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|Motto||Forti et Fideli Nihil Difficile|
|President||Paula M. Rooney, Ed.D.|
|Location||Franklin, MA, USA|
|Campus||Suburban 100 acres (404,685 m²)|
Division I, National Junior College Athletic Association
|Affiliations||New England Association of Colleges and Schools|
Dean Junior College Historic District
Ray Mansion, Dean College Admissions Building
|Architectural style||Classical Revival, Stick/Eastlake, Queen Anne|
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|Added to NRHP||April 23, 1975|
Dean College was founded by Dr. Oliver Dean as a co-educational academy in 1865. Dr. Dean 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.
Notable alumni include Richard Belzer (John Munch on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) who was kicked out of Dean College when it was known as Dean Junior College. The founders of CVS Pharmacy, Sid Goldstein and Stanley Goldstein, and the founder of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Austin Barclay Fletcher, also attended Dean. Major League Baseball players Eddie Grant and Gabby Hartnett, sportscaster Greg Dickerson, professional football player Zachary Dixon, NY Times best-selling author Emilie Baker Loring, and Oscar Award-winning actor Broderick Crawford are also notable alumni.
In December 2015 the college became embroiled in controversy when President Paula Rooney and assistant Vice President Gary Convertino terminated the entire college campus police department. The college has been accused of "union busting" when Rooney fired the sworn campus police department after she was notified by the newly formed Dean College Campus Police Association attorney that the bargaining unit was seeking voluntary recognition from the college. The campus police force was replaced with contract security guards from Kraft Groups TeamOps who do not have police powers. The would be union of campus police officers have filed complaints with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against Dean College for unfair labor practices.
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, Power 88 WGAO 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.
In 2011, Dean College unveiled a brand new Campus Center which features state-of-the-art classrooms, eco-friendly dining center, 150-seat performance venue, a fitness center, office space and the brand new Center for Advising and Career Planning.
There are many housing options for students including both single-sex and co-ed residence halls, and for upperclassmen, furnished condominiums in downtown Franklin complete with hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and spacious rooms. The College has announced plans for a new 120 bed residence hall building to be completed in December 2012. The new residence hall will be used to house upperclassmen.
Dean College offers nine bachelor's degrees and seventeen associate degrees. Dean also offers a part-time study program to serve students of all ages who wish to pursue their education on a part-time basis. Part-time students may also earn one of five certificates.
The school provides mentoring, tutoring and other personalized learning services for students with diverse learning styles and study skills. 
- Bachelor's Degrees offered
- Arts and Entertainment Management
- Liberal Arts and Studies
- Associate Degrees offered
- Criminal Justice
- Early Childhood Education
- Environmental Science
- General Studies
- Health Science
- Media Studies and Communications
- Sport & Fitness Studies
- Sport Management
- Theatre/Musical Theatre
- Certificates offered
- Early Childhood Education – Infant/Toddler
- Administration of Early Childhood Education Programs
- Human Resource Management
- Men's Soccer
- Women's Soccer
- Men's Basketball
- Women's Basketball
- Men's Lacrosse
- Women's Lacrosse
- Emilie Baker Loring, NY Times best-selling author
- Austin Barclay Fletcher, founder of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
- Richard Belzer, actor
- Broderick Crawford, Oscar Award-winning actor
- Jack Cronin, former NFL player
- Greg Dickerson, sportscaster
- Zachary Dixon, former NFL player
- Sid Goldstein and Stanley Goldstein, founders of CVS Pharmacy
- Eddie Grant, former MLB player
- William D. Green, executive chairman of the Accenture consulting firm.
- Walt Handelsman, editorial cartoonist
- Gabby Hartnett, former MLB player
- James Gordon Irving, natural-history illustrator
- Aiko Tanaka, comedian and actress
- Lucky Whitehead, NFL player
- Francis H. Woodward, former member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
- Maury Youmans, former NFL player
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