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Starting college can be an overwhelming time. New academic expectations, new people and new responsibilities can make the transition both exciting and challenging. Assumption College’s new First Year Program, Common Pursuit of Academic and Social Success (COMPASS), is specially designed to offer students the tools and instruction they’ll need to find their way.

A semester-long program, COMPASS offers an environment where students can grow and challenge one another as they share their journey into college life. Through this shared experience they’ll begin to build friendships that last a lifetime, and they’ll always have a study partner—or several.

COMPASS provides new students with an introduction to the liberal arts as well as a ready-made social group centered around academics. Through COMPASS, each student becomes a member of one of 27 supportive learning communities, chosen according to their interests. Together, each community will take an entry level core seminar course in a subject such as philosophy, theology, English, literature or a foreign language as well as an additional course in another discipline, which will be either another course in the core or an introductory course in a major program of study. By taking these first steps together, students form strong bonds, reinforce one others academic accomplishments, and provide a helping hand if necessary.

COMPASS also helps first year students by providing guidance on how to become disciplined, resilient college students through regular workshops and common hour programs throughout the semester. The workshops, co-taught by a staff member and an upper-class student, will include time management, stress management, study skills and academic integrity.

COMPASS Points the Way

  • Become part of a close-knit learning community
  • Build friendships that will last a lifetime
  • Gain a solid footing in the liberal arts
  • Develop the skills you’ll need for a successful college career


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