From the School

Established in 1904 by the Augustinians of the Assumption, Assumption College is a coeducational institution known for its classic liberal arts curriculum and strong academic programs in business and professional studies. Our 2,100 undergraduates choose among 40 majors and 45 minors, gaining the depth and breadth of knowledge that is the foundation of lifelong success. The 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 closely interact with faculty members and staff in a thriving community that forms graduates known for critical intelligence, thoughtful citizenship and compassionate service. The academic atmosphere is marked by individual attention and the quest for personal excellence. With a student/faculty ratio of just 11:1, Assumption's professors serve as mentors who challenge students to ask questions, find their own answers, and grow intellectually, socially and spiritually. Students are encouraged to gain professional experience at internships and to participate in individual research projects. Ninety-seven percent of Assumption graduates are employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.

Located on 185 acres, the beautiful Assumption campus is situated in a residential neighborhood just minutes from downtown Worcester, Massachusetts. At Assumption, 90 percent of the undergraduates live on campus and housing is guaranteed for all four years. The campus is lively seven days a week with academic programming, activities sponsored by student clubs and organizations, community service opportunities, campus ministry programs and intercollegiate, intramural and club sports. The College's state-of-the-art recreation center supports the well-being of all students.

Overview

Applicants
4,659
Acceptance Rate
74%
Average HS GPA
3.32

GPA Breakdown

16%
Over 3.75
16%
3.50 - 3.74
25%
3.25 - 3.49
23%
3.00 - 3.24
18%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
510 - 595
SAT Math
510 - 620
ACT Composite
23 - 27

Deadlines


Regular
February 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA
Application Essay

Overall

From The School

The College's classic liberal arts curriculum promotes the lively discussion of the books, ideas, people and events that have shaped civilization. Faculty and students explore the rich Catholic intellectual tradition as they seek "truth" and the nature of the world. In all areas of academic study, students learn not only how to ask questions, but also how to find the answers. That is why so many classes at Assumption are discussions, not lectures, and why the faculty assign cooperative projects and frequent writing and hands-on assignments. The curriculum is designed to teach the student how to think, not simply memorize.

Assumption also offers academic programs and courses that help students achieve their full potential. The College's first-year program engages new students with linked courses from two disciplines and coordinated activities that complement classroom experiences. The same 20 students take courses in the fall and spring semesters, enabling them to make important intellectual connections while also getting to know other students. The Honors Program and the Fortin and Gonthier Foundations of Western Civilization Program encourage students to challenge themselves intellectually. Students broaden their world view and their practical experiences through study abroad and internships. Cross-registration through the Colleges of Worcester Consortium enables Assumption students to take classes at Clark, WPI and Holy Cross, among others. Air Force and Army ROTC are also available.

Assumption College follows a traditional two-semester calendar, from late August to mid-May, as well as an optional January intersession. Graduate Studies programs and the Center for Continuing and Career Education also offer two summer sessions for students.

In order to earn their degrees, undergraduates must have 120 credit hours, and a minimum of 38 courses. Assumption liberal arts core curriculum requires all students complete courses in English, philosophy, theology, humanities, history, social sciences, and some select courses in art, music or theater, mathematics, laboratory science, and/or foreign language.

Students Say

Located in the liberal arts college haven of Worcester, MA, Assumption College is “a tight knit, faith-based community where everyone is part of a family.” The small school focuses on “educating aware and prospective young adults to become active and productive members of society while maintaining human core values” through “service, meaningful discussions, and liberal arts classes.” Assumption is definitely all about education (“especially if you are a science major”), but there is also “a big push for sports” at this Division II school, and perhaps as a result the college’s sense of community is “amazing.” “We are one school, we are Assumption,” says a student. The “beyond helpful” professors here are “engaging,” “approachable,” and “have a diversity of teaching styles,” as well as being “willing to talk to you whenever you need it and [caring] about your well-being.” They “bring their personal experiences into the classroom” to make studies “interesting and enjoyable,” and the application of the liberal arts curriculum to small classes means that students “receive a greater impact” from their learning. “The professors here at Assumption all love what they do and it is obvious in the classroom,” says a junior. However, some do admit that the school is “limited on the number of courses offered” which “can make getting into classes a little difficult.” This “very welcoming and inclusive institution” focuses on giving its student every resource possible to help them succeed and be happy; tutoring is provided at the academic center, campus jobs are “abundant,” and the Career and Internship Center admirably aids students in finding jobs after graduation. “Guidance counselors, teachers, [and] coaches are truly a blessing to have at this college,” says a student. Overall, Assumption “helps foster well rounded, creative, intelligent and caring young adults to be successful and morally sound in their future endeavors.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
12:1
Total Faculty
215
with Terminal Degree
173

118
Men
97
Women
13
Minority
4
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
96%
Graduate in 5 years
100%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

Overview

From The School

For 2011 2012, tuition is $33,390; room and board was $10,590 and student fees were $415. The board plan is required for all first-year students.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
78
Application Deadlines
Feb 15
Notification Date
Feb 16

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$21,068

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$19,417

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,066

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$33,481

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
79%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$20,535

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$35,510
Required Fees
$650
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,500
Transportation for Commuters
$800

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

From The School

The 2,000 undergraduates at Assumption come from 25 states and 23 countries. Ninety percent of the students reside on campus and housing is guaranteed for all four years. Numerous social, athletic, recreational and cultural activities are offered onand offcampus and make Assumption a dynamic place to live.

Assumption College has 60 clubs and organizations that seek to complement the educational process and offer opportunities for students to develop their interests and talents. Students can participate in academic/professional clubs, arts and entertainment groups, student publications, politics and student government, service projects, special interest groups, or spiritual activities. These clubs and organizations also give students opportunities to develop their leadership and team-building skills.

Assumption offers 23 intercollegiate teams, as well as 8 club and 21 intramural sports. The College is a charter member of the Northeast-10 Conference and competes as an NCAA Division II institution. The intercollegiate sports for men include: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, tennis and track & field (indoor and outdoor). Women's sports include: basketball, cross country, field hockey, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track & field (indoor and outdoor) and volleyball.

Through the Student Government Association (SGA), the Campus Activities Board (CAB), and the many student clubs and organizations, Assumption College offers a wide range of co-curricular events. This includes many large-scale events, such as Family Weekend, Siblings Weekend, Welcome Week, Midnight Madness and the Spring Concert. Other more frequent events include comedians, coffeehouses, films, lectures, off-campus trips and many special events.

Students Say

Though there's a lack of socioeconomic diversity-"generally middle class Caucasians that are heterosexual"-students can be separated into "student­ athletes and non-student-athletes." Most students "come from Catholic upbringings or have attended Catholic school but are not necessarily reli­ gious." New England preppy is a classic style; girls are usually seen in "leg­ gings, Ugg boots, a North Face jacket." People here are "generally happy" and "very sociable and approachable" in all aspects of the college; everyone is "courteous and [will] hold doors open or lend you a calculator in class if your forgot yours." Overall, the student body "is like no other": People "genuinely care about each other and it makes for a wonderful experience."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,015
Out of State
36%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
28

Demographics

60% female
40% male
36% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview

From The School

Worcester, the second-largest city in New England, is a college town that is home to more than 30,000 students. Assumption has established a broad array of internship opportunities and a great network for career placements. A variety of restaurants, cultural venues and programs, retail and entertainment options, and professional sports teams offer students many off-campus activities. In addition, Boston and Providence are only an hour's drive away, and there is regular commuter rail service to Boston.

Students Say

Life at Assumption is great. It’s “easy to meet new people” and “there is a great sense of belonging.” “Assumption does a great job of getting people involved one way or another,” says a student. The “beautiful, diverse and secured campus” is “easily recognizable” from brochures, and those who get to take advantage of it “are very invested in academics, sports, extracurriculars, and social experiences.” There is always an activity going on and “always something to do if you want to get off campus” in the college town of Worcester. Housing is guaranteed all four years and around 90% of students choose to take advantage of this, but “weekends can be dead sometimes” when students leave campus.

The school is “strict as far as drinking goes”: Make no mistake, Assumption is “a VERY Catholic school” that “has a very conservative feel.” This doesn’t mean there’s not fun to be had; though during the week “everyone is either in the library or involved in clubs/sports,” once Thursday hits “upperclassmen flock to Leits off campus while underclassmen stick to their dorms.” “Friday and Saturday are the go to nights for parties” for those that choose to so; however, a large majority go to the events the campus activities board puts on “like BINGO Nights, movie nights, trivia, [and] family feud.” “They are really fun and have some amazing prizes like iPads, TV’s, etc.” says a student.


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
87%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
81
First-Year Students living on campus
92%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
80

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
60
Number of Honor Societies
12

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
1

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

Men's Sports (Greyhounds)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Greyhounds)
12 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Sustainability

Green Rating
61

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
20

Average Number of PC's per Lab
22

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
98%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Maureen Langhammer
Receptionist

Address
Office of Admissions
500 Salisbury St
Worcester, MA 01609

Phone
866-477-7776

Email
admiss@assumption.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Testa Science Center
Living Learning Center
Plourde Recreation Center
Charlie's Cafe
D'Alzon Library

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Downtown
Worcester Art Museum
Solomon Pond Mall
DCU Center
Wachusett Mountain-Skiing

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m.
866-477-7776

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
weekly Sept-Dec, Feb-Apr; daily July-Aug

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
http://www.assumptiongreyhounds.com/athl

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Accepted students only

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
City buses, taxis/cab services and shuttle buses operated by the Colleges of Worcester Consortium are available. The nearest airport is Worcester Airport; major area airports include Boston, Providence, and Hartford.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the North: Take I-495 or I-190 to I-290 West into Worcester to Exit 18-Ware, Framingham, Route 9. Bear right from the exit ramp onto Lincoln St. Bear right onto Concord St. which becomes. Salisbury St. Continue on Salisbury St. for about two miles through the intersection at Partk Ave., bear left at the Forest St. fork and right at the Falgg St. fork. Assumption College is on your right. From the South, East or West: Take the Massachusetts Turnpike to Exit 10-Worcester/Auburn Exit and follow I-290 East to Exit 17-Ware, Framingham, Route 9. Turn left from the exit ramp onto Belmont St. (Route 9). Go down the hill and through the intersection at Lincoln Square to the top of the next hill. Turn right onto Harvard Street. Trun left at the second traffic light onto Salisbury Street. Continue on Salisbury St. for about two miles through the intersection at Park Ave., bearing left at the Forest St. fork, and right at the Flagg St. fork. Assumption College is on your right. From the Southeast: There are two options: Take I-495 to I-290 to Exit 18-Ware, Framingham, Route 9, then follow directions "From the North" above; or Take 195 to Providence, I-95 North to 146 to 122A to I-290 East to exit 17-Ware, Framingham, Route 9, then follow directions "From the South, East or West" above.

Local Accommodations
Downtown Worcester: the Courtyard by Marriott (72 Grove Street, 508-363-0300); the Hilton Garden Inn (35 Major Taylor Blvd., 508-753-5700).; the Hampton Inn (110 Summer Street, 508-757-0400). Other Worcester: the Beechwood Hotel (363 Plantation Street, 800-344-2589)
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Key Stats

4,659
Applicants
2,015
Size
74%
Acceptance Rate
1120
SAT Scores

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