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Catholic Profile

Manhattan College is a private, independent Lasallian Catholic institution of higher learning that embraces qualified men and women of all faiths, races, and ethnic backgrounds. 

Established in 1853, the College is founded upon the Lasallian traditions of excellence in teaching, respect for individual dignity, and commitment to social justice inspired by the innovator of modern pedagogy, John Baptist de La Salle. Manhattan combines intellectual excellence with a strong emphasis on personal and moral growth. This winning combination attracts students from across the United States and around the world.


A heritage of excellence
With more than 160 years of history, Manhattan College is at the forefront of outstanding comprehensive colleges. Through the years one constant has guided the College—the Lasallian Catholic heritage upon which it was built. Manhattan College offers more than 40 majors within the College’s six schools: arts, business, education and health, engineering, science, and continuing and professional studies. A student-faculty ratio of approximately 12:1 allows students to receive individual attention and support and provides them with the knowledge they need to succeed in the classroom and in the workforce. Service learning is also a significant form of experiential learning and plays a role in the education of Manhattan College students. 


Social justice in action
Following in the Lasallian traditions, many Manhattan College students actively define their commitment to social justice and community service by participating in immersion and service experiences around the city, country, and world.

Each year Campus Ministry and Social Action (CMSA) organizes its L.O.V.E. program (Lasallian Outreach Volunteer Experience), which gives students the chance to travel to some of the world’s poorest areas in New Orleans, Kenya, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, and West Virginia to volunteer with people of very different socioeconomic backgrounds.

Closer to home, the Lasallian Collegians group volunteers on campus and in the city by arranging school blood drives, toy drives, soup kitchen trips, and food runs. 


The Arches program brings strength to freshmen
Many freshmen have the opportunity to learn and live in a community through Manhattan College’s program the Arches. More than 100 new first-year students begin their college years living together on the same residence hall floor, taking two classes with their floor mates, and exploring New York City by participating in community service and social and cultural excursions.

The Arches program at Manhattan evolved as a new way to expand a student’s four-year experience by increasing student interaction, plus academic and social engagement. The program facilitates student growth by fostering a community where students are encouraged to participate in such activities as team building, attending presentations by guest speakers, collaborating on assignments, and more.

The College offers many opportunities for study in other countries. Studying abroad represents an opportunity for intellectual, cultural, and personal growth for students, many of whom have never gone beyond the borders of the United States.

Manhattan is constantly developing and advancing technology features on campus. In fall 2014 the College opened the Raymond W. Kelly ’63 Student Commons, a five-story, 67,400-sq. ft. student center. 


• Manhattan College is one of 286 institutions in the United States with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most widely known academic honor society. 

• All three of Manhattan College’s professional schools—business, education and health, and engineering—are nationally accredited.

• The undergraduate engineering programs—chemical, civil, computer, electrical, and mechanical—are accredited by ABET, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

• The School of Education is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).

• The School of Business is one of 727 institutions throughout the world accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International.

• Eighteen alumni are members of the prestigious National Academy of Engineering, an impressive number for an institution of Manhattan College’s size.

• Manhattan College ranked #9 out of more than 7,000 colleges and universities nationally in the 2015 Brookings Assessment on Value-Added Education.

• Manhattan is one of a few American colleges to have chapters of all five of these national honor societies: Beta Gamma Sigma, Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, and Tau Beta Pi.

U.S. News & World Report ranks Manhattan College as the #17 regional university in the North. This is the ninth year in a row that the College has placed in the regional top 20 in the annual “America’s Best Colleges” survey.

• Of more than 4,000 colleges and universities in the United States, Manhattan is one of only 351 with Division I athletics.

• Manhattan is one of only 182 colleges founded in the United States before the Civil War that is still surviving.



Type of School: Founded in 1853, a private, independent, coeducational Lasallian Catholic college


Size of Campus: 23 acres in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, New York


Number of Students: 3,576 undergraduates and 495 graduate students


Number of Faculty: 219 faculty members on staff; 93% with doctoral degrees


Colleges, Programs, and Degrees:

More than 40 major fields of study in the programs of liberal arts, business, education and health, engineering, and science; graduate degrees also offered in education, engineering, and business


Geographic Diversity: Undergraduate students from more than 41 states and 39 foreign countries


Student Budget (Per Year):
• Tuition: $36,900, plus program fees
• Room and board: $15,010


Test Score Averages: SAT 1100-1240, ACT 22–26, TOEFL 550 (paper-based) or 210 (computer-based)


Application Deadlines and Fees:

• Preferred filing date for fall admission: March 1

• Preferred filing date for spring admission: November 1

• Application fee: $75