Manhattan College

Riverdale, NY

Manhattan College

Riverdale, NY

Science & Engineering Profile

Ideas in action at Manhattan College

Founded in 1853, Manhattan College—a private, independent, coeducational institution—offers an exceptional college education enriched by Lasallian Catholic values. Our celebrated faculty, small classes, and exciting internships prepare our students for a lifetime of achievement in a suburban campus that’s located only minutes from Midtown Manhattan. Manhattan College offers more than 40 majors within the College’s six schools: Liberal Arts, Business, Education and Health, Engineering, Science, and Continuing and Professional Studies. The College’s nationally acclaimed Engineering and Science programs will provide you with the revolutionary knowledgeand resources you need for a successful career. At Manhattan, your education is practical and innovative. 

The new Higgins Science and Engineering Building
The Patricia and Cornelius Higgins ’62 
Engineering and Science Center, slated to open in fall 2020, will provide a state-of-the-art building housing laboratories and collaborative space. It will include 14 ultramodern laboratories that will support and expand teaching and research in each of the College’s Engineering and Science disciplines.

A heritage of excellence
An education from Manhattan College will open doors to your future. By providing our students with an exceptional education and access to cutting-edge resources, our Science graduates have gone on to create an essentialvalve for the artificial heart and devised the key mathematical formula for oxygen transfer in surface waters.

Manhattan’s Engineering alumni lead some of America’s most prominent firms. In fact, our graduates designed and constructed the United Airlines terminal at O’Hare International Airport; Philadelphia’s 65-story One Liberty Place; the Kuala Lumpur City Centre, home of some of the world’s tallest buildings; and the new Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. By becoming part of the Manhattan College community, you will receive valuable real-world experience through our internship and mentor programs that will help guide you toward professional achievement and success. 

The sciences
Manhattan College, which is nationally recognized in the sciences, provides hands-on learning experiences and research opportunities to help prepare and inspire our students for the future. Whether you are majoring in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, or Physics, research opportunities are available to you. Recently our Science majors have completed internships at institutions such as Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the New York Zoological Society (Bronx Zoo).

Our Science graduates also gain admission to leading doctoral programs and medical schools. In fact, Manhattan College is one of a select number of undergraduate colleges with a chapter of Phi Delta Epsilon, an international medical fraternity. Furthermore, our research programs and facilities have received funding from the National Science Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and other prestigious sources. 

Founded in 1892, Manhattan’s School of Engineering enjoys an international reputation for excellence and is recognized as a top-ranked program across the nation as well. This standard of excellence upheld by the College hasled the National Academy of Engineers to induct 18 of the College’s Engineering and Science alumni into their institution. Additionally, our graduates hold top positions in major firms and agencies, and the College is a center of international professional activity, including the Institute in Water Pollution Control, an annual summer institute drawing engineers from around the world.

At Manhattan College, students may choose from accredited undergraduate majors in Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering. Graduate study at the master’s level is available in Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Environmental, and Mechanical Engineering programs. Each of these programs also offers the seamless accelerated degree option, through which students can earn both BS and MS degrees. The master’s program in Civil Engineering offers a concentration in Construction Management, and the School offers an accredited Master of Environmental Engineering degree. Graduate Engineering certificate programs are also available. In addition, the School of Engineering is a New York State–approved provider of Continuing Education Hours (CEH) for Professional Engineering License registration, and there are a variety of opportunities available for earning CEH credit.

Beyond the classroom
Students in Engineering and Science have a number of opportunities to participate in research projects. Research allows you to gain a deeper appreciation for the discipline, clarify career goals, and establish relationships with faculty members. The experience builds both hard and soft skills that are easily transferable—in graduate school and the job market.

In the School of Science, students are encouraged to participate in research projects in collaboration with professors, including writing papers and presenting at conferences. Each year, all School of Science students’ research papers are published in the Manhattan Scientist, a journal dedicated to the work of Science students. Recently, several School of Engineering projects have made a national impact in the engineering field, including an EPA-funded project on sustainable concrete and a group of chemical engineers who are helping reduce the country’s carbon footprint at the Idaho National Laboratory.

Internship opportunities abound in New York City and the surrounding metro area. Many students connect with our Science and Engineering alumni, a collection of Jaspers who work at more than 800 companies and agencies around the world.

An ideal place to live and learn
Manhattan College offers students the best of both worlds: an intimate, close-knit campus located in NewYork City’s suburban Riverdale community and easy access to one of the most exciting cities in the world—New York. 



U.S. News & World Report ranks Manhattan 16th out of 145 in the Best Regional Universities–North category of its “Best Colleges” list. This is the 13th year in a row the College has placed in the regional top 20.


U.S. News & World Report ranks Manhattan College sixth in the region in top schools for student veterans.


Brookings rates Manhattan ninth out of more than 7,000 two- and four-year schools in an analysis that examines how well schools prepare students for successful careers.


Money magazine listed the College #17 on its “50 Best Colleges That Add the Most Value” list in 2017.


In PayScale’s annual College Return on Investment report, Manhattan College ranks 28th among private colleges and universities and 57th among the 1,833 institutions surveyed throughout the United States, placing the College within the top 4% of all institutions in return on investment.


Forbes put Manhattan among the top 100 Northeast colleges and the top 10 for Catholic colleges on its “Best Value Colleges” list.


Military Times lists Manhattan in their Best for Vets rankings

Manhattan College At A Glance

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 Business, Education and Health, Engineering, Liberal Arts, 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

Major Fields of Study 

ENGINEERING (EAC of ABET accredited)
• Chemical Engineering
• Civil Engineering
• Computer Engineering
• Electrical Engineering
• Environmental Engineering (master’s level)
• Mechanical Engineering

• Biochemistry
• Biology
• Chemistry
• Computer Science
• Mathematics
• Physics
• Pre-dental
• Pre-medical
• Pre-veterinary

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