The College History


Founded in 1904, Assumption is a Catholic college known for its classic liberal arts curriculum and strong academic programs in business and professional studies. More than 2,000 students choose among 41 majors and 48 minors as they explore an educational experience grounded in the rich Catholic intellection tradition.


The College strives to form graduates known for critical intelligence, thoughtful citizenship and compassionate service. We pursue these ambitious goals through a curriculum grounded in the liberal arts and extending to the domain of professional studies. Enlivened by the Catholic affirmation of the harmony of faith and reason, we aim, by the pursuit of the truth, to transform the minds and hearts of students. Assumption favors diversity and ecumenically welcomes all who share its goals.

The Way to Building What the World Needs

Talk to one of our amazing graduates a decade into their career as a biochemist or family court judge or any number of other professions and you’ll discover why we insist on a values-based education — one that gives graduates the intellectual prowess might and strength of character needed to engage life’s larger questions and work toward a greater good.

We credit today’s dedicated faculty, and a long line of their predecessors, with heeding the call of our founder, Emmanuel d’Alzon who challenged us to go beyond academics and educate the whole person. You will see that focus on students, and our emphasis on a life well-lived, in every aspect of what we do, from the design of new Residence Halls to our dynamic Honors programs to the establishment of a campus in Rome.

We also owe a great debt of gratitude to the alumni, parents, foundations, and corporate partners who help make a distinctly Assumption education possible. Only by working together, toward shared goals and across differences of age, culture, discipline, and faith, can we truly Light the Way.

Accredited by:

  • New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE)
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education
  • Council on Rehabilitation Education


The order of the Augustinians of the Assumption, founders of Assumption College, was begun by an educator whose most cherished project was the establishment of a Catholic university. Fr. Emmanuel d’Alzon envisioned an institution committed to academic excellence. Father d’Alzon was also devoted to helping people learn, adapt, grow and change in various ways.

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