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      Dean College to Host Learning Support Info. Session, September 30, 2017


      Dean College to Host Learning Support Info. Session, September 30, 2017

      Looking for the right fit? Trying to decide what level of academic support you'll need to be successful in college?

      Join Dean College to learn about our support services! This information session will be led by Julie LeBlanc, Director of the Morton Family Learning Center. You will learn more about disability support services, accommodations offered at the college level, tutoring services, academic coaching and the Arch Learning Community.  

      Session begins at 9:30 a.m., visit to learn more. Or click here to register for the event. 

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        Dean College Ranks Among the Top Best Regional Colleges


        Dean College Ranks Among the Top Best Regional Colleges

        Dean College, a private, residential college located in Franklin, Massachusetts, has been ranked 22nd in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report for the Best Regional Colleges, North category. Additionally, Dean placed 15th in this category for Best Value Schools.  

        This is the seventh consecutive year that Dean College has received the honor.

        “We are thrilled to be recognized by U.S. News and our peer institutions once again this year,” said Dr. Paula M. Rooney, Dean College President. “It signals the overall strength of Dean’s academic experience and the emphasis we place on student success.”

        U.S. News & World Report is a multi-platform, publisher of news and information. The U.S. News ranking system for the Best Regional Colleges rests on two pillars. The formula uses quantitative measures that education experts have proposed as reliable indicators of academic quality, and it is based on research of what matters in education, including: graduation rate performance, academic reputation, and financial selectivity among others. 

        This year’s ranking is a testament to The Dean Difference – the hands-on and engaging faculty & staff, strong academic support, valuable internships, and real-life workforce preparation that Dean College provides. 

        For more information on U.S. News & World Report, visit For more information on Dean College, visit

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        Dean College Homecoming: For Alumni and Families, September 23, 2017


        Dean College Homecoming: For Alumni and Families, September 23, 2017

        On Saturday, September 23, 2017, Dean College will host Homecoming: for Alumni and Families! Our schedule is full of activities— Campus Tours, Meet and Greet with School Faculty, Alumni Men’s Lacrosse Game, Game Day Cookout during the Football and Soccer Games, Alumni Night at Teddy Gallagher's Pub and the Dean Showcase. We will also have a 21+ beverage tent and the Bulldog Family Fan Zone at the Longley Athletic Fields Complex. There will be plenty to do for kids and adults alike!

        Visit for the full schedule of events!

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        Dean College to Host 21st Annual President's Cup, September 18, 2017


        Dean College to Host 21st Annual President's Cup, September 18, 2017

        Congratulations to the winners of this year's tournament! John Jackson, Shane Jackson, Steven Lambiase '81 and Nick Carlucci!

        Check out the full album of photos here

        The 21st Annual Dean College President’s Cup Golf Tournament took place on Monday, September 18, 2017 at the Franklin Country Club. All proceeds from this event benefit the Dean College Scholarship Fund.

        Throughout the past 20 years, the Dean College President’s Cup Golf Tournament has had a profound and positive effect on the education of Dean College students. Support from players and sponsors has helped the College raise more than $1,000,000 for Dean College Scholarship Fund. By sponsoring or playing in this event, you could help deserving students attend Dean College.

        To learn more about the event, visit

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        Dean College Students Perform in NFL Kickoff Pregame Show at Gillette Stadium


        Over two hundred Dean College students performed in the 2017 NFL Kickoff Pregame Show at Gillette Stadium!

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        Franklin, MA (September 8, 2017) – Best experience ever; Indescribable; Truly special; Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – these are just a few words that Dean College students are using to describe their experience as on-field performers in Thursday’s NFL pregame celebration at Gillette Stadium.

        Over two hundred Dean College students, including Arts and Entertainment Management (AMGT), Business, Dance and Sport Management majors, participated as stunt card group members, banner holders and dance performers as the New England Patriots faced the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL opener.

        This is the second opportunity for Dean College to participate, having previously performed in the NFL pregame celebration in September 2015.

        It was unequivocally sweet for those students who performed for their second time.

        “This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I had the opportunity to experience twice,” said AMGT major Pat Budris '19. “When we ran out to the field, you could feel the electric in the air. The crowd was roaring; it was incredible.”

        Jaclyn O’Keefe '18 also participated in the 2015 performance and shared the same sentiments. “Never in a million years would I think that I'd be able to participate in the Patriots NFL Kickoff not only once, but two times! My two experiences were different, but both indescribable.” 

        Sport Management major Dean Bennett '18 was part of the night’s banner group, holding the 2017 Super Bowl banner with his peers at the 50-yard line. “This was my first experience participating in the event and holding the center banner was amazing. I was standing right next to Gronk (Rob Gronkowski) which made the experience even better.” 

        Angeli Myatt '20 was thrilled to participate in the stunt card group. “Getting the opportunity to participate at the Patriots Kickoff is something I'll never forget. The energy on the field and in the stands brought such a wonderful and happy feeling. Definitely one of my most memorable nights!”

        Even faculty members participated alongside students, including Associate Professor of Dance, Todd Shanks. “Exciting doesn’t even begin to describe it,” said Shanks. “Dancing side by side with my students and colleagues on the field, in front of over 60,000 fellow Patriots fans was incredible. Beyond the experience of the performance, it was great for all of us to be a part of such a large-scale production.”

        The night turned out to be a family affair for first year dance student Celine Santorsola '21, as she performed on the field alongside her sisters Adrena '19 and Leanne '16, current Patriots Cheerleaders. “It felt amazing to walk in my sisters’ shoes for a night…I idolize them so much,” said Santorsola. “If this is the beginning of my time at Dean, I can’t wait to see what’s next.”

        By the end of the night, students were able to experience first-hand what it takes to produce such a large-scale performance. In the upcoming weeks, students will receive an event debrief in the classroom to bring the learning experience full circle.

        The opportunity was brought to life through The Center for Business, Entertainment and Sport Management at Dean College, a partnership with the Kraft Sports Group. For more information about Dean College, visit For more information on The Center for Business, Entertainment and Sport Management at Dean College, visit

        For pictures from the 2017 NFL Kickoff Pregame Show click here or visit our Facebook page:


        Dean College is a private, residential New England college grounded in a culture and tradition that all students deserve the opportunity for academic and personal success. A uniquely supportive community for more than 150 years, Dean has woven together extensive student support and engagement with exceptional teaching and innovative campus activities. Our graduates are lifetime learners who thrive in their careers, embrace social responsibility and demonstrate leadership. This is The Dean Difference.

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