Welcoming Veterans

Assumption College, a Veterans Administration-designated “Yellow Ribbon School” strives to form graduates known for critical intelligence, thoughtful citizenship and compassionate service, principles congruent with the brave women and men who have selflessly served our country with honor and bravery as a member of the United States Armed Forces.

Honoring Those who Served - Not Just on Veterans' Day

Assumption College recognizes that servicemen and women have demonstrated great courage and made tremendous sacrifices in service to our nation and its people. The College has introduced a number of programs and services to assist veterans during the application process and while veterans are attending Assumption. Some of these services include an application fee waiver and a lounge designated only for our veteran students. Assumption College is committed to attaining and maintaining recognition as a Military Friendly institution.  We strive to eliminate barriers to success for our Service Members, Veterans, and their qualified dependents.  Our commitment is rooted in the belief that the combination of military experience and a liberal arts degree aligned with Assumption’s Mission well prepares individuals to achieve.

We also recognize that Veterans’ pursuing a degree may have unique needs beyond their education; needs that the Assumption College community is prepared to meet.

Veterans Success Committees and Campus Contacts
Assumption’s Veterans services and programming are guided by the expertise of two committees, the Veterans Success Committee and the Administration Veterans Work Group.

Benefits for Service Members, Veterans and Qualified Dependents

Select Assumption faculty, including those who have served, have been trained on how to best advise Service Members, Veterans, and their families (SMVF). Individuals actively serving may face challenges related to training or deployment. Faculty and administration work with SMVF to facilitate degree completion regardless of the challenges presented by their military responsibilities.

Veterans Financial Aid and Benefits Assistance

Assumption College recognizes the barriers related to the timely allocation of funds from government programs providing tuition assistance to Services Members, Veterans, and their qualified dependents.  While issues almost inevitably arise, key personnel within the administrative hierarchy of the college are working to minimize and eliminate these barriers. Assumption College does not penalize with late fees or unnecessary registration challenges individuals receiving military affiliated funding when its allocation does not align with the college’s schedule.

Below are ways to access additional information about benefits available for SMVF:

  • Post 9/11 GI Bill:  Service Members may be eligible to transfer all or an unused portion of benefits to their spouse or dependent children.  To learn more, visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_transfer.asp.
  • Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (Fry Scholarship):  This scholarship provides payments to eligible spouses and dependents of Service Members who have died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001.  To learn more, visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/Fry_Scholarship.asp.
  • MyCAA is a workforce development program for eligible military spouses who plan to pursue a certificate, license, or associate degree in an occupation or portable career field.  To learn more, visit https://aiportal.acc.af.mil/mycaa/.

Dedicated Faculty Advisors

Dedicated Staff

Thanks to a Veterans Administration grant, the College funds a work-study position that is filled by a student-Veteran. This individual serves as a resource to Veterans connecting them to various services available on campus. 

For more information please contact Mary Malone, (508)767-7408.

In-Demand Academic Programs

Assumption College offers more than 35 majors and 35 minors in the undergraduate program (e.g., Business StudiesHuman Services and Rehabilitation Studies and Psychology) and 11 in the graduate studies (e.g., Rehabilitation CounselingSchool CounselingClinical CounselingMasters of Business Administration, and MBA in Healthcare Management) to name a few.  Additionally, the leadership from the rehabilitation counseling, school counseling, and health advocacy programs developed a specialized certificate program (Special Ops: SMVF) designed to prepare individuals to work with Service Members, Veterans, and their families in human resource and healthcare industries.

Veterans Lounge

Veterans, like most people, flourish in environments with those who understand their background and training. Assumption College worked with student-Veterans and faculty-Veterans on the design and outfitting of a Veterans lounge.  The ribbon cutting for the lounge will follow the Veterans’ Day Observance Ceremony on November 8, 2018.  The lounge was designed to provide a central space on campus where Veterans can study, meet with other Veterans, and feel comfortable in an environment that is supportive of their needs.

The Veterans Lounge is located in the Information Technology Center, Room 125 and 126.

Additional Information for Veteran-Students


Annual Veterans' Day Observance

Each year, the Assumption College community pauses to recognize and thank Veterans for their selfless sacrifices in service of our country. The event features an alumni guest speaker who served in the Armed Forces and each Veteran in attendance is honored with an Assumption College challenge coin. Recent Veterans' Day events have included the blessing and dedication of a Veterans' Lounge and the announcement of new programs that train students how to care for Veterans through the College's Special Ops: Service Members, Veterans, and Families (SMVF) program.

Veterans' Day at Assumption

Assumption Named a 2019-20 Military Friendly® School

Assumption College is one of the nation’s best institutions for Veterans and has been recognized as a 2019-20 Military Friendly® School. This designation sets the standard for higher education institutions to best serve veterans and their spouses. 

Understanding the challenges many Veterans face in pursuing an undergraduate or advanced degree, Assumption offers customized academic counseling and support, a peer-to-peer Veteran mentoring program, programs to assist Veterans with post-graduate employment outcomes, and much more. The Veterans Success Committee ensures Veteran students have a voice on campus and a new Veterans Lounge provides a space on campus exclusively for Veterans to gather and support each other. 

Assumption Named a 2019-20 Military Friendly® School

Veterans Lounge

After reviewing available spaces on campus, the Veterans Success Committee chose adjoining rooms 125 and 126 in the Assumption IT Building to renovate and transform into the College’s Veterans’ Lounge. Centrally located, the Veterans’ Lounge has one room designated as a study area with windows overlooking the piazza in front of the Tsotsis Family Academic Center. The other room is a lounge with comfortable furniture and a large-screen television. 

Supporting Veterans 

Special Ops: SMVF Program

This 6-8 course, 18-24 credit online Special Ops: Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families (SMVF) program provides training for individuals in the human services field, arming them with knowledge of relevant issues facing Service Members, Veterans, and their Families. With over 1.9 million U.S. Service members deployed since 2001 and an increased role for service providers in the civilian sector, there is a growing need for human services professionals who are well versed in SMVF issues and rehabilitation techniques. Providers should have competence in military culture and the physical and psychological effects of war with an emphasis on prevention, assessment, and intervention. This program employs a culturally responsive and strengths-based framework to build relationships and effectively engage and empower SMVF to find effective solutions to the specific issues they face.

First-rate Academics in a Catholic College Setting

Assumption College strives to form graduates known for critical intelligence, thoughtful citizenship and compassionate service. Rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition, the College pursues these ambitious goals through a curriculum grounded in the liberal arts that prepares students for professionally and personally rewarding lives of meaning.

Our Mission