Dean College

Dean College

Franklin, MA
student ratio
total students
$33,230 | $33,230
in-state | out-of-state tuition
Not Reported
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
Minimally Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
sat math
sat reading
sat writing
act composite


The Dean College Method Emphasizes Individualized Education and Achieving Personal Goals

Dean College is a small college located on a picturesque 100-acre campus in Franklin, Massachusetts. Dean has an enrollment of about 1,100 full-time students and about 300 part-time students. The college is committed to helping each student unlock his or her potential. The 150-year-old private residential college is distinguished by an approach to higher education called the Dean Difference. The Dean Difference focuses on creating a customized, extremely supportive experience that guides students through every step of the college experience as they strive to achieve their academic and personal goals.

Dean Provides Both Individualized Educational Guidance and a Diverse, Active Student Life

Dean College strives to avoid the "sink or swim" atmosphere that can often characterize more traditional institutions of higher education. Dean ensures that each student has access to a customized team of faculty, advisors, mentors, and peers who work with the student to identify goals and to recognize and seize opportunities to reach those goals. This level of personal attention is made possible in part by the college's small size, but Dean is also big enough to deliver the full college experience.

The school fields almost a dozen intercollegiate varsity sports teams, including a football team that won 2008's NJCAA championship title, in addition to several intramural teams. Students can also take advantage of many on-campus clubs, ranging from Phi Theta Kappa to the Badminton Club. Dean's strong and active performing arts departments offer students the opportunity to take part in the school's countless productions.

The college's location also gives students access to many recreational opportunities, with both Boston and Providence just a short 45-minute train ride away.

Dean College Graduates Achieve Success under the Guiding Principles of Commitment and Tenacity

Dean College is dedicated to principles of commitment and tenacity. These principles are visible on Dean's campus, on which banners are posted to remind students to "Never give up" and "Never settle." Dean's mascot, the Bulldog, also represents commitment and tenacity, and both students and faculty participate in this vision with pride. The positive achievements of Dean graduates serve as an indication that their hard work and team spirit has yielded results.

A Variety of Two-Year and Four-Year Degree Options are Available to Dean Students

Dean College awards associate degrees in seventeen academic areas, including business, criminal justice, dance, early childhood education, English, environmental science, general studies, health science, history, mathematics, media studies and communications, psychology, science, sociology, sport/fitness students, sport management and theatre." A remarkable 98 percent of Dean graduates who earn associate degrees are accepted for transfer to other four-year colleges and universities.

Dean also offers several four-year bachelor's degree programs in business, liberal arts and studies, theatre, dance, arts and entertainment management, English, history, psychology and sociology. These options have a demonstrated success rate, as 95 percent of Dean's recent B.A. graduates secured jobs in their respective fields within six months of graduating.

Dean Helps Students Build Solid Educational Foundations and Develop Competitive Skills

In every course of study, Dean strives to impart students with a solid general education foundation, which will serve them in whatever they set out to do, whether they intend to transfer to another institution or enter the workforce.

In order to help give students the practical tools they need in today's highly competitive job market, Dean has established many ties with the corporate world and local community. Students have access to internships, a special work-and-learn program, community service projects, and many on-campus leadership opportunities designed to build valuable skills as well as the confidence necessary for long-term success.

Dean's motto, inspired by Dr. Oliver Dean's family saying, is Forti et Fideli Nihil Dificile: "For the strong and faithful, nothing is too difficult." Dean College strives to provide the academic foundation and the personal development necessary to put each student's individual goal within reach.

Generous Financial Aid Awards Ensure that Students of All Backgrounds Can Finance a Dean College Education

Dean College works with students and their families to arrange significant Financial Aid packages in order to make the Dean experience affordable. Today, over 90% of students receive some sort of merit aid package. The typical Dean student receives a grant package in excess of $10,000 per year. In addition, for students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the average federal award for Dean students is $7,500 per year. Dean offers options for two year (associate degree) and four year (bachelor's degree) programs. Students can pursue an associate degree and transfer, or remain at Dean and pursue one of nine bachelor's degrees.

Location & Contact

99 Main Street
Franklin, MA 02038-1994

Iris Godes

Assistant Vice President for Enrollment/Dean of Admissions

Phone: 508-541-1547
Fax: 508-541-8726

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Business/marketing
    • Business Administration and Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Early Childhood Education
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Athletic Training
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services
    • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Criminal Justice/Police Science
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Mathematics and Computer Science
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Sport And Fitness Administration/Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Dance
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine and Studio Arts Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major.


68% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied2,594
    • Accepted1,773
    • Acceptance Rate68%
    • Enrolled1,300
    • Female Applicants1,098
    • Females Accepted759
    • Female Acceptance Rate69%
    • Male Applicants1,496
    • Males Accepted1,014
    • Male Acceptance Rate67%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman2.37
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 380 480
    • SAT Math 370 470
    • SAT Writing 370 460
    • ACT Composite 15 19
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$33,230
    • Out-of-state tuition *$33,230
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$300.00
    • Room and board *$14,260.00
    • Room only *$9,010.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNot Reported
    • Tuition pre-payment planNot Reported
    • Tuition payment plans offeredNot Reported
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionNot Reported

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students1,300
    • Male Student Percentage53%
    • Female Student Percentage47%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino5.82%
    • Black or African American15.59%
    • White or Caucasian45.64%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.48%
    • Asian1.13%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.24%
    • Two or more races2.67%
    • Unknown16.56%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International BreakoutNot Reported
    • Out-of-state Students55% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing , Female-only housing, Special housing for disabled, Male-only housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 89%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper No
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Emerging Leaders, College Success Staff, Student Ambassadors, student government, Phi Theta Kappa
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported


Member of the: National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA)
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Yes Yes
    • Basketball Yes Yes Yes
    • Football Yes Yes Yes
    • Golf Yes Yes No
    • Lacrosse Yes Yes Yes
    • Skiing Yes No No
    • Skiing (cross-country) Yes No No
    • Soccer No Yes Yes
    • Softball No No No
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball No Yes Yes
    • Football No No No
    • Golf No No No
    • Lacrosse No Yes Yes
    • Skiing Yes No No
    • Skiing (cross-country) Yes No No
    • Soccer No Yes Yes
    • Softball No Yes Yes
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Yes Yes


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty138
    • Full-time Percentage22%
    • Part-time Percentage78%
    • Female Percentage52%
    • Male Percentage48%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio16:1 or 1,090 students to 66 faculty





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