Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 13:00

Assumption Named a ‘College of Distinction’

Assumption’s Innovative Learning Experiences, Opportunities for Personal Development Are Lauded

Assumption College has been awarded the “Colleges of Distinction” honor for providing innovative, teacher-centered undergraduate education and preparing its graduates for real-world success.

“The Colleges of Distinction recognition captures the essence of an Assumption College education,” said Assumption College President Francesco C. Cesareo, Ph.D. “Our esteemed group of educators and scholars are committed to the success of each Assumption student, and they represent Assumption’s tradition of academic excellence, balanced with opportunities to apply the knowledge gained through hands-on experiences in a variety of settings. As well, Assumption strives to foster on our beautiful campus a spirit of engagement, community service, and faith-based learning—whether in Worcester, Massachusetts, or on our campus in Rome, Italy.”

As a College of Distinction, Assumption is:

  • Nationally recognized by education professionals as an excellent school;
  • Strongly focused on teaching undergraduates;
  • Home to a variety of innovative learning experiences;
  • An active campus, with many opportunities for personal development;
  • Highly valued by graduate schools and employers for its outstanding undergraduate preparation.

This year, Assumption is one of only 294 schools in the United States, 14 overall in Massachusetts, and six Catholic colleges in Massachusetts to be selected for the honor. High school guidance counselors and educators nominate colleges and universities for recognition by Colleges of Distinction—an ebook and web-based college guide—which then evaluates each school based on qualitative and quantitative research (graduation rates, classroom size and feedback from current students, alumni, faculty and administration). The colleges and universities are not ranked and, instead, are members of a consortium of other impressive schools.

The Colleges of Distinction recognition comes on the heels of Assumption being named one of the best colleges for undergraduate education by education services company The Princeton Review. Assumption is featured in the new 2015 edition of The Princeton Review’s annual college guide, The Best 379 Colleges.

“Assumption College offers outstanding academics, which is the chief reason we selected it for the book,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president and publisher and author of The Best 379 Colleges. “We are pleased to recommend Assumption College to students as one of the best schools to earn their undergraduate degree.”

In its profile on Assumption, The Princeton Review quotes students who praised the College for being a “’very welcoming and inclusive institution’” that focuses on giving its students every resource possible to help them succeed and be happy … campus jobs are ‘abundant,’ and the Career Development and Internship Center admirably aids students in finding jobs after graduation. … Overall, Assumption ‘helps foster well-rounded, creative, intelligent and caring young adults to be successful and morally sound in their future endeavors.’”

Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College @AssumptionNews