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.
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.
Student Organizations & Activities
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.
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.