Assumption One of The Princeton Review’s “Best 386 Colleges” for 2021

Aug 19, 2020

Assumption University has been named one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review’s 2021 annual college guide, The Best 386 Colleges. 

According to The Princeton Review, just 14 percent of America’s 2,800 four-year colleges are recognized for this honor, which analyzes each institutions’ academic offerings as well as many aspects of student life. The rankings are also a result of data gathered from surveys of college students who rate and report on various aspects of their campus and community experiences. In its profile on Assumption, The Princeton Review cites that “students are happy, internships are widely available, diverse student types interact on campus, students get along with [the] local community, students [are] involved in community service, [it’s] easy to get around campus,” and that students are active in both student government and minority support groups. 

“Amid a period in which the University has reorganized into five separate and distinct schools, constructed two new academic buildings and has expanded new academic programs in health care, such as nursing and physician assistant studies, we are proud that The Princeton Review has recognized the quality and value of an Assumption education, which remains committed to the liberal arts,” said Francesco C. Cesareo, Ph.D., president of Assumption University. “Our inclusion in The Best 386 Colleges is a testament to our strong academics, accessible and dedicated faculty, supportive staff and student resources, and the myriad opportunities students have to get involved on campus—through athletics, extracurricular activities, and social experiences.  Assumption’s new University status reflects the evolution and growth of Assumption as a comprehensive institution, and our expanded academic offerings, new state-of-the-art learning facilities, and innovative partnerships, like the one we have established with the Worcester Red Sox, provide exciting opportunities for our students to discover and hone their unique talents, while applying what they have learned in their courses.”

The Princeton Review praises Assumption for its focus on “educating aware and prospective young adults to become active and productive members of society while maintaining human core values” through “service, meaningful discussions, and liberal arts classes.” Students lauded Assumption for its “amazing” sense of community, calling it a “’very welcoming and inclusive institution’ [that] focuses on giving its students every resource possible to help them succeed and be happy,” including tutoring from the Academic Support Center, an abundance of campus jobs, and the helpfulness of the Career Development and Internship Center when it comes to finding a job after graduation. “Overall, Assumption “helps foster well rounded, creative, intelligent and caring young adults to be successful and morally sound in their future endeavors,” said one student. 

“We salute Assumption University for its outstanding academics and we are truly pleased to recommend it to prospective applicants searching for their personal ‘best-fit’ college,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s Editor-in-Chief and lead author of The Best 386 Colleges.