Manhattan College was founded in 1853 by the Brothers of the Christian Schools, a Catholic teaching order started by Saint John Baptist de La Salle. The Lasallian mission drives the College’s focus on quality education for all and service to its neighbors, near and far, in need. The picturesque campus is located in The Bronx, a 35-minute subway ride from the heart of Manhattan.
Access to The World’s Greatest City
Manhattan College students take full advantage of all that New York City has to offer. Eighty-five percent of Manhattan College students report having completed an internship related to their field of study. Students have a distinct advantage when it comes to getting internships and jobs because of access to New York City. Many of Manhattan’s professors use New York City as a classroom with visits to sites such as Wall Street, the Museum of Natural History and the United Nations.
See a new site each week with Saturdays in the City, a weekly series of trips around NYC organized by the residence halls. Join the SoNYC club to do fun things like a bike ride through Central Park or a dessert crawl through the East Village.
Return on Investment (ROI)
Manhattan was once referred to as “The Best Kept Secret in New York City.” Today, the secret’s out — Manhattan College is nationally recognized as a top school in preparing its graduates for successful careers at international companies like IBM, Google, JP Morgan and Wells Fargo. In fact, Manhattan College is exceeding expected results in areas like starting salaries and mid-career earnings, warranting a “value-added” label from institutions like Forbes, Brookings and Payscale.
Manhattan College is also atop the list at Number 1 in Money magazine’s annual ranking of the most transformative colleges in America.
Manhattan College offers the variety of programming found at a large university, but with the personalized learning experience of a liberal arts school. The College offers more than 100 majors, minors, graduate programs and advanced certificates, as well as degrees that can be earned fully online or combined with a traditional classroom experience. Explore majors in business, education, engineering, liberal arts and science in a community of just under 4,000 full-time students on the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Lasallian Catholic: On Campus and Beyond
One of the most important parts of the Lasallian mission is to provide education for all, regardless of background or economic class. More than 30 percent of the College’s students identify as minorities, and 32 percent of undergraduates are the first in their families to attend college. While a Catholic institution, Manhattan welcomes students of all faiths, traditions and backgrounds to become Jaspers.
To be truly Lasallian means to share the mission beyond campus. Each year, Campus Ministry and Social Action (CMSA) organizes several L.O.V.E. programs (Lasallian Outreach Volunteer Experience), which give students the opportunity to travel to some of the world’s poorest areas in New Orleans, Kenya, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic and West Virginia and to volunteer with people of different socio-economic backgrounds.
Throughout the semester, students also help those in surrounding communities. The Lasallian Collegians group volunteers on campus and in the city by arranging school blood drives, toy drives, soup kitchen trips and food runs.
Residence Life: A Variety of Living Options
Becoming a resident on campus means becoming part of a community. Manhattan offers a number of ways to live with students who share common interests or lifestyles regardless of major. Each of the five residence halls are unique communities of learning, where every student is guaranteed the right to study hard, live freely and participate in the spontaneous and open exchange of ideas.
The Arches program, a unique learning and living community for freshmen, brings students together in a residence hall as well. Arches students take one class each semester of their freshmen year that is specifically designed for the Arches program, incorporating cultural excursions and service projects. In addition, special events and activities are offered to Arches students, so they can bond, develop a sense of community, and create lasting friendships with peers, faculty and coordinators.
Career Development and Success
Preparation for the career world begins freshman year with career planning and development resources, often followed by an internship in New York City. To gain a deeper, behind-the-scenes understanding of a specific profession, students who apply to the mentor program are paired with professionals in their chosen field, generally Manhattan College alumni. This natural learning process, coupled with co-curricular activities and classes taught by passionate faculty, produces students who are ready for the working world by the time they graduate.