History and Mission

  • Dean College Has Almost 150 Years of Helping Students Succeed

    Mission Statement 

    Dean College is a private, residential college that creates and cultivates an environment of academic and personal success.  The Dean Difference provides students with quality teaching, personalized academic support, leadership opportunities and professional development promoting a lifetime of learning and achievement. Our students demonstrate community and social responsibility, high standards of personal integrity and the ability to thrive in a global environment where change is constant and dramatic.

    Dean History 

    Dean began as an Academy founded in 1865. An enthusiastic advocate of the project was Dr. Oliver Dean, a native of South Franklin, who offered approximately nine acres of land in Franklin as the site of the school and $125,000 toward its construction. Upon being incorporated and charter approved by the Massachusetts Legislature, groundbreaking ceremonies were held for Dean Hall in 1866. Classes began on October 1 in the vestry of the Universalist Church with 44 students attending-14 boys and 30 girls.

    • Dean Academy (1865 - 1957)
    • Dean Junior College (1942 - 1993)
    • Dean College (1994 - Present)

Take the next Step

  • I will never forget the feeling of performing for the first time in quite a while after opening night of Romeo & Juliet. It was as if I'd suddenly remembered who I am.

    Marco Carneiro

    B.A in Arts and Entertainment Management