September 2021
Bulldog Families,

Accentuate the positive. Often it feels this term has been difficult to come by and yet critically important to the outlook we must maintain. We are so excited to welcome our new Bulldogs to campus along with our 'veteran' dogs. We rejoice in the opportunity to once again produce a robust activities calendar for students to enjoy. We are fired up to cheer on all of our athletic teams as they compete as full members of the NCAA Division III and to enjoy the incredible talents of our students in the performing arts. Above all, we are thrilled to see our entire student body continue to challenge themselves with resiliency, passion, dedication, and leadership. We know that obstacles remain, and we will continue to enact policies and practices that will keep our community safe. However, we must remember this is just a moment in time, and our decisions every day will ultimately define our success as a campus community...Accentuate the positive. Let's Go Bulldogs!

I look forward to connecting with you during the coming academic year with highlights, important dates, and timelines from Bulldog Nation.

Dave Drucker, M. Ed.
Assistant Vice President, Student Life & Dean of Students
Here in Bulldog Nation we continue to focus on the best ways to provide a safe and healthy year for our entire Dean Community. Please click on the banner above to view policies that have been put in place to begin the fall semester. All are subject to change as we navigate these unchartered waters. Students will be notified when any adjustments are made. Students will also receive the Student Code of Conduct and Bulldog pledge, which explains our expectations for student behavior and the compliance measures all must follow.
Check-in and Move-in (Sunday, September 5- Tuesday, September 7)

When arriving to campus, your student's first stop will be the Campus Center parking lot (entrance off Rt.140). Your student (only) will proceed to Thayer Barn (the testing center) to receive their first campus COVID-19 test administered by InHouse Physicians (IHP), the College's contracted vendor for testing. Those that have been approved for a medical or religious waiver will also take a rapid test and will need to wait for results before continuing with check-in.

All new students should take care of two items prior to their campus arrival:

1) Download the CoVerified Campus App to their mobile device as it will be used for the daily symptom reporting, scheduling weekly COVID-19 tests, and receiving their test results.

2) Complete the consent form for InHouse Physicians (the College contracted vendor for COVID-19 testing) prior to their arrival. Students can find their Student ID numbers on the Self Service page on Today@Dean.

Check-in and move-in times are posted on the Dean College website and can be accessed with the link: Bulldog Check-in and Move-in Times. Please arrive at your scheduled time only as we are staggering the check-in process to minimize the number of people on campus at one time. If you have additional questions regarding the move-in process, please contact the Office of Residence Life at 508.541.1838.

Resident students are permitted to have two individuals (over the age of 16) to help move them into their residence hall room. Don't forget to view our What to Bring to Campus page. All persons must be masked and will complete a symptom attestation form on campus. Anyone feeling symptomatic should not come to campus!
All new students will take part in Bulldog Beginnings beginning the evening of September 5th through September 7th. The program is designed to acquaint students to life in Bulldog Nation with a class picture, educational sessions, social activities, campus tours and concludes with our Welcome Back BBQ for the entire College. Students will have the opportunity to meet many of our key staff and faculty, which will start their college journey off on the right foot. Students will receive the full schedule of activities at the start of the program. We are very excited to welcome our newest Bulldogs to campus!
Robbins Family Center for Advising and Career Planning

Welcome from the Robbins Family Center for Advising & Career Planning! We will provide updates in this newsletter throughout the year on:

  • Exciting upcoming events
  • Important advising deadlines
  • Strategies to help your student get career ready!

We encourage you to talk with your student about regularly checking Today@Dean for upcoming events and important information. Some exciting programs in the month of September are “Maximizing Your College Experience” and “Developing Healthy Habits.”
Has your student activated their Handshake account yet? They should get connected with this platform for internship and job opportunities!

Welcome Liz Rippon (pictured above), Assistant Director of Career Planning/Success and Career Advisor! Liz will be working as a Success and Career Advisor in the Robbins Family Center for Advising & Career Planning, as well as providing additional career services support to students in the Arch Learning Community.

You are welcome to reach out to [email protected] or [email protected] with any questions throughout the semester. We look forward to a great year!
Morton Family Learning Center- Spring Academic Coaching

The Morton Family Learning Center offers a wide variety of academic supports: subject matter tutoring, study labs, academic study partners, workshops as well as the Berenson Math and Writing Centers are among the many services offered. We encourage students to visit the Learning Center page on Today@Dean for more information.

Academic Coaching, a specialized one-on-one, fee-based service for students, is also available through the Learning Center. Students can register at any time under Essential Links on Today@Dean. Families can email [email protected] to register and or gain more information about setting up weekly meetings with an Academic Coach who can help with note-taking, time management, organization, study strategies, test preparation, and writing.
Schedule coming soon! Stay informed by visiting:
Welcome to the Dean College Bookstore!

My staff and I look forward to meeting and serving your students as they settle into the new Fall Semester. The FAQs below will help acquaint you with our store.
Jackie Calderone, Bookstore Manager
Are online orders available?
Yes, visit to order textbooks.
Once online, what are the next steps?
  • Go to the textbook link at the top of the landing page.
  • At the drop-down menu, choose term & courses.
  • Select course materials and add to bag.
  • Finish adding items, view bag, and checkout.
  • Enter payment information.
  • Choose to pick up in-store or ship to home.

What payment options does the store accept?
  • Online: most major credit cards, Pay Pal, Apple Pay, Financial Aid, and Bookstore Gift Cards
Question: What’s the store’s return policy?
  • The last day for textbook refunds with original receipt is September 15, 2021.
  • Course materials purchased in the last week of classes or during final exams are not refundable.
  • To support delivery of digital content, a non-refundable fee is applied to all digital material.
  • Other merchandise can be refunded or exchanged within 30 days of purchase.
How can textbooks be rented?
  • Search for your course & section, select course items, and add to cart.
  • At checkout, provide a credit card and sign the rental agreement.
  • A completed agreement indicates you will return the rental by the check-in date or your credit card will be held for collateral and charged.
Question: Are in-store customers welcome this semester?
  • Yes, but please cover your face and respect physical distancing.
  • Order online before arriving on campus to avoid crowds/lines during the first week of classes.

Course material, clothing & gifts are available on our website for home shipping or in-store pickup.
Student ID's

First-year students – If you have not as yet downloaded your photo to for your college ID Card, please do so as soon as possible! Remember to follow the instructions in the link to complete the process and avoid waiting in additional lines when you come to campus!

Returning students - Locate your current College ID CARD! Can‘t find it? Let us know, and we can have one printed and ready for when you return to campus (no waiting in lines)!  

Please contact Campus Safety with any questions at 508-541-1888 or email [email protected].
Student Activities and Leadership- Great Festivities to kick off the year!

The Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development (SALD) is kicking off the school year with Student Organization Training to prepare our student leaders for the upcoming academic year. We look forward to welcoming both new and returning Bulldogs!

Exciting events we have scheduled for the first few weeks include Big Prize Bingo on Friday, September 10th. Students can engage with their classmates while vying to win a bookstore prize pack, wireless headphones, or a Nintendo Switch. The very next day is our Bulldog Bash! Students can play miniature golf, skate around on our roller rink, enjoy a sundae at our ice cream bar, and even get a caricature done.

The Involvement Fair, September 14th from 4:00pm – 6:00pm on Awpie Way is a great way for individuals to learn more about Student Organizations and how to get connected on campus. For our commuting population, we will offer a Commuter Breakfast on Wednesday, September 15th at 8:00am in the Campus Center.

Other events for the month include an E-Sports Game Night (Can you get a win in Fortnight?) and Open Mic Night. Make sure to check out the top talent that Dean has to offer. The SALD and Dean Activities Board, our student-run programming board will be hosting events all year. Make sure to check out the @DeanCollegeCampusLIfe Instagram page for a full rundown of events.

We are also looking for work-study students for our main office and to work in our Kokes Fitness Center. Interested work-study students can apply for these positions via Handshake on [email protected].

Go Bulldogs!
Bulldogs Athletics is back in full swing!

The Bulldogs will once again begin their quest for NCAA Division III conference and national titles in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (Football) and Great Northeast Athletic Conference. Activity is underway as football, men's and women's soccer, field hockey and women's volleyball are taking part in their preseason programs. Cross Country will be joining shortly. Follow news updates, schedules, highlights, scores and live streaming (when available) throughout the year on the Dean College Athletics website. Let's Go Bulldogs!
Health Services- Tips for Staying Healthy and a reminder to get your Flu Shot Earlier this YEAR!

  • Get 8 hours of sleep each night.
  • Clean your living space weekly, especially high-touch surfaces like doorknobs & keyboards.
  • Have common over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol, allergy medicine, ibuprofen, cough drops, and a thermometer in your dorm.
  • Eat healthy & stay hydrated with at least 8-10 glasses of water per day.
  • Stay active with regular physical activity.
  • Wear your mask according to Dean College policies.
  • Get your flu vaccine from your local pharmacy or primary care provider as soon as possible.
  • Wash your hands frequently especially after being out on campus, after using the bathroom, and before eating.

Influenza vaccine is always important to receive to reduce the risk of getting sick with influenza, reduce the severity of disease if one does get sick (including the risk of hospitalization) due to influenza, as well as preventing the spread of influenza to others. 
Counseling Services: Working through the present and Tips to Assist

The pandemic and the transition to a new phase in life can provide many emotions. Below are topics your student may be working through and how you can assist from afar.

Got Re-Entry Anxiety? You are not alone!
Re-entry anxiety refers to fear that goes along with letting go of the safeguards that were put in place to protect us during the COVID-19 pandemic and our re-entry into a world that has been changed by the virus.

Here are some tips that may help counteract re-entry anxiety:

Stay in Tune
Check in with yourself and identify your feelings. Do you feel excited or anxious as you return to work, school, or social events? What changes can be made to make your re-entry process a comfortable, smooth transition. Identify some strategies, write them down and decide when you will put them in place.

Communicate is the Key
Share your concerns and fears with those you trust so that they can support you. Talk with a mental health care professional if you continue to struggle so you can make the necessary changes to better manage your anxiety.

Slow & Steady
It continues to be somewhat of an unsettling time. Getting back to this “new normal” takes time and you should do it at a gradual pace. It’s OK to take a step forward, take a break, then evaluate and adjust before moving forward. Try to be flexible as you make changes.

Breathe in, Breathe Out
If re-entry anxiety is keeping you stuck, use some breathing techniques to help you relax and center yourself. Try a few different breathing techniques, figure out which ones work best, and practice them regularly to get the full benefit. Here is a website with a variety of different breathing strategies.

A Positive Spin
Reframing negative thoughts is a great way to keep moving in a positive direction. Rather than saying “Things are never going to be the same” say “There is good evidence that the vaccines are working, and things are improving.”

If your student wishes for a Counseling Check-In...Counseling Services is here to support them! Appointments can be made by filling out an Appointment Request form, emailing [email protected]. Counseling Services is open Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00.
Dean Counseling Services is excited to hold the 4th annual Fresh Check Day Event

Fresh Check Day is a program started by the Jordan Porco Foundation. It is an uplifting mental health promotion and suicide prevention event for colleges that includes interactive booths, peer-to-peer messaging, support of multiple campus departments and groups, free food, entertainment, and exciting prizes and giveaways.

Fresh Check Day aims to create an approachable and hopeful atmosphere where students are encouraged to engage in dialogue about mental health. The event helps to build a bridge between students and the mental health resources available on campus, in the community, and nationally.
Dean Dining
Whether it's a slice of pizza, hand-cut fries, pressed panini at the deli counter, comfort food from global, wings from Boomer's, a Starbucks beverage from the Beanery, or nationally renowned customer service from our greeters, Sodexo Dining goes the extra mile for our students. The food industry has experienced especially difficult times with staffing and product. No one is immune to this reality. We expect that everyone will exhibit kindness and patience as we work through any challenges this may provide on campus.

A new initiative from the spring that continues is to order 'on the go' with the Bite Universities App. Students can pre-order from the Bulldog Beanery and Boomer's Restaurant, use touchless payment, and add Boomer's Bucks throughout the year. Directions for downloading can be found on the Dean Dining Services webpage. View the webpage for days and hours of operation at all campus eateries.

We look forward to serving you!
Free Shuttle for Students
The College has a relationship with Kiessling Transportation where students can download the Gatra Go United app and have a free rideshare service available to them Monday thru Saturday from 9am - 6pm.

There is a three-passenger maximum for each trip. Students can use the service for Franklin and the neighboring towns of Foxboro, Wrentham, Norfolk, and Bellingham. Students have the opportunity to visit grocery stores, retail shopping centers, restaurants, and movie theatres.

Additionally, there will be an evening shuttle (with a 24 person maximum) most Saturdays from 8pm- 1am with service to and from Patriot Place in Wrentham. Patriot Place is a terrific destination with movie theatres, restaurants, shopping, and nightlife specifically for those that are 21+.

Students that choose to leave and return to campus before and after the hours provided by Gatra Go must obtain their own transportation (friend, rideshare, etc.). Campus Safety cannot leave campus for non-emergent transportation needs.
Student Financial Planning and Services

The 2022-2023 FAFSA will be open and available for parents and students to complete on October 1st. You will need to complete the 2022-2023 FAFSA in order to receive financial aid for next year.

Visit to submit your application once it becomes available. Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. The sooner you apply, the better! Please be sure to have your FSA ID username and password with you so you can electronically sign the FAFSA. As always, any questions can be directed to the Center for Student Financial Planning and Services at [email protected] or via phone at (508)-541-1518.

Did you know you could use your student account credit for books and Boomers Bucks?
Unsure if you have a student account credit? Log on to and check the status of your student account. Credit amounts will show on the Account Summary page in parentheses. If you do have a credit and do not have any pending financial restrictions, then you can use your credit towards your book and supplies purchases on: and for Boomers Bucks by submitting a “Boomer Bucks Request” located under Essential Links on Today @Dean.
GradGuard Tuition Insurance

Consider tuition insurance to supplement and strengthen our refund policy. We believe it's important to offer an easy, affordable way to protect the investment your family has made in higher education. This coverage expands the scope of our refund policy by ensuring reimbursement for tuition and other fees for covered withdrawals at any time during the semester. It also ensures COVID-19 related withdrawals. Rates for the Fall 2021 term are $106 per $10,000 in coverage. Plans also include Student Life Assistance, a 24-hour emergency hotline that offers students and parents even greater peace of mind. For questions or additional information, please contact GradGuard at or call 1-866-724-4384.
Bulldog Community Service
Giving back continues to be an important part of being a Dean College Bulldog. This semester there will be opportunities for students to volunteer in our community through service projects ranging from stuffing backpacks at the Franklin Food Pantry to our semi-annual park clean-up to participating in pop-up service projects on campus. Students can find out ways to help Dean Give Back on Today@Dean under Campus Events and on the Community Service page throughout the semester. Dean Community Outreach (DCO) is actively recruiting members, and their first meeting will be on Monday, September 13th at 7pm in Campus Center room 205. Keep up with all of the amazing things that DCO is doing through its Instagram account.
Calendar Planning

When seeking information about Dean College calendar dates, please use the Official Academic Calendar that is listed on under the Academics tab. Please do not use Google or other internet search engines for the calendar as it is likely to produce outdated and incorrect information.
Help Your Student Be Part of the Dean Ring Tradition!
Presenting the Official Rings of Dean College. This time-honored tradition evokes memories of the special occasions and traditions of your student’s alma mater. It’s a symbolic link with their classmates, friends, and generations of alumni, and their chance to wear the official Dean College ring is now. Visit for customization options. 
Dean Resources
As always, please feel free to reach out to any of our offices if we can be of further support to you or your student.

Advising and Career Planning: 508.541.1536
Athletics: 508.541.1816
Campus Safety: 508.541.1888 
Dining Services: 508.541.1564
Health Services: 508.541.1600
Morton Family Learning Center: 508.541.1768
Residence Life: 508.541.1838