When you transfer to Assumption, you are beginning a new journey and joining a community dedicated to helping you find your path and prepare for your future.
Congratulations and welcome to Assumption University!
Congratulations on joining the Assumption University community! We look forward to welcoming you during our upcoming New Transfer Student Orientation on August 4 (originally scheduled for August 18) as you begin your university career with us. We know you will have plenty of questions about what needs to be done and who to contact.
The 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 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.
COVID 19 has certainly impacted all of our lives and we hope you and your family are safe and healthy during this difficult time. 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. You may know that the Governor of Massachusetts has extended the stay at home order to help curve the spread of the coronavirus. As a result, we are monitoring state guidelines surrounding social distancing and will include this in our planning for New Transfer Student Orientation.
Orientation remains a critical aspect of your transition to Assumption. We will provide programming that will allow you to meet faculty, select course offerings, meeting upper-class student orientation leaders and interact with other students transferring into Assumption. Family orientation will also be provided during New Transfer Student Orientation.
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.
Associate Dean of Students
Helpful Orientation Information
Prior to arriving for New Transfer Student Orientation, please consult the following checklist to ensure you are prepared to maximize your first visit to campus as an official Hound. Your username and password were emailed to you upon submitting your enrollment deposit.
By Thursday, July 23:
- Bring your bill into good standing
- Waive or enroll in health insurance coverage in order to have the charge removed from your bill
By Friday, July 31:
- Complete the Student Advising Questionnaire
- Complete your math and foreign language placement exam
Complete as soon as possible:
- Submit health and immunizations forms
- Contact Residential Life about housing and then the Finance Office once your housing is confirmed
- Contact Julie LeBlanc if planning to request an accommodation for a disability: firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Advising Questionnaire
During orientation, you will meet one-on-one for forty minutes with a faculty member to discuss your academic interests and goals and to choose appropriate courses for the fall. The purpose of the questionnaire is twofold. First, it is used to place you with an appropriate faculty advisor — the more we know about you, your academic interests and aspirations, the better we can place you. Second, the questionnaire is read by your orientation advisor and your permanent faculty advisor in the fall, and it helps them to guide you in your course selection. The questionnaire takes about 30 minutes to complete and must be done in one sitting.
Bills and payments are processed electronically through the Student Account Center on the student portal where you will be connected to your student account information including account summary, activity, statements, and options to pay. Please note that your account must be in good standing in order to register and attend classes. If there are holds on your account at the time of the orientation, you will not be able to register for classes.
Assumption University requires that all new, full-time undergraduate and graduate students, international students (full or part-time) and all health science students (full or part-time) submit completed health information including proof of immunizations to the Student Wellness Portal as soon as possible.
Questions? Before July 31, please call (508) 767-7325. After July 31, please call Health Services at 508-767-7329 or email email@example.com
Massachusetts State Law requires all full-time students attending an institution of higher education to have medical coverage. All full-time undergraduate students are automatically billed for the Student Health Insurance plan. If after reviewing the Student Health Plan, you determine you already have comparable health care coverage that meets the minimum benefit levels and services, you may waive this charge. Students may enroll in or waive the Student Health plan by logging on to the student portal and clicking “Student Account Center.” The link is under the image of the STAR on the right-hand side. Please call the Finance Office at (508) 767-7351 with any questions.
Housing and Billing for Housing
If you are living on campus this year, your housing and meal plan charge will not appear on your bill until you are officially housed through Residential Life. To contact Residential Life regarding housing placement, call (508) 767-7505. Once you receive confirmation from Residential Life of your housing placement, please make the necessary arrangements with the Finance Office at 508-767-7351 to pay your corrected bill amount prior to moving in August.
Unless you have already received college credit for a math or language course, you will need to take a placement. Don’t worry—you can’t “fail” these. They are solely for determining the appropriate level of course, so do your best, but you don’t need to study or prepare for them.
For Math: You will take the online placement test using the username and password emailed to you. The test takes 25 minutes, and you must complete it in one sitting.
For Languages: If you have taken Spanish, French, German, Russian, Italian or Chinese in high school, you will need to take an online placement test. If you have studied a language other than those listed, the Department of Modern and Classical Languages will provide your advisor with a placement at orientation based on an evaluation of your high school record.
The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science welcomes you to Assumption! 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?
Click here, 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?
For more information on accommodations for students with disabilities, please read this letter from Julie LeBlanc, the Director of Student Accessibility Services. If you plan to seek accommodation for a disability, you must self-identify and provide appropriate, current documentation to Julie LeBlanc.
Have a question? Feel free to email or call members of the Assumption University community.
Dean of 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 ’09 (508) 767-7403, Associate Dean of Students
- Sara Swillo Muckian (508) 767-7403, Director of Student Activities and Leadership Development
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org, (508) 767-7329
Student Affairs (Salisbury Hall)
Oversees the operation of the division of student affairs. Provides assistance to international students.
- 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 Alumni Hall)
Assistance with billing, charges, etc.
- email@example.com (508) 767-7351
Counseling Services (Fuller Hall)
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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (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.
- Judy Heersink (508) 767-7100, Director of ALANA & First Generation Student Success
Career Development and Internship Center (Lower Level of Alumni Hall)
Financial Aid (Admissions House)
- email@example.com (508) 767-7158
Registrar’s Office (Lower Level of Alumni 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (508) 767-7060
Assumption Dining Services (Sodexo - Taylor Dining Hall)
- Kathie Hanwell, General Manager, email@example.com (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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (508) 767-7391
Hound Store (Bookstore - Second Floor of Hagan Campus Center)
- email@example.com (508) 767-7249
Since you are now an official Hound, we invite you to join the conversation on the University’s social media communities, including an Instagram (@assumptionuma). We also suggest that you like the University’s Facebook page and follow the University on Twitter. (Tip for students: when classes are canceled due to weather, the announcement is first made on the Facebook and Twitter pages.)
First Day of Classes
As a reminder, the first day of classes begins on Monday, August 31, 2020. The entire Assumption community looks forward to welcoming you to campus this fall!