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Manhattanville College

Purchase, New York

Manhattanville College believes that higher education elevates students’ knowledge both academically and practically. Manhattanville College offers over 50 undergraduate areas of study and over 70 graduate programs, and 85% of full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their field. Career counseling, internships, mentoring, and networking opportunities also are available, through which outcomes-based learning is evident.


There are ample opportunities for service to the College and to the outside community through the Duchesne Center for Religion and Social Justice, the Connie Hogarth Center for Social Action, the Center for Inclusion, and the more than 50 various student organizations on campus. What’s more, there are more than 60 outlets for community service available on campus, and more than 600 Manhattanville College students give their time to service projects. With a wide range of academic programs, a diverse student population, and a wealth of community service found at Manhattanville College, it is fulfilling its mission to educate ethical and socially responsible future leaders in a global community.



Student Profile

Fall 2017 Enrollment
1,674 undergraduate students
98% of undergrad students are full time
37% male — 63% female
27% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2017-2018 Academic Year
118 full-time faculty
266 part-time faculty
11 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2017
71% of first-year students live on campus
60% of all students live on campus

School Location

Manhattanville College is located in Westchester County on a 100-acre, picturesque campus in Purchase, New York, approximately 30 minutes away from New York City. The proximity to New York City provides students with many cultural experiences and internship opportunities. Students can attend Broadway plays, museums, the United Nations (as part of the Duchesne Center for Religion and Social Justice) and intern in one of the Fortune 500 companies found in New York City. Manhattanville is located about 5 minutes from downtown White Plains, New York, which is in the heart of Westchester County. It is also located approximately 30 miles from Stamford, Connecticut, home to many large corporations.

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities X
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
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 2017

74% of students began in Fall 2016 and returned in Fall 2017 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2017

54.6% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 7%
Hispanic/Latino 25%
Black or African American 9%
White 47%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 7%


Manhattanville College competes in 18 sports at the Division III level.

Men’s sports include: baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, and track and field.
Women’s sports include: basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, track and field, and volleyball.

In a college landscape cluttered with dozens of Wildcats, Bulldogs or Eagles, a moniker such as “the Valiants” tends to stand out.  Manhattanville College is the only NCAA squad at any level to sport the distinctive Valiant nickname and mascot, along with the colors Manhattanville Red and Black.

Other Information

Manhattanville College is a private, independent co-educational institution founded in 1841. It is accredited by MSCHE, IACBE, and CAEP. Manhattanville College offers more than 45 undergraduate majors and minors as well as 50 undergraduate programs in its School of Arts and Sciences. The School of Arts and Sciences features a strong liberal arts curriculum (Communication Studies, Computer Science, Dance and Theatre, Digital Media Production, Marketing, Music, Physics, Psychology, and Sport Studies, just to name a few) that reflects the current needs of students, society, and the job market. Manhattanville also offers 75 graduate degrees, advanced certificates, executive education, and continuing education programs as well as more than 70 graduate programs in business, education, and creative writing.

Many students combine in-class learning with on-the-job experiences through the Center for Career Development. This gives them access to more than 750 internships ranging from Fortune 500 companies to nonprofits and arts and entertainment industries.

More Distinctions

  • Best Regional Colleges (Northeastern) – Princeton Review

  • The 382 Best Colleges – Princeton Review

  • New York Distinction – College of Distinction

  • 25 Best Private Colleges of Merit Aid – Money Magazine 2017-2018

  • Most Diverse Colleges In America #38 of 1,673 – Niche

Study Abroad

Manhattanville College has relationships with over 100 international programs and encourages students to spend their junior or senior years studying abroad. There are three types of Study Abroad opportunities for its students: direct exchange; cooperative; and independent. With these academic programs abroad, students can spend a semester as an international institution and still continue successfully toward graduation. Students use their time abroad to participate in an internship program, conduct research, or participate in a service-learning program. No matter where they go, they will develop a new understanding of different cultures learn to easily adapt to new situations.

Academic Variety

Manhattanville offers cross registration with SUNY Purchase so that students can take advantage of both schools’ course offerings. There are also dual, student-designed, and interdisciplinary majors available.

One-of-a-kind opportunities are alive within Manhattanville’s academic programs as well. For instance, the Political Science and Sociology departments work closely with the Connie Hogarth Center for Social Action to host educational film and lecture series, organize rallies and demonstrations, and plan the annual Manhattanville Peace Concert. It’s in this way that education and entertainment truly thrive across the College’s community.

Service and Scholarship

The Duchesne Center for Religion and Social Justice coordinates many of Manhattanville College’s service programs. It offers many service opportunities as well as global and spiritual events each week. These activities range from volunteering in a soup kitchen, mentoring teenagers in a homeless shelter, working with disabled young adults to produce theatrical projects, and teaching reading skills at a local library to youngsters.

In collaboration with the Center, Manhattanville College offers the unique Duchesne 4th Credit Option whereby students integrate community service and civic engagement projects with academic courses, earning them a credit of experiential learning.

Castle Scholars

Manhattanville College’s Castle Scholars Honors Program admits the top ten percent of each incoming class. A highly selective academic opportunity, this program is rich with rigorous, intellectually stimulating interdisciplinary seminars that are taught by Manhattanville’s full-time faculty. Castle Scholars can even apply for special funding to complete independent research and creative projects.

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band X
Dance X
Drama/theatre X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band X
Literary magazine X
Marching band  
Model UN X
Music ensembles X
Musical theatre X
Opera X
Pep band  
Radio station X
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society X
Symphony orchestra  
Television station  

The Right Foot

Students don’t necessarily arrive at Manhattanville College knowing how to be a college student; how to write, how to study, and how to research may be challenging skills to grasp. Even if one does have some sense of what the college experience will be like, they’re nevertheless about to face an entirely new universe of expectations. Manhattanville’s program therefore makes a strong effort to help students develop critical reasoning, research, and writing skills, all while exploring the rich variety of the liberal arts curriculum.

The First-Year Seminar Program aids even further with an offering two optional one-credit courses—called “Mville 101” and “Mville 102”—to guide new Manhattanville students in making a successful transition to the College both academically and socially.

“Mville 101” focuses on student goal-setting while developing a sense of belonging to the Manhattanville community. This is accomplished through small group interactions, an introduction to key campus resources, and opportunities to learn about the unique history and mission of the College.

“Mville 102” explores major and career options, fosters civic engagement, and helps develop skills in intercultural communication—key factors that truly prepare them to live out Manhattanville College’s mission as “ethical and socially responsible leaders in a global community.”

Writing Skills

All freshmen enroll in First-Year Writing to develop the writing skills necessary to meet the high demands of college-level study. This class emphasizes revising, editing, and drafting. And in taking the First-Year Writing class alongside the First-Year Seminar classes, students will hopefully see the connection between critical thinking and successful academic writing.

At the Andrew Bodenrader Center for Academic Writing and Composition, students are able to receive support in any aspect of writing at any stage of the writing process. Students have the opportunity to work one-to-one with peer tutors, graduate Writing Center Fellows, and professional instructors alike.

Common Core

Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy X
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages X
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X


Other: First-Year Program, Quantitative Reasoning, Critical Analysis and Reasoning, Scientific Reasoning, Oral and Written Communications, and Technological Competencies

Class Size Breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 117 251 131 18 1 1 0 519

Campus Diversity

Manhattanville College’s Center for Inclusion offers a wide variety of educational, cultural, and social programming. It is loaded comprehensive training and mentoring resources to support the development and increased understanding of different cultures, ethnicities, backgrounds, and experiences. Students are empowered and able to educate themselves, their classmates, and their community alike.

The Center for Inclusion also conducts such regular programming as the weekly “Nacho Average Monday” event as well as the intercultural competency certificate program, an initiative to include various cultural and social topics. Furthermore, the Center sponsors a number of speakers and events to further enhance social justice education and training across campus.

Each spring, Manhattanville hosts an International Bazaar to celebrate international diversity (students come from more than 45 different countries!). Students wear traditional clothing, perform dances, and sing songs, all while feasting on different foods from around the world.

Campus Events

Fall Fest is Manhattanville’s annual fall celebration at which students and their families, faculty, staff, and alumni rally together for a weekend full of events on campus. Annual events at Fall Fest include bands, games, and food trucks.

Quad Jam takes place before students start the push for final exams and research papers. This annual spring event brings several well-known musical acts to campus to perform throughout the day. There are also musical and dance group performances featuring Manhattanville students themselves!

Other events include end-of-semester brunches, senior week, and Stress Relief, which involves such therapeutic activities as painting and therapy dog visits to ease students’ worries about upcoming final examinations.

Something for Everyone

Athletic and recreation facilities include a gym, indoor batting cages, an indoor pool, tennis courts, a strength and conditioning center, a turf field for lacrosse and field hockey, and other fields for soccer, baseball, and softball.

Other facilities include Multimedia Production Labs, an Environmental Sciences Lab, a Performance Theatre, and a Dance Studio.

Students can join their choice from more than 50 student organizations at Manhattanville. With students from more than 30 states and close to 50 countries, Manhattanville is very diverse, so there is a club or organization for everyone.


Coed dorms X
Men’s dorms  
Women’s dorms  
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students  
Special housing for disabled students X
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing  
Wellness housing X
Other housing options X


Other: Gender-Neutral Housing

Career Development

Manhattanville College’s Center for Career Development hosts a variety of career-related events each semester for undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni. Programming includes career panels, workshops, networking events, job fairs, and employer spotlights. These programs are designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to further their educational experiences and ultimately reach their career-related goals.

77% of the 2016 graduates found employment within 6 months of graduation, and 19% of the 2016 graduates enrolled in graduate school 6 months after graduation.

Employment Success

Recent graduates are sought after by leading companies Graduates have gone on to positions at the following companies:

ABC News, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, American Museum of Natural History, Apple, Bank of America, Disney Worldwide Services, Ernst & Young, French Ministry of Education, Godiva, IBM, Indeed, L’Oreal, Mercedes Benz, Morgan Stanley, NBC Sports Network, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Pfizer, Rolling Stone Magazine, Serendipity Labs, The Walt Disney Company, Merrill Lynch, Big Brothers Big Sisters Family Services of Westchester, Boston Red Sox — Fenway Park Tours, Comcast, Disney Worldwide Services, French Ministry of Education, Fundacion Alas, GE Capital, Greenburgh Central 7 School District, Greenwich Public Schools, JP Morgan Chase, MasterCard Worldwide, Museum of Biblical Art, NY Arts Magazine, NYC Department of Education, NYU Polytechnic Institute, PepsiCo, Rolling Stone Magazine, Royal Bank of Scotland, SONY Music Entertainment, The Nate Berkus Show, Virgin Atlantic, Whirlpool Corporation, World Wrestling Entertainment, and YAI.

Notable Alumni

As a result of their Manhattanville education, some notable alumni include:

  • Sila Calderon – Politician, businesswoman, and former Governor of Puerto Rico
  • Josie Natori – Fashion Designer/CEO, Natori, Inc.
  • Jean Kennedy Smith – American diplomat and former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland
  • Maria Elena Lagomasino – Former CEO, JP Morgan Private Bank; 2007 Hispanic Business Woman of the Year
  • Daryl A. Mundis – Senior Trial Attorney at The Hague for the Slobodan Milosevic trial
  • Kitty Pilgrim – Author and award-winning (Emmy, Peabody, Dupont) former CNN News anchor
  • Beatrice Welters – Former US Ambassador to Trinidad & Tobago


Admissions Fall 2017

3,841 total applicants
3,152 total admissions
417 total freshman enrollment

82.06% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2018-19 Admission

Rolling Admission? Yes

Priority date: Mar 1

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Academic GPA
Application Essay
Extracurricular activities
Character/personal qualities
Alumni/ae relation
Level of applicant’s interest

Rigor of secondary school record
Standardized test scores
First generation
Geographical residence
Volunteer work

Class rank
State residency
Work experience

Freshman Profile Fall 2017

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing    
SAT Math 430 625
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 17 27
ACT Math 16 26
ACT English 15 29
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $37,370
Fees $1,450
Total $38,820
Room and Board (on campus) $14,520
Estimated Total On Campus $53,340


Average Financial Aid Packages 2017-2018

$28,326 first-year students
$5,526 all undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2017-2018

70.4% on average, the percentage of need that was met
12% of financial need students that had need fully met

$5,526 average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,619 average need-based loan

Financial Aid Opportunities

The Manhattanville College Office of Admissions and Financial Aid staff assists students and families with the following programs:

Manhattanville Advancement Program (MAP)

The Manhattanville Advancement Program (MAP) is a scholarship program that provides educational opportunity and support to economically disadvantaged students. This scholarship is a four-year commitment that offers broad range of services, including academic, personal, and career counseling. Beyond the traditional academic focus of most scholarship programs, MAP encourages the development of the student as a whole intellectually, ethically, and socially. Students are encouraged toward these aims by fostering community service, student leadership development, and goal-oriented self-management.

Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Teachers

TSTT is a development and mentorship program that was founded to foster current students as future teachers and leaders within their community. Students involved in Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Teachers receive a half-tuition scholarship at Manhattanville.

School of Education Professional Development Schools Scholarship

This scholarship awards a half-tuition scholarship to high-achieving students who will graduate from a school district that is affiliated with Manhattanville’s Graduate School of Education. Students must be in good academic standing and attend high school in the school districts of Port Chester, New Rochelle, Greenburg District 7, White Plains, Elmsford, Bedford, or Ossining.

Duchesne Center Scholarship

Manhattanville College offers to students with leadership, community service, and/or social justice experience the opportunity to apply for the Duchesne Center Scholarship. By offering scholarships of $2,000 per year, Manhattanville College hopes to advance its institutional values and mission by rewarding those most likely to continue on the service path. Please see the Duchesne Center Scholarship for additional information.