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
    Utilizing standardized test scores (SAT, ACT, TOEFL and/or AP) and/or college-level transfer credits, all incoming students are placed into Dean College English and math classes and sections appropriate to their skill level and major. Based on testing and transcript information submitted to the College during the admission process, some students may be asked to complete an additional assessment test to determine their placement. Students who believe that their standardized test scores do not reflect their true ability may petition to take an additional assessment, which must be completed no later than the end of the first week of classes during a student's first semester at Dean College.

    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. Students whose Critical Reading SAT score, or its ACT equivalent, is less than 420 will be placed into an intensive section of ENG 111. Students whose scores are higher than this will be placed into a standard section of ENG 111, and honors students will be placed into an honors section of ENG 111.

    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 Quantitative and Financial Literacy (MTH 111) during their first academic year. Using their SAT or ACT scores, students will be placed into either an intensive or a standard section of MTH 111. Students whose math SAT, or ACT equivalent, is less than 420 will be placed into an intensive section of MTH 111; those whose scores are higher than this will be placed into a standard section of MTH 111. 

    Students whose majors require additional math courses will be placed at the appropriate level of the College’s mathematics sequence depending on their incoming math SAT or math ACT scores. Students may also meet pre-requisites for additional math courses through their successful completion of MTH 111. Those whose math SAT scores are between 530 and 580, or whose math ACT is between 23 and 25, may begin their mathematics sequence with Precalculus I (MTH 151). Those whose scores are below these need to complete MTH 111 with a grade of C- or higher before enrolling in MTH 151. Students whose math SAT is higher than 580 or whose math ACT is higher than 25 will be asked to complete the Dean College Math Assessment. This assessment will be mailed to eligible students prior to their orientation, and must be completed immediately and returned to the College. Their score on this additional assessment will determine where they place on the mathematics sequence at the College.

    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:

    Lori Schneider, Student Placement Assessment Coordinator

     *NOTE: Students with questions about the dance placement process should contact Julianne O'Brien Pederson, Dean of the Dean College School of Dance.

    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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