First Year Programs

Coming to college is exciting and challenging. New academic expectations, new people, and new life responsibilities are part of your college experience at Assumption. That is why Assumption offers several first-year programs to provide academic enrichment and support for incoming students, and facilitate their transition from high school to college.

The Tagaste Program

The Tagaste Program allows you to select a topic of study that links courses from two disciplines and you join a group of 19 other first-year students who share an interest in that linkage. This group takes two courses in the fall and the spring that are led by the same two faculty members. Each student group also shares a residence hall and activities outside of class. Benefits include:

  • Ability to integrate information from different subjects
  • Close relationships with faculty
  • Opportunity to get to know fellow students more quickly
  • Social and cultural activities outside the classroom that are fun and connect to your studies

The First-Year Program

Students are invited to participate in this program in June prior to Orientation. It consists of 3 core courses in the fall and spring semesters, featuring small class sizes. The specially selected courses, which are intrinsically connected, help students enhance their analytical-thinking skills. Faculty for these courses also serve as the academic advisors to first-year program students. Benefits include:

  • Improved academic performance
  • Ease of integration into campus life
  • Additional support provided by teaching and tutorial assistants