Dean College

private college in Franklin, Massachusetts, United States

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Dean College
Dean College seal.svg
MottoForti et Fideli Nihil Difficile
FounderOliver Dean
Academic affiliations
New England Association of Colleges and Schools
EndowmentOver 70 million[1]
ChancellorEdward M. Augustus, Jr.[2]
PresidentKenneth Elmore[2]
United States
CampusSuburban, 100 acres (40 ha)
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division IIINew England Collegiate Conference
Logo of Dean College
Dean 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 the United States
Dean College
Coordinates42°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
Architectural styleClassical Revival, Stick/Eastlake, Queen Anne
NRHP reference No.75000285 [3]
Added to NRHPApril 23, 1975
Dean College in Franklin

Dean College is a private college in Franklin, Massachusetts. It offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and continuing and professional education and certificates.


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 at 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's 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.[4] 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, best-selling author Emilie Baker Loring, and Academy Award-winning actor Broderick Crawford are also notable alumni.


The 100-acre (0.40 km2) campus includes Dean Hall, the college's oldest structure which houses classrooms, radio station Power 88 WGAO, offices, athletics offices, basketball/volleyball gymnasium, 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.

In 2011, Dean College unveiled a new campus center.[5]

Dean has completed over $60 million in campus improvements over the past 10 years[when?], including Dorothy and Glendon Horne '31 Hall, Green Family Library Learning Commons, Morton Family Learning Center, athletic field updates (press box, scoreboards, dugouts), Grant Field renovation, and the Rooney Shaw Center for Innovation in Teaching.[6]

There are 13 different residence halls on campus, including furnished condominiums in downtown Franklin, suite-style living, all-female residence halls, all-male residence halls and co-ed residence halls.

Dean College offers bachelor's degree and associate degree programs within four schools: School of the Arts, Dean R. Sanders '47 School of Business, Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance, and School of Liberal Arts. Dean also offers part-time continuing studies options to serve students who wish to pursue their education on a part-time basis. Part-time students may also enroll in certificate programs.


Dean College offers 16 athletic teams. The teams are known as the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs participate in Division III of the NCAA in the following sports:[7]

  • Baseball
  • Men's Basketball
  • Women's Basketball
  • Men's Cross Country
  • Women's Cross Country
  • Women's Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Men's Golf
  • Women's Golf
  • Men's Lacrosse
  • Women's Lacrosse
  • Men's Soccer
  • Women's Soccer
  • Softball
  • Men's Volleyball
  • Women's Volleyball

Upon transition into the NCAA they accepted membership for all sports into the Great Northeast Athletic Conference except for football which accepted membership into the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference.

Dean College also offers intramural sports.

Notable alumni

See also


  1. ^ "Facts and Figures". Dean College. Retrieved 23 September 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Our Institution's Leadership". Dean College. Retrieved 31 March 2022.
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  4. ^ "Richard Belzer". Retrieved 2020-02-06.
  5. ^ "Dean College Dedicates Its New Campus Center". Dean College News. Dean College. Archived from the original on 2012-01-23.
  6. ^ "Facts and Figures". Dean College. Retrieved 2021-10-29.
  7. ^ "Official Athletics Site of the Dean College Bulldogs". Dean College Bulldogs. Retrieved July 20, 2017.
  8. ^ Dave Schwartz, "Sage Francis in DaBelly Magazine". Retrieved 2020-02-06.
  9. ^ O'Boyle, Francis Joseph (2000). "Biography: Doc Hazelton". Phoenix, AZ: Society for American Baseball Research. Retrieved December 12, 2019.

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