Assumption College

Assumption College

Worcester, MA
location
Private
type
Suburban
setting
58%
42%
student ratio
1,989
total students
$35,510 | $35,510
in-state | out-of-state tuition
February 15
fall application deadline
77%
acceptance rate
Moderately Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
559
sat math
550
sat reading
Not
Reported
sat writing
25
act composite

Overview

Students Flourish at Assumption College

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. Nearly 2,000 undergraduates choose among 41 majors and 48 minors, gaining the depth and breadth of knowledge that is the foundation of lifelong success.

Assumption students, who hail from 25 states and 36 countries, enjoy a warm, collegial environment where they receive individualized attention and are part of a supportive community.

Assumption Receives National Recognition as an Academic Institution of Excellence

Assumption's diverse curriculum is infused with the rich Catholic intellectual tradition. The school's Catholic identity creates a distinct culture that allows it to stand out among the nation's premier academic institutions.

The College is nationally recognized as an excellent choice for higher education. The Princeton Review lists Assumption as "one of the best colleges in the nation" and U.S. News and World Report: Best Colleges ranked it among the best masters-level colleges in the North. In the most recent National Survey of Student Engagement report Assumption students and alumni gave their experience at the College higher marks than students surveyed at other private, four-year colleges.

Worcester, Massachusetts, Provides Abundant Internships and Opportunities

Assumption's beautiful 185-acre campus is situated in a safe residential neighborhood minutes from downtown Worcester, Massachusetts, the second-largest city in New England. Both Boston and Providence are only an hour's drive away, with numerous transportation options available.

Worcester is home to 12 colleges and universities, as well as a variety of restaurants, cultural, retail and entertainment options, and professional sports teams, providing excellent options for off-campus activities.

Assumption's location also offers a broad choice of internship opportunities. Seventy-nine percent of 2016 graduates took part in at least one internship in areas such as medicine, law, school systems, media or business.

Students Learn to Find Their Own Answers Alongside Experienced Faculty Members

At Assumption, students receive a top-notch education that combines faculty expertise with hands-on learning and is supported by a small student-faculty ratio of 12:1. Professors get to know their students and are committed to helping them succeed and achieve their academic and professional goals.

Assumption's faculty are active scholars who love teaching, and who challenge students to make their own discoveries. The faculty members, 91 percent of whom hold the highest degree available in their field, also serve as mentors and academic advisors.

Several College programs focus on fostering this special teacher-student bond. Our first-year program, called COMPASS (Common Pursuit of Academic and Social Success), groups students into 27-person learning communities, chosen according to their interests. Together, each community takes two courses together. By taking these first steps together, students form strong bonds, reinforce one others academic accomplishments, and are more comfortable engaging in the classroom.. The SOPHIA program (Sophomore Initiative at Assumption College) is specially designed to help students discover a deeper connection between their spiritual, personal and professional lives by combining residential, academic and travel opportunities under the guidance of four dedicated faculty mentors.

Academic Options Help Assumption Students Excel

Assumption's cocurricular opportunities and study abroad programs give students the chance to expand their horizons and branch out beyond the classroom.

Special academic programs such as the College's Honors Program allow students to feed their intellectual curiosity and hone their analytical skills through focused learning and independent study.

In order to provide our students with even more academic options, Assumption College has developed partnerships with a number of other nationally recognized colleges and universities. Engineering agreements with University of Notre Dame and Washington University in St. Louis; law school partnerships with Duquesne, Vermont and Western New England; and environmental programs with Duke University are just a few of the many options available to students.

Assumption students are encouraged to learn about other cultures and become true citizens of the world through our robust study abroad program. The College has opened a campus in the heart of Rome, where onsite Assumption faculty utilize the city as a "living classroom". Other study abroad offerings include highly regarded programs at sites like: Tokyo, Sydney, Melbourne, Madrid, Barcelona, Florence, London, Paris, Dublin, Costa Rica, Washington D.C. and the Semester at Sea program.

Clubs and Organizations Make Student Life Robust and Active

When students are not studying, they can take part in the more than 60 student-run clubs and organizations Assumption offers, ensuring a well-rounded and engaged college experience. Among the most popular student organizations are the AC Chorale, Student Government Association, Le Provocateur (the student-run newspaper), Drama Club, Campus Ministry, and club sports like the equestrian team, and intramural teams. An active campus life within a supportive community is one of the hallmarks of an Assumption education, and contributes to a diverse, dynamic experience.


Location & Contact

500 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609-1296

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • Italian Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Latin American Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Molecular Biology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Actuarial Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Business/Trade/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Organizational Communication
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer and Information Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Education (Multiple Levels)
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Classics and Classical Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Foreign Languages and Literatures
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • International/Global Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Criminology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Theology and religious vocations
    • Theology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Graphic Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

77% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied4,559
    • Accepted3,544
    • Acceptance Rate77%
    • Enrolled1,989
    • Female Applicants2,351
    • Females Accepted1,971
    • Female Acceptance Rate83%
    • Male Applicants2,208
    • Males Accepted1,573
    • Male Acceptance Rate71%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee$50
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.48
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen February 15th --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan November 1st December 15th --
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer July 1st --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 550 500 600
    • SAT Math 559 510 600
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 25 23 28
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$35,510
    • Out-of-state tuition *$35,510
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$750
    • Room and board *$11,660
    • Room only *$7,356
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredYes
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredNot Reported
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students1,989
    • Male Student Percentage42%
    • Female Student Percentage58%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino7.09%
    • Black or African American5.87%
    • White or Caucasian74.85%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.05%
    • Asian2.33%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.15%
    • Two or more races2.23%
    • Unknown or International Student5.01%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout2.43% representing 22 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students35% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Coed housing , Female-only housing, Special housing for disabled
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 87%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station No
    • Student-run television station Yes
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations No
    • Most popular organizations Volunteer center, Campus Activities Board, Student Government, Campus Ministry, intramural sports
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Yes
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other front gate security, well-lit pathways

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division II
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Baseball No Division 2 No
    • Basketball Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Cheerleading No Division C No
    • Cross-country running No Division 2 No
    • Equestrian sports Yes No No
    • Field hockey No No No
    • Football Yes Division 2 No
    • Golf Yes Division 2 No
    • Ice hockey Yes Division 2 No
    • Lacrosse No Division 2 No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 2 No
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming Yes No No
    • Table Tennis Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes Division 2 No
    • Track No Division 2 No
    • Volleyball Yes Division C No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Cheerleading No Division C No
    • Cross-country running No Division 2 No
    • Equestrian sports Yes No No
    • Field hockey No Division 2 No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf Yes No No
    • Ice hockey Yes No No
    • Lacrosse No Division 2 No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 2 No
    • Softball Yes Division 2 No
    • Swimming Yes Division 2 No
    • Table Tennis Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes Division 2 No
    • Track No Division 2 No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 2 No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty232
    • Full-time Percentage61%
    • Part-time Percentage39%
    • Female Percentage46%
    • Male Percentage54%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio11:1 or 1,968 students to 171 faculty


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