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Manhattanville College
With an average class size of 17 students, Manhattanville College students can count on...

Manhattanville College

Purchase, New York

With an average class size of 17 students, Manhattanville College students can count on focused, personal instruction from faculty invested in the rewards of a liberal arts education: critical thinking, thoughtful expression, and creative collaborations.



Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
1,744 undergraduate students
98% of undergrad students are full time
34% male 66% female
36% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
109 full-time faculty
208 part-time faculty
12 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
74% of first year students live on campus
66% of all students live on campus

School Location

Manhattanville College is located on a picturesque 100 acre campus in Purchase, New York, just 30 miles outside of New York City. The College’s close proximity to one of the most dynamic cities in the world, provides students with access to cultural activities, internship and job opportunities. The College’s location also makes it easy for students to travel to nearby White Plains, New York and Stamford, Connecticut.

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 2015

81% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2015

57% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 9%
Hispanic/Latino 17%
Black or African American 8%
White 35%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 27%


There are 20 men’s and women’s varsity sports teams that compete at the Division III level at Manhattanville College. 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

    Mascot: Valiant

    Colors: Manhattanville Red and Black

More Distinctions

    • Manhattanville students complete more than 30,000 hours of community service annually.
    •  There are more than 650 internship opportunities available to Manhattanville College students.
    • All three of Manhattanville College’s schools—Arts and Science, Education, and Business—are accredited.
    • Named to Fiske’s Guide to Colleges 2016 as one of the “Top 300 Distinguished Colleges”
    • Money Magazine’s Best Colleges 2015-2016 ranked Manhattanville as one of the “25 Best Private Colleges for Merit Aid”.
    • The Princeton Review 2016 included Manhattanville in its “The Best 380 Colleges,” and “Best Regional Colleges (Northeastern),” sections.
    • U.S. News & World Report 2016 listed Manhattanville as one of its “Best Colleges 2016 (Regional Universities, North)”.
    • Ranked 12th nationwide on Newsweek’s “Best Schools for Foreign Students 2012” list.
    • Included in Peterson’s new guidebook, “Cool Colleges 101”.

Manhattanville’s location provides students with the perfect blend of a peaceful campus setting while being just minutes away from the attractions and internships New York City, White Plains, and Stamford offer. Manhattanville students also complete more than 30,000 hours of community service annually through more than 60 different outlets.

Research Opportunities

Throughout their careers at Manhattanville College, students in the physical and health science programs gain real-world experience by working on projects in research labs and completing a senior research project. Each student receives assistance along the way from a faculty advisor and a research mentor to help develop their skills and laboratory experience.

Community Service and Social Action

Since Manhattanville’s inception in 1841 as the Academy of the Sacred Heart, its founders have bequeathed the mission, vision, and heritage of social responsibility. Students continue this involvement in social action and engagement in social justice through the Duchesne Center for Religion and Social Justice, which provides many opportunities to help those in need. Programming includes community outreach, cultural, leadership, and spiritual initiatives across the Manhattanville College campus and beyond. Service experiences and programs are tightly linked to the academic curriculum to ensure that students are acquiring the right skills to make them effective and responsible members of their communities.

Study Abroad

Manhattanville College has relationships with more than 100 different international programs in many major countries such as Spain, Italy, South Africa, Japan, England, and Germany. The Study Abroad Office at Manhattanville guides students through the research, applications, and approval process for overseas study. 

The Mentor Program

Manhattanville’s Mentor Program, which emphasizes academic achievement and student leadership, connects incoming students with successful upperclassmen to help them with their transition to college. Mentors are assigned to each first year program class and available upon request for individual support.

Activities Offered

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

Sport Studies

Started in the fall of 2013, the sport studies program at Manhattanville College allows students to explore the world of sports through a wide variety of topics. Students that graduate from the program are ready for careers or further education in sports business and management, physical education, sport psychology, coaching, sport communication/journalism, and many other fields.   

Communications and Media

Manhattanville College added digital media production as a new major in the fall of 2013, and in the process of building out the program the communication studies major was re-examined as well to better fit the demands of the marketplace. The two programs now make up the Department of Communication and Media, and have moved into the Berman Center to provide the additional space needed. In addition the College also bought new cameras, computers, and other digital equipment that the students would need to gain the experience and skill sets needed to compete for desired internships and jobs.

Self-Designed Major

Manhattanville College offers more than 50 different programs for undergraduate students to major and/or minor in; however, if students have interests that lie outside of or between existing areas, they can propose a unique, self-designed major or minor. Students receive guidance from faculty advisors through these areas of study, should they be approved by Manhattanville’s Board on Academic Standards. Recent examples of self-designed majors include film directing, Italian studies, and youth advocacy.

Academic Resource Center

Individual and group support is provided in a variety of subjects at all levels of the curriculum. Tutors and supplemental instruction leaders offer assistance to undergraduates in every major, throughout the academic year.

First Year Valiant Experience

Manhattanville College’s welcoming first-year learning environment encourages students to become active participants in the College’s mission to education “ethical and socially-responsible leaders for the global community.” The first-year program equips students with a greater ability to identify and understand the ethical dimensions of problems. The program also stimulates intellectual curiosity and increases analytical ability.

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

Class size breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 103 231 168 23 1 1 0 527

With many rich traditions and more than 40 student clubs and organizations, Manhattanville College provides numerous opportunities for its students to get the full college experience. In addition to what is going on at Manhattanville, the College also provides free shuttles to nearby New York City and White Plains for students to participate in other cultural and entertainment activities as well.

Fall Fest

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

International Bazaar

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

Quad Jam

Before students start the push for final exams and research papers, the Manhattanville College community comes together for Quad Jam. The 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.

Emerging Leaders Program

Manhattanville College’s Emerging Leaders program is a living and learning community geared toward first-year college students who demonstrate leadership potential and a strong drive to become active leaders. Through Emerging Leaders, students receive transitional support, while simultaneously acquiring skills to learn about their personal identity.  They also learn about their leadership style, and how to communicate effectively with a diverse group of people

Leadership Rocks! Series

During the spring of 2016 the Manhattanville College Office of Student Activities introduced the Leadership Rocks! Series as part of its ongoing efforts to introduce student leadership development. Examples of programming included meeting Mayor Richard Thomas of Mount Vernon, New York to teach students about the voting process and how to be politically active, creating vision boards, and developing positive first impressions. 


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  

Manhattanville provides students with solid academic preparation, enhanced by real-world learning opportunities, and global and cross-cultural experiences. Graduates have the knowledge and skills they need to stand out in the job market and thrive in their careers. This is reflected in the more than 95 percent of the Class of 2015 finding a job or enrolling in graduate school within a year of receiving their diploma. 

Center for Career Development

To help students find success, Manhattanville’s Center for Career Development has a four year formula that begins when students first arrive on campus and learn about the services the office provides. The Center for Career Development continues to work closely with students as they declare a major in their sophomore year, get an internship during junior year, and look for jobs during their senior year.

The Center for Career Development also has relationships with more than 650 employers and holds more than 100 events annually to help students prepare to go out into the workforce.


Manhattanville’s Center for Career Development helps connect students to workplace learning experiences. Students can test drive their career and get a first-hand look at the work environment, while acquiring the necessary skills and abilities to compete in the ever-changing global marketplace.


Admissions Fall 2015

4,033 Total Applicants
2,989 Total Admissions
452 Total Freshmen Enrollment

74.11% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling Admission? Yes

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Academic GPA
Application Essay
Extracurricular activities
Character/personal qualities
Alumni/ae relation

Rigor of secondary school record
Standardized test scores
First generation
Geographical residence
Volunteer work
Level of applicant’s interest

Class rank
State residency
Work experience

Freshmen Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 480 580
SAT Math 480 570
SAT Writing    
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 21 26
ACT Math    
ACT English    
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $35,570
Fees $1,350
Total $36,920
Room and Board (on campus) $14,520
Room Only $8,680
Board Only $5,840
Estimated Total On Campus $51,440


Average Financial Aid Packages 2015-2016 (Estimated)

$25,627 First year students
$29,892 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2015-2016 (Estimated)

76.23% on average, the percentage of need that was met
17% of financial need students that had need fully met

$7,857 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,427 Average need-based loan

Manhattanville College ( is an independent, co-educational liberal arts institution dedicated to academic excellence and social and civic action. Manhattanville prepares students to be ethical and socially responsible leaders in a global community. Located just 30 minutes from New York City, Manhattanville serves 1,800 undergraduate students and 1,100 graduate students from more than 45 countries and 40 states. Founded in 1841, the College offers more than 90 undergraduate and graduate areas of study in the arts and sciences, education business, creative writing, as well as continuing and executive education programs.