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Discover the Dean Difference

Dean College is a private residential New England college grounded in a culture and tradition in which all students deserve the opportunity for academic and personal success. A uniquely supportive community, for more than 150 years Dean has woven together extensive student support and engagement with exceptional teaching and innovative campus activities. Dean’s graduates are lifetime learners who thrive in their careers, embrace social responsibility, and demonstrate leadership. This is The Dean Difference.

Recognized as a Top Regional College and a Best Value School by U.S. News & World Report, Dean serves 1,200 full-time undergraduates and offers over 50 combined bachelor’s and associate degree programs and specializations. Students can choose from programs in the School of the Arts, the School of Business, the Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance and the School of Liberal Arts.

Dean provides 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.

Located Outside Boston, MA

Dean College is situated perfectly in Franklin, Massachusetts, conveniently located between Boston and Providence. Its location allows Dean students quick walking access to activities, shops and restaurants, with easy access via train to downtown Boston.


Over 90 percent of students live on campus in one of 13 residence halls. From first-year residence halls to condo housing, Dean offers guaranteed housing for all four years. The Smith Dining Center offers all resident students unlimited access to dining without counting swipes. In addition to the Smith Dining Hall, Dean has late night pub-style dining available at Boomer’s in the Campus Center as well as Starbucks coffee at the Bulldog Beanery located in the library.

Outside of the classroom, students participate in 16 varsity sports and more than 40 on-campus groups and organizations. Dean is a fun and vibrant campus community that offers a variety of student-run clubs, organizations and leadership opportunities.

Create Your Path

At Dean, individual attention and customized learning matters deeply. No one should go at it alone, and that’s why a personal Success and Career Advisor works with each student. Dean’s Success and Career Advisors believe in their students, develop a relationship beginning in the students’ first days on campus and stay with them for the duration of their time at Dean. Their goal is to turn academic potential into achievement.

Along with the Success and Career Advisor, each Dean student experiences the Dean Career Advantage (DCA), a four-year program with a holistic approach that is designed to provide students with the tools necessary to develop a career mindset and achieve success after graduation. Throughout each semester, the DCA is embedded into the curriculum with networking, résumé building, mock interviews and job searching based on your individualized career plan. You will develop skills such as work ethic, professionalism, communication skills and time management. These will prepare you for internships, study abroad and ultimately help you acclimate successfully into the professional workplace.

Ninety-six percent of Dean’s bachelor’s degree students are employed or enrolled in graduate school within 12 months of graduation. Alumni are hard at work in top-ranked graduate programs and are employed by organizations such as WEEI Radio, Universal Studios, Kraft Sports + Entertainment, the Boston Ballet, the Broadway Dance Center, and more.

Learning Support Services

Dean also provides the resources necessary to succeed both inside and outside of the classroom. From student advising to assistive technology and accessibility services, there are many different programs and services to help students achieve academic success. Dean offers a robust Academic Coaching Program that specializes in one-on-one academic support. Professional, faculty, and peer tutoring is available to all students at no additional cost through the Berenson Writing and Math Centers. Additional tutoring is also available in specific subject areas through the Morton Family Learning Center.

Arch Learning Community

The Dean College Arch Learning Community is a fee-based program designed for students with diagnosed learning disabilities and/or other learning challenges who would benefit from additional academic support while enrolled in a traditional college curriculum. Through individual academic coaching, Arch-designated courses, and specialized success & career advising, students work within the program to acquire the skills needed to be successful in their degree plan of study. The staff works diligently to support students while fostering independence. Through involvement in the Arch Learning Community, students become active participants in their education by taking greater responsibility for their individual role in the learning process.

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