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Before Orientation

Before You Arrive on Campus…

Prior to packing your bags for an exciting two-day COMPASS Orientation, please consult the following checklist to ensure you are prepared to maximize your first visit to campus as an official Hound. You will need your username and password included in the May 15 letter from Residential Life to access some of these sites:

COMPASS Orientation Team

Students and staff from the Office of Student Activities have been planning a fantastic COMPASS Orientation experience for incoming members of the Class of 2023. Your student orientation leaders look forward to meeting you!

Why do we have Orientation? 

Guided by the principles of the Assumptionist tradition, the College’s First-Year COMPASS Orientation challenges and supports new students in their transition from high school to college. Through interactive, collaborative experiences, students and parents reflect on what it means to be an emerging adult in a college community. Through the orientation, students will begin the creative process of becoming people of critical intelligence, thoughtful citizenship, and compassionate service.

COMPASS Learning Community Preference Survey

All members of the Class of 2023 are part of a first-year learning community experience called COMPASS (Common Pursuit of Academic and Social Success). Together with 18-22 fellow students, you will take two classes and attend workshops during a common hour. This experience starts by choosing your top five preferences for a learning community through an online survey available on May 16. The sooner you complete the survey, the more likely you will be enrolled in your top choice. Please be sure to complete the survey by June 1. Click here to take the survey--it should take about five minutes.

Class of 2023 Academic Interests and Goals Questionnaire

Assumption faculty are committed to your personal and professional success from the first time you step on campus as a Hound. All students meet one-on-one with a faculty advisor at the June Orientation for 40 minutes. To prepare for this meeting, please identify your academic interests and goals by completing this questionnaire, which is reviewed by your orientation advisor prior to your arrival and your permanent advisor in the fall. The questionnaire takes about 30 minutes to complete and must be done in one sitting. Please be sure to complete the survey by June 1Click here to take the survey

Questions about advising or course selection should be directed to the Office of Undergraduate Studies at (508) 767-7486. 

First Year Student Housing Preference Survey

The First Year Student Housing Preference Survey is filled out in two phases, phase 1 must be must be completed prior to coming to orientation.  Phase 2 will begin on May 29th and must be complete by June 20th.  Please use the username and password provided in the May 15th letter from Residential Life to access the survey.   You can visit the following link to review a step by step video tutorial on registering for housing: https://youtu.be/6V9IDHAnDwQ

Once you have reviewed the video, we invite you to access the survey beginning on May 16th, by visiting the Assumption College Residential Life Portal Page and following the steps outlined in the video tutorial.  Below is a link to the Assumption College Residential Life Portal Page: https://my.assumption.edu/campus/reslife/Pages/default.aspx

Math Placement Test

To place you into the appropriate Math course, a placement test is taken by all new students. Don't worry, you can't "fail" this test; it is used solely for determining the appropriate level of course for your background and ability. So do your best, but you don't need to study or prepare for it. You cannot register for a Math class, or related courses such as Microeconomics until you have taken the Math placement test. Some COMPASS Learning Communities require a specific Math placement--check the COMPASS preference survey for details. Be sure to complete the placement test by June 1. The test times out automatically after 25 minutes, so make sure you have 25 minutes of uninterrupted time to complete the test to the best of your ability. A reliable internet connection is also recommended. Access further instructions and the test here. The username and password provided in the May 15 letter from Residential Life is required to access the test. 

Foreign Language Placement Test

Like the Math Placement Test, the Foreign Language Placement test is used to place you into the appropriate level of course based on your current knowledge and ability, so you don't need to study or prepare. If you have taken Spanish, French, German, Russian or Chinese in high school, you need to take the placement test; you cannot register for a course in one of these languages until you have taken the placement test. If you have taken another language in high school, such as Latin or Italian, your placement will be determined by the Department of Modern and Classical Languages based on your high school transcript. Be sure to complete the placement test by June 1. For more information and to access the test, click here: Foreign Language Placement Test.

First-Year Common Book for the Class of 2023

At COMPASS June Orientation, you will participate in a model class discussion with a faculty member of an excerpt of the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, the First Year Common Book for the Class of 2023. To prepare for this part of the orientation, please read the excerpt available in a pdf through the link below. You do not need to print out the pdf; you will receive a copy of the book at Orientation. You will need the username and password provided in the May 15 letter from Residential Life to access the pdf on Brightspace.

The model class discussion at Orientation will also prepare you to finish reading the book on your own over the summer and participate in an online discussion on Brightspace. Reading the book on your own and participating in the online discussion will prepare you for follow-up activities at the COMPASS August Orientation.

Financial Aid

You have already received information and paperwork from the Assumption College Financial Aid Office.

Completing the Federal Direct Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling at http://www.studentloans.gov and returning the completed paperwork to our office by June 1 will ensure all the aid you are eligible to receive will be credited to your bill.

If you have any questions please click here or call 508-767-7158 to speak directly with your personal financial aid advisor.

Social Media

Since you are now an official Hound, we invite you to join the conversation on the College’s social media communities, including an Instagram managed by students (@assumptionstudents). We also suggest that you like the College’s Facebook page and follow the College on Twitter. (Tip for first-year students: when classes are canceled due to weather, the announcement is first made on the Facebook and Twitter pages.)

The College encourages all members of the Class of 2023 to share orientation photos on social media using #AC2023.  


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