Each orientation session is carefully planned out to help you familiarize yourself with the campus, discuss your academic interests with an advisor, and meet other members of the Class of 2025. COMPASS Orientation begins with a welcome ceremony followed by a whirlwind schedule that you may download below:
By the end of the two-day orientation, you’ll know your way around campus, have chosen your classes for the fall 2021 semester, and have met a number of new friends! Are you ready to become a Hound?
Congratulations on joining the Assumption University community as members of the Class of 2025! We look forward to welcoming you at one of our upcoming COMPASS Orientation sessions this June and as you begin your university career this fall.
We know you will have plenty of questions about what needs to be done and who to contact. he following pages contain much of the information you will need, along with contact information if you have additional questions. At any time, please do not hesitate to email us, but please indicate “Parent/Guardian – 2025” or “Student – 2025” in the subject line with any questions you may have. Your email will be forwarded to the appropriate department and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.
Compass Orientation is a critical aspect of your transition to Assumption. All of us at Assumption are preparing for your arrival on campus in the coming months particularly regarding your orientation to the classroom and campus life. We will provide curricular and co-curricular programming that will allow you to meet faculty, select course offerings, meet upper-class student orientation leaders and interact with your new classmates in a virtual setting. Family orientation will also be provided virtually on your same session day.
We also want to provide you with opportunities to connect with each other and the faculty and staff here at Assumption in person. One such opportunity is attending an upcoming, in-person Hound Day on campus. The purpose of Hound Days is to provide members of the Class of 2025 an opportunity to visit campus in person, meet some fellow classmates and orientation leaders, learn about the many helpful services available to you as an Assumption student, and to have some fun!
Thank you for choosing Assumption University! We look forward to the many contributions you will make not only to the University community but to society upon graduation. It is here, that you will learn to “Light the Way” for others to follow.
Director of Student Activities and Leadership Development
COMPASS June Virtual Orientation session dates:
Tuesday, June 15
Wednesday, June 16
Friday, June 18
Monday, June 21
Hounds Day In-Person session dates:
Thursday, June 10
Saturday, June 12
Thursday, June 17
Saturday, June 19
Helpful Orientation Information
Get ready for COMPASS Orientation! Please consult the following checklist to ensure you are prepared to maximize your first visit to campus as an official Hound. You will need your username and password to access some of these sites:
- Complete the COMPASS Learning Community Preference Survey
- Complete the Class of 2025 Academic Interests and Goals Questionnaire
- Take the Math Placement Test
- Take the Foreign Language Placement Test
- The First-Year Common Book for the Class of 2025
COMPASS Orientation Team
Students and staff from the Office of Student Activities have been planning a fantastic COMPASS Orientation experience for incoming members of the Class of 2025. Your student orientation leaders look forward to meeting you!
Why do we have Orientation?
Guided by the principles of the Assumptionist tradition, the University’s First-Year COMPASS Orientation challenges and supports new students in their transition from high school to college. Through interactive, collaborative experiences, students and parents reflect on what it means to be an emerging adult in a college community. Through the orientation, students will begin the creative process of becoming people of critical intelligence, thoughtful citizenship, and compassionate service.
Questions about advising or course selection should be directed to the Office of Undergraduate Studies at (508) 767-7486.
First-Year Student Housing Preference Survey
The First-Year Student Housing Preference Survey is filled out in two phases, phase 1 must be must be completed prior to coming to orientation. Phase 2 will begin on May 29th and must be completed by June 20th. Please use your Assumption username and password to access the survey. Review a step-by-step video tutorial on registering for housing.
Math Placement Test
To place you into the appropriate Math course, a placement test is taken by all new students. Don't worry, you can't "fail" this test; it is used solely for determining the appropriate level of course for your background and ability. So do your best, but you don't need to study or prepare for it. You cannot register for a Math class, or related courses such as Microeconomics until you have taken the Math placement test. Some COMPASS Learning Communities require a specific Math placement--check the COMPASS preference survey for details. Be sure to complete the placement test by June 26. The test times out automatically after 25 minutes, so make sure you have 25 minutes of uninterrupted time to complete the test to the best of your ability. A reliable internet connection is also recommended. Your username and password to access the test.
Foreign Language Placement Test
Like the Math Placement Test, the Foreign Language Placement test is used to place you into the appropriate level of course based on your current knowledge and ability, so you don't need to study or prepare. If you have taken Spanish, French, German or Italian in high school, you need to take the placement test; you cannot register for a course in one of these languages until you have taken the placement test. If you have taken another language in high school, such as Latin or Chinese, your placement will be determined by the Department of Modern and Classical Languages based on your high school transcript. Be sure to complete the placement test by June 26. (See below for additional details).
First-Year Common Book for the Class of 2025
Every year Assumption assigns a book for all first-year students to read in common over the summer, before they begin classes. This year we have chosen the Inferno by Dante Alighieri. Dante wrote the Divine Comedy in his native Italian, roughly during the years 1308-1320. Dante died in 1321, and 2021 is the 700th anniversary of his death. We chose the Inferno in part to honor the anniversary of this great poet who is still much loved around the world.
During orientation, you will participate in a model classroom discussion with an Assumption professor. This event is intended to introduce you to what a college class is like. As with any college class, you should do your reading in advance and come to class prepared with an understanding of the reading’s contents and questions.
To prepare for the June Orientation, you should read the first three cantos of the Inferno, available on Brightspace: https://mybrightspace.assumption.edu/d2l/home
Click on the link, type in your username and password, and then click on the site, “First Year Common Reading – CO2025.”
Click on the “Content” tab, and you will find a pdf of the first three cantos, other introductory materials and further instructions.
You will also receive a copy of the Inferno if you attend one of the Hound Days sessions on campus; if you are not able to attend the Hound Days, we will mail a copy to you, but you can prepare for orientation by reading the text on Brightspace.
Please make sure to respond to any requests from the Office of Financial Aid for any outstanding documentation.
If you applied for need-based financial aid and offered a Federal Direct Subsidized and/or Unsubsidized Loan, please make sure to complete your MPN (Master Promissory Note) and Entrance Counseling prior to July 15 if you wish to have these funds appear as a credit on your bill.
Directions on how to complete your MPN and Entrance Counseling are available here.
If you have any questions please email us or call 508-767-7158.
The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science welcomes you to Assumption University! In order to take a mathematics course at Assumption, or any other math-related course such as Statistics or Microeconomics, you must take the online math placement test. Every student must take a math course to fulfill the Core Curriculum requirement.
The placement exam takes 25 minutes and times out automatically regardless of where you are in the test. Plan to take the test in one sitting without interruptions or distractions. You may use any computer, but it should have a reliable internet connection. If you lose your internet connection, you will not be able to re-enter the test. Please contact the IT Help Desk at 508-767-7060 if you encounter technical difficulties.
Remember, this is NOT a test in the normal sense; it simply places you at a level appropriate to your skills and knowledge.
To achieve the most appropriate placement consistent with your level of mathematics education and ability, you should complete the placement examination to the best of your ability, without the use of textbooks, calculators, or any other type of assistance. Use pencil and paper for calculations. If you do not recognize a topic or do not know how to answer a question, just skip it. DO NOT RANDOMLY GUESS AS IT CAN LOWER OR INFLATE YOUR PLACEMENT.
At the prompt, enter your official Assumption username and password.
The rest of the instructions are given at the exam site. If necessary, see the Frequently Asked Questions about taking the exam and other matters connected with it. You will be able to view your placement results by clicking on the "Exam Results" link in the Brightspace course after taking the exam.
The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science reserves the right to change your placement if we believe you have not been placed at the appropriate level. Also, if you feel you have been misplaced on the basis of the placement test, you should consult with the Department. You may not place yourself into a course lower or higher than where you tested without the permission of the Department. You will not be able to register for a math class without a placement.
We recommend that you register for a mathematics course as soon as possible after taking the placement exam so that it reflects your current abilities—and before you forget the skills you acquired in high school.
If you have questions not answered by the FAQs, please contact Professor Joseph Alfano, Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.
Mathematics Placement Exam: Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to take the Placement Exam?
Yes, in order to take a mathematics course at Assumption, you must take the Placement Exam unless you are transferring in credit for a math class from another college or university.
Why do I have to take the Placement Exam?
The test helps us to assess both the level of material you have seen and the extent to which you retained what you learned. It is important that you give an accurate portrayal of your abilities without the use of any outside assistance, including calculators. If there is a topic you do not recognize, just skip the question; don¹t guess. Placing below your appropriate level may mean you will be bored and be required to take more math classes to meet our minimum standard. Placing at too high a level may mean you will struggle to succeed.
How many times can I take the Placement Exam?
You will take the exam only once, unless asked to retake it by the Department.
How long does the Placement Exam take?
You will have 25 minutes to complete the test. The test times out automatically after 25 minutes, and your placement will be based on whatever your score is at that point. So it¹s important to set aside 25 minutes and do the exam in one sitting without distractions. You cannot pause and finish the exam later.
When should I take the exam?
You should complete the placement test as soon as possible in order to be placed into a course at an appropriate level during your advising session. You will not be able to register for a mathematics class until you have taken the Placement Exam.
How do I access the exam?
Go to the Assumption main homepage and click on “Information for Current Undergraduate Students” (top of page). The scroll down and click the link to “Brightspace.” Enter your official Assumption username and password.
When do I find out the results of the Placement Exam?
You will be able to view your placement results by clicking on the "Exam Results" link in the Brightspace course after taking the exam.
Your advisor can explain your placement and how the course fulfills requirements for the core or major.
I placed into a course that is too easy for me. What should I do?
WebAdvisor is linked with placement scores and it will allow you to register only for the course that coincides with your placement. If you placed into MAT 111, you must contact the Chair of the Department of Mathematics for permission to take any other course.
I placed into a course that is too difficult for me. What should I do?
Contact the Chair of the Department of Mathematics before registering for a course. WebAdvisor is linked with placement scores, so it will not allow you to register for a course lower than your placement.
The section of the math course I'd like to take (or that fits in my schedule) is full. What should I do?
You will probably be able to rearrange your schedule so that you can register for another section of the same course. You can also opt to be placed on the waitlist for the course. You can also opt to take math in a later semester, though sooner is definitely better.
Do I receive credit for taking the Exam?
No, the Placement Exam is only for placement in the appropriate mathematics courses.
If I took the AP Calculus, should I take the Placement Exam?
Depending on your AP score and level of placement, you may decide to take the course indicated by the Placement Exam instead of accepting your AP credit. Make sure that you have your AP scores sent to the Office of the Registrar, and you can discuss your options with your advisor.
The Department of Modern and Classical Languages welcomes you to Assumption University. Guidelines for the foreign language placement test are as follows. Unless you have received college credit for language study at a previous institution or through an AP test, you must take the online language placement exam. If you have had previous study of French, Spanish, German, or Italian in high school, you must take the online placement exam. Even if you did not take a foreign language before or you are not sure whether you will continue with the language, you need to take the online exam now, so that the results correspond to your current language level. Taking the language placement test is not optional and cannot be replaced by consulting your advisor or an administrator. The Assumption language requirement for all students is “two courses in a new language or one course at placement level.” If you have studied a language in high school or college other than those listed above, we will place you according to the information on your transcript(s).
The placement exam takes about 20 minutes. Its purpose is to place you with other students at a similar level. In order to achieve the most appropriate placement consistent with your language level, you should complete the placement examination to the best of your ability, without the use of textbooks, dictionaries, or any other type of assistance.
Take the placement examination as soon as possible so that your advisor has a placement and can approve the appropriate course.
- After opening the link, follow the directions to register. You will be asked for your name, an Assumption University ID number, an email address and a password of your choosing.
- Select the language (Spanish, French, Italian or German). The rest of the instructions are given at the exam site.
For additional information about the exam, see the Frequently Asked Questions below.
The Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Cultures reserves the right to change your placement if we believe you have not been placed at the appropriate level. Also, if you feel you have been misplaced on the basis of the placement test, you should consult with the Department. You may not place yourself into a course lower than where you tested without permission of the Department.
We recommend that you register for a foreign language course as soon as possible after taking the placement exam so that it reflects your current abilities—and before you forget the language skills you acquired in high school or college.
If you have questions not answered by the FAQ (below), please contact Professor Juan Carlos Grijalva.
Professor Juan Carlos Grijalva
Chair, Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Cultures Assumption University
500 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609-1296
Frequently Asked Questions about the Online Foreign Language Placement Exam
Do I have to take the Placement Exam?
Yes, if you have studied French, Spanish, Italian or German in high school and plan to continue, you must take the Placement Exam unless you have already received college credit for language study either through an AP test or through a course at another institution. If you have taken a different language, you will be placed at an appropriate level for that language by members of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages according to your high school record.
How many times can I take the Placement Exam?
You will normally take the exam only once, unless asked to retake it by the Department. If you need to resume a test due to an internet interruption, please do not click "Start exam from scratch," click “Resume.” If you take the exam but do not register for a foreign language course until several years later (which is not advisable but occasionally happens), you will be asked to retake the exam, since your language proficiency will change over time.
How long does the Placement Exam take?
About 20 minutes.
When should I take the exam?
As soon as possible in order to give our Department time to check your result. You should definitely take it before meeting with an advisor in order to be placed in an appropriate course. You will be asked to take it after meeting with an advisor if you don’t take it before.
What do I type as my email address?
Your username is your Houndmail email address.
When do I find out the results of the Placement Exam?
Immediately following the exam your score will be shown automatically. You are advised to take a screenshot showing your score in the (unlikely) event the Department of Modern and Classical Languages does not receive your score. It is also recommended you have a copy of this with you during your advising session.
I didn't get my Placement Exam results. What do I do?
If you complete the exam, the score should appear at the end. You can also go back to the exam screen, enter your information EXACTLY as you did when you first took the exam, and click Resume. Your final score will show here. The Department will receive it in time for Orientation and will keep a record.
What if I don't understand my placement result?
Contact the Chair of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages & Cultures, Dr. Juan Carlos Grijalva.
I placed into a course that is either too difficult or too easy for me. What should I do?
Contact the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Cultures before registering for a course. WebAdvisor is linked with placement scores, so it will not allow you to register for a course that does not coincide with your placement. Changes in placement require authorization from the department and then re-entering by the Registrar’s Office.
Do I need to call the Department before I register for the course that the Placement Exam indicates?
No, unless you have any questions.
The section of the language course I'd like to take (or that fits in my schedule) is full. What should I do?
You will probably be able to rearrange your schedule so that you can register for another section of the same course.
Do I receive credit for taking the Exam?
No, the Placement Exam is only for placement in the appropriate language courses.
If I took the AP test in a foreign language, should I take the Placement Exam?
Yes. Depending on your AP score and level of placement, you may decide to take the course indicated by the Placement Exam instead of accepting your AP credit. Make sure that you have your AP scores sent to the Registrar’s Office for proper awarding of credit. We can’t award credit without official scores.
If I'm bilingual or a native speaker of Spanish, do I have to take the Placement Exam?
Assumption University supports and recognizes the standards set forth in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and its amendments, which are designed to eliminate discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities. Assumption University is committed to providing equity, access, and inclusion of all students with disabilities within the Assumption University community.
If you are a student or family member with a disability and in need of accommodations to fully participate in the Compass Virtual Orientation please contact Julie LeBlanc, Director of Student Accessibility Services.
Incoming first-year students with disabilities are strongly encouraged to disclose and engage in the process of requesting reasonable accommodations. Students wishing to do so should access the following link and follow the instructions under the tab titled “Class of 2025 and New Students”
Is COMPASS Orientation mandatory for all students to attend?
Yes, COMPASS Orientation is a wonderful opportunity to meet people and become familiar with the Assumption community, resources and tools available to you as a student. You will also meet with an advisor to choose your classes for the fall semester.
When can I sign up for COMPASS Orientation?
You may register for Orientation on your Applicant Portal.
What if I have not selected a major or do not know what I want to do?
That is perfectly okay if you don’t know what your major is. You will still be able to meet with an advisor during COMPASS Orientation to talk about the core curriculum requirements and what other classes you may be interested in. Faculty, staff and administration are here to help guide you.
Will I meet with my academic advisor during COMPASS Orientation?
You will meet with an advisor for approximately 40 minutes during COMPASS Orientation during which you will discuss your major, academic interests and classes to take in the fall. The advisor with whom you meet may not be your academic advisor for the year.
Will I register for courses during COMPASS Orientation?
You will not register for courses but you will pick courses you are interested in taking.
Following your on-campus COMPASS Orientation, the transition to Assumption moves online until you check-in on August 27, 2021.
The entire Assumption community looks forward to welcoming you to campus this fall! If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Student Activities at 508-767-7403.
Since you are now an official Hound, we invite you to join the conversation on the University’s social media communities, including an Instagram managed by students (@assumptionuma). We also suggest that you like the University’s Facebook page and follow the University on Twitter. (Tip for first-year students: when classes are canceled due to weather, the announcement is first made on the Facebook and Twitter pages.)
The University encourages all members of the Class of 2025 to share orientation photos on social media using #HOUNDS2025.
Have a question? Feel free to email or call members of the Assumption University community.
The Office of Student Activities along with the Dean of Students and Office of Undergraduate Studies sponsor First-Year COMPASS Orientation
Sara Swillo Muckian, Director of Student Activities and Leadership Development
Ted Zito, Associate Dean of Students
Isabella Zaccardi, Program Coordinator for Student Activities
Undergraduate Studies Office (Maison 202)
Oversees academic advising, provides assistance with any concerns or issues with classes, including excused absences for illness or death in the family.
- Eloise Knowlton, Ph.D. (508) 767-7486, Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Studies
- Jennifer Morrison, Ph.D. (508) 767-7486, Assistant Vice President for Undergraduate Studies
Accessibility Services (Second floor of the d’Alzon Library)
Determines accommodation eligibility and works with students who self-identify as having a disability.
- Julie LeBlanc (508) 767-7500, Director of Student Accessibility Services
Residential Life Office (First Floor of Salisbury Hall)
Assistance with any issues concerning campus residence.
- Ben Kadamus (508) 767-7505, Director of Residential Life
- Caitlin MacNeil (508) 767-7505, Associate Director of Residential Life
Office of Student Activities (Hagan Campus Center)
Works closely with students to plan co-curricular activities including Orientation.
- Ted Zito (508) 767-7403, Associate Dean of Students
- Isabella Zaccardi (508) 767-7403, Coordinator for Student Programming
- Office phone number: (508)-767-7403
Student Health Services (Located in Armanet House at the back of campus)
Assistance with any health-related issues or concerns.
- email@example.com, (508) 767-7329
Student Affairs (Salisbury Hall)
Oversees the operation of the division of student affairs.
- Deborah Cady Melzer, Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students, (508) 767-7325
- Ted Zito, Associate Dean of Students, (508) 767-7325
Student Accounts (Lower Level of Desautel Hall)
Assistance with billing, charges, etc.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (508) 767-7351
Student Development and Counseling (Armanet House at the back of campus)
Provides personal counseling services to all full-time undergraduate students.
Student Conduct (First Floor of Salisbury Hall)
Oversees the student conduct process including facilitation of and/or participation in educational initiatives related to policies, student behavior, development, and maturation.
- email@example.com (508) 767-7325
Academic Support Center (Second Floor of the d’Alzon Library)
Assistance with class work in the form of tutoring, study skills, time management.
- (508) 767-7071
Cross-Cultural Center (Charlie’s)
Provides campus-wide programming on diversity-related issues, advises and supports Assumption’s ALANA (African, Latino/Hispanic, Asian, and Native American) Network student group and international students.
Career Development and Internship Center (Lower Level of Alumni Hall)
Financial Aid (Admissions House)
- firstname.lastname@example.org (508) 767-7158
Registrar’s Office (Lower Level of Desautel Hall)
Assistance with any issues concerning class scheduling and transcripts.
Campus Ministry (Tinsley Campus Ministry Center & Hagan Campus Center)
Provides opportunities for spiritual development and volunteer service. Oversees liturgy, retreats, SEND service trips, the Reach Out Center, a variety of prayer opportunities, the Chapel Choir, Advocates for Life, and AC Allies.
- Paul Covino (508) 767-7419, Director of Campus Ministry
Information Technology (Room 130 of the Information Technology Center)
Provides answers to questions about purchasing a computer.
- email@example.com (508) 767-7060
Assumption Dining Services (Sodexo - Taylor Dining Hall)
- Kathie Hanwell, General Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org (508) 767-7231
Department of Public Safety/Campus Police (First Floor of Kennedy Hall)
Provides a comprehensive program of police, security, crime prevention, fire safety and emergency medical services 24/7 to help ensure that the college community remains a safe and pleasant place in which to live, work and study.
Assumption Buildings and Grounds/Maintenance
Provides general maintenance, repair and common area cleaning of the campus.
- email@example.com (508) 767-7391
Hound Store (Bookstore - Second Floor of Hagan Campus Center)
- firstname.lastname@example.org (508) 767-7249