Congratulations on becoming part of Bulldog Nation! There are a few items you likely have questions on as you finalize your plans for enrolling at Dean College.

New Student Orientation 

Dean offers several dates for our new students to join our 1.5 day orientation.

Placement and Assessment

All incoming students are placed into Dean College English and Mathematics classes and sections appropriate to their declared major as well as their skill level based on information submitted to the College during the admission process, including high school transcript, transfer credit, and/or any submitted standardized test scores (SAT, ACT, AP, IB or CLEP).  Students will then review these class placements when they receive their course schedule for the upcoming semester (at New Student Orientation, International Student Orientation, or Bulldog Beginnings), and can request adjustments to these placements at that time by speaking with their Success and Career Advisor. 

Placement into English Classes

Incoming first-year students will be placed into Composition I (ENG 111) during their first semester unless they have college transfer, AP or IB credit for an equivalent course. The precise section will vary based on the student's placement as determined by a review of the student’s submitted application information:  some will be placed into the standard ENG 111 section; some will be placed into ENG 111 Workshop; some will be placed into an Honors ENG 111 section; and some will meet the criteria to be exempt from Composition I (ENG 111) or both Composition I (ENG 111) and Composition II (ENG 112).  Students can request an adjustment to their placement by speaking with their Success and Career Advisor.  Additional information about these courses is listed below and available here.

  • The standard version of ENG 111 is designed for students who feel fairly comfortable reading lengthy magazine articles and books and writing 3-5-page (or longer) essays that assert and support a thesis with evidence and discussion.
  • The workshop version of ENG 111 is designed for students who find longer or more complex readings challenging, and who do not have much experience writing 3-5-page (or longer) essays that assert and support a thesis with evidence and discussion. Additional class time is devoted to more interactive exercises and in-class writing. 
  • The honors version of ENG 111 is for students invited to participate in the Honors Program when they were admitted to Dean College.  It is designed for students who are quite comfortable reading lengthy magazine articles and books, and writing 5-8 page essays that assert and support a thesis with evidence and discussion.  

Students for whom English is a second language will be placed into the appropriate level of the College’s FOCUS Program based on their English language assessment scores submitted with their application for admission. Some students will be placed into an ESL-supported workshop version of ENG 111 or an ESL-supported standard version of ENG 111. Students who do not submit these scores will complete an English language assessment during their orientation. Please click here for more information about the Dean College FOCUS Program.  

Self-Placement into Math Classes

Incoming first-year students take a math course during their first academic year. A few majors require a specific math course, and Success and Career Advisors will place students into that course.  Most majors provide a list of options to fulfill the math requirement, including Math for the Arts (MTH 125), Introductory Statistics (MTH 130), Foundations of Quantitative Reasoning (MTH 150), Precalculus I (MTH 151), Personal Finance (BUS 150) or Symbolic Logic (PHL 130).  Students will be able to indicate their preference on the Course Registration Preference Form, to be completed before attending New Student Orientation.    

  • MTH 125: Math for the Arts: This course is designed for students in the performing arts, and develops mathematical thinking and skills through problem-based projects like the kinds of projects performing arts professionals encounter, such as set design, budgets, setting ticket prices.  
  • MTH 130: Introductory Statistics: This course, required for students majoring in pre-athletic training, health sciences, pre-nursing, psychology and sociology, focuses on descriptive statistics, measures of central tendency, probability rules and distributions, and simple hypothesis testing. 
  • MTH 150: Foundations of Quantitative Reasoning:  This course teaches the mathematical skills and quantitative reasoning needed for today’s world, including those needed for personal financial and consumer literacy. Students will also learn by working on the kinds of real-world quantitative problems they will encounter in the careers and personal lives. 
  • MTH 151: Precalculus I: This course is first of two gateway courses between Algebra II and Calculus I.  It is designed for students who have experience and are comfortable with manipulating expressions containing variables and solving linear equations.  
  • BUS 150: Personal Finance:  Open to all majors and required for Business, Business Management, Entertainment Industry Management, and Marketing majors, this course combines theory and practical application to teach students key aspects of personal finance, including budgeting, banking, credit, insurance and taxes.  
  • PHL 130: Symbolic Logic: This course introduces students to logic, the study of reasoning and arguments.  Using formal, mathematical symbols, students learn how to follow and evaluate the validity of an argument, deepening their critical thinking and problem-solving skills.  

Students who would like to take a higher-level math course during their first semester to meet this requirement, including Precalculus II (MTH 152), Advanced Quantitative Reasoning (MTH 240) or Calculus I (MTH 241), take Dean College’s Math Placement Test during either New Student Orientation, International Student Orientation, or Fall Orientation.  The results of this assessment will determine the student’s math placement.  

For More Information

Students who feel unsure about which sections or courses to choose after reading the guided self-placement instructions may contact Melissa Read, Assistant Vice President, Academic Affairs, at mread@dean.edu or 508-541-1654.