First Year Programs

Coming to college is exciting and challenging. New academic expectations, new people, and new life responsibilities are part of your college experience at Assumption. That is why Assumption offers several first-year programs to provide academic enrichment and support for incoming students, and facilitate their transition from high school to college.


Assumption College’s new First Year Program, Common Pursuit of Academic and Social Success (COMPASS) is specially designed to offer students the tools and instruction they’ll need to find their way as they transition from high school to college.

A semester-long program, COMPASS helps students build friendships and introduces them to the liberal arts by placing them in close-knit learning communities that help them reach their full potential and start off their college career on the right foot.

COMPASS Points the Way

  • Become part of a close-knit learning community
  • Build friendships that will last a lifetime
  • Gain a solid footing in the liberal arts
  • Develop the skills you’ll need for a successful college career


The First-Year Program

Students are invited to participate in this program in June prior to Orientation. It consists of 3 core courses in the fall and spring semesters, featuring small class sizes. The specially selected courses, which are intrinsically connected, help students enhance their analytical-thinking skills. Faculty for these courses also serve as the academic advisors to first-year program students. Benefits include:

  • Improved academic performance
  • Ease of integration into campus life
  • Additional support provided by teaching and tutorial assistants