Dean College

Dean College
Dean College
Motto Forte et Fidelite Nihil Deficile
Established 1865
Type Private
President Paula M. Rooney, Ed.D.
Undergraduates 1,048
Location Franklin, MA, USA
Campus Suburban 100 acres (404,685 m²)
Athletics Bulldogs
Division I National Junior College Athletic Association
Mascot Boomer
Affiliations New England Association of Colleges and Schools
Logo of Dean College
Dean Junior College Historic District
Ray Mansion, Dean College Admissions Building
Dean College is located in Massachusetts
Location: Franklin, Massachusetts
Coordinates: 42°5′7″N 71°23′56″W / 42.08528°N 71.39889°W / 42.08528; -71.39889Coordinates: 42°5′7″N 71°23′56″W / 42.08528°N 71.39889°W / 42.08528; -71.39889
Built: 1870
Architectural style: Classical Revival, Stick/Eastlake, Queen Anne
Governing body: Local
NRHP Reference#:


Added to NRHP: April 23, 1975

Dean College is a private college granting both associate degrees in 15 majors, and baccalaureate degrees in 5 majors. The College is located in Franklin, Massachusetts. Students can earn a bachelor's degree from Dean in Business, Arts and Entertainment Management, Dance, Liberal Arts and Studies or Theater. Dean students hail from throughout the United States and from more than twenty different countries. The school provides mentoring, tutoring and other personalized learning services for students with diverse learning styles and study skills.

The 100-acre (0.40 km2) campus is historic, scenic and well maintained, and includes Dean Hall, the College's most historic structure which houses classrooms, the radio station, offices, the Center for Student Administrative Services (CSAS), Campus Safety, video production studios/classrooms, the President's office and board room, and two floors of student residences. Dean has completed an ambitious renovation program which included the installation of an elevator in Dean Hall, upgrades to Bourret Hall - a residence hall; and a complete renovation of the E. Ross Anderson Library. The library renovations completely gutted the original structure and created the school's Green Family Library Learning Commons - a structure which houses the library, Advising Center, classroom and conference room space, faculty and staff offices and a small cafe. All of the renovations were completed in three months time during the summer of 2008.

A state-of-the-art Dining Center and performance space was completed in 2010, and features eco-friendly kitchens and services, the Campanella Board Room, and a 150-seat theatre - "The Main Stage."

The College is known for the access students have to faculty, mentors and tutors who have abundant and flexible office hours and are willing to work with students to make sure they learn and comprehend course material and cultivate confidence in their abilities.

There are many housing options for students including both single-sex and co-ed residence halls, and for upper classmen, furnished condominiums in downtown Franklin complete with hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and spacious rooms.

Dean College is located in Franklin, Massachusetts, off of 495 exit 16 and 17.


Dean College was founded as a co-educational Academy in 1865. Dr. Oliver Dean, the founder of Dean Academy, was an enthusiastic benefactor of the academy and donated approximately nine acres of land for the site of the school and donated $125,000 towards its construction. After the groundbreaking ceremony held earlier in the year, the first class at Dean Academy began on October 1, 1866 with 44 students attending. The students held class in the local Universalist Church. Dean Hall, the main building of Dean Academy, was not finished until 1868. During the summer of 1872, Dean Hall was completely destroyed by fire, but reconstruction efforts began immediately. On June 7, 1874, the newly rebuilt Dean Hall was rededicated. The school mascot is a bulldog.

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