Dean College

Dean College

Franklin, MA
student ratio
total students
$35,420 | $35,420
in-state | out-of-state tuition
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 of Enrollment Services and Dean of Admissions

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

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Business Administration and Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Mass Communication/Media
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Early Childhood Education
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Athletic Training
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Health and Wellness
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services
    • Criminal Justice/Safety
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • General Studies
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Studies
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Sport And Fitness Administration/Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Sociology
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dance
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.


68% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied2,646
    • Accepted1,806
    • Acceptance Rate68%
    • Enrolled1,292
    • Female Applicants1,196
    • Females Accepted856
    • Female Acceptance Rate71%
    • Male Applicants1,450
    • Males Accepted950
    • Male Acceptance Rate65%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee$
    • Required for All Transcript of high school record
    • Required for Some audition is required for performing arts majors
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman2.50
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Not Reported
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 437 390 490
    • SAT Math 424 370 470
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 17 15 20
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$35,420
    • Out-of-state tuition *$35,420
    • 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
    • Room and board *$15,200
    • Room only *$9,600
    • * 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 offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students1,292
    • Male Student Percentage48%
    • Female Student Percentage52%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino5.48%
    • Black or African American13.91%
    • White or Caucasian44.04%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.32%
    • Asian3.18%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.08%
    • Two or more races3.1%
    • Unknown20.35%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout9.54% representing 16 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students47% 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 No
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups No
  • 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 No
    • Most popular organizations National Society of Leadership and Success, Student Activities Committee, Residence Hall Association, International Student Association, 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
    • Soccer Yes Yes Yes
    • Softball No 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
    • Soccer No Yes Yes
    • Softball No Yes Yes
    • Volleyball Yes Yes Yes


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty151
    • Full-time Percentage21%
    • Part-time Percentage79%
    • Female Percentage51%
    • Male Percentage49%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio16:1 or 1,143 students to 71 faculty