Easy as 1, 2, 3

Transferring to Dean is almost that simple: file an application (it’s free online), submit the required application documents, and receive your acceptance and credit evaluation and prepare to start classes. We make every effort to provide you with a credit evaluation as soon as possible so you can gauge the amount of courses needed to complete your Dean degree. Generally, college-level courses with a grade of C– or higher are accepted for transfer credit.

We also have transfer agreements that pave the way for easy transfer. Associate degree graduates from the following institutions with a GPA of 2.0 or higher will be accepted to Dean College:

Students from any Massachusetts community college are especially welcome, and we accept the Massachusetts Guarantee (Massachusetts Guarantee) and the General Education Foundation which makes transferring even easier.

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Massachusetts Guarantee

The Massachusetts Guarantee is a transfer partnership between MA community colleges and participating four-year colleges and universities. Eligible community college graduates are able to transfer seamlessly - admission guaranteed! Students are eligible to apply to all bachelor's programs.


  • Complete an associate's degree program at a Massachusetts community college
  • Have met the minimum GPA requirement of 2.0 for guaranteed admission

Scholarships and Aid

  • Learn more about Transfer scholarships here.
  • To be considered for need-based aid, complete the FAFSA. Learn more here.


If you have questions about the Massachusetts Guarantee at Dean, please contact Arielle DelFino at adelfino@dean.edu or 508-541-1508.

General Education Foundation

The General Education Foundation is a set of general education, core or distribution requirements consisting of 34 college-level credits.

All General Education Foundation courses will be accepted for full transfer credit towards the core curriculum at Dean. Once on campus, bachelor's degree candidates must complete 9 upper division credits to complete the College’s core requirements.

In addition, students who complete the 34-credit General Education Foundation with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher will qualify for a $7,000 per semester merit scholarship—on top of any need-based financial aid they may receive.

Credits Subject Areas Notes
9 Behavioral and Social Sciences Courses may be in either subject area
9 Humanities and Fine Arts Courses may be in either subject area
7 Natural and Physical Science Must include at least one course with a lab
6 English Composition/Writing Courses should involve development of complex/abstract ideas for different writing purposes, such as critical reading/writing courses
3 Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning Courses should build on high school level algebra and geometry knowledge and may not include computational concept courses

Completing the General Education Foundation does not guarantee admission to Dean and certain academic majors may require the completion of additional Dean College courses.

If you have questions about transfer agreements and transfer credits, please contact admissions, at admissions@dean.edu or 508-541-1508.