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      Dean College to Host Saturday with Dean, February 3, 2018


      Dean College to Host Saturday with Dean, February 3, 2018

      Join Dean College on Saturday, February 3, 2018 for an information session and tour of campus designed to help you better understand The Dean Difference. Sessions begin at 10:00 a.m. followed by a tour of campus, allowing you plenty of time to enjoy the remainder of your day. 

      Representatives of the Office of Admissions will be on hand to answer all your questions. We can't wait to welcome you to campus!

      Register for Saturday with Dean on February 3, 2018.

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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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      Dean College Approved to Offer BFA Degree in Dance


      Dean College Approved to Offer BFA Degree in Dance

      Dean College, a private, residential college located in Franklin, Massachusetts, has been approved by the Department of Higher Education to offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance. Beginning in the fall of 2018, students entering Dean will have the opportunity to enroll in the BFA program.

      Dean College already offers students the opportunity to earn a minor in Dance, an Associate of Arts degree in Dance and/or a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance, and will now add the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance to its program.

      “We are delighted that the BFA will take its place beside our BA to provide students with the widest range of possibilities to pursue their passions in the field of Dance,” says Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Michael Fishbein. 

      The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance is an applied arts degree designed to prepare students for professional careers as performers and/or choreographers. 

      “Dean College has always maintained a strong commitment to the discipline of dance on its campus,” says Marc Arentsen, dean of the School of Dance. “The new BFA in Dance will continue in that tradition and enable skill sets, practices and perspectives of today’s professional-level dance. For students, this new degree program ultimately represents a whole lot of work,” he added. “But then, Dean Bulldogs never miss a chance to dance.”

      The Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance at Dean College provides rigorous, well-rounded technical training within a purposeful liberal arts curriculum. For more information about Dean College and the Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance, visit

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      Move-in day, Fall 2017


      Dean College Welcomes New and Returning Students, September 4, 2017

      On Monday, September 4, 2017 new and returning students will move in and/or check-in to Dean College. Times and locations for check-in vary depending on a variety of factors, so be sure to check out the Dean College Move-In Day web page for all information. If you are moving in to a residence hall for the first time, you will also find some tips on what to bring and what not to bring to college. 

      New International students will check-in for International Student Orientation (ISO) on August 31st in the Campus Center near the Robbins Family Center for Advising and Career Planning. ISO offers an opportunity for international students to become acquainted with Dean and the surrounding areas.

      Students enrolled in the Arch Learning Community should check in for Orientation on Friday, September 1, 2017. Arch Orientation allows those participating in the Arch program to become better acquainted with others in the program.

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