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Manhattan College

Bronx, New York

With over 150 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. Christian Brothers and lay teachers alike have educated generations of leaders with five programs in the arts, business, education, engineering, the sciences, and over 40 major fields of study for virtually any chosen profession. 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 both the classroom and in the workforce.


There’s no other education quite like this, created in the spirit of the man who invented modern teaching, St. John Baptist de La Salle. The achievement, humanity, opportunity, and community of innovative Lasallian education has been the passionate mission of Manhattan College since 1853.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
3,576 undergraduate students
95% of undergrad students are full time
54% male — 46% female
36% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
221 full-time faculty
217 part-time faculty
13 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
76% of first year students live on campus
57% of all students live on campus

School Location

Riverdale, The Bronx, NY

High-Impact Practices

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Undergraduate Research x
Diversity/Global Learning x
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning x
Internships/Coops/Practicums x
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience x

Retention Fall 2015

84% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

72% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 3%
Hispanic/Latino 21%
Black or African American 4%
White 57%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 5%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 8%


19 varsity teams for men and women include baseball, basketball, softball, volleyball, and track-and-field, to tennis, soccer, lacrosse, swimming, golf and cross-country.

Nickname: Jaspers
Colors: Green and White

Other Information

Manhattan College is a liberal arts institution founded by the Brothers of the Christian Schools, a Catholic religious teaching order.

More Distinctions

  • Manhattan College is one of 280 institutions in the U.S. 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 engineering — are nationally accredited.

  • The six undergraduate engineering programs — chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental 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.

  • The school of business is one of 607 institutions throughout the world accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International.

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

  • U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges 2011 edition ranks Manhattan 17th overall in the Best Regional Universities (North) category.

  • Led by the chemical engineering department, which is ranked 5th in the nation, the school of engineering is ranked 38th by U.S. News & World Report among engineering schools whose highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s.

  • Recognized for economic diversity among top-ranked schools in the Best Regional Universities (North) category in U.S. News & World Report.

  • Ranked 149th out of more than 600 schools nationwide on Forbes’ America’s Best Colleges list.

  • According to Bloomberg Businessweek, the value of a Manhattan College degree based on median salary of graduates’ ranks 37th out of 554 schools surveyed.

  • Of more than 4,000 colleges and universities in the United States, Manhattan is one of only 342 with Division I athletics.

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

  • Each year, Manhattan College coordinates an average of eight L.O.V.E. (Lasallian Outreach Volunteer Experience) service trips that take students to domestic and international destinations to participate in humanitarian volunteer work.

Direct Access to Enrichment

Manhattan College’s welcoming campus in Riverdale, a residential neighborhood in New York City, fosters close bonds among fellow students and with faculty. Just thirty minutes from midtown Manhattan, the College provides easy access to the vast, enriching resources that this mecca of commerce and the arts has to offer. Manhattan College Jaspers enjoy the special advantages the school has to offer: a strong network that links students and alumni to each other in mutually beneficial ways.

Study Abroad

In partnership with a number of educational institutions, including Lasallian schools overseas, the College offers many opportunities for study in other countries. Studying abroad represents an opportunity for intellectual, cultural, and personal growth for its students, many of whom have never gone beyond the borders of the USA.


Manhattan believes that educators have a responsibility not only to prepare students for careers, but to make them more knowledgeable, sensitive, and tolerant of other cultures. A Manhattan College student is sure to be an informed citizen of an increasingly interdependent world. As one student writes, “Living and studying in South Africa has allowed me to understand and appreciate a reality so different from my own — to witness firsthand the strength of people and their ability to overcome incredible hardships.”

Activities Offered

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Pep band x
Radio station x
Student government x
Student newspaper x
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Symphony orchestra x
Television station x
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Inspiring Faculty

In the future as in the past, it is the faculty who are the torchbearers of Manhattan’s educational mission. The Christian Brothers, through their scholarship and compassion, paved the way for the lay faculty who followed. Today, a scholarly body of men and women does credit to the institution, pursuing research activities and offering qualified students the opportunity to work alongside them outside the normal classroom environment.  The faculty offers inspiring, personalized teaching while applying the critical thinking and problem solving that students must learn and use.  

The Lasallian mission dictates excellence in teaching, respect for individual dignity, and commitment to social justice. It has to do with the young people who will shape the world in the years ahead. The faculty at Manhattan College strive to make each student well equipped and willing to make contributions for the betterment of mankind.

A Strong Foundation

The O’Malley Library, an outstanding architectural and engineering achievement, serves as the perfect 24-hour environment for study, research, and technology. Manhattan offers all new students and their parents the opportunity to participate in one of four orientation sessions, designed to assist students in their transition to college life.

Class size breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 129 328 424 103 3 1 0 988

Next-Door to The Big Apple

Thanks to their proximity to metropolitan New York, Manhattan students can enjoy all the city’s cultural opportunities, including world-class museums, musical theater and drama, concert halls, and sports events. They also include access to many seminars, special events, and internships.


The College’s 19 varsity teams for men and women offer a full spectrum of athletic opportunities, including baseball, basketball, softball, volleyball, track-and-field, tennis, soccer, lacrosse, swimming, golf and cross-country. Many clubs and intramural activities complement the athletic program. Scholarships are offered in most varsity sports, in addition to academic need- and merit-based awards.

Clubs & Organizations

There are clubs in abundance where interests in science, arts, drama, dance, and music can be pursued. Yes, there is even a Jazz Band and Bagpipers Band! Student government and the student newspaper hold still more opportunities for involvement in the life of the College.


The office of Campus Ministry/Social Action foster spiritual development and an enhanced understanding of social justice issues. The Lasallian Outreach Volunteer Experience (LOVE) provides the opportunity for students to explore social causes and to develop habits of reflection on faith. Through participation in these programs, students develop value-based relationships with peers as well as with people whose cultures are very different from their own. Opportunities are available during academic breaks with programs in New Orleans, Ecuador, Mexico, Kenya, Texas, Maine, and Alabama. Different locations are always being added to meet the interests of participating students.

Additionally, many students participate in other community service projects. These include Habitat for Humanity, God’s Love We Deliver, a variety of works with the elderly in nearby nursing homes, the hungry in soup kitchens, and children in an array of settings. For over its 70% Catholic student body, the beautiful De La Salle Chapel offers Sunday mass and concerts, and daily mass is held in a small chapel on campus.

A Strong Manhattan-College Community

The College has been expanding its academic offerings and facilities to accommodate a growing number of students from the northeast corridor and, increasingly, from other regions of the country. The approximately 80% residential students, as well as the commuters, enjoy a sense of belonging to the close-knit Manhattan community. Two new state-of-the-art residences have been added on campus; in addition, a planned Student Commons will serve as a hub for meetings, dining, student government, multicultural, and other shared student activities.

Living-Learning Communities

The College offers a living program that fosters community by providing students who live in the same area the opportunity to share classes and participate in exciting co-curricular activities together.


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Alumni Mentorship

The College’s mentoring program is growing exponentially, offering opportunities for Jasper undergraduates and professionals in every field to interact. Through e-mail contacts, alumni visits, student internships and, in many cases, job placements, the Manhattan College family looks after its own. This is a value-added component of a Manhattan education.

Experts in All Fields

From the beginning, Manhattan College graduates have distinguished themselves in all fields, and a long list of illustrious names attests to how well they have done in their chosen professions. Many joined the religious community, while others have joined the corporate world, heading such companies as Mutual of America, Morgan Stanley, Verizon, and Salomon Brothers.

In the ranks of government leaders are two New York City mayors and four US Ambassadors, among others. Prize-winning authors, doctors, and educators can also claim their Manhattan College heritage, and a stellar roster of engineers confirms the school’s distinguished reputation. In fact, it is often said that New York City was built by Manhattan’s engineers.

Ethical Growth, Not Just Intellectual

Over and above their professional accomplishments, graduates have demonstrated that they learned well the ethical lessons that were part of their Manhattan education. Nowhere is this more poignantly apparent than in their contributions at the World Trade Center site. From the earliest days, Jaspers have always proven their ability and ethical standards as citizens of the world.


Admissions Fall 2015

8,313 Total Applicants
5,557 Total Admissions
900 Total Freshman Enrollment

66.85% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling Admission? Yes
Priority date: Monday, February 15, 2016

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Class rank
Academic GPA
Standardized test scores

Application Essay

Extracurricular activities
Character/personal qualities
First generation
Alumni/ae relation
Geographical residence
Volunteer work
Work experience
Level of applicant’s interest

Freshmen Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 490 580
SAT Math 500 610
SAT Writing 480 590
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 22 27
ACT Math    
ACT English    
ACT Writing    

Campus Visit

A visit to the Manhattan campus is strongly recommended to all prospective students. By contacting the College in advance, (1-800-MC2XCEL), students can arrange to have an interview with a member of the admissions staff, have a tour of the campus, speak with faculty and visit with other students. Tours are offered Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Saturday morning information sessions are also available during the fall for high school seniors and their families.


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $35,600
Fees $3,300
Total $38,900
Room and Board (on campus) $14,430
Estimated Total On Campus $53,030


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015 final

69% on average, the percentage of need that was met
12% of financial need students that had need fully met

$14,451 Average need-based scholarship or grant award

Scholarships and Aid

Manhattan College provides the maximum financial aid available to qualified students to make their attendance at Manhattan financially possible.

To this end, the College administers a wide range of scholarship and financial aid programs designed to enable the student to pursue his/her studies to graduation. The basis of selection is ability and/or need. Students are advised that program guidelines and funding levels, especially State and Federal, are subject to change without enough advance notice to be corrected in this publication. Students are advised to refer to the website of the Office of Student Financial Services for current information.

Meeting the complete costs of college requires a cooperative effort from several possible sources of funds: student and family, Manhattan College, state and federal government agencies and independent sources of aid. Manhattan College attempts to meet a significant portion of need but is unable to meet full need due to financial limitations.

Manhattan College Named a Global Campus by Catholic Relief Services

Catholic Relief Services recognizes Manhattan College’s commitment to social justice through a wide range of student-led programs and events. Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the official international humanitarian agency of the U.S. Catholic community, officially recognized...