What You Need to Know

  • Setting The Stage

    What You Need to Know

    Congratulations on becoming part of Bulldog Nation! There are a few items you likely have questions on as you finalize your plans for enrolling at Dean College.

    Accepted Students

    We encourage all accepted students to attend
    Accepted Students Day.

    New Student Orientation

    Dean offers several dates for our new students to join our 1.5 day orientation. 

    More Details on New Student Orientation.  

    Placement and Assessment

    All incoming students are placed into Dean College English and Mathematics classes and sections appropriate to their skill level based on information submitted to the College during the admission process, including high school transcript, transfer credit, and/or standardized test scores (SAT, ACT, TOEFL, IELTS, AP and/or IB).  Some students may be asked to complete an additional Dean College assessment test to determine their placement. Students who believe that their admissions information does not reflect their true ability may petition to take an additional Dean College assessment; this must be completed no later than the end of the first week of classes during the student’s first semester at Dean College. Students may not take this additional assessment if they have already attempted a course in the specific area. Information about these additional assessments is available from the Office of Academic Affairs.

    Placement into English Classes
    Incoming first year students will be placed into Composition (ENG 111) during their first semester unless they have college transfer, AP or IB credit for an equivalent course. The precise section, and the number of hours that section will meet, will vary based on the student's placement. International students for whom English is a second language will be placed into appropriate ENG 111 sections based on their TOEFL iBT, IELTS or equivalent ESL assessment scores submitted with their application for admission. Students who do not submit these scores must take an English language assessment during International Student Orientation. Students with a TOEFL iBT of 78 or lower, an IELTS of 6 or lower, or an equivalent score, will be placed into an intensive section of ENG 111. Students with a TOEFL iBT score of 79 or higher, or an IELTS of 6.5 or higher, or an equivalent score, will take a standard section of ENG 111. 

    Placement into Math Classes
    All incoming first-year students will take Foundations of Academic Reasoning (MTH 150) or Advanced Quantitative Reasoning (MTH 240) during their first academic year. Using information submitted during the admissions process, students will be placed into either an intensive section of MTH 150, a standard section of MTH 150, or MTH 240.

    All international students will complete an on-campus math assessment during their International Student Orientation.

    If you have disabilities and have submitted appropriate documentation verifying the need for accommodations in the assessment process, please call 508-541-1768.

    For More Information
    If you have any questions or need more information about the English and math placement process, please contact:

    Melissa Read, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, at 508-541-1654 or mread@dean.edu

    Technology Resources and Requirements

    A key component of the Dean Difference is providing all students a high level of technological literacy to give them the tools to be successful in a fast moving world. All students are strongly encouraged to visit the Information Technology web pages before purchasing hardware or software for use at Dean College. In order to ensure that each and every student can excel in the Dean College curriculum, all students are required to bring a laptop to campus. For more on laptop requirements and general information technology resources please click here.


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