Dean College

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Dean College
Dean College seal.svg
Motto Forti et Fideli Nihil Difficile
Type Private
Established 1865
President Paula M. Rooney, Ed.D.
Undergraduates 1,055
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, Franklin MA.jpg
Ray Mansion, Dean College Admissions Building
Dean College is located in Massachusetts
Dean College
Dean College is located in USA
Dean College
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
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP April 23, 1975

Dean College is a private college located in Franklin, Massachusetts. It grants associate degrees in seventeen majors and baccalaureate degrees in nine majors.


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.

The school mascot is a bulldog named Boomer.

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.[2] 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.


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.[3]

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.[4] The new residence hall will be used to house upperclassmen.

Academic programs[edit]

Dean College offers Ten 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. [5]

Bachelor's Degrees offered
  • Arts and Entertainment Management
  • Business
  • Dance
  • English
  • History
  • Liberal Arts and Studies
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Sport Management
  • Theatre
Associate Degrees offered
  • 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 Studies
  • Sport Management
  • Theatre/Musical Theatre
Certificates offered
  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Early Childhood Education – Infant/Toddler
  • Administration of Early Childhood Education Programs
  • Human Resource Management


Dean College offers intramural sports, as well as ten men and women's athletic teams that participate in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association in the following sports:

  • Football
  • Men's Soccer
  • Women's Soccer
  • Men's Basketball
  • Women's Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Golf
  • Men's Lacrosse
  • Women's Lacrosse

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Staff (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Dean College Dedicates Its New Campus Center". Dean College News. Dean College. 
  4. ^ "New Residence Hall". Dean College News. Dean College. 
  5. ^ "Academic Majors". Dean College. 
  6. ^

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