Franklin, MA – September 15, 2011… Dean College is pleased to announce that they are ranked 20thby U.S. News & World Report for ‘Best Regional Colleges’ for the North region for 2012. This is the first time Dean has ever received a ranking by this publication and is the fifth highest ranking institution in Massachusetts to achieve this distinction for this category.
“This is quite an honor and one that we are all very proud of,” says Dr. Paula M. Rooney, President of Dean College. “This speaks to the tremendous advancement of our institution, our commitment to academic quality and our focus on preparing students for future success. It all adds up to the Dean Difference.”
Dean is currently in a strong growth period as they have added the two largest incoming freshman classes in the school’s history in successive years. In addition, Dean recently completed a $16M renovation to their campus center, creating a state of the art facility that includes the introduction of the Center for Advising and Career Planning. It is this investment into the betterment of their students that has helped Dean achieve this ranking.
According to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, regional colleges are schools that focus almost entirely on the undergraduate experience and offer a broad range of programs in the liberal arts. “This is a milestone as Dean continues to build on a history that is rich in the tradition of academic and personal growth for our students,” concludes Rooney.