Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 09:30

The Princeton Review Names Assumption One of the “Best 380 Colleges”

Students Laud Assumption’s Strong Academic Programs and Faculty Commitment to Student Success

For the second consecutive year, Assumption College has been named one of the “Best 380 Colleges,” according to nationally recognized education services company, The Princeton Review. Assumption is featured in the 2016 edition of The Princeton Review’s annual college guide.

The recognition by The Princeton Review is based upon surveys conducted of students attending the College. Last year, Assumption was featured in The Princeton Review’s Best 379 Colleges list.

“While our purpose is not to crown one college academically 'best' overall or to rank the schools 1 to 380 on any single topic, our lists provide direct student feedback on the schools' campus culture, program offerings and cost,” said  Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president and publisher and author of The Best 379 Colleges. “Our goal is to help applicants choose and get into their dream college—the college best for them.”

Assumption College President Dr. Francesco C. Cesareo, Ph.D., noted that the College is proud of the recognition. 

“The Assumption College community is proud of The Princeton Review’s recognition of the College’s strong academic programs for the second consecutive year,” said President Cesareo, Ph.D. “Assumption strives to educate students to think critically, ask questions differently, communicate effectively and to possess a depth of knowledge that enables them to view an issue from a broader, rather than narrow, perspective. As an institution of higher learning committed to an education grounded in the liberal arts, students are taught and challenged to develop their intellectual skills in order to become informed, proactive and successful leaders and global citizens.”

In this year’s profile on Assumption, The Princeton Review quotes students who praised the College as an institution that “focuses 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.’ Assumption is definitely all about education… Overall, Assumption ‘helps foster well rounded, creative, intelligent and caring young adults to be successful and morally sound in their future endeavors.’”

The Princeton Review also included student responses with regard to the faculty: “The ‘beyond helpful’ profes­sors here are ‘engaging,’ ‘approachable,’ and ‘have a diversity of teaching styles,’ as well as being ‘willing to talk to you whenever you need it and [caring] about your well-being.’ They ‘bring their personal experiences into the classroom’ to make studies ‘interesting and enjoyable,’ and the application of the liberal arts curriculum to small classes means that students ‘receive a greater impact’ from their learning. ‘The professors here at Assumption all love what they do and it is obvious in the classroom,’ says a junior.”

Focusing on student life, The Princeton Review remarked that, according to students, “it’s ‘easy to meet new people’ and ‘there is a great sense of belonging.’ ‘Assumption does a great job of getting people involved one way or another,’ says a student. There is always an activity going on and ‘always something to do if you want to get off campus’ in the college town of Worcester.”

While not noted in The Princeton Review's summary, Assumption College provides an exceptional, classic liberal arts education with professional programs – the very foundation for any successful individual in today’s ever-changing marketplace; a robust internship program of which over 70 percent of 2014 graduates completed before graduating; and the option to spend a semester at the College’s campus in Rome, Italy.  

According to The Princeton Review, the rankings are based on surveys of 136,000 students (average 358 per campus) at the 380 colleges in the book in 2014–15 and/or the previous two school years. Survey topics include assessments of professors as teachers to opinions about their school’s library, career services department and campus food.



Founded in 1904 by the Augustinians of the Assumption in Worcester, Mass., Assumption College offers undergraduate students 42 majors and 48 minors in the liberal arts, sciences, business, and professional studies; as well as master’s and continuing education degrees and professional certificate programs—each through an educational experience that grounded in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition. The curriculum enables students to gain a depth and breadth of knowledge that leads to professional success and personal fulfillment. Students—whether on the Worcester campus or at the College’s Rome, Italy, campus—become engaged participants in Assumption’s classic liberal arts education, exploring new ideas and making connections across disciplines. To prepare for the workforce, students learn cutting-edge theory and best practices, conduct innovative research, and develop excellent communication and critical-analysis skills. Assumption graduates are also known for their thoughtful citizenship and compassionate service to their community. 



Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College
ke.dunbar@assumption.edu @AssumptionNews