Residence Life FAQs

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      What comes standard in a residence hall room?

      Every student will have their own bed (twin extra long), desk, desk chair, dresser and closet (either built in or free standing). The dimensions for the bed, dresser and desk:

      -The bed is length is 83.5 inches. The bed is raised 32 inches. This allows the dresser to fit under the bed, or for you to store other belongings if you want.

      -The dresser is 26 inches high, and 30 inches wide.

      -The desk is 30 inches high, and 42 inches in length.

      -Not all the residence halls are carpeted. If you wish to bring a rug the standard size that fits is 5’ x 7’.

      Click here for information on what to bring with you to college.

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      Can students bring their own microwaves and refrigerators?

      Yes. Microwaves must be less than 700 watts, and fridges must be a 3.6 cubic ft max. We recommend Energy Star items.
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      Do I have the option to rent a microwave or refrigerator?

      Yes! Dean College is happy to have a relationship with MicroFridge. You may rent units through them. The unit provides convenience and Energy Star efficiency in one sleek package! The unit has a true zero-degree freezer that keeps your ice cream, frozen pizza and Hot Pockets frozen and at your finger tips. The attached touch pad microwave with 6 pre-sets saves you time. The fridge has 2-liter bottle storage on door and full-width wire shelves for plenty of storage space, adjustable temperature control, and is big enough for 2 people to share! Go to for more information.

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      How do I arrange for cable and Internet?

      Cable is standard in all rooms on campus. Students must bring TVs that are equipped with a built-in QAM tuner and a coaxial cable cord to connect the TV to the wall jack. Dean College provides wireless Internet to all students. Students will receive instructions the day they move in on how to log onto the Dean College network. (Please note you will receive your Dean College email once you pay your deposit. At that time you will receive instructions on how to log into your email and Today@Dean.)
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      What are the hall amenities?

      Residence halls are equipped with kitchens/kitchenettes, and lounges with flat screen televisions and DVD players. In addition both snack and drink machines are available. Many of the halls also have study rooms in the buildings. Laundry facilities are available for all residence halls.

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      How do I pay for laundry?

      New students will get a laundry card at check-in. The card is used for washers and dryers and must be loaded with funds. You can learn more about how to register and load money on to your laundry card here. A wash cycle costs $1.25, and a dry cycle costs $1.25.

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      What is my Dean College mailing address?

      When you check in in September, please go to the mailroom to get your mailing address and pick up your mail key. Each resident student is assigned a private mail box (PMB) by mid-August. The PMB is not related to the student’s residence hall assignment. Click here to read more about your mailbox. Questions? Please contact the mailroom at 508-541-1533.
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      What happens if I lose my key?

      Print out the student Key Replacement Form available on Today@Dean on the Residence Life page. Complete the form and bring it to Chapman House. Your student account will be charged $75 for the lock change. Your roommate will also receive a new key (but will not be charged).
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      What is Resident Student Association?


      Resident Student Association (RSA) is a residential student-run organization whose purpose is to provide communication, education, leadership and community development opportunities for students in the residence hall system. RSA serves as an organization providing academic, social and cultural activities for community development for all on-campus residents. Through these programs and events, RSA creates a safe and welcoming campus environment along with building and strengthening bonds between residents and their community.

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