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November 7, 2019

Assumption receives state approval to become a university

Photo | Grant Welker Assumption College's Worcester campus

Assumption College in Worcester has received the final state approval necessary to become a university, with plans for the transition to being Assumption University to take place next August.

According to a memo distributed by Assumption President Francesco Cesareo, the Massachusetts Secretary of State has approved changes to the college’s charter. This marked the final step in the approval process, with the college previously having received approval for university status from the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education.

“We are pleased the Commonwealth has affirmed our belief that Assumption is a comprehensive institution with exemplary undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs,” wrote Cesareo in the memo. “Despite the challenges facing the higher education industry, through the devoted and energetic work of many throughout the campus community, 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.”

Cesareo said work is already underway to transition Assumption from a college to a university.

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