Manhattan College

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College Profile

Manhattan College is an independent, coeducational Catholic college rooted in the Lasallian tradition and founded in 1853. Manhattan offers more than 40 major fields of study in programs of arts, business, education and health, engineering, and science. The mission of Manhattan College is to provide a contemporary, person-centered educational experience characterized by high academic standards, reflection on faith, values and ethics, and lifelong career preparation. The College is one of only a few U.S. colleges to have chapters of all five of these distinguished national honor societies: Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Gamma Sigma, Kappa Delta Pi, Sigma Xi, and Beta Pi.

The tight-knit College community is comprised of 3,675 students. With a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio, professors know students personally and care about their success. The majority of students live on the traditional collegiate campus, which is just a subway ride from midtown Manhattan.

Manhattan’s faculty has 219 full-time faculty members. Ninety-three percent of the faculty members hold doctorates. Faculty members serve on the college senate, the council for faculty affairs, and numerous faculty and campus committees. They are available to students for informal guidance and counseling and also serve as official moderators of many campus organizations.

Manhattan College’s 22-acre campus is located 10 miles north of midtown Manhattan in the suburban Riverdale section of the Bronx, about a mile from Westchester County. The College is located in the world’s greatest cultural hub, where renowned museums and landmarks serve as off-campus classrooms. Students have access to internship and job opportunities at some of the country’s most prestigious companies.

On the volunteer front, 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, West Virginia, Kenya, Ecuador, and the Dominican Republic to volunteer with people of very different socioeconomic backgrounds.

Manhattan College Jaspers do not have to travel far to lend a helping hand throughout the semester. The Lasallian Collegians group volunteers on campus and in New York City by arranging school blood drives, toy drives, soup kitchen trips, and food runs. In addition, the Arches, a learning-living resident program, offers first-year students the opportunity to live in community, attend two classes together, and experience New York City through service projects in the city.

Academic Programs

The core curriculum shared by the School of Arts and the School of Science studies some of the vital works of humankind, explores new ideas, examines the meaning of scientific experimentation, and encourages a student to develop his or her thinking and leadership abilities. The major programs offer advanced work in specific humanistic and scientific disciplines and opportunities to work on research projects in collaboration with faculty scholars.

In the School of Engineering, all engineering students follow a common core curriculum during the first two years and choose a major at the beginning of the junior year. Each curriculum includes a generous selection of courses in basic sciences, the engineering sciences, humanistic studies, and mathematics.

The School of Business prepares students for positions of executive responsibility in business, government, and nonprofit organizations. The business curriculum is based on a strong commitment to liberal education and is well balanced between professional business courses, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. This is a reflection of the school’s belief that executives should be broadly educated and should involve themselves, as well as their organizations, in efforts to solve social problems.

The School of Education and Health prepares students for teaching, counseling, and health professions. Students complete the College’s core curriculum in liberal arts and sciences and then complete a major in various programs in the school’s three departments: education, kinesiology, and radiological and health professions. All programs include internships/practicums in schools, hospitals, or other institutions. Graduates of the
school’s teacher-preparation programs receive New York State provisional teaching certification. The school also offers a five-year B.A./M.S. program in childhood/special education and special education.

Off-Campus Programs

Manhattan College also offers study-abroad programs in many countries; arrangements can be made to study in a country of choice. Students in the School of Business may participate in the International Field Studies Seminar. As participants, they spend time in another country studying the effect of that environment on international firms. Career services and co-op education integrate classroom theory with the practical experience of a job in industry, business, the social services, the arts, or government. Portions of the education courses are conducted in New York City schools, so that student teachers may gain experience in urban education at an early stage.

Academic Facilities

There are more than forty scientific and engineering laboratories at Manhattan, including the Research and Learning Center, as well as a modern language laboratory and a computer information systems laboratory. Manhattan’s O’Malley Library is a state-of-the-art facility featuring modern accommodations for study and research.

The Raymond W. Kelly (‘63) Student Commons, which opened in the fall of 2014, is a 70,000-square-foot building which has quickly become a focal point on campus. It enhances the College’s ability to integrate academics and student life, and provides space for fitness and wellness programming, cultural and community events, dining, student activities, and student collaboration.

Programs We Offer

Undergraduate Graduate
Computer and Electrical Engineering  M.B.A.
Mechanical Engineering Computer and Electrical Engineering                                       
Business Analytics Mechanical Engineering 
Global Business Studies                                    


Institution Demographics

  • Total enrollment: 3970
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 3471
  • Graduate enrollment: 499
  • International Student Enrollment: undergraduate __93__ graduate __42___
  • Male %, Female % Male – 55% Female – 45%
  • Faculty-student ratio: 12:1
  • Faculty: Full-Time ­­­­–225, Part-Time 235
  • Number of countries represented on campus: _39___(not including US)
  • Top five countries represented on campus: France, China, Japan, United Kingdom, Germany

International Student Housing Options

International students receive the same housing options as undergraduate students.


For more information: Debra D’Amico, International Student Adviser,


Collaborative programs

Manhattan College is a member of the Lasallian International Programs Consortium and the Lower Hudson Consortium, which offer a global network of study abroad destinations and programs.

First Year, Transfer, and Graduate Students


Visa Information

Does your institution issue an I-20 for F-1 or M-1 visa status (yes/no)
and/or DS-2019 for J-1 visa status?

Yes for exchange students, research scholars and visiting faculty.

For visa information see

Cost of Attendance and Financial Assistance for International Students

For tuition, fees, and other expenses for international students, see



Student Activities and Campus Life

With more than 60 clubs and organizations offered, there’s something for everyone to join. We have extra-curricular clubs, which are a great opportunity to socialize with fellow students, and cocurricular clubs, which are academic in nature and connected to your major.

Some special opportunities:

New York City is your backyard! To help you take a bite out of the Big Apple, the Residence Life office organizes regular excursions into the city. A guided trip to major attractions and landmarks in the world’s most famous city departs every Saturday at noon from Thomas Hall. No sign up is required ahead of time, just show up and plan on having fun!

The Lasallian Outreach Volunteer Experience (L.O.V.E.) provides service and social-justice travel experiences. Each L.O.V.E. trip is unique. Some offer immersion experiences: the chance to live in solidarity with the poor, experience an unfamiliar culture and learn about issues of social justice. Others involve more hands-on service work, such as helping rebuild in New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina.