Mission Statement

Assumption College for Sisters

Mission Statement

Impelled by Christ’s love, Assumption College for Sisters, through education and community, forms servant leaders who transform lives.

Assumption College for Sisters welcomes lay persons to pursue the Certificate in Theological Studies and earn credits in academic offerings that will support them in our common goal of service to the global church.

It provides a value-centered, two-year program in theology and the liberal arts. The College welcomes women religious of any racial or ethnic background. In addition, any woman who is seriously discerning religious life and is recommended by a vocation director or spiritual director may also enroll, though she is not yet part of a religious community or a formal formation program.

Sponsored by the Sisters of Christian Charity, an international religious congregation, the College has a character animated by the spirit of Jesus Christ, rooted in its Catholic identity, and committed to sound academic development. The intercommunity, international, multicultural dimensions at ACS generate a global spirit of community among faculty and students. Assumption values reverence for the dignity of each person and a commitment to integrity, peace, justice, and service. This positive and inclusive atmosphere helps religious build a firm foundation in truth and charity.

In recent years, ACS has welcomed an increasing number of women religious from Africa, Vietnam, and Central America as full-time, resident students. Although the Sisters of Christian Charity had been accustomed to sponsoring a few international students periodically since 1968, the recent increase in students from developing nations represents a new direction in the College’s mission of educating women religious.

Since 1899, the Sisters of Christian Charity has maintained two large properties: the Motherhouse, first in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and then in Mendham, New Jersey; and the Holy Family Convent and Infirmary in Danville, Pennsylvania. To accommodate various needs, the Sisters from Danville will be moving to the Mendham property. To make this possible, Assumption College for Sisters has relocated to the Morris Catholic High School campus, in Denville, New Jersey. The move took place during the summer of 2015.

This is both a challenging and exciting time for ACS. Long sequestered within the religious community of the Sisters of Christian Charity in Mendham, the College is now integrated into a private secondary-school setting in Denville. The administration and students of Morris Catholic High School welcome the presence of religious women–both from the United States and developing nations–on their campus. For their part, ACS students look forward to a first-hand glimpse of Catholic secondary education.

The College remains the embodiment of the heritage envisioned by Blessed Pauline von Mallinckrodt, who founded the congregation in Paderborn, Germany, in 1849. It witnesses to her conviction that the Sisters should be well-prepared, both spiritually and professionally, to spread the Kingdom of God through sound education, from which, in her words, “flows the temporal and eternal welfare of the individual and of society.”

Assumption College for Sisters is licensed by the Commission on Higher Education of the State of New Jersey and accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19104. The College earned its initial accreditation in 1965 and reaffirmation of accreditation in 1975, 1985, 1995, and 2005. ACS is currently in the process of Self-Study, leading to re-accreditation in 2016.

The College is a member of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities. It is an approved member of the Student and Exchange Visitor System (SEVIS) of the United States Department of Homeland Security.

The College is a member of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities. It is an approved member of the Student and Exchange Visitor System (SEVIS) of the United States Department of Homeland Security.


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President: president@acs350.org
Academic Dean: academicdean@acs350.org
Registrar: registrar@acs350.org
Librarian: librarian@acs350.org
Treasurer/Inst.Advancement: treasurer@acs350.org
Student Services: criss@acs350.org
Secretary/Institutional Advancement: secretary@acs350.org
Technology Consultant: acstechadmin@acs350.org

Earning Two Associate Degrees

A student with an Associate in Arts degree can also receive the Associate in Religious Arts degree if she earns a total of 24 credits in theology. The student with an ARA must complete the specific requirements for the AA to be eligible for this second degree.

Requirements for Associate Degrees

To receive the degree of Associate in Arts (AA) a student must earn 66 credits with a minimum average of C or a 2.0 grade-point average (GPA). The degree of Associate in Religious Arts (ARA) requires 60 credits. In either case, at least half the credits must be obtained at Assumption College for Sisters.