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.  

    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

    Dean College uses guided self-placement to place incoming students into their English Composition (ENG 111) or Core Mathematics course.  What is guided self-placement?  It is the process by which students carefully read and review information about course options at Dean, then consider their prior preparation and skill level, and indicate which course would best support and develop their skills and abilities as they begin their college degree.  Therefore, prior to attending their New Student Orientation, incoming students review the guided self-placement instructions for English and for Mathematics attached here, and then indicate their course selection choices on the Course Registration Preference Form.  Advisors use this information to place students into their desired English and Mathematics courses.  

    Self-Placement into English Composition I (ENG 111):  

    Dean College students complete a two-semester Composition sequence in their first year.  ENG 111, Composition I, is completed in semester one, and ENG 112, Composition II, is completed in semester two.  Most incoming Dean College students will follow this sequence unless they have already completed these courses at another college or university or have earned the needed scores on AP, IB, CLEP, SAT or ACT exams to be exempt from one or both courses (see the exemption criteria on the Guided Self-Placement Instructions posted below).  Students select from two versions of ENG 111, both worth 3 credits:

    • The standard version of ENG 111, which meets for 3 hours per week, is designed for students who feel fairly comfortable reading lengthy magazine articles and books and writing 3-5-page (or longer) essays that assert and support a thesis with evidence and discussion [students admitted into Dean College’s Honors Program will take an honors section of ENG 111, together with other honors students].
    • The workshop version of ENG 111, which meets for 4.5 hours per week, is designed for students who find longer or more complex readings challenging, and who do not have much experience writing 3-5-page (or longer) essays that assert and support a thesis with evidence and discussion.  The additional class time is used for more interactive exercises and in-class writing. 

    Students select the version that will best support and develop their reading and writing skills for college-level work.  

    Please click here for the detailed Guided Self-Placement Instructions – Composition I (ENG 111).

    Self-Placement into Math Classes
    All students are required to complete at least one core mathematics course to graduate as part of the Dean College General Education core, and some programs require additional mathematics courses as part of the major.  You will choose which mathematics course best suits your needs and interests.  The course options include: 

    • MTH 150: Foundations of Quantitative Reasoning:  Selected by most students, this course teaches the mathematical skills and quantitative reasoning needed for today’s world, including those needed for personal financial and consumer literacy.  Students will also learn by working on the kinds of real-world quantitative problems they will encounter in the careers and personal lives.
    • MTH 240: Advanced Quantitative Reasoning: This course focuses on the analytical mathematical skills and concepts used in business and management, including those needed for financial and consumer literacy.
    • MTH 130: Introductory Statistics: This course, required for students majoring in criminal justice, health sciences, pre-nursing, psychology and sociology, focuses on descriptive statistics, measures of central tendency, probability rules and distributions, and simple hypothesis testing.
    • MTH 151: Precalculus I: This course is first of two gateway courses between Algebra II and Calculus I.  It is designed for students who have experience and are comfortable with manipulating expressions containing variables and solving linear equations. 
    • MTH 152: Precalculus II: This course is second of two gateway courses between Algebra II and Calculus I.  It is designed for students who have experience and are comfortable with manipulating expressions containing variables and solving linear equations. 
    • MTH 241: Calculus I: This course is for students who completed Precalculus and Trigonometry in high school, and are comfortable using exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions. 
    • MTH 242: Calculus II: This course is for students who have completed Calculus I previously, and are ready to continue studying integrals, techniques of integration, differential equations, and analysis of infinite sequences and series.  

    Students should select the mathematics course that best builds on the prior mathematics course experience and abilities, and prepares them for the mathematics and quantitative reasoning skills needed in their major and future careers.  

    Please click here for the detailed Guided Self-Placement Instructions – Core Mathematics Requirement.

    For More Information
    Students who feel unsure about which sections or courses to choose after reading the guided self-placement instructions may contact Melissa Read, Assistant Vice President, Academic Affairs, at mread@dean.edu or 508-541-1654.

    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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