Rankings & Reputation

Assumption's Rankings and Academic Reputation

“Best Regional University”U.S. News & World Report again named Assumption a top 30 “Best Regional Universities” in its 2019 Best Colleges guide, ranking the College in the top quarter of approximately 200 regional universities in the north that offer bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

"Best Value": Also in its 2019 Best Colleges Guide, U.S. News & World Report recognized Assumption College as a top 20 "Best Value - Regional Universities North". University Research and Review also recognized Assumption as a "Best Value" citing the College's excellence in affordability, graduation statistics and overall student satisfaction.

"Best Undergraduate Teaching": The third category U.S. News & World Report ranked Assumption in was for Best Undergraduate Teaching, recognizing our faculty's commitment to the success of Assumption students.

“Best 384 Colleges”: The Princeton Review named Assumption to its 2018 “Best 382 Colleges” list in recognition of the College’s strong academic programs and faculty commitment to student success. The Princeton Review again named Assumption one of the “Best Regional Colleges” in the Northeast.

"Best Colleges for Your Money": Money Magazine named Assumption College to its 2018/2019 "Best Colleges" list, ranking Assumption in the top quarter of colleges and universities.

The Wall Street Journal/ Times Higher Education ranked Assumption in the top 1/3 of colleges in the country and in the top 1/2 of colleges in the Northeast for 2019.

"America's Top Colleges": Forbes ranked Assumption as a top college in the nation for its community service offerings, in particular its Campus Ministry partnership with organizations like Big Brother/Big Sisters, Elm Park Community School and Worcester Housing Authority; as well as the College’s 12 annual service trips and five service clubs, providing students with ample volunteer opportunities. Also of note was Assumption’s nearly 60 clubs, organizations and intramural teams.

“Top 50 Colleges for Study Abroad Programs”: The College’s Rome, Italy campus is ranked in the top 1/2 of colleges for study abroad programs by LendEDU.

“Top 10 in the Nation”: The Rome Campus is also named one of the top 10 "best study abroad programs in America” by the independent college rankings journal Best College Reviews.

Top ThirdThe Economist ranks Assumption in the top 1/3 of four-year non-vocational American colleges, ranked by alumni earnings above expectation.

Return on Investment: The New England Board of Higher Education ranked Assumption 14th of 51 Massachusetts colleges and universities for a student's return on investment.

“Smart Choice”: College Raptor named Assumption College as one of the nation’s 43 Smart Choice colleges.

“College of Distinction”: Assumption was named a “College of Distinction” for providing innovative, teacher-centered undergraduate education and preparing its graduates for real-world success.

"Catholic College of Distinction": Assumption was also named a "Catholic College of Distinction" for providing students opportunities to explore who they are and who God is through a life of prayer and worship, a life of service and justice and a life of spiritual growth.  

“Best for Money”: College Factual ranks Assumption in the top 15 percent in “Best for Money” in the nation and in the top 5 percent for “Best in Money” in New England.

"Best Liberal Arts Colleges": Washington Monthly named Assumption a Best Liberal Arts College and a Best for the Buck in the Northeast.

"Best Value for Tuition Dollar"Money Magazine ranks Assumption in the top 1/3 of schools that provide the best value for your tuition dollar.

“Best College in the North”: College Choice ranks Assumption a “Best College in the North” in recognition of its academic reputation, average amount of scholarship and grant aid per student, overall net cost and the average starting salary for graduates.

"Best 4-Year College in Massachusetts": Learn How to Become has ranked Assumption the 7th best college in Massachusetts.

Top 25 Percent: Educate to Career ranks Assumption in the top 25 percent for educational attainment to career outcome data.

Recognition for Best College, Value, Location and Size: Niche.com ranked Assumption in the top 1/2 of the 2017 Best Colleges in America; top 1/4 of Best Value Colleges in America; top 1/3 for Best College Locations in America; and the top 1/2 of Best Small Colleges in America.

Additional Distinctions for Assumption College

  • “Best Online Liberal Arts Degrees”: (The Community for Accredited Online Schools)
  • "Best Learning Environment" (Learn How To Become)
  • "Best Value Colleges and Universities..." (University Research and Review.)
  • "Top 20 Best Online Colleges" (Online College Plan)
  • Top 25 "Best Online Colleges" (BestColleges.com)

Strength of Academic Programs

  • Accounting: Top 15 percent program and best value (College Factual)
  • AccountingAccounting Degree Review ranked Assumption College’s accounting program in the Top 10 Undergraduate Accounting Programs in Massachusetts.
  • Biology: Top 15 percent best value program (College Factual)
  • Business, Management and Marketing: Top 10 percent in highest paid graduates category (College Factual) and first rate program and recognized professional accreditation in the field (College Distinction). 2018-2019 Business College of Distinction (Colleges of Distinction)
  • Computer Science: Assumption was named a "Top 20 Small College for Computer Science" by The Bookmark.
  • Digital Marketing: Value Colleges ranked Assumption's Digital Marketing Certificate program in the "Top 30" nationwide.
  • Education: Top 1/2 Best Colleges for Education (Niche) and first rate program and recognized professional accreditation in the field (College Distinction.) 2018-2019 Education College of Distinction (Colleges of Distinction.)
  • English: Top 10 percent most focused. (College Factual)
  • Health Professions: Top 5 percent most focused program. (College Factual)
  • International Business: Top 15 percent program and top 10 percent for best value. (College Factual)
  • Marketing: Top 15 percent program and best value. (College Factual)
  • Mathematics & Statistics: Top 15 percent most focused. (College Factual)
  • History: Top 10 percent in best value. (College Factual)
  • Philosophy and Theology: Top 30 programs out of 200 colleges and universities.
  • Political Science: Top 10 percent best value. (College Factual)
  • Psychology: Top 10 percent for best value (College Factual) and top 1/2 Best Colleges for Psychology in America (Niche)
  • School Counseling: Number three in Massachusetts for School Counseling Majors (Zippia)
  • Sociology: Top 15 percent best value (College Factual) and top 10 best colleges for sociology majors in Massachusetts (Zippia)

Excellence On and Off the Field

  • 93% Assumption’s Academic Success Rate, which refers to the graduate rate of student-athletes. This makes Assumption #14 in the nation among all Division II colleges. This is Assumption’s seventh straight year finishing in the top 15 nationally.
  • One of 32 Schools awarded the Division II Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence (out of more than 300 Division II member schools) in 2017
  • 297: Number of student-athletes named to the Northeast-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll for the 2018 Spring semester, the highest total in the Northeast-10 Conference
  • 22: Number of semesters in a row the Women’s Swimming and Diving team has earned College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-American Honors.
  • 5: Number of student athletes on the men’s and women’s cross country teams to be named to the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division II All-Academic Team in 2018. 
  • 11: Number of field hockey players named to the Zag/NFHCA Division II National Academic Squad as well as earning the Zag/NFHCA Division II National Academic Team Award  
  • 4: Number of student athletes who were named to the 2018 Spring Northeast-10 Conference Academic All-Conference Teams.
  • Football won its second NE10 Title in the last three years. They advanced to the NCAA National Quarterfinals game.
  • Women’s Cross Country won the program’s first-ever NCAA East Region Championship to earn its second straight trip to the NCAA Championships.
  • 2017-18 academic year, there were seven student-athletes from four different sports named  All-Americans.
    • Deonte Harris – football – 1st team All American
    • Cole Tracy – football – 1st team All American
    • Andrew Benson – football – 1st  team All American
    • Allison Sheahan – field hockey – 1st team All American
    • Antonia Pagliuca – track & field – 1st team All American
    • Abby Jones – track & field – 2nd team All American
    • Kallie Villemaire – track & field – 3rd team All American
  • Community service hours – 3,796
  • Numerous programs partnered with Team IMPACT to draft local children with serious illness to become a part of their program, while the men’s ice hockey program also raised over $4,000 for the Lt. Scott Milley Fund with its Military Appreciation Game.