A semester-long program, COMPASS offers an environment where you can grow and challenge your peers as you share your journey into university life. Through this shared experience you'll begin to build friendships that last a lifetime, and you'll always have a study partner—or several.
Starting university can be an overwhelming time. New academic expectations, new people and new responsibilities can make the transition both exciting and challenging. Assumption University’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.
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 university career
COMPASS provides new students with an introduction to the liberal arts as well as a ready-made social group centered around academics. Through COMPASS, you become a member of one of 27 supportive learning communities, chosen according to their interests. Together, each community will take an entry level course in a subject such as philosophy, theology, English, literature or a foreign language as well as an additional course in another discipline, which will be either another course in the core oran introductory course in a major program of study. By taking these first steps together, students form strong bonds, reinforce one others academic accomplishments, and provide a helping hand if necessary.
COMPASS also helps first year students by providing guidance on how to become disciplined, resilient students through regular workshops and common hour programs throughout the semester. The workshops, co-taught by a staff member and an upper-class student, will include time management, stress management, study skills and academic integrity.