We are looking forward to seeing you this summer at New Student Orientation (NSO)!

During NSO, you will get a chance to meet some of your peers, chat with orientation leaders, get to know your faculty, and learn more about student life at Dean College.

The Orientation Team has put together information for our students and their guests/families about the program.  We encourage you to review these FAQs to get all of your questions answered.

New Student Orientation Frequently Asked Questions

To get answers to frequently asked questions for New Student Orientation, click on the dropdowns below. 

Review Dean's testing and vaccination requirements.

Currently, COVID-19 testing and vaccination is not a requirement to attend NSO. Anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should not come to campus.


Here's everything you need to know about the NSO schedule.

New Student Orientation is a day and a half long program. Check in begins at 9 a.m. on Day One, and the formal program will conclude on Day Two at 12:15 p.m. During NSO students will meet fellow new students both in their major and across other academic programs, get the chance to learn from their orientation leader (a fellow Bulldog), register for classes, hear more about what it means to be a member of the Dean community- both in and out of the classroom, sign up for clubs and student organizations, and get familiar with campus!

Please note, if you are required to complete a dance placement audition, this will take place on Day Two from 12:45-2:30 p.m.

Follow these directions to campus and to park.

All students and family members/guests should arrive at the Student Center Parking Lot to begin the check-in process. Detailed directions can be found on our website. If you are using GPS, enter the address 109 West Central Street, Franklin, MA 02038.

Learn more about the Family and Guest Program.

The Family and Guest Orientation is optional; however, we highly recommend attendance so you too can feel connected to the Dean community! Each student is allowed up to two guests for no additional charge. At the Family and Guest program, attendees will meet with student’s academic advisors, experience a class all first-year students will take, and meet with staff in an intimate setting to form connections and get all questions answered. Families and guests are provided lunch, dinner, and a cocktail reception hosted by President Elmore.

Here's everything you need to bring for NSO.

Students are responsible for bringing bedding for a twin-size mattress, pillows, any overnight toiletries, comfortable walking shoes, and a water bottle. We will provide lunch, dinner, and snacks on Day One, as well as breakfast and snacks on Day Two.

Hear more options for commuter students.

If you are a commuter student and do not wish to stay overnight on campus, please contact Emma Kearns, Director of Student Engagement and First Year Programs, at ekearns@dean.edu to discuss your options.