This endeavor will bring about cohesion around common disciplinary approaches, goals, and learning experiences that are integrated and related to an overall philosophy of the educational outcomes desired in a particular school.

Assumption College to Become Assumption University

A Momentous Milestone in the 115-year History of Assumption

With a continued dedication to providing a high-quality and rewarding experience for current and future students, as well as the close-knit community environment for which the institution is known, Assumption will become Assumption University in June 2020 with the start of the 2020-2021 academic year. Approval for university designation follows several years of discussion and planning for this exciting transition. 

 “We are pleased the Commonwealth has affirmed our belief that Assumption is a comprehensive institution with exemplary undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs. We find ourselves at the cusp of yet another significant moment in the storied history of this institution that was founded in 1904 by the Augustinians of the Assumption.” - Francesco C. Cesareo, Ph.D., President, Assumption College

Enhanced Academic Opportunities for Students

In preparation for the transition to university status, Assumption restructured into five Schools. By establishing separate schools, Assumption may leverage its strengths, more easily develop new course options and programs, and allow for innovation. The Schools include:

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Grenon School of Business
  • School of Graduate and Professional Studies
  • School of Health Professions
  • School of Nursing

Assumption continues to expand academic opportunities for students. Recently launched undergraduate programs include cybersecurity, neuroscience and nursing. A master of science in physician assistant program, the latest addition to Assumption’s exemplary graduate offerings, will begin accepting applications in May 2020. 

Dual degree programs, some offering an accelerated path, provide opportunities for academically motivated students to seamlessly transition from their undergraduate program into one of Assumption’s graduate programs.

Investing in Innovation – In and Out of the Classroom

When you walk across campus, you can’t help but notice the changes taking place. Two brand-new, state-of-the-art academic buildings have transformed not only the landscape, but the learning environment for students. Inside those buildings – the Tsotsis Family Academic Center which opened in Fall 2017 and the Health Sciences building opening in Fall 2020 – are high-tech classrooms, skills and simulation labs for our nursing and physician assistant programs, seminar rooms, study spaces and a 400-seat performance hall. 

Innovative partnerships, such as one  with the Worcester Red Sox, provide students unique opportunities for internships and community engagement.

Preparing for Assumption University

The institution will remain Assumption College until June 2020, at which point we look forward to making the formal transition to Assumption University. Check back over the coming months for updates on our progress.In the meantime, read our FAQs below about what university status means for all of our constituents. It’s an exciting time to be a Hound!  

News and Information

In The News

Telegram & Gazette: Assumption College gets State Approval to become University

On Wednesday, November 6, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette featured an article about Assumption College's state approval to become a university. 

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Worcester Business Journal: Assumption receives State Approval to become a University

On Thursday, November 7, The Worcester Business Journal published an article on Assumption's state approval to become a university.

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