Dean Hall, Dean's most iconic building located on the Dean College campus, on a fall day.

Dean College, a private, residential, college founded in 1865 and located in Franklin, Massachusetts, is proud to have once again been ranked among the Top 30 Best Regional Colleges North by U.S. News & World Report in its 2022-2023 Best Colleges rankings. This is the 12th consecutive year that Dean College has placed on the Best Colleges list.

In addition, Dean’s ranking of No. 2 in the Best Regional Colleges North for Best Undergraduate Teaching is testament to its faculty’s commitment to an elevated learning experience.

Dean College’s ranking attests to The Dean Difference. That philosophy encompasses the way the entire Dean community cares for and commits to each other through experiential learning and mentoring, faculty and staff engagement, strong academic support, and workforce preparation. The College’s goal is to guide our students along the path of connecting what they learn to how they live – all within a community of care.

The faculty and staff at Dean provide activities and employ practices to help ensure high levels of student success. More information about The Dean Difference is easily accessible by contacting the Dean College President’s Office at

U.S. News & World Report, a major publisher of news and information, has published it Best Colleges Ranking for nearly 40 years. It uses quantitative measurements as reliable indicators of academic quality.

View the U.S. News & World Report rankings