Jun 03, 2022
Dmitriy Ivanov

Assumption Recognized for Student Engagement, Quality of Academics, Supportive Campus Community and Outcomes

Assumption University was recognized by Colleges of Distinction for its steadfast commitment to supporting undergraduate students’ efforts to learn, grow, and succeed. Specifically, Assumption was named a 2022-2023 College of Distinction, Massachusetts College of Distinction, and a Catholic and Military Support Distinction. Additionally, Colleges of Distinction recognized the University’s business and education programs.

Colleges of Distinction is a resource for high school and college transfer students researching their higher education options.

According to Colleges of Distinction, it believes that a thorough selection process requires more than an overview of institutional data, statistics, and the size of endowment. The higher education information resource states that their selection process comprises a sequence of in-depth research and detailed interviews with the schools, accepting only those that adhere to the Four Distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes.

Colleges of Distinction reports that Assumption demonstrated excellence in the four areas, including through the following:

  • Engaged Students – Students at Assumption have the opportunity to take an active part in their own learning through experiences such as a semester at the University’s international campus in Rome, Italy, and gain experience in leadership though one of its 60-plus on-campus student organizations.
  • Excellent Teaching – Students at Assumption have meaningful interactions with faculty in the COMPASS and Logos Institute programs. Students in the SOPHIA and Honors programs are afforded unique opportunities to converse with professors both inside and outside of the classroom.
  • A Vibrant Community – Creating connections with peers outside of the classroom is an important part of a well-rounded college experience. Assumption offers students community service learning, community service opportunities, and living-learning communities, which help students find a sense of belonging and meaning throughout their campus experience.
  • Successful Outcomes – The University provides students an exemplary education and several opportunities for internships and experiential learning with local organizations such as the Worcester Red Sox, Worcester Railers, and The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory for the Performing Arts. Assumption’s Career Development and Internship Center reports that 91 percent of the class of 2020 was employed, pursuing additional education, enlisted in the military or participating in post-graduate service opportunities six months after graduation.

“When we focus all of our attention on how schools stack up against one another, we lose track of what really matters: the students themselves,” said Wes Creel, founder of Colleges of Distinction. “Every student has individual needs and their own environment in which they’re most likely to thrive. We want to extend our praise to the schools that prioritize and cater to students’ goals.”

Creel continued, “We’re inspired by the ways in which Assumption University immerses students in their fields, all while fostering a welcoming community that will support them through and beyond their college years.”

Aside from overall undergraduate recognitions, Colleges of Distinction also awards recognition in individual areas. Assumption earned additional recognition of its education and business academic programs.