Assumption College

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500 Salisbury Street

Worcester, MA 01609

Phone: (508) 767-7000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Feb. 15
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#30 Overall Score: 57 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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Assumption College is a private institution that was founded in 1904. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,058, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 185 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Assumption College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 30. Its tuition and fees are $34,975 (2013-14).

At Assumption College, a Catholic institution in Worcester, Mass., faith and academics are interwoven. The school emphasizes personal spiritual growth regardless of a student’s religion. The city of Worcester is home to about a dozen other schools, and through the Colleges of Worcester Consortium, Assumption College students can also take courses and participate in events at Clark University, the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester State University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Becker College, and Anna Maria College.

On the Assumption College campus—where about 90 percent of students live—there are more than 70 clubs and organizations to check out. The Assumption Greyhounds sports teams compete in the NCAA Division II Northeast-10 Conference. For graduate students, Assumption College’s degree programs include a rehabilitation counseling program through the Institute for Social and Rehabilitation Services. Notable alumni of Assumption College include Mary Anastasia O’Grady, a writer and member of the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board, and University of Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Assumption College, established in 1904 by the Augustinians of the Assumption, is a coeducational institution known for its classic liberal arts curriculum and strong academic programs in business and professional studies. Our 2,050 undergraduates choose from 40 majors and 45 minors and explore a rich Catholic intellectual tradition. The academic atmosphere is distinguished by individual attention and the quest for personal excellence. Undergraduates and graduate students join with faculty and staff in a thriving academic, social, and spiritual community as they cultivate the academic skills and personal values they need to meet the demands of a constantly changing world.

The theoretical knowledge from the classroom is enhanced by practical application in internships and service learning opportunities. Students gain professional experience and explore their career choices at local, national and international internship sites in virtually every field from accounting to media to medicine and law. Service learning classes specifically coordinate experiences with nonprofit agencies and organizations so that student can integrate what they are learning in class with a practical application that benefits the broader community.

Some Assumption students choose to spend a semester or year abroad as part of their undergraduate education. Assumption has a Rome campus in the heart of the city, and the academic program is especially geared toward sophomores, although juniors and seniors can enroll. Our students study around the world. Assumption College's highly selective Honors Program enables outstanding students to immerse themselves in their individual academic interest/major in creative and personal ways.

There is a culture of mentorship within the Assumption community that helps each individual develop a personal compass and find his or her path in life. This is reflected in the co-curricular life of the college. Students participate in more than 60 clubs and organizations that enable them to explore their different interests. Students join academically focused groups, arts and entertainment, media, student government, service organizations, sports and spiritual program initiatives.

Assumption is a member of the Northeast-10 Conference and fields 23 intercollegiate sports teams for men and women. There are also many club and intramural sports programs for students to enjoy. It is a college that encourages students to balance their intellectual, social, spiritual and physical dimensions.

At Assumption, 90 percent of the undergraduates live on campus all four years and on-campus housing is guaranteed. The beautiful, 185-acre campus is in a residential section of Worcester, just a short distance from downtown. Worcester, the second-largest city in New England, is a vibrant college town that is home to 30,000 students. There are numerous opportunities for internships, entertainment, and community service. Great restaurants, cultural venues, retail options, and professional sports teams provide students with many off-campus activities. Worcester is centrally located, with Boston, Providence, and Hartford, about an hour's drive away. There are numerous daily trains to Boston.

Assumption and 11 other colleges and universities in the region created the Colleges of Worcester Consortium to offer their students even greater academic and social opportunities. Assumption students may cross-register for academic credit at any of the participating colleges and enjoy social and cultural events at those institutions.

Finding the truth about oneself and the nature of the world means learning not only how to ask questions, but also how to find the answers. Assumption College is founded on the premise that the educational experience we provide will help students in that pursuit. Assumption graduates are known for their critical thinking, engaged citizenship and compassionate service.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1904
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $79,159,278


When applying to Assumption College, it's important to note the application deadline is February 15, and the early action deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 15. The application fee at Assumption College is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 75.3 percent and an early acceptance rate of 83.7 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 75.3%
Application deadline February 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Assumption College is 12:1, and the school has 41.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Assumption College include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Social Sciences; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Health Professions and Related Programs; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 82.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 72%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 27%
Social Sciences 10%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 9%
Health Professions and Related Programs 8%
Psychology 8%

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Student Life

Assumption College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,058, with a gender distribution of 39.8 percent male students and 60.2 percent female students. At this school, 92 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 8 percent of students live off campus. Assumption College is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,590
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Assumption College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Assumption College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Assumption College, 64 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Assumption College.

Students who have cars on campus 64%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Assumption College, 78.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $19,344.

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Tuition and fees $34,975 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,746 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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