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Choosing a college is an important - and exhaustive - endeavor. Here, we hope you will find helpful information to keep your family on track throughout the college search process.

Please explore our Parent Perspectives e-series. These messages are updates just for parents on financial aid, student life, academic programs and reminders about deadlines and events. Each issue of Parent Perspectives will be posted here. Want to be notified when the latest issue has been added? Sign up for our email alerts or follow us on Twitter.

Conway CampbellApril 5, 2016
CONWAY CAMPBELL, Dean of Campus Life

At Assumption, we encourage each student to take an active role in campus life through participation in one or more of our many clubs and organizations. In this issue of Parent Perspectives, Assumption’s Dean of Campus Life will share some examples of how students can become a part of Assumption’s vibrant student life. Read more in "Student Life at Assumption".

Jenny MorrisonMarch 9, 2016
DR. JENNIFER MORRISON, Associate Dean for the First Year

The transition from high school to college is an exciting time that can also present challenges for many students. Assumption’s well-established network of programs, faculty advisors and staff ensures that our students have support throughout this process, starting from day one. Learn more from Jennifer Morrison, Ph.D., Associate Dean for the First Year, in this issue of Parent Perspectives, "Easing the Transition from High School to College".

Nikki DiOrioFebruary 18, 2016
NIKKI DIORIO, Director of the Career Development and Internship Center

At Assumption, we are dedicated to positioning students for sucess by getting them on the right path, right away. In this issue of Parent Perspectives, Nikki DiOrio, Director of the Career Development and Internship Center, discusses the unique career services programs Assumption offers its students. Learn more in "Charting a path to success at Assumption and beyond".


Bill SmithJanuary 18, 2016
DR. WILLIAM SMITH, Director of Financial Aid

Happy New Year from the Office of Financial Aid at Assumption College! We hope that you were able to take a break from the college search process over the holidays and enjoy time with family and friends. With 2016 now in full swing, we wanted to remind you that you can get started on filing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). In this issue of Parent Perspectives, William Smith, Assumption’s Director of Financial Aid, provides tips on filing your FAFSA online, explains the Student Aid Report (SAR), and outlines important dates and deadlines. Learn more in “Taking the Next Steps in the Financial Aid Process”.

Bill SmithDecember 16, 2015
DR. WILLIAM SMITH, Director of Financial Aid

Feeling overwhelmed by the financial aid process? We understand and we're here to help. In this issue of Parent Perspectives, Dr. Smith, shares some helpful tips on the process for completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), which is the first step in applying for financial aid. You'll also hear about Assumption Assurance, which guarantees that tuition rates for students entering in the fall of 2016 will be frozen at the 2014-2015 rate for all four years. Learn more in "Guide to Beginning the Financial Aid Process".

Neil Castronovo

November 12, 2015
NEIL CASTRONOVO, Dean of Student Development and Counseling

Having been through the college search process with his two daughters, Neil Castronovo understands the time and energy you will invest throughout this process. To help you through this exciting time, Neil shares his unique insights and provides some helpful hints in "Parenting through the Process".


Kathy Murphy

October 22, 2015
KATHY MURPHY, Dean of Admissions

In this issue of Parent Perspectives, Assumption’s dean of admissions, Kathy Murphy shares with you some tips about the college application process. Kathy has over 30 years of experience reading applications and essays and offers a few insights. Learn more in "4 Tips for Parents in the Application Process".


Sara Port

September 24, 2015
SARA PORT, Director Of Visit Experiences

Fall has arrived and many college-bound seniors have narrowed down the list of schools to which they plan to apply and are strategizing how to prepare for this process.  Fall visits are an important component of the college decision making process.  Use campus visits to get a true sense of the college environment – this is the ideal opportunity to experience first hand how the community interacts with each other.  See 6 questions you should keep in mind during your visits in “Planning your college visit activities for fall.

Mike Perron

August 27, 2015
MIKE PERRON, Assistant Director Of Admissions

As your student gets ready to head back to school, you are probably gearing up for a year full of college search activity.  Did you know that your guidance office may be one of the most valuable resources to you in this process?  In this issue of Parent Perspectives, Mike Perron, former director of guidance at both Ashland and Sutton High Schools, offers 3 tips for working with your guidance office.


Brigid Sandstrom

July 10, 2015
BRIGID SANDSTRUM, Class of 2017 and Rome Campus Alumna

The summer months make us think about travel. Assumption’s campus in Rome, Italy, provides students with a unique study abroad experience. Assumption student, Brigid Sandstrum ’17, provides insights into her semester in Rome in the article “Study Abroad: Making the most of the undergraduate experience”.


Karen Amaral

June 18, 2015
KAREN AMARAL, Director of Technology for Enrollment Management

In this issue of Parent Perspectives, Karen Amaral, parent of three college graduates (and a senior in high school) will provide tips for getting the most out of the summer before your student’s senior year. Read “3 tips to make the most of summer with your college-bound student.”