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

Assumption College is one of of New England’s top Catholic colleges, combining the liberal arts with more than 40 majors across the life sciences, business, education and professional studies.

Established in 1904 by the Augustinians of the Assumption, Assumption College is a Catholic coeducational institution known for its classic liberal arts curriculum and strong academic programs in business and professional studies. Our nearly 2,000 undergraduate students choose among 40 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 the personal values that 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.

At Assumption, 90 percent of undergraduates live on campus and housing is guaranteed for all four years. Ninety-eight percent of Assumption’s 2015 graduates were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation. 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 also has its own campus in Rome, Italy, which has been ranked a top ten study abroad program.


From The School

Assumption College values students who demonstrate an active intellect and self-motivation. Applicants must compile a solid academic record and complete 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, held throughout the week and occasionally on Saturdays, or schedule a campus visit during the week.

To apply, students are required to submit the Common Application, a $50 application fee, their 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 wishing to be considered for Early Action must apply by November 1 and for Early Action II by December 15.


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

Learn about new SAT scores and college admission here
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

Assumption 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 together as they seek "truth" and the nature of the world. In all areas of academic study, students learn not only how to find answers, but also how to ask important questions.

Undergraduates must take 120 credit hours and a minimum of 38 courses to complete their degree. The Assumption liberal arts core curriculum requires all students complete courses in English, philosophy, theology, humanities, history, social sciences, and select courses in art, music or theater, mathematics, laboratory science, and/or foreign language.

The College offers 40 different majors across a wide array of subject areas. 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, business accounting, international business, management, marketing and organizational communication. Minors are offered in 48 areas including data analytics.

Pre-professional preparation is available for careers in dentistry, medicine, and law. Additionally, Assumption has partnered with other colleges and universities of note to provide students with an array of additional academic options. Through these “partnership programs,” eligible students can, for example, attend Assumption for three years and then go on to law school at Duquesne, Vermont or Western New England Law Schools. There is also a 3 + 2 engineering degree program with the University of Notre Dame and Washington University in St. Louis. There is guaranteed admission to specific graduate programs in the health and natural sciences fields for eligible students as well.

Assumption’s special academic programs are specially designed to help students achieve their full potential. COMPASS, the College's first-year program, engages new students and helps them build the skills they’ll need for success in college and beyond. The Honors Program encourages students to challenge themselves. SOPHIA offers crucial vocational guidance.

Assumption encourages students to expand their horizons. In addition to the Rome campus, undergraduates can spend a semester or a year studying abroad at locations all over the world. 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, Morgan Stanley, ABC News, and the Alliance Francaise in Paris.

Assumption offers an array of academic resources designed to help students achieve their educational goals. The College's dedicated academic advisors, Academic Support Center and Disability Services office all play a role in supporting students’ academic ambitions.

In addition to its undergraduate offerings, Assumption College offers seven premier graduate programs: Applied Behavior Analysis, Clinical Counseling Psychology, MBA, Rehabilitation Counseling, School Counseling and Special Education. Several of the College’s graduate programs offer Assumption undergraduates the opportunity to pursue an accelerated master’s degree by taking graduate-level courses in their senior year.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies
  • Italian Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Women’s 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

  • 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, General

Mathematics and Statistics
  • Mathematics, General

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
  • International/Global Studies

Natural Resources and Conservation
  • Environmental Science

Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • Psychology

Physical Sciences
  • Chemistry, General

  • 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

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

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

Estimated costs for Fall 2017 are a tuition of $38,850; room and board for $12,000, required for all first-year residential students, and student fees of $750.

Financial Aid

Assumption awards more than $34 million in scholarships and grants to students each year. The College offers both need-based financial aid and merit-based assistance. All students who apply for admission are considered for scholarships ranging to up to $24,000 annually and recipients are chosen based on their academic qualifications 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.

Beginning with the class of 2021, Assumption College will award up to fifty $24,000 Light the Way Scholarships, which are renewable for all four years, a year. These scholarships are awarded to students who utilize their abilities to Light the Way for others. Whether it’s through engaging in community service to help people in need, developing innovations that improve society, or volunteering to heal our planet, this scholarship recognizes and supports students who positively impact the world in their own meaningful way.


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

Assumption’s nearly 2,000 undergraduates come from 25 states and 36 countries. More than 90 percent of undergraduates live on campus.

Numerous social, athletic, recreational and cultural activities are offered both on and off campus, making Assumption a dynamic place to live The College boasts more than 60 clubs and organizations that complement the educational process and offer opportunities for students to explore and develop their interests and talents. Students can participate in academic and professional development clubs, arts and entertainment groups, student publications, politics and student government organizations, service projects, special interest groups, or spiritual activities. In addition to providing a fun diversion, these groups also provide students opportunities to develop their leadership and team-building skills.

Extracurricular events range from large-scale annual programs such as Family Weekend, Siblings Weekend, Welcome Week, Midnight Madness and the Spring Concert to other smaller, more frequent events like comedian shows and film showings, as well as off-campus trips and outings.

Assumption fields 24 intercollegiate teams, as well as club and 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.

Established in 2013, Assumption College’s Rome Campus takes full advantage of the “Eternal City’s” position as a treasure of art, history and culture. Students who study at the Rome Campus are immersed in the very best of the classic liberal arts tradition, which is woven into the fabric of the city and Rome itself becomes a living classroom.

Assumption’s 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, SOPHIA fosters a culture of vocational exploration that helps students pursue productive lives of meaning.

Assumption’s Honors Program offers a demanding, intensive curriculum that helps students achieve their full potential within a supportive community of peers. The Honors Program aids students of all majors in challenging themselves and exploring their capabilities.

Assumption College’s new First Year Program, Common Pursuit of Academic and Social Success (COMPASS), is specially designed to offer new students the tools and instruction they’ll need to find their way. A semester-long program, COMPASS offers an environment where students can grow and challenge one another as they share their journey into college life.


Assumption's professors are active scholars who are widely published in their respective fields. With a student/faculty ratio of just 12:1, they are able to mentor their students and challenge them to ask questions, find their own answers, and grow intellectually, socially and spiritually. They also regularly involve their pupils in invaluable collaborative research projects.

Assumption College’s Career Development and Internship Center (CDIC) helps students build the skills and experience they’ll need for a successful – and meaningful – career. The CDIC advisors aid students from the first year through graduation in choosing the career options that are right for them and ensuring that they have the professional development and networking tools to make those aspirations a reality.

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


Spanning 185 acres, the Assumption campus is situated in a beautiful, residential neighborhood just minutes from downtown Worcester, Massachusetts. Worcester, New England’s second largest city, is a college town that is home to more than 30,000 students. Students enjoy a variety of local restaurants, cultural venues and programs, retail and entertainment options, and professional sports teams. The campus’s location also provides students with an array of internship opportunities in virtually every field as well as a great network for career placements. Boston and Providence are only an hour's drive away, and there is regular rail service to Boston.

The College’s Rome, Italy, campus is within walking distance of the metro and Vatican City. As a member of the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (HECCMA), an association of 11 higher education institutions in the Worcester region, Assumption students can register for courses at other local colleges and participate in their social and cultural events.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

Assumption offers first-rate facilities for learning and living.

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. Assumption’s campus in Rome, the newly renovated Villino Dufault, accommodates up to 18 students a semester.

Scheduled to open in Fall 2017, the 62,000-square–foot Tsotsis Family Academic Center will integrate academics with the arts and features technology-equipped classrooms, a performance hall, the Business Studies Department and much more.

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

The College’s Information Technology Center has leading-edge software and computer systems as well as computer labs and classrooms available for collaborative projects, multimedia presentations, and foreign language study.

The Emmanuel d'Alzon Library is an ideal location to study and research. The professional library staff, collection of 140,000 print volumes, 150,000 e-books, 42,000 print and e-journal titles and extensive access to local, regional and national library networks and databases are vital resources for both students and faculty.

Assumption's Multi-Sport Stadium features a lighted, synthetic turf field with seating for 1,200 and 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 offers a swimming pool, exercise and wellness classes, courts, and a fitness facility that is accessible to all students.

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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