Things to Do in Worcester, New England’s Second Largest City
“From one end of the city’s 245-acre central core to the other, Worcester is attending to the 35,000 college students who study and live here, and its primary boulevards are steadily filling up with the civic amenities that attract new residents. They include a busy public transit hub, comfortable and affordable housing, new restaurants…, computer stores and coffee shops, a performing arts theater, biotech research facilities, incubators and office space for start-up companies, and renovated parks — including one alongside City Hall with an ice rink larger than the one in Rockefeller Center.”
-New York Times, Long a College Town, Worcester Now Looks the Part, Jan. 6, 2015
As New England’s second largest city, Worcester is an exciting metropolitan area in which to live, learn and explore. Recognized time and again with the All-America City Award, Worcester combines the opportunities and cultural amenities of a big city such as Boston or New York with the allure of an accessible and easily-navigable college town. A bus stop located on Assumption’s campus provides students with affordable and reliable public transportation, as well as a gateway to the heart of Worcester, one of America’s “10 most livable cities” according to Forbes.com.
Daily trains to Boston, and buses to Providence, enable students to visit other nearby New England cities rich with entertainment options, points of cultural interest and fine cuisine.
Cross Registration Provides Access to Hundreds of Classes
Assumption College is a member of the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (HECCMA), which allows Assumption students to cross-register for classes at 10 nearby colleges and universities. These classes are all preapproved for academic credit. Through HECCMA, Assumption students may also participate in events at member schools and use other Consortium college libraries free of charge.
Meaningful Internship Opportunities in an Economic Hub
79 percent of Assumption’s class of 2015 graduates participated in at least one internship during their undergraduate career. Guided by the College’s Career Development and Internship Center, students build vital skills and experience by engaging with local companies and taking advantage of the plentiful internship opportunities in business, the arts, athletics, education, life sciences, health care and the many other industries that have chosen to establish a lasting presence in Worcester.
Enjoy the Arts, Sports, Restaurants and Much More
Worcester is home to more than 70 museums and other cultural venues that can enhance a liberal arts education. Performance halls such as The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts – the venue for the College’s annual spring musical – and galleries such as the Worcester Art Museum, ensure the city has something for a wide array of student tastes.
Sports fans will also find that Worcester is a great place to take in a game. The city is host to the Worcester Bravehearts, two-time champions of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, and professional hockey will return to the city’s DCU Center in 2017 when the Worcester Railers take to the ice as competitors in the East Coast Hockey League.
Students can grab a bite to eat before or after a show or game at one of the many trendy restaurants – both traditional and contemporary – located throughout the city. Everything from great burgers to fresh seafood to barbeque to fantastic burritos is on the menu.
You’ll always be able to find something to do in Worcester, whether seeing a band at the Palladium, enjoying ice cream at Wooberry or just relaxing in Green Hill Park. As your home for four years, it’s an exciting place to explore and discover.