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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 to go to school in an environment that provides the safety and comfort of the small college town? Want 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 almost 150 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 was recently ranked #3 on the list of safest cities in the United States.

Businessweek.com 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:

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.
15 Main St.
Franklin, MA
Alumni Resturant
391 East Central Street
Franklin, MA
Bamboo House*
9 Main St.
Franklin, MA
The British Beer Company 
280 Franklin Village Dr.
Franklin, MA
Charles River Plaza
Routes 126/1-495
Bellingham, MA
Five Guys 
268-B Franklin Village Dr.
Franklin, MA
Franklin House of Pizza*                    
29 E. Central St.
Franklin, MA
Franklin Pizza & Deli*
18 Cottage St.
Franklin, MA
Guru Indian Restaurant*
30 E. Central St.
Franklin, MA
Hang Tai Chinese Cuisine* 
26-30 E. Central St.
Franklin, MA
Joe's American Bar & Grill
460 King St. at I-495
Franklin, MA
Longhorn Steakhouse
250 Franklin Village Dr. 
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