Dean College

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99 Main Street

Franklin, MA 02038

Phone: (508) 541-1900
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#33 Overall Score: 31 out of 100. Regional Colleges (North)

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Dean College is a private institution that was founded in 1865. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,235, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 140 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Dean College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (North), 33. Its tuition and fees are $33,230 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

For 146 years, alumni of Dean have pointed to their Dean experience as the turning point in their lives. Dean offers what you expect to find at a college - a safe residential campus, athletic programs, clubs & activities, wireless network, scholarships and financial aid, but with an atmosphere that is a little more patient, and a bit more nurturing.

A unique caring college that bridges the leap between high school and university by offering two or four year degrees from a New England campus, guided by an unusually passionate faculty. Proof that sometimes the smartest distance between two points isn't a straight line.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1865
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $27,825,052


When applying to Dean College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline is December 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 15. The application fee at Dean College is $35. It is least selective, with an acceptance rate of 69.7 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity least selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 69.7%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Dean College is 17:1, and the school has 64.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Dean College include: Visual and Performing Arts; Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities; and Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 69 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 17:1
4-year graduation rate 48%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Visual and Performing Arts 76%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 13%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 11%

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Student Life

Dean College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,235, with a gender distribution of 52.2 percent male students and 47.8 percent female students. At this school, 91 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 9 percent of students live off campus.

Total enrollment 1,235
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association N/A

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Campus Info & Services

Dean College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Dean College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Dean College, 50 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Dean College.

Students who have cars on campus 50%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Dean College, 76.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,496.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $33,230 (2013-14)
Room and board $14,260 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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