Assumption Gets High Marks: Engaged Students and Great Teaching

The buzz about Assumption College (Worcester, Mass) is good, according to the annual college surveys. The Princeton Review calls Assumption College “one of the best colleges and universities in the Northeast.” The New York City-based education services company selected Assumption as one of 212 colleges it recommends to college applicants in its "Best in the Northeast" section on, 2009 Best Colleges Region by Region. It also profiles the school in its book, "The Best Northeastern Colleges: 2009 Edition."

"We commend these schools as our 'regional best' colleges this year primarily for their excellent academic programs,” said Robert Franek, vice president of Princeton Review Publishing. “We selected them based on institutional data we collected from several hundred schools in each region, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of independent and high school-based college advisors whose recommendations we invite. We also take into account what each school’s students report to us about their campus experiences on our 80-question student survey. Our annual roster of 'regional best' colleges present a range of institutions in each region that varies by size, selectivity, character and locale."

In the Princeton Review survey, students were asked to rate their own schools on several issues – from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food – and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life. An Assumption student quoted in the profile said, "Professors go above and beyond the call of duty to make sure you get the best education they can offer."

“We are delighted to be recognized once again by The Princeton Review and other national surveys as a premier academic institution in the Northeast,” says Assumption President Francesco Cesareo. “As a liberal arts college with strong business and professional studies programs, Assumption prepares students for a lifetime of learning.”

The 2009 US News and World Report Best Colleges issue ranked Assumption at number 30 among Master’s Universities (North). This is the top tier of the more than 200 liberal arts colleges in the northern U.S. that offer a wide range of undergraduate programs and also grant master’s degrees. The annual Best Colleges rankings offer a comprehensive look at how schools compare up based on 15 broad indicators of academic quality.

The 2009 Barron’s Best Buys in College Education included Assumption College among 230 accredited four-year colleges nationwide that offer “a first-rate education at a reasonable price,” calling them “outstanding schools where costs are lower than average.” The Assumption faculty’s devotion to helping students achieve their goals was highlighted. Assumption is also included in the 2008 Colleges of Distinction, published by Student Horizons, Inc., and has been invited to appear in the next edition as well. Colleges of Distinction includes schools that have a “proven record in four key areas – engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.”

Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College @AssumptionNews