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Founded in 1904, Assumption College stands today as one of New England’s top Catholic...

Assumption College

Worcester, Massachusetts

Light the way


Founded in 1904, Assumption College is a Catholic institution sponsored by the Augustinians of the Assumption. Assumption offers undergraduate students 41 majors and 48 minors in the liberal arts, sciences, business, and professional studies. The College also offers master’s and continuing education degrees as well as professional certificate programs. The curriculum, grounded in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition, enables students to gain a depth and breadth of knowledge that leads to professional success and personal fulfillment.


Students—whether on the Worcester, Massachusetts, campus or at the College’s campus in Rome, Italy—are engaged participants in Assumption’s classic liberal arts education, exploring new ideas and making connections across disciplines. To prepare for the workforce, students learn cutting-edge theory and best practices, conduct innovative research, and develop excellent communication and critical-analysis skills. Assumption graduates are known for their thoughtful citizenship and compassionate service to their community.


By ensuring a formative educational experience that meets the demands of the modern world, Assumption continues in the footsteps of the founder of the Augustinians of the Assumption, the venerable Fr. Emmanuel d’Alzon: committed to sparking in young men and women of promise and character an illumination that uplifts all those around them.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
1,979 undergraduate students
100% of undergrad students are full time
40% male — 60% female
35% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
144 full-time faculty
80 part-time faculty
12 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
92% of first year students live on campus
87% of all students live on campus

School Location

Assumption College is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, New England’s second largest city and an exciting, metropolitan location in which to live, learn, and discover. Approximately 45 miles from Boston, Worcester is a college town town that hosts about 30,000 students during the academic year. In addition, because Worcester is an important manufacturing, insurance, biotechnology research, and transportation center, there are numerous internship and employment opportunities. The College recently opened a campus in Rome, Italy, where the city and country become a living classroom.

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities X
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X

Retention Fall 2015

83% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2015

72% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 2%
Hispanic/Latino 7%
Black or African American 6%
White 75%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 6%


Assumption’s student-athletes compete in the Northeast-10 Conference, one of the largest and most highly regarded Division II conferences in the country. The College offers 24 Division II NCAA sports. Assumption stresses excellence in the classroom and on the field. 23 graduates have received NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships. Assumption’s mascot is Pierre the greyhound, and the official team colors are blue and white.

Other Information

Assumption College is a Catholic liberal arts college with strong programs in business and professional studies. The College was founded in 1904 by the Augustinians of the Assumption.

In 2013, Assumption opened a campus in Rome, Italy, “the Eternal City.” Against this rich backdrop, the College has created a unique study abroad program that enriches students’ academic and cultural pursuits and takes advantage of all that Rome has to offer.

Academic Programs

Accounting; Actuarial Science; Anthropology; Art History; Art, Music & Theatre; Biology; Biotechnology and Molecular Biology; Business Studies; Chemistry; Classics; Communication Sciences and Disorders; Communications; Community Service Learning; Computer Science; Criminology; Economics; Education; Engineering; English; Environmental Science; Foundations of Western Civilization; French; German; Global Studies; Graphic Design; Health Professions; History; Human Services; International Business; Italian; Latin American Studies; Literature; Management; Marketing; Mathematics; Medieval and Early Modern Studies; Music; Natural Sciences; Neuroscience; Occupational and Physical Therapy; Organizational Communication; Philosophy; Physics; Political Science; Pre-Law; Pre-Med; Psychology; Sociology; SOPHIA Initiative; Spanish; Sport Management; Studio Art; Theatre Arts; Theology; Women’s Studies; Working with Children and Adolescents in Community Settings

More Distinctions

  • U.S. News and World Report has named Assumption to its “Best Regional Universities - North” and Best Value lists.

  • Included in The Princeton Review’s “Best 381 Colleges”, 2017

  • The Wall Street Journal Times Higher Education ranked Assumption in the top 1/3 of colleges in the country and in the top 1/2 of colleges in the Northeast.

  • College Raptor named Assumption College as one of the nation’s 43 Smart Choice colleges.

  • Assumption was named a “College of Distinction” for providing innovative, teacher-centered undergraduate education and preparing its graduates for real-world success.

Reach out and be involved

Assumption students strive to make a difference through local and international service projects, greatly valuing the social aspects of college life that lie beyond the bricks and mortar of the campus.


The College’s Reach Out Center and Community Service Learning classes provide students with positive and rewarding experiences through volunteering. Students spent more than 121,000 hours last year engaged in community service efforts that allowed them to apply their skills and talents to better the surrounding community. Service learning is a great way for students to meet new people with similar interests, explore career opportunities, make a difference in the community, impact an important cause, and help others.


The Assumption SEND Service Immersion Program takes students to communities across the country and around the globe to help those in need during the winter, spring, and summer breaks for one or two weeks. At the end of each day, students reflect on their experiences to renew their spiritual commitment as well as to connect their experiences to the concept of social justice. When they return to campus, students are both humbled and inspired. They are gifted with new insight, compassion, and integrity.


Assumption students may choose to spend either a semester or year abroad. There also are shorter international experiences available. In recent years, Assumption College students have studied throughout the world in locations like Australia, Brazil, England, France, Italy, Japan, and the Netherlands.

The College opened its own campus in Rome, Italy, in 2013. Students studying in Rome are immersed in the very best of the classic liberal arts tradition, which is woven into the fabric of the campus’s home city. From art to history to politics, students gain a deeper understanding of the world in which they live and its ancient and modern origins. The campus was recently named a top 10 Study Abroad program.


The SOPHIA (SOPHomore Initiative at Assumption College) program is specially designed to help students discover a deeper connection between their spiritual, personal, and professional lives. By combining residential, academic, and travel opportunities under the guidance of four dedicated faculty mentors, SOPHIA strives to foster a culture of vocational exploration at Assumption College that will help students pursue productive lives of meaning.


Assumption’s Common Pursuit of Academic and Social Success (COMPASS) program offers first-year students the opportunity to join a learning community animated by a shared experience of living and learning with a small group of peers. COMPASS members choose from a variety of topics and themes, work with a team of faculty who serve as their academic advisors, and share a living environment and co-curricular activities related to the subject.


Assumption College is a member of Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts, an association of 11 higher learning institutions in the Worcester area. Through the Consortium, Assumption students can register for courses at the other 11 colleges as well as participate in social and cultural events.

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band X
Dance X
Drama/theater X
International Student Organization  
Jazz band X
Literary magazine X
Marching band  
Model UN  
Music ensembles X
Musical theater X
Pep band X
Radio station  
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society X
Symphony orchestra  
Television station X
Yearbook X

Lively intellectual and spiritual involvement

Assumption College is founded on the premise that discovering the truth about oneself and the nature of the world not only means learning how to find answers, but also how to ask the right questions. The College’s curriculum is grounded in challenging students to make their own discoveries and to grow and change as people, not just as scholars. Assumption graduates are known for their critical thinking, engaged citizenship, and compassionate service.

  • The Venerable Father Emmanuel d’Alzon, founder of the Augustinians of the Assumption, envisioned a Catholic college that would embrace the “pursuit of truth.” Today, Assumption furthers that mission through its 41 majors and 48 minors in the liberal arts, sciences, business, and professional studies programs.
  • With a student to faculty ratio of just 12:1, Assumption is a close-knit, friendly community. Students are matched with a faculty advisor who helps them choose courses from Orientation onward. This match is the beginning of an informed, personal conversation about academic goals.
  • All Assumption students take a general education curriculum that focuses on the liberal arts and sciences. These courses encourage students to contemplate the ideas and events that have shaped civilization, thereby preparing them to make their own contributions.
  • Among the 41 majors and 48 minors, the most popular undergraduate programs are English, the natural sciences (biology, biotechnology and molecular biology, chemistry, and environmental science), psychology, business studies (accounting, international business, management, marketing, organizational communication), and education.
  • In the classroom, faculty take a hands-on approach to learning through group projects, writing assignments, research, and tasks that encourage students to think, not just memorize. Classes generally take the form of discussions, not lectures.


Mentoring is an important part of an Assumption College education, evidenced by an emphasis on faculty/student partnerships. Valuable research is performed at Assumption in a myriad of disciplines, yielding great advancements every day—but the value of student and faculty research extends beyond the data collected. These opportunities train the next generation of leading scholars, scientists, and researchers and provide them with the grounding for future exploration. By investing in the research—and researchers—of today, Assumption is funding the discoveries of tomorrow.


Students are invited to enroll in honors classes or collaborate with faculty on individual research projects. In honors courses, students pursue the issues that fascinate them the most at the deepest levels, asking questions, collecting evidence, testing answers, and arriving at new conclusions. The College Honors Program is a selective program designed to foster academic engagement inside and outside of the classroom.


Assumption offers a high-quality, personalized Summer Semester for college students. Assumption summer courses—offered both online and face-to-face—are the same as their fall or spring semester counterparts, with the same small class size and the same level of intellectual rigor, but at a reduced cost. Whether students attend Assumption or another college during the school year, the summer program offers a great opportunity to accelerate a degree program, catch up, or simply focus on a particular course.

Common Core

Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy  
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages X
History X
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Philosophy X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X


Other: Theology 

Class Size Breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 51 171 204 49 7 1 0 483

A great place to be

Worcester, Massachusetts, New England’s second-largest city, offers robust internship opportunities, great restaurants, and a myriad of entertainment and cultural options. Worcester is centrally located, with Boston, Providence, and Hartford all about an hour’s drive away and accessible through public transportation.


Home to more than 90 percent of the school’s undergraduates, Assumption’s campus is nestled on 185 beautiful acres in a serene section of Worcester. Campus life is a rich mix of academics, athletics, service, and co-curricular activities—all designed to inspire students and help them learn to lead lives of integrity.


Assumption guarantees on-campus housing for all four years of a student’s college experience. The College offers a wide variety of living options, ranging from traditional residence halls to townhouses and apartments, many of which offer full kitchens.


Prominent campus buildings include the Richard and Janet Testa Science Center, home to the department of natural sciences; the Information Technology Center, which features computer labs and technology-rich classrooms; and a multi-sport stadium with a synthetic turf field, lighting for night games, and grandstand seating for 1,200 spectators. The Plourde Recreation Center includes a swimming pool, racquetball courts, an aerobics-and-dance studio, a jogging/walking track, and a fully-equipped, state-of-the-art fitness center and weight room.


In 2017, the 60,000 square-foot building Tsotsis Family Academic Center opened to further benefit Assumption’s community. This brand-new building houses 13 high-tech, flexible classrooms of varying sizes; seminar rooms; common study spaces; a 400-seat performance hall; rehearsal room; a multi-function space that has a capacity for 400 people; faculty offices for the Business Studies Department; the Honors Program; the Assumption Core Texts Program; the Center for Teaching Excellence; and a new Center for the Study of Ethics. As the signature building on campus, this building prominently reflects the College’s mission of integrating the liberal arts with professional formation.


Assumption is a college that encourages students to balance their intellectual, social, spiritual, and physical dimensions. When students are not studying, they can participate in more than 60 diverse clubs and organizations, including groups focused on shared academic interests, arts and entertainment, student government, service work, sports, and spiritual program initiatives.

Campus Housing Options for Undergraduates

Coed dorms X
Men’s dorms  
Women’s dorms X
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students  
Special housing for disabled students X
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing X
Wellness housing X
Other housing options X

Success on multiple levels

The Assumption College curriculum provides students with all the instruction they need for their future careers as well as a classic liberal arts education that aids them in honing their critical thinking and communications skills. Assumption students also have access to extensive opportunities throughout their college experience to build their professional skills, network with alumni, and intern with industry-leading companies and respected organizations. At Assumption, students are prepared to lead successful lives of meaning and bring their light to the world.


Assumption’s Career Development & Internship Center works very closely with students to support their transition into the workforce, graduate school, or postgraduate service programs. It aids the job search by posting numerous full-time and part-time job listings, internships, and volunteer opportunities. Advisors assist students beginning in their first year.


75 percent of Assumption’s 2015 graduates augmented their education and honed their professional skills through one or more internships. Assumption students have had the opportunity to work with diverse organizations like Allmerica Financial, Blum Shapiro, Catholic Digest, Citigroup, Clinical Pharmacology, Dunkin’ Brands, Fidelity, FOX News, Genzyme, the Hungarian Embassy, New England Sports Network (NESN), NBC, The Rachael Ray Show, Ralph Lauren, Smith Barney, Sony (Japan), the U.S. House of Representatives, UMass Medical Research, and public and private elementary, middle, and high schools throughout the area.


96% of Assumption’s 2014 graduates were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.


Admissions Fall 2015

4,769 Total Applicants
3,614 Total Admissions
570 Total Freshmen Enrollment

75.78% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling Admission? No
Application closing date (fall): Feb 15

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Academic GPA
Application Essay

Rigor of secondary school record
Volunteer work
Level of applicant’s interest

Class rank
Standardized test scores
Extracurricular activities
Character/personal qualities
First generation
Alumni/ae relation
Racial/ethnic status

Freshmen Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 510 600
SAT Math 510 610
SAT Writing    
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 23 26
ACT Math 22 26
ACT English 21 27
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $35,510
Fees $650
Total $36,160
Room and Board (on campus) $11,264 
Room Only $7,106
Board Only $4,158
Estimated Total On Campus $47,424


Average Financial Aid Packages 2015-16 estimated

$25,205 First year students
$26,588 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2015-16 estimated

75.4% on average, the percentage of need that was met
23% of financial need students that had need fully met

$21,066 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,957 Average need-based loan

Financial Aid Information

Assumption College’s professional financial aid counselors have nearly 60 years of collective experience working with students and their families. Incoming students are assigned a personal financial aid counselor who assist them throughout their four years in school and offer a variety of tools and strategies.

Assumption College awards more than $29 million in scholarships and grants each year, benefiting more than 90 percent of the College’s students. Scholarships and grants come from a number of different sources including Assumption College, the federal government, the state government, and outside organizations.


  • Merit scholarships are awarded to new students whose high school records demonstrate strong academic achievement, leadership, and potential for success at Assumption College. Students who are accepted for admission to Assumption are automatically considered for a merit scholarship during the admissions process, and no additional application is required. These institutional scholarships are renewable each year, provided the recipients maintain a specified grade-point average. Assumption merit scholarships range from $7,500 up to $22,000.
  • Assumption offers competitive vocal music merit scholarships to incoming students who demonstrate vocal excellence and commit to participation in the Assumption College Chorale and its a cappella chamber ensemble, VOCE. These scholarships—up to ten, $5,000 scholarships and two, $10,000 scholarships—are awarded to incoming first-year and are renewable each year, provided the student continues to actively participate in the Chorale and VOCE ensembles.
  • The College offers a $2,500 George Broussard scholarship, awarded annually for all four years at Assumption, for Catholic High School Students.
  • In line with the mission of the College, Assumption offers $24,000 Light the Way Scholarships, awarded to students who utilize their abilities to Light the Way for others. Whether it’s community service to help people in need, innovation to improve society, or volunteering to heal our planet, this scholarship recognizes and supports students who positively impact the world in their own meaningful way.