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Assumption University

Worcester, MA

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Overview

Students Flourish at Assumption University

Established in 1904 by the Augustinians of the Assumption, Assumption University 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 35 majors and 49 minors (with new programs in nursing, neuroscience, and cybersecurity), gaining the depth and breadth of knowledge that is the foundation of lifelong success.

Assumption students, who hail from 30 states and 14 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 University 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 University higher marks than students surveyed at other private, four-year colleges.

Worcester, Massachusetts, Provides Abundant Internships and Opportunities

Assumption's 185-acre campus is situated in a beautiful 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. Eighty-four percent of 2020 participated in research, internships, service learning and/or student teaching opportunities.

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 with 100% of classes taught by professors (not teaching assistants). 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, 92 percent of whom hold the highest degree available in their field, also serve as mentors and academic advisors.

Several University 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 22-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 other's academic accomplishments, and are more comfortable engaging in the classroom. The SOPHIA program (Sophomore Initiative at Assumption University) 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 co curricular 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 University’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 University 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 University School of Law, University of St. Thomas School of Law, Vermont Law School, Western New England University School of Law; and environmental programs with Duke University Nicholas School 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 University has opened a campus in the heart of Rome, Italy, where onsite Assumption faculty utilize the city as a "living classroom". Other study abroad offerings include highly regarded programs at sites like: Sydney, 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 Assumption Chorale, Student Government Association, Le Provocateur (the student-run newspaper), Drama Club, Campus Ministry, and club sports 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

Address 500 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA  01609-1296
United States
Contact Phone: 508-767-7285

Majors & Degrees

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies Associate Bachelors
Latin American Studies Checkmark
Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Biology/biological Sciences, General Checkmark
Molecular Biology Checkmark
Neuroscience Checkmark
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
Accounting Checkmark
Actuarial Science Checkmark
Business Administration And Management, General Checkmark
Finance, General Checkmark
International Business/trade/commerce Checkmark
Marketing/marketing Management, General Checkmark
Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
Communication And Media Studies, Other Checkmark
Organizational Communication, General Checkmark
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
Computer And Information Systems Security/auditing/information Assurance Checkmark
Computer Science Checkmark
Informatics Checkmark
Education Associate Bachelors
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels Checkmark
English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
English Language And Literature, General Checkmark
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
Spanish Language And Literature Checkmark
Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences, General Checkmark
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse Checkmark
Rehabilitation Science Checkmark
History Associate Bachelors
History, General Checkmark
Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
Mathematics, General Checkmark
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
International/globalization Studies Checkmark
Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
Environmental Science Checkmark
Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
Philosophy Checkmark
Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Chemistry, General Checkmark
Psychology Associate Bachelors
Psychology, General Checkmark
Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
Criminology Checkmark
Economics, General Checkmark
International Economics Checkmark
Political Science And Government, General Checkmark
Sociology, General Checkmark
Theology And Religious Vocations Associate Bachelors
Theology/theological Studies Checkmark
Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
Graphic Design Checkmark
Music, General Checkmark

Admissions

Acceptance Rate

4,959
Applied
4,017
Accepted
1,982
Enrolled
81%

Applying

50
Application Fee
3.4
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
Essay
One recommendation
Recommended Interview

Application Deadlines


Fall:

Early Decision (binding) – November 15 (extended from November 1) / notified early December

Early Action I – November 15 (extended from November 1) / notified mid-December

Early Action II – December 15 / notified by early February

Regular Decision – February 15 / notified by mid-March

Spring:

U.S. Applicants – December 15

International Applicants – October 1

Transfers:

U.S. Applicants:

Fall semester – July 1

Spring semester – December 15

International Applicants:

Fall semester – June 1

Spring semester – October 1

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score 25th % Info icon 75th % Info icon
SAT Critical Reading 589 550 628
SAT Math 575 540 610
ACT Composite 26 23 28

 

Tuition & Fees

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Tuition

43,178
Private
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Fees

800
Full-time student fees
13,589         $1,000    
Room & board                       Books & supplies
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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan No
Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition Employees

Financial Aid

31,913
Avg. Financial Aid Package
34,563
Avg. Freshman Financial Aid Package
24,837
Avg. International Student Financial Aid Package
4,214
Avg. Loan Aid
20,097
Avg. Grant Aid
26,141
Avg. Scholarship and/or Grant Aid awarded
100% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
78.8%
Avg. Percentage of Financial Need Met
32%
Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met

Student Body

1,950
Total Undergrad students
3%
International Students
34%
Out-of-state students

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 7.5%
Black or African American 5%
White or Caucasian 76.9%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.1%
Asian 2.5%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.01%
Two or more races 2.6%
Other 4.2%

Gender

Male (43.54%)
Female (56.46%)

Campus Life

Housing

Type
College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements None
Housing options Co-ed housing
Disabled housing

% of undergrad students who live in college housing 85%

Student Activities

Student-run campus newspaper Checkmark
Drama/theatre group Checkmark
Student-run radio station Checkmark
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Marching band Checkmark
Choral groups Checkmark
Campus events:
Pup Cup, Family Weekend, Spring Concert, Midnight Breakfast, Homecoming, Duck Day

Student Services

Legal services Checkmark
Health clinic Checkmark
Personal/psychological counseling Checkmark
Women's center Checkmark
International students advisor Checkmark

Student Organizations

Greek fraternities
Greek sororities
Local fraternities
Local sororities
Most popular organizations:
Volunteer center, Campus Activities Board, Student Government, Campus Ministry and intramural sports

Campus Security & Safety

24-hour emergency telephone/alarm services Checkmark
24-hour patrols by trained officers Checkmark
Student patrols Checkmark
Late-night transport/escort services Checkmark
Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Checkmark
Other Campus Security & Safety:
front gate security, well-lit pathways

Athletics

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No Division 2 No
Basketball Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Cheerleading No Checkmark No
Cross-country Running No Division 2 No
Equestrian Sports No Checkmark No
Field Hockey No No No
Football Checkmark Division 2 No
Golf No Division 2 No
Ice Hockey Checkmark Division 2 No
Lacrosse No Division 2 No
Rowing No No No
Sand Volleyball Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 2 No
Softball Checkmark No No
Swimming And Diving Checkmark Checkmark No
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis No Division 2 No
Track And Field No Division 2 No
Ultimate Frisbee No Checkmark No
Volleyball Checkmark Checkmark No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No No No
Basketball Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Cheerleading No Checkmark No
Cross-country Running No Division 2 No
Equestrian Sports No Checkmark No
Field Hockey No Division 2 No
Football Checkmark No No
Golf No No No
Ice Hockey Checkmark No No
Lacrosse No Division 2 No
Rowing No Division 2 No
Sand Volleyball Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 2 No
Softball Checkmark Division 2 No
Swimming And Diving Checkmark Division 2 No
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis No Division 2 No
Track And Field No Division 2 No
Ultimate Frisbee No Checkmark No
Volleyball Checkmark Division 2 No

Faculty

214
Total Faculty
13:1
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 136
Part-time - 78
Male - 114
Female - 100
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