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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 950 full-time students and 500 part-time students. The college is committed to helping each student unlock his or her potential. The 145-year-old private residential college is distinguished by an approach to higher education called the Dean Method. The Dean Method 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, advisers, 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 Ski and Snowboard 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- and Four-Year Degree Options are Available to Dean Students

Dean College awards associate degrees in more than a dozen academic areas, including business administration, business technology, communications, criminal justice, dance, early childhood education, English, health sciences, history, liberal studies, math/science, psychology, sociology, sport/fitness, and theatre arts. 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, and arts and entertainment management. These options have a demonstrated success rate, as more than 85 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 is "Prepare for what's next." 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. 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 (Baccalaureate Degree) programs. Students can pursue an Associate degree and transfer; or remain at Dean and pursue one of five Baccalaureate degrees.

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Certificates, Associate, And Bachelor&Apos;S
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Servicesbusiness Administration And Managementcommunication, Journalism, And Related Programsspeech Communication And Rhetoriceducationearly Childhood Education; Physical Education Teaching And Coachinghealth Professions And Related Programsathletic Traininghomeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Servicescriminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration; Criminal Justice/Police Scienceliberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanitiesliberal Arts And Sciences/Liberal Studiesmulti/Interdisciplinary Studiesmathematics And Computer Scienceparks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studiessport And Fitness Administration/Managementvisual And Performing Artsdance; Dramatic/Theater Arts; Fine And Studio Arts Management


Admission: 1,910 applied; 1,398 admitted; 551 enrolled Average high school GPA: 2.2

Test Scores:

Options: electronic application, deferred entrance
Application fee: $35
Required: essay or personal statement, high school transcript
Recommended: minimum 2 GPA, interview
Application deadline: rolling (freshmen), rolling (transfers)
Notification: continuous (freshmen), continuous (transfers)

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student feesNot Reported
    • Room and board *Not Reported
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * 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

Undergraduate Student Population
1,106 Undergraduate Students, 48% Women, 52% Men, 4% Transferred In
International Population
Representing 131 Other Countries
Housing Info
88% Live On Campus

Campus Life

On-Campus Residence Required Through Sophomore Year
Coed, Women-Only, Disabled Students, Campus Housing Is University Owned. Freshman Campus Housing Is Guaranteed
Drama/Theater Group, Student-Run Radio Station, Choral Group, Emerging Leaders, College Success Staff, Student Ambassadors, Student Government, Phi Theta Kappa
Most popular organizations
Emerging Leaders, College Success Staff, Student Ambassadors, Student Government, Phi Theta Kappa
Campus security
24-Hour Emergency Response Devices And Patrols, Late-Night Transport/Escort Service, Controlled Dormitory Access
Student services
Health Clinic, Personal/Psychological Counseling
Academic Programs
Special Study Options: Academic Remediation For Entering Students, Accelerated Degree Program, Adult/Continuing Education Programs, Advanced Placement Credit, English As A Second Language, Freshman Honors College, Honors Programs, Independent Study, Internships, Off-Campus Study, Part-Time Degree Program, Services For LD Students, Student-Designed Majors, Summer Session For Creditschool Calendar: Semesters




Total: 112Full-Time: 29% Full-Timestudent/Faculty Ratio: 19 :1

Financial Aid

Costs (2013&-14)





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