Manhattan College began in 1853 when five Christian Brothers moved their small school from Canal Street to what was then known as Manhattanville in New York City. The school was located at 131st Street and Broadway. The Brothers taught in the Lasallian tradition, a style that began in 17th century France under Saint John Baptist de La Salle who is the Patron Saint of Teachers.
The Lasallian tradition elevated the work of teaching, treating it as a profession and a calling. The Brothers were instructed to go beyond memorization and touch the children’s hearts. The school grew significantly between 1853 and 1863 with college courses added in 1859. The name of the school was changed to Manhattan College in 1861.
Manhattan College was unique among other colleges as it continued the practice of broad learning in liberal arts combined with technical and pre-professional training. Soon, the school outgrew its location and the cornerstone of “New Manhattan” was laid in 1922 in the Riverdale neighborhood, located in the Bronx, where it stands today.
Like many colleges, enrollment grew significantly after World War II when returning soldiers took advantage of the G.I. Bill. The school housed both a preparatory high school and the college in the early 20th century. In 1973, women were accepted into the college and, over the next few decades, transformed from a commuter college to a residential college.
Today, Manhattan College identifies as a Catholic college in the Lasalle tradition. They have a strong commitment to educate the disadvantaged. They are one of only 182 colleges founded in the United States prior to the Civil War. There are almost 4,000 students enrolled at the college with 31 percent of the student body minorities and 33 percent first-generation students. U.S. News & World Report ranks the school as 15th in the Best Regional Universities (North) category and 8th among regional universities that are attractive for veterans.
Manhattan College Accreditation Details
Manhattan College is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. This means that the school meets or exceeds criteria that the commission has identified as necessary for excellence. The college also strive to improve any area that the commission determines is not meeting student need. Programs at the college are also accredited by the following industry-specific organizations:
- Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
- Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International
- Teacher Education Accreditation Council
Manhattan College Admission Requirements
Students who have not earned college credit after high school graduation are considered first-time undergraduate students. Students must provide official transcripts as well as SAT or ACT scores. A recommendation letter from a teacher or guidance counselor as well as a personal essay is also required.
Students who have earned any college credit after graduation at an accredited college or university are considered transfer students. They must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 at the college or university they are currently attending. Students must provide a final high school transcript and an official transcript from all colleges and universities attended. If the student is currently enrolled, a list of current courses must be provided. If the student has completed less than 15 college-level credits, official SAT or ACT scores must be provided. A letter of recommendation from a high school teacher, college professor or employer is required as well as a personal statement.
Admission to graduate programs vary depending on which area the student plans to study. For all programs, the student must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Students are encouraged to contact an admissions counselor before applying to determine what is required for admission to their chosen program.
Manhattan College Tuition and Financial Aid
Full-time undergraduate tuition at Manhattan College is $38,200 per year. Graduate tuition per credit hour is:
- Business – $1,090
- Engineering – $1,060
- Science – $1,060
Financial aid is available and 94 percent of students attending Manhattan College receive some sort of aid. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to qualify for any assistance. Aid is available as scholarships and grants, which do not have to be repaid. Students may also qualify for student employment and Manhattan College accepts employer as well as military benefits. Students may qualify for federal, state or private student loans, but these must be repaid.
Manhattan College Student Experience
The decision regarding what program to study at Manhattan College is only part of the story for most students. The Lasallian community consists of people from every background and experience imaginable. There are more than 100 clubs and organizations as well as 19 NCAA Division 1 teams for both men and women. Students can be seen enjoying the sun on a warm afternoon on the Quad or enjoying a delicious meal at the many surrounding area restaurants. There is a student fitness center and a health services office designed to keep students healthy and fit.
The School of Liberal Arts offers an Urban Studies degree designed to analyze cities, the people who live there, how they function and how they are governed. There are issues in education, healthcare and law that exist in urban areas that do not exist in other communities. Because the college is located in one of the best known urban areas in the world, New York City, students are exposed to all aspects of urban living. Students are able to get hands-on experience simply by walking the blocks and crossing the bridges surrounding the campus. Some of the classes offered that include hands-on learning are:
- History of the Broadway Musical
- Introduction to Urban Studies
- NYC Ethnic Communities
- The New York Skyscraper
- Wall Street
The school also has connections with local non-profits, urban planners, developers and even local politicians that help students build a network that will be beneficial upon graduation.
Students are also provided the opportunity to study abroad through global partnerships that allow them to study cities around the world. Students have studied in Venice, London and Buenos Aires, to name a few, learning how other country’s deal with urban issues.
There are several clubs and organizations on campus that can also help students increase their network and develop hands-on experience. Slice of New York City (SONYC) is a passport to all things Manhattan and beyond. Students take part in scavenger hunts, dessert and ice cream crawls through the city and bike rides in Central Park. Students only need a hearty appetite for the city to join. The Quadrangle Student Newspaper gives students the feel of a real newsroom. Students who do not live on campus may benefit from the Commuter Student Association where they can discuss issues, concerns and ideas surrounding the commuter population. CSA is open to students who live on campus as well and may help urban studies students get more insight into the issues facing a commuter population.
Manhattan College continues its Lasalle education platform to provide students not only with a strong liberal arts background but hands-on experience they will carry forward into their careers.