Manhattan College

Riverdale, NY

Manhattan College

Riverdale, NY

Be the author of your success at Manhattan

Manhattan College is an independent, private Lasallian Catholic institution of higher learning that embraces qualified men and women of all faiths, races, and ethnic backgrounds, whether they are beginning as freshmen or transferring. Established in 1853, the College was 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. 

Students come to Manhattan from all walks of life. What connects them is their decision to make a smart investment in the future. Manhattan College pairs personalized education with big-city opportunity. It is consistently ranked as a college that provides the best return on investment.

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 nearly 50 majors within the College’s six schools of Liberal 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, providing them with the knowledge they need to succeed in the classroom and 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 tradition, 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 different socioeconomic backgrounds. Closer to home, students involved in the Lasallian Outreach Collaborative (LOCo) participate in sustainable weekly service with various local community organizations, working to create lasting social change by responding to the expressed needs of the College’s community partners.

Strength through The Arches program
Many freshmen have the opportunity to learn and live in a community through Manhattan College’s The Arches program. More than 100 new first-year students begin their college years living on the same residence hall floor, taking two classes with their floor mates, and exploring New York City by participating in community service, social, cultural excursions. The program facilitates student growth by fostering a community where students are encouraged to participate in activities such as team building, attending presentations by guest speakers, collaborating on assignments, and more. Students also have the opportunity to live in Common Interest Communities (CIC). The CIC initiative helps students connect with others who share their interests and forge lasting friendships throughout their college experience and beyond.

Learn around the world
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.



Ranked #16 among the "Best Regional Universities" in the North, ranking in the top 20 for 13 consecutive years | U.S. News & World Report, 2023


Ranked #6 in the region among the "Best Colleges for Veterans" | U.S. News & World Report, 2023


Ranked #9 out of more than 7,000 schools for "preparing students for successful careers" | Brookings 


Ranked among the “Best Colleges in America" by value | Money magazine, 2022


Ranked #28 among private colleges and #57 among the all surveyed institutions for "Return on Investment" |


Ranked among the top 100 "Best Value Colleges" in the Northeast and #10 among Catholic colleges | Forbes magazine


Named among "Best for Vets" colleges and universities | Military Times

Manhattan At A Glance

Type of School: Private independent Lasallian Catholic college founded in 1853

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

Number of Students: 3,664 undergraduate and 578 graduate students

Number of Faculty: 240 faculty members; almost 95% with doctoral degrees

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: More than 100 programs of study in Liberal Arts, Business, Education & Health, Engineering, and Science; graduate degrees also offered in Business, Education, Engineering, and Science

Geographic Diversity: Undergraduate students from more than 44 states and territories and 60 countries

Student Budget (Per Year):
• Tuition: $40,100, plus program fees
• Room and board: $18,440

Test Score Averages: SAT: 1100–1240, ACT: 22–26, TOEFL: 80 (minimum), IELTS: 6.0 (minimum)

Application Deadlines and Fees:
• Preferred filing date for fall admission: March 1
• Preferred filing date for spring admission: November 1
• Application fee: $75

• One of 290 institutions in the country with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most widely known academic honor society
• Nationally accredited professional schools of Business, Education & Health, and Engineering
• Undergraduate Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering programs accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
• The School of Education accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC)
• The O’Malley School of Business accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), one of more than 800 business schools worldwide
• 18 alumni members of the National Academy of Engineering
• One of a few US colleges to have chapters of all five national honor societies: Beta Gamma Sigma, Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, and Tau Beta Pi
• One of only 351 colleges with Division I athletics
• One of only 182 surviving colleges founded before the Civil War

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