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. 

You and your family member must comply with these COVID-19 guidelines.

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

Please note: ALL students must be fully vaccinated (i.e., received two doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine OR a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) in addition to the COVID-19 booster vaccine when eligible, by the start of the fall semester. Students should upload proof of the vaccines to the Student Health Portal as soon as they are fully vaccinated (dependent on the timing of the student’s final dose, this may or may not include the booster vaccine.)

Review Dean's current mask policy for on-campus events.

Currently, face masks are required by everyone during indoor campus events.

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

New Student Orientation is an overnight event that begins at 9:00 a.m. EDT for students and families/guests. Check in will be from 9:00 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. on the Dr. Paula M. Rooney Student Center Patio. A detailed schedule will be available upon arrival.

Throughout the day students and families will follow different schedules. Students will spend time in their orientation groups, interact with faculty, their success and career advisors and many more staff from important offices on campus. Students will also get to experience some of the typical events our student organizations host during the overnight portion of the program. Students will leave with their schedules for the fall on day two. Families will have the opportunity to hear from a variety of offices throughout the day.

Students will stay overnight on campus and families will need to secure their own accommodations off campus.

Here's everything you'll need for New Student Orientation.

Students are reminded that this is an overnight program, and that they will be staying in one of our first-year residence halls. A student packing list may be found here.

As a reminder, only students will be staying overnight on campus. Families are welcome to stay in one of our local hotels. You can find more information here about local accommodations.

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.