Manhattan College

Riverdale, NY

Manhattan College

Riverdale, NY

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: 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 and provides 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 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 different socioeconomic backgrounds.

Closer to home, students involved in the Lasallian Outreach Collaborative (L.O.Co.) participate in ongoing, sustainable weekly service work throughout the year with various local community organizations, working to create lasting social change by responding to the expressed needs of the College’s community partners.

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 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 friendships that will last 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 #15 among the “Best Regional Universities in the North,” a top 20 ranking for the 12th consecutive year | U.S. News & World Report, 2019


Ranked #6 among the “Top Schools for Student Veterans” | U.S. News & World Report


Ranked #9 for preparing students for successful careers | Brookings


Ranked #17 among the “50 Best Colleges That Add the Most Value” | Money magazine, 2017


Ranked #28 among private colleges and universities and #57 among all schools for ROI | PayScale


Ranked as a “Best Value College” among the top 100 Northeast colleges and top 10 Catholic colleges | Forbes, 2018


Named a “Best for Vets” college | Military Times, 2019

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

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 on staff; almost 95% with doctoral degrees

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: More than 100 programs of study in Liberal Arts, Business, Education and 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 foreign countries

Student Budget (Per Year):
• Tuition: $40,400, plus program fees
• Room and board: $16,870

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

• Manhattan is one of 290 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’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 the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

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

• The O’Malley School of Business is one of more than 800 business schools worldwide accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

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

• 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.

• Of the 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.

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