Dean College is located in Franklin, Massachusetts, a historic town just under an hour outside of Boston, Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Island.

The Community of Franklin, MA

Looking for a residential campus experience out of a movie with classic buildings, pastoral landscapes and New England feel? Looking for an environment that provides the safety and comfort of the small college town with easy access to the excitement of the big city? At Dean College, you can have it all!

Dean College is perfectly situated near downtown Franklin, MA, where it has been a part of the town’s fabric for over 155 years. Our location allows the Dean Community quick walking access to a train station, downtown shops and restaurants, with enough privacy to provide the perfect college experience.

About Franklin, MA

Named after Benjamin Franklin and owning the first public library in the United States, Franklin is a town rich in history. In addition, its convenient location with close proximity to Boston, MA, and Providence, RI, make it a great jumping off point to many local attractions. 

Franklin also enjoys recognition from numerous sources. Consider:

Franklin, MA is ranked the #2 safest city in the United States for 2023. said Franklin ranked as best place to raise kids in Massachusetts due to its excellent schools, abundant recreational resources, rich cultural amenities and excellent quality of life.

Area Information

To learn more about Franklin, MA, visit one of the following links:

The Franklin Public Library, America's first public library, was featured on PBS in September 2022.

Off-Campus Activities

All locations are listed in order of proximity to campus.


The following is a listing of local shopping plazas:


The following is a list of local sporting arenas: 


The following is a list of nearby entertainment: 


The following is a list of local outdoor fun: 

Arts and Enrichment

The following is a list of nearby activities: 

Looking for more? Visit the MetroWest Tourism Bureau.

Easy Getaways

The following is a list of local getaways:


The below table includes a listing of restaurants in the Franklin, MA area.

Restaurant Name & Contact Info. Restaurant Name & Contact Info.
371 Union St.
Franklin, MA
Alumni Restaurant
391 East Central Street
Franklin, MA
Bamboo House*
2 Main St.
Franklin, MA
The Chateau 
466 King St. 
Franklin, MA
Charles River Plaza
Routes 126/1-495
Bellingham, MA
Five Guys 
268-B Franklin Village Dr.
Franklin, MA
Franklin Central Pizza*                    
20 W. Central St.
Franklin, MA
Franklin Pizza & Deli*
18 Cottage St.
Franklin, MA
Hang Tai Chinese Cuisine* 
26-30 E. Central St.
Franklin, MA
Longhorn Steakhouse
250 Franklin Village Dr. 
Franklin, MA
Mac City*
13 W. Central St. 
Franklin, MA
Maguro House*
29 E. Central St. 
Franklin, MA
Outback Steakhouse 
275 N. Main St. Rte 126
Bellingham, MA
Santa Fe Burrito Grill* 
28 W. Central St.
Franklin, MA
The Rome* 
4 E. Central St.
Route 140, Franklin, MA
461 West Central St.
Franklin, MA
The 99 Pub and Restaurant 
847 W. Central St.
Franklin, MA
* within walking distance of campus