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      Dean College Welcomes New and Returning Students


      Beginning tomorrow, Thursday, August 28, students from around the world will be arriving on campus to kick off the 2014-15 academic year!

      Friday marks the beginning of International Student Orientation (ISO) and Arch Orientation. ISO offers an opportunity for international students to become acquainted with Dean and the surrounding areas and Arch Orientation allows those participating in the Arch program to become better acquainted with others in the program.

      On Monday, September 1, the remaining new and returning students will move in and/or check-in to Dean College. Times and locations for check-in vary depending on a variety of factors, so be sure to check out the Move-In Day web page for all information. If you are moving in to a residence hall for the first time, you will also find some tips on what to bring and what not to bring to college.

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      Dean College Adopts Test Optional Admissions Policy



      Franklin, MA (June 19, 2015) – Dean College has joined the growing list of colleges to become SAT/ACT Test Optional. After years of requiring these tests for admission to the college and after careful consideration, Dean has decided to embrace the emerging policy beginning with students enrolling in the fall of 2016.

      “The test-optional policy will better align the College with its commitment to a student-centered education. We do not want to put any barrier to enrollment at Dean. We value applications from students of all backgrounds and all academic experiences,” said John Marcus, Vice President of Enrollment and Marketing at Dean.

      The Office of Admissions will evaluate each prospective student based on the high school (and college if any) transcripts, personal essay, extracurricular and leadership activities and letters of recommendation. While students who take either or both tests are encouraged to send them to the college to supplement their application, the tests will not be required. Students without test scores will receive the same consideration for merit scholarships based on their submitted application materials.

      As a result of this new policy, admissions officials hope motivated students who did not take the test or have more modest test scores will be encouraged to apply.

      “We approach our decisions in a very holistic manner, considering the entire experience the student has had over their four years of high school.  We are looking for student’s potential for success based on their experiences both in and out of the classroom,” said Iris Godes, Assistant Vice President of Enrollment and Dean of Admission.

      To learn more about Dean College’s new test-optional policy, please contact the Office of Admissions by calling 1-877-TRY-DEAN or email

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      New Student Orientation I and II, June 22-23 & June 25-26, 2015


      Accepted and deposited students are invited and encouraged to attend a New Student Orientation session to become more acquainted with Dean College and all that we have to offer.

      NSO is a day and a half long program full of fun activities, helpful workshops and informative presentations for students and parents alike. By attending, you will learn more about technology services, residence life programs, student activities held on campus and more! You will also have the opportunity to meet and make new friends before the school year begins.

      Visit to learn more about NSO and to register for one of the upcoming sessions.

      We look forward to seeing you on campus for one of the three sessions: NSO I (June 22-23), NSO II (June 25-26) or NSO III (July 9-10). Visit for additional information about NSO.

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      Second Look Day, Friday, June 19, 2015


      Dean College will hold its Second Look Day on Friday, June 19, 2015.

      At this day of an information session, campus tours and complimentary lunch, those who have already made their deposit can sit down one-on-one with a financial aid counselor. Those who have yet to apply can participate in On-The-Spot Admission, wherein they can apply and be accepted on the spot.

      This day will run from 11am to around 2pm. Click here to learn more about Second Look Day and to register to attend.

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      Dean College Summer Facilities Update


       Over the summer, most students may be gone, but crews are working diligently to make updates to the Dean College campus.

      The main project is the Grant Field project – the replacement of the grass field with artificial turf. This will allow students to play sports outdoors during more of the year. Additionally, crews are replacing both the dance floor in the lower Performing Arts Studio and the flooring in the Guidrey Center. Both the athletics and dance programs will greatly benefit from these projects.

      Other maintenance projects will take place around campus during the summer months as well, which will lead to a more comfortable and green environment for students, faculty and staff alike.

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      Dean College Administrative Offices Closed Friday, June 12, 2015


      Dean College administrative offices will be closed on Friday, June 12, 2015.

      Normal operations will resume on Monday, June 15, 2015.

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