Founded in 1904 by the Augustinians of the Assumption, Assumption College is a private, Roman Catholic college that offers a strong liberal arts curriculum, as well as diverse business and professional studies programs. There are academic programs available for undergraduate, graduate, continuing education, and vocational students. The college confers Associate’s, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Masters of Business Administration degrees. Though science majors are offered, only Bachelor of Arts degrees are conferred to all undergraduates. 40 majors and 44 minors are offered for undergraduates. The most popular majors include: Biological and biomedical sciences; Business and its related studies; Psychology; Communication, journalism, and related programs; and Social sciences. The graduate school offers graduate programs in business, rehabilitation counseling, counseling psychology, school counseling, and special education. Founded in 1979, the French Institute (Institut Français) is a specialized research center where students study French language, culture, and history.
Academic advisors assist students with choosing courses, changes to schedules, designing an academic plan, and discussing post-graduate educational or career plans. The college also offers two competitive and rewarding honors programs. Students can also gain professional experience and explore different careers at local, national and international internship sites. Service learning classes allow students to have unforgettable volunteer experiences with nonprofit agencies and organizations. Some of the college’s students choose to spend a semester or year abroad in countries that include England, Australia, Ireland, China, Japan, Chile, Costa Rica, Greece, Italy, and Spain.
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The Tagaste Project allows students to choose a topic that links courses from two disciplines and join a group of 19 other freshman students who share an interest in that association. This group takes two courses led by the same two faculty members in both the fall and the spring. Each student group also lives in the same residence hall and shares social and cultural activities outside of class.
Assumption and twelve other schools in the region created the Colleges of Worcester Consortium in order to offer their students more academic and social opportunities. Students may cross-register for academic credit at any of the other colleges in the consortium, and enjoy social and cultural events at those institutions. Free transportation is available to many of the other schools.
Admissions are selective. The college seeks students with strong academic records, active involvement in activities, leadership roles, and dedication to community service. The college recommends that all prospective students visit the campus. Standardized test scores are not required for admission, but the TOEFL is required for students whose native language is not English. Applicants can use the online application, the college’s paper application, or the Common Application with the college’s supplement. Students must submit the application, essay, application fee, an official high school transcript, and a letter of recommendation to be considered. International students, transfer students, and homeschooled students may have additional requirements, so they should refer to the website or contact the school for details. The regular decision deadline is in February, while the early action deadline is in November.
99% of students with demonstrated financial aid receive some form of assistance. The average percent of need met is 70%. Forms of aid offered include grants, scholarships, loans, student employment, and tuition waivers. The school also offers awards for students with special athletic abilities. In order to be considered for financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
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There are many diverse opportunities for students to get involved on campus. There are more than 60 clubs and organizations that include academically focused groups, arts and entertainment clubs, student media organizations, student government, service organizations, and sports or spiritual program initiatives.
There are off-campus trips and shuttles, as well as numerous special events that take place on campus. The Hagan Campus Center is one of the most popular places on campus. Students can visit the center to eat, meet friends, study, use the post office, or relax in the social lounge, which has a pool table, ping-pong table, a large screen TV, and a VCR.
The school is located in Worcester, the second-largest city in New England, which is a bustling college town. 90% of the undergraduate students live on campus for the duration of their undergraduate careers. On-campus housing is guaranteed and residence halls vary have varying layouts and amenities. There is substance-free housing, a living/learning center, honors housing, and housing for upperclassmen. Each room is equipped with beds, desks and chairs, wardrobes/dressers, towel racks, overhead lighting, one cable TV port, one Internet computer port per person, and one phone jack.
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Assumption College competes as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in Division II. It is a charter member of the Northeast-10 Conference and has 23 intercollegiate sports teams for men and women. The teams are known as the Greyhounds. There are also many club and intramural sports programs that are open to all students. Just a few years ago, a $3.2 million multi-sport stadium was built, and it is now the home field for the football, men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, and field hockey teams. Additional facilities include recently renovated baseball and softball fields, six resurfaced tennis courts, the Laska Gymnasium, and the Plourde Recreation Center, which is one of the region’s most modern and fully equipped athletic facilities. The men’s lacrosse team has had several athletes named to the NEILA All-New England teams. Several members of the softball team as well as the Greyhounds’ head coach were also named to the All-Conference teams.
Notable alumni include:
- Timothy M. Barnicle, Former Assistant Secretary of Labor for Policy and Budget and for Employment and Training
- Richard DesLauriers, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Boston Division
- Anne Lynam Goddard, President and CEO of ChildFund International
- Dennis House, Emmy Award-winning journalist
- Richard Testa, Esq., World-renowned venture capital and intellectual property attorney
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