Assumption University (Windsor, Ontario)

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Assumption University
Assumption University
Type privately operated, autonomous university at University of Windsor
Established 1857
Affiliation Roman Catholic
Undergraduates available (theology)
Postgraduates available (theology)
Location 400 Huron Church Road
, Ontario, Canada
N9C 2J9
Colours Purple and White          
Affiliations University of Windsor

Assumption University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada has a heritage reaching back to 1857 and is the parent of the University of Windsor, administered by the Congregation of St. Basil, the Basilian Fathers. It was known as Assumption College until changing its name in 1956. When the University of Windsor was established in 1963, Assumption University entered into federation with the newly formed University of Windsor and became the Catholic university within the University of Windsor.

Assumption is a privately operated, autonomous university separate from the University of Windsor and yet an integral part of it. It has retained its degree-granting powers and graduates students within the area of theology, as well as granting honorary degrees.


Its history dates back to the founding of Assumption College in 1857 by the Society of Jesus (Jesuit) following the growth of their parish at Our Lady of the Assumption established in 1728. Assumption University has been administered by the Congregation of St. Basil since 1870.

In 1919, Assumption College in Windsor affiliated with the University of Western Ontario.[1] Originally, Assumption was one of the largest colleges associated with the University of Western Ontario. In 1940, a labour school was established at Assumption.

In 1950, Assumption College welcomed its first women students and in 1953, it ended its affiliation with the University of Western Ontario and became an independent institution through an Act of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.

On January 1, 1956, the College changed its name to Assumption University of Windsor[2] and January 24, 1956 accepted as an affiliate the non-denominational Essex College, the latter established in July 1954 “as an independent college…to provide access to provincial grants."[3][4] Holy Names College affiliated in 1956 and Holy Redeemer College in 1957. On November 4, 1957 Canterbury College became the first Anglican college in the world to affiliate with a Roman Catholic University.[5]

In December 1963, Assumption University of Windsor, Canterbury College (Windsor, Ontario), Holy Redeemer College (now Académie Sainte-Cécile), and the Iona College (Windsor, Ontario) (United Church Affiliate), and the University of Windsor joined in an affiliation agreement. “When the University of Windsor began operations on July 1, 1963” …” Essex College ceased to exist as a corporate entity and its assets were taken over by the University of Windsor.”[6] Assumption in Windsor had incubated and ushered into existence both Assumption University and now, the University of Windsor.[1][4][7]


  1. ^ a b "Western University". The Canadian Encyclopedia.
  2. ^ McMahon, Sr., George A. (2013). "The Struggle continued". Rev. E.C. Le Bel, C.S.B. and the creation of the University of Windsor: 1946-1964. Dallas, TX: J.M. LeBel Publishers. p. 176. ISBN 9780920008492. 
  3. ^ McMahon, Sr., George A. (2013). "Dr. F.A. DeMarco and Essex College". Back in the Day – 1963-2013: The University of Windsor as we knew it. Windsor, ON: Black Moss Press. p. 9. 
  4. ^ a b McMahon, Sr., George A. (2013). Rev. E.C. Le Bel, C.S.B. and the creation of the University of Windsor: 1946-1964. Dallas, TX: J.M. LeBel Publishers. pp. 149–190. ISBN 9780920008492. 
  5. ^ McMahon, Sr., George A. (2013). "Assumption's status and prospects". Rev. E.C. Le Bel, C.S.B. and the creation of the University of Windsor: 1946-1964. Dallas, TX: J.M. Lebel Publishers. pp. 192–221. ISBN 9780920008492. 
  6. ^ McMahon, Sr., George A. (1997). From Assumption College to the University of Windsor: The Dean’s story Reverend Norbert J. Ruth, C.S.B. 1952-1971. Windsor, ON: Assumption University. p. 60. 
  7. ^ Meehan, Peter M. (1998). "From College to University: The Basilian Fathers and Assumption, 1950-1963". Historical Studies. 64: 91–114. 


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Coordinates: 42°18′22″N 83°04′10″W / 42.3062°N 83.0695°W / 42.3062; -83.0695