through The Dean Difference, students find an interwoven sense of meaning behind everything they do as a Dean College scholar.

Study Abroad

Whether they travel for a small period of a couple of weeks or spend an entire semester or year abroad, Dean students have endless opportunities to study beyond the College’s walls and out into the world.

Students who wish to stay in the country have two fantastic options to study domestically. Dean College partners with the Washington Center in Washington, D.C., through which students can get hands-on internship experience with highly regarded government figureheads. Dean is also affiliated with the Disney College Program, a creative internship program that allows students to develop their problem-solving skills in either Disneyland or Disney World.

Beyond the States, Dean College students can travel to study in a wide array of foreign countries, including Italy, Spain, Germany, New Zealand, Ireland, and even Australia. The College also partners with Regent’s University London, offering students a life-changing university experience in the middle of downtown London. Regardless of one’s area of study, they are bound to find a program that enriches their major, all while sending them on an exciting adventure.

Additionally, Dean College and the Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance, known nationally and internationally for its Bachelor of Arts and new Bachelor of Fine Arts programs in Dance, is DanceAbroad Argentina’s exclusive collegiate partner. Participating college dance majors from any college or university will earn up to fifteen college credits during the collaborative full-semester academic program. Courses of instruction include Tango technique and its history, as well as ballet, modern dance, jazz, dance composition, and Spanish language coursework at either the beginning, intermediate or advanced level.

In addition to the longer-term study abroad options, Dean offers a select few courses that include one- to two-week field trips around the word, linking their course materials to real contexts. For example, some European history and international relations courses can bring students to witness history, geography, and politics firsthand.

A Partner Every Step of the Way

Unlike most other colleges, Dean pairs every student with a dedicated personal advisor whose sole job is to help them navigate the challenges of upper-level coursework and to keep them on the right track. Advisors work with their students individually, helping them choose their classes, monitor their progress, and provide them with access and direction toward one-of-a-kind academic opportunities. Personal advisors are dedicated to getting their students involved on campus, ensuring that their educational investments enrich their lives and set promising precedents for their future careers.


Campus Ministries  
Choral groups  
Concert band  
Dance X
Drama/theatre X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band  
Literary magazine X
Marching band  
Model UN  
Music ensembles  
Musical theatre X
Pep band  
Radio station X
Student government X
Student newspaper  
Student-run film society  
Symphony orchestra  
Television station X

Connected to the World

Dean College faculty teach with a bold, collective vision. They don’t simply impart theoretical knowledge; rather, they seek out innovative ways to build strong, employable skills. Dean’s faculty excitedly bring their students on-location to places like Gillette Stadium’s radio and television facilities as well as McCoy Stadium, home of the Pawtucket Pawsox. They also invite leaders of multi-billion dollar companies to give guest lectures in the classroom, such as Vice President of Sales at The Kraft Sports Group, Murray Kohl, and Director of the Government Security Policy and Strategy at Microsoft, Angela McKay.

First-Year Courses

Unless they have exempting credits, each Dean College student begins their first year at school enrolled in both an English course and a mathematics course. These foundational courses build students’ abilities to think critically and communicate their thoughts effectively. Through the entry-level composition course, students learn to organize their thoughts and write upper-level arguments, skills they need throughout their entire college careers.

College Core

Dean strives to give each student the most meaningful, holistic education possible. Through the College Core, it ensures that every student graduates with a well-rounded perspective rooted in multiple disciplines. In addition to their majors’ course requirements, students are expected to show an understanding of topics in composition, literature, biology, quantitative reasoning, and communication. Additionally, in order to engage in Dean’s values of intellectual discovery, students are encouraged to take exploratory electives in the humanities, sciences, mathematics, arts, and social sciences. With such a broad understanding of these disciplines, Dean students learn to think through problems with a keen sense of inquiry and inquisitiveness.


Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy  
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages  
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X


Other: Fundamentals of Communication


Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 41 116 124 21 3 0 0 305

Franklin, Massachusetts

Dean College is situated perfectly near downtown Franklin, MA. Having stood as an integral part of the town’s culture since 1865, Dean allows its students easy access to everything a college student needs to stay busy and entertained.

Only thirty miles from Boston, MA, and Providence, RI, the College is very close to a variety of activities around town, such as Wrentham Village Premium Outlets, Gillette Stadium, and Patriot Place, an enormous plaza full of endless venues for dining and shopping.

Residential Life

Housing at Dean is all about variety. With twelve student housing options, students can choose to live in co-ed residence halls, all-male or all-female residence halls, condo houses, and suite-style housing. All students are guaranteed housing throughout their entire time at Dean. And, while all freshmen are automatically placed into residence facilities, sophomores, juniors, and seniors have the option to live on campus within their selection of housing. It is because of Dean’s extraordinarily comfortable living spaces that 90% of students choose to live on campus.

Community Service and Involvement

Giving back to the local community is an important part of being a Dean College Bulldog. Community engagement is just one way that Dean students can interact with faculty and staff outside of the classroom, all while enacting meaningful change to the community around them. By participating service opportunities, students truly realize their ability to impact positively the lives of others.

The Office of Orientation & Community Service sponsors projects both on- and off-campus on a monthly basis, ensuring that there’s always a way to serve someone in need. Such projects range from stocking shelves at the Franklin Food Pantry to volunteering at events throughout Franklin.

Dean College sponsors chapters of Best Buddies, Rotaract, and Dean Community Outreach (DCO), the College’s student-run service group. By participating in these groups, students form lasting friendships with others who share their passion for service.


Coed dorms X
Men’s dorms  
Women’s dorms  
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students X
Special housing for disabled students X
Special housing for international students X
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing X
Wellness housing X
Other housing options X


Other: First-Year and Upper-Class Housing

Whether they leave with an associate degree or a bachelor’s degree, Dean students leave campus with something much more valuable than a diploma. They leave with an extensive repertoire of important career skills and abilities. They leave with work experience, hands-on knowledge, and an educational pedigree that is highly attractive to employers.


Dean College’s Office of Career Planning & Internships direct students closer toward their goals by offering many valuable services and resources that clarify the career-building process. Dean students and alumni alike have access to hundreds of jobs and internship opportunities through

DEAN CareerLink, the College’s exclusive online career management database.
100% of Dean students are guaranteed access to internships that bulk their résumés and provide them with employable skills. Every student completes an internship at some point throughout the academic career, working with such companies as The Boston Ballet, New England Patriots, Ralph Lauren, and UMass Medical Center.

Through Dean’s one-of-a-kind Center for Business, Entertainment, and Sports Management (The Center), students are given exclusive internship opportunities and job-shadowing days with multi-billion dollar companies such as The Kraft Sports Group, The Pawtucket Red Sox, and The Providence Bruins.


Not only does the College have the privilege of representing such a successful history of alumni, but every student also benefits from the connections they have through Dean’s extensive alumni network. With such an impressive list of graduate schools and places of employment that have welcomed Dean alumni, students are just a quick contact away from professional connections in any line of work.

96% of Dean’s Bachelor’s degree students are employed or enrolled in graduate school within twelve months of graduation. Today, alumni represent the college in such businesses as:

  • New England Patriots Cheerleading Squad
  • Universal Creative
  • Fusionworks Dance Company
  • Boston Children’s Theatre
  • NBC-10
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital
  • TJX Corp
  • Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Universal Dance Association
  • Town of Milton
  • Metro West Allergy Medical Office


Admissions Fall 2017

4,515 total applicants
3,886 total admissions
466 total freshman enrollment

86.07% of applicants admitted


Rolling admission? Yes

Priority date: Mar 15

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Academic GPA

Rigor of secondary school record
Application Essay
Extracurricular activities
Character/personal qualities

Class rank
Standardized test scores
Alumni/ae relation
Volunteer work
Work experience
Level of applicant’s interest

Freshmen Profile Fall 2017

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 370 490
SAT Math 370 490
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 16 21
ACT Math    
ACT English    
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $38,090
Fees $300
Total $38,390
Room and Board (on campus) $16,346
Estimated Total On Campus $54,736


Average Financial Aid Packages 2015-2016 Final

$27,118 First year students
$6,336 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2015-2016 Final

69% on average, the percentage of need that was met
18% of financial need students that had need fully met

$6,336 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,003 Average need-based loan