Assumption College: Narrative Description

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500 Salisbury St.
Worcester, MA 01609-1296
Tel: (508)767-7000; 888-882-7786
Admissions: (508)767-7110
Fax: (508)799-4412
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Independent Roman Catholic, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1904. Setting: 145-acre suburban campus with easy access to Boston. Endowment: $43.2 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $6375 per student. Total enrollment: 2,452. Faculty: 217 (132 full-time, 85 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 3,538 applied, 69% were admitted. 15% from top 10% of their high school class, 52% from top quarter, 84% from top half. Full-time: 2,165 students, 60% women, 40% men. Part-time: 19 students, 42% women, 58% men. Students come from 20 states and territories, 8 other countries, 31% from out-of-state, 0.05% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 1% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0% international, 21% 25 or older, 90% live on campus, 2% transferred in. Retention: 80% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; English. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Colleges of Worcester Consortium. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 3/1, 11/15 for early decision. Notification: continuous until 5/1, 12/15 for early decision.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $28,050 includes full-time tuition ($22,260), mandatory fees ($395), and college room and board ($5395). College room only: $3245. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and reciprocity agreements. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $742 per credit hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $165 per year. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 40 open to all. Most popular organizations: Volunteer Center, Campus Activities Board, student government, Campus Ministry, resident assistants. Major annual events: Siblings' Weekend, Family Weekend, Welcome Back Week. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, front gate security, well-lit pathways. 1,942 college housing spaces available; 1,938 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Emmanuel d'Alzon Library with 103,467 books, 17,690 microform titles, 1,119 serials, 1,450 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.2 million. 190 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

175-acre park-like campus situated in residential section of city. See Clark University for area details.

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