Updates on Opening

We are excited to welcome you and your family to the Dean Community for the 2020-2021 academic year. Please visit the below drop down list for the latest news regarding the Fall 2020 Semester, including a message from Dean College President, Dr. Paula M. Rooney.

Read the message from Dean College President, Dr. Paula M. Rooney, regarding the Fall 2020 Semester.

June 16, 2020

Dear students,

I hope everyone is enjoying the start of summer and staying safe and healthy. At Dean, our entire Community remains hard at work as we continue to make plans to open our campus for the Fall 2020 semester. 

We are developing a comprehensive operational plan addressing all critical areas including health, safety, facility redesign, academics and campus life. This plan will be shared with you after July 1, 2020. In the meantime, a set of frequently asked questions is available and will be updated throughout the summer. 

Fall semester classes are scheduled to begin on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 and will run through Saturday, December 12, 2020 for a 15-week semester. Classes will be held on Monday, September 7, 2020 (Labor Day) and Monday, October 12, 2020 (Columbus Day). 

On-campus instruction will conclude on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 when students depart for Thanksgiving break. There will be no classes from Wednesday, November 25, 2020 through Friday, November 27, 2020. Classes will resume online for one week beginning Monday, November 30, 2020 followed by final exams which will take place virtually and conclude on December 12,2020.  

Dean College intends to bring students back in a phased approach following extensive health and safety protocols. Move-in dates for new students are as follows:

  • New Students in our Arch Learning Community
    • Thursday, August 27, 2020
  • New Students who reside greater than 500 miles from campus
    • Friday, August 28, 2020
  • New Students who reside 91-499 miles from campus
    • Saturday, August 29, 2020
  • New Students who reside 0-90 miles from campus 
    • Sunday, August 30, 2020

Specific instructions and information pertaining to move-in times will be sent out at the end of July to each student’s Dean College email address.

Commuters will check-in on August 30, 2020. Specific instructions and information for commuters will be sent out at the end of July.

Fall 2020 electronic tuition bills will be made available on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. A link to the billing site will be emailed to all students and parents. Students should use their Dean email login credentials to access the site. Fall bills are due Friday, July 17, 2020. 

Information regarding Spring semester will be provided when the Fall semester commences. Presently, the start of Spring semester is scheduled to begin on January 19, 2021.

The entire Dean Community looks forward to you embarking on your college journey as you make Dean College your second home and experience The Dean Difference each and every day. 

Warm Regards,

Dr. Rooney

Expanded and updated answers have been provided on our frequently asked questions page as of June 29, 2020.



Learn more about Dean's transition to an online learning environment.

This spring the Dean College Community, along with colleges and universities across the United States, transitioned to an online learning format due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and its rapid spread. With stay-at-home orders in place, students, faculty and staff navigated through these unprecedented times, learning (in some cases for the first time) the ins and outs of the digital college experience.

Read the full story. 

Dean College Spring Semester Recap Graphic

Virtual Learning and Activities Spring 2020

The Dean Difference was felt throughout the transition to virtual learning, as faculty and staff maintained our close-knit community, interacting daily via video chats and virtual classrooms, as well as providing fun activities to provide stress relief.

Below is a sampling of academic and student activities from the Spring 2020 Semester.

Student Activities
  • Best Buddies singalong
  • Late night teams breakfast
  • Dean fitness challenge
  • Get organized with Madi
  • Mindful Monday Meditation 
  • Tip Tuesday
  • Wellness Wednesday Tip
  • Workout Series
  • COVID-19 trivia
  • Tik Tok Challenge
  • Baking with Madi
  • The Office watch party
  • Trivia Night
  • DIY Challenge
  • Dean Is Home Photo Contest
  • Disney Acting Challenge
  • Motivational Messages
  • Question of the Week
Career Development 
  • Coffee & Career conversations
  • Resume Review
  • Job Hunting sessions
  • Interviewing skills via online video formats
  • Senior career sessions
  • Mock interviews with seniors
  • LinkedIn workshops
  • Reference letter workshops
Academics
  • Online writing and math tutoring
  • Virtual study labs
  • Open forums for academic assistance
  • Thursday Siestas
  • Musicals, a look inside Broadway productions
  • Presenting the performing arts
  • Monday Matinees
  • Storytime hour with special guests
  • Faculty blogs, including The Power of History in the Midst of Pandemic

...and more!

Watch this video message from the Dean College President, Dr. Paula M. Rooney.

Read archived news regarding Dean's response to COVID-19.

Virtual Learning Spring 2020 Semester By The Numbers