Assumption College campus
Assumption College campus
Assumption College campus
Assumption College campus
Assumption College campus
Assumption College campus
Assumption College campus
Assumption College campus
Assumption College campus
Assumption College campus
Assumption College campus
Assumption College campus
Assumption College campus
Assumption College campus
Assumption College campus
Assumption College campus
Assumption College campus

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 2,000+ undergraduates choose among 42 majors and 48 minors, gaining the depth and breadth of knowledge that is the foundation of lifelong success and personal fulfillment.

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 12:1, 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-six percent of Assumption’s 2014 graduates were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.

Located on 185 acres, the Assumption campus is situated in a beautiful, residential neighborhood just minutes from downtown Worcester, Massachusetts. The college also has its own campus in the heart of Rome, Italy, nationally ranked as a top ten study abroad program. 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.


From The School

Assumption College admits students who demonstrate an active intellect and self-motivation and who have compiled a solid academic record and completed all prescribed high school requirements. The College encourages prospective students to schedule a campus visit prior to applying for admission. During the summer months, high school students are encouraged to attend group information sessions, tours and interviews Monday-Friday. In the fall semester, prospective students may attend group information sessions, including some Saturdays, or schedule a campus visit during the week.

To apply, students are required to submit the Common Application, a $50 application fee, official high school transcripts, and a letter of recommendation. Assumption is test-score optional, so SAT or ACT scores are not required. Applications, including all supporting documents and recommendations, must be received in the Office of Admissions by February 15. Students who want to be considered for Early Action must apply by November 1 and for Early Action II by December 15.

For more information, please contact:
Assumption College
Office of Admissions
500 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609
Telephone: 866-477-7776 (toll free) or 508-767-7285


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
510 - 600
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
510 - 600
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
23 - 26

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted


Early Action
November 1

February 15

Other Admission Factors


Academic GPA
Application Essay

Selectivity Rating


From The School

Academic Programs

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 University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the College of the 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. The College offers two separate undergraduate summer sessions to Assumption and local students. 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.

Majors and Degrees Offered

The College offers 42 different majors. Some of the most popular academic programs include English (concentrations in literature or writing and mass communications), history, political science, psychology and the natural sciences -biology, biotechnology and molecular biology, neuroscience, chemistry and environmental science. Other popular academic programs include education, human services and rehabilitation studies, and business accounting, international business, management, marketing and organizational communication. Minors are offered in 45 areas.

Pre-professional preparation is available for dentistry, medicine, and law. Assumption has partnered with prestigious colleges and universities to provide students an array of academic options. Eligible students can attend Assumption for three years and then go on to law school at Duquesne, Vermont or Western New England Law Schools. There is guaranteed admission to specific graduate programs in the health and natural sciences for eligible students. There is also a 3 + 2 engineering degree with University of Notre Dame. In addition, Assumption College offers graduate degrees in business, special education, school counseling, counseling psychology and rehabilitation counseling.

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • Italian Studies
  • Latin American Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biotechnology
  • Molecular Biology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Science
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Organizational Communication, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • Education

  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • International/Global Studies

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Criminology
  • Economics, General
  • International Economics
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Theology and Religious Vocations

  • Theology/Theological Studies

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Graphic Design
  • Music, General

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."


Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Colleges that Create Futures


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

For 2015 2016, tuition was $35,510; room and board was $11,264 and student fees were $650. The board plan is required for all first-year residential students.

When you choose Assumption College, you gain the ability to develop a reliable financial plan for the next four years, with the assurance that tuition rates will not increase. The class entering in fall 2015 will pay the 2014-2015 tuition rate for their four years at Assumption. The program is evaluated each year and an announcement is made in May regarding the status of the program for the next entering class.

Financial Aid

This past year, Assumption awarded more than $33 million in financial assistance to students. The College offers need-based financial aid, as well as merit-based assistance. All students who apply for admission are considered for merit scholarships ranging from $2,500 $22,000 annually and recipients are chosen based on their academic excellence and demonstrated student leadership. To qualify for need-based financial aid, students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 1.


Application Deadlines
Feb 15
Notification Date
Feb 16

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

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

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

The 2,000+ undergraduates at Assumption come from 25 states and 36 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 groups also give students opportunities to develop their leadership and team-building skills. The various student clubs and organizations plan a wide range of events. This includes many large-scale programs, 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.

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.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



59% female
41% male
35% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Students Say

Though there's a lack of socioeconomic diversity—"generally middle-class Caucasians [who] are heterosexual"—students can be separated into "studentathletes and non-student-athletes." Most students "come from Catholic upbringings or have attended Catholic school but are not necessarily religious." New England preppy is a classic style; girls are usually seen in "leggings, 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."


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 an array of internship opportunities in virtually every field, and a great network for career placements. Students enjoy a variety of local restaurants, cultural venues and programs, retail and entertainment options, and professional sports teams. In addition, Boston and Providence are only an hour's drive away, and there is regular commuter rail service to Boston.

The Rome campus is close to the metro and walking distance to Vatican City. The newly renovated facility accommodates up to 25 students a semester.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

Assumption offers first-rate facilities for learning and living and the campus is wireless. Key facilities include:

The Information Technology Center has computer labs, and classrooms used for collaborative projects, multimedia presentations, foreign language work and leading-edge software and computer systems.

The Richard and Janet Testa Science Center houses the Department of Natural Sciences and features multi-use classrooms with state-of-the-art technology; 10 teaching laboratories, seven laboratories dedicated for faculty and student research; a working greenhouse, conference rooms and student lounge areas.

The Emmanuel d'Alzon Library is an ideal location to study, research and relax. The professional library staff, collection of 200,000 volumes, 1,125 journal subscriptions and extensive access to local, regional and national library networks and databases are vital resources for students and faculty.

Assumption's Multi-Sport Stadium, a lighted, synthetic turf field with seating for 1,200 is the home of Assumption's intercollegiate field hockey, football, men's and women's lacrosse and men's and women's soccer teams and the College's extensive outdoor intramural programs. The Plourde Recreation Center features a swimming pool, exercise and wellness classes, courts, and a fitness facility that is accessible to all students, faculty and staff.

A variety of housing options are available to accommodate the 90 percent of undergraduates who live on campus. Traditional residence halls, the living/learning center, suites and apartments with full kitchens provide housing options for all four years. All resident students have individual hard-wired and wireless high speed Internet access in their rooms, as well as in the computer labs.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Assumption encourages students to expand their horizons. In addition to the Rome campus, undergraduates can spend a semester or a year studying abroad -from France and England, to Japan, the Czech Republic and Australia, to name a few locations. Many students also augment their education and hone professional skills through local, regional, national and international internships. Assumption students have worked at diverse organizations around the globe, from the Department of Commerce, Central America Bureau and the Department of State (NAFTA Agreement), to Smith Barney, Fidelity, Morgan Stanley, ABC News, and the Alliance Francaise in Paris.

As a member of the Colleges of Worcester Consortium, an association of 12 higher education institutions in the Worcester region, Assumption students can register for courses at the other colleges and participate in their social and cultural events.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

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 percent 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, etc." says a student.

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division
Division II

Men's Sports (Greyhounds)
11 Sports

Cross Country
Ice Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Greyhounds)
12 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

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


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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Apple, Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

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

Campus Visits Contact

Maureen Langhammer

Office of Admissions
500 Salisbury St
Worcester, MA 01609



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
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.

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

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

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

Accepted students only


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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