Assumption Named A College of Distinction

May 29, 2020

Assumption has been recognized for its commitment to student-centered education that applies theory to practice while fostering a dynamic learning community by Colleges of Distinction in its 2020-21 rankings. Assumption was also named a Massachusetts College of Distinction as well as a Catholic College of Distinction. 

“Assumption is honored to be recognized for the education we provide,” said Greg Weiner, Ph.D., provost and academic vice president. “Assumption strives to provide a rigorous, comprehensive Catholic liberal arts education that forms graduates known for critical intelligence, thoughtful citizenship and compassionate service. An Assumption education applies enduring ideas to contemporary challenges, preparing our students for a world that is, as St. Augustine said, ‘ever ancient, ever new.'”

A cornerstone of Assumption’s academic experience is ensuring students are provided a number of experiential learning and internship opportunities, as well as community-serving learning classes that provide students with real-world experience that complements their classroom practicum, taught by professors who are practitioners and experts in their respective fields. 

Most critical to the Assumption student experience are on- and off-campus activities that help shape the whole person. In addition to 24 NCAA Division II sports, Assumption offers a variety of intramural and club sports, and more than 60 student-run organizations. An emphasis on giving back and serving communities in need are found in service-learning courses and alternative spring breaks through the SEND Service Immersion program. Students can also expand their global education by studying abroad at the College’s campus in Rome, Italy, and in a number of locations across the world. A robust Campus Ministry program allows students to explore, rediscover, and build upon their Catholic faith. 

“It’s inspiring to see Assumption commit to the learning styles and community involvement that will best allow their students to thrive,” said Wes Creel, founder of Colleges of Distinction.

According to Colleges of Distinction, which is celebrating its 20th year, the organization conducts in-depth research and detailed interviews with each school about the first-year experience and retention efforts alongside its general education programs, career development, strategic plan, student satisfaction, and more. The organization recognizes those institutions “that adhere to the Four Distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes. Overlaid in the last few years have been a look into High-Impact Practices. This model prioritizes the opportunities institutions have for students that make for a fulfilling, individualized college experience.”

Assumption was also recognized as a College of Distinction for its military support, equity and inclusion, and for its education and business programs.