Assumption College, established in 1904 by the Augustinians of the Assumption, is a coeducational institution known for its classic liberal arts curriculum and strong business and professional studies programs. Our 2,000 undergraduates choose from among 41 majors and 48 minors, gaining the depth and breadth of knowledge that is the foundation of lifelong success. Their educational experience is grounded in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition, which cultivates both the intellect and personal values students need to meet the demands of a constantly changing world. Undergraduates and graduate students join with faculty and staff in a thriving academic, social, and spiritual community.
The academic atmosphere is marked by individual attention and the quest for personal excellence. Assumption’s liberal arts tradition introduces students to a broad body of knowledge and new ideas to engender critical thinking. The education is formative and transformative—developing the student’s mind, heart, and soul. Graduates are prepared to contribute their knowledge, skills, and values to all dimensions of their lives and professions.
Some of the most popular liberal arts disciplines include English (concentrations in Literature or Writing and Mass Communications), History, Political Science, Psychology, and the natural sciences (Biology, Biotechnology and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Science).
Other popular academic programs include Education; Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies; and business disciplines such as Accounting, International Business, Management, Marketing, and Organizational Communication.
Assumption’s COMPASS (Common Pursuit of Academic and Social Success) program is an integrated, comprehensive experience for all first-year students that fosters success in their academic, social, and student lives. The Academic Support Center is open to all students and offers peer tutors and professional staff who can assist students with specific subject matter.
Practical experience is essential to future success. Assumption connects students to a wide variety of local, regional, and international internships, and over 81% of 2017 graduates participated in at least one internship. Undergraduates can choose from 50 sites to study abroad, and Assumption’s Rome campus is located in the heart of the city.
On campus, Community Service Learning courses and the Reach Out Center connect students with nonprofit agencies, schools, and individuals who benefit from our students’ knowledge and skills. Assumption’s Career Development and Internship Center staff work with all students beginning in the first year to help identify their strengths, explore their academic and career options, and plan for graduate school or a career.
Assumption faculty are active scholars in their fields, presenting their research, writing books and articles, and publishing in highly regarded journals. Approximately 90% of faculty hold doctoral or terminal degrees. There is a strong commitment to developing each student’s potential, and with a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, professors mentor, encourage, and help students succeed. Virtually all of Assumption’s academic advisors are full-time faculty.
At Assumption, 90% of undergraduates live on campus, and housing is guaranteed for all four years. There are more than 60 student clubs and organizations and many campus events—from movies to concerts to theatrical performances. Intercollegiate, club, and intramural athletics are an important part of student life too. More than 60% of students participate in intramural sports, and the College sponsors 24 NCAA Division II intercollegiate teams.
Assumption is in a beautiful residential neighborhood just minutes from downtown Worcester, Massachusetts, the second-largest city in New England. As a college town, Worcester is home to 35,000 students and great restaurants; cultural, retail, and entertainment options; professional sports teams; and abundant internships. The campus is an hour’s drive from both Boston and Providence, and there is frequent train service to Boston.
Whatever a student’s faith, the Assumption experience provides opportunities for the development of a set of values that will encourage students to use their knowledge in service to others. Assumption College is where the spirit of learning and community thrives.
Cost (2017–2018): Tuition is $38,850; room and board is $12,195.
Financial Aid: Over 90% of the full-time student body receives aid from the College and federal and state sources. The College offers merit awards to qualified students. Monies given through this program reflect the College’s commitment to excellence and student leadership.
Academic Reputation: Assumption College has been named by The Princeton Review as a “Best College.” U.S. News & World Report has ranked Assumption College in the top tier of best regional universities in the United States. The College has had 14 Fulbright Scholar awards since 2001 and 16 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipients.
Athletics: There are 11 men’s teams (baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, and indoor and outdoor track) and 13 women’s teams (basketball, cross-country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track, and volleyball). Assumption College competes in NCAA Division II and is a charter member of the NE-10 Conference.
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• Actuarial Science
• Applied Behavior Analysis
- Neuroscience and Behavior concentration
• Biotechnology and Molecular Biology
- Organizational Communication
- Writing and Mass Communications
• Community Service Learning
• Computer Science
• Data Analytics
- Business concentration
- International concentration
• Education (Elementary, Middle School, Secondary)
• Environmental Science
- Environmental Policy concentration
• Global Studies
- Business concentration
• Graphic Design
• Health Sciences
• Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies
• International Business
• Italian Studies
• Occupational Therapy
• Peace and Conflict Studies
• Political Science
• Sport Management
• Women’s Studies
Accelerated Master’s Degrees
• 5th-Year Special Education program
• 6-in-5 MBA
• 6-in-5 Rehabilitation Counseling
• Cross-register at 11 other Worcester colleges and universities
• Duke University—Environmental Science
• Duquesne University and Western New England School of Law—Law (six-year programs)
• Physical Therapy
• Physician Assistant (six-year program)
• University of Notre Dame—Engineering
• Washington University in St. Louis—Engineering