Founded in 1933, Monroe College is a liberal arts school with its main campus located in Bronx, NY. The school offers a curriculum carefully designed with the perfect blend of classroom instruction and real-life experience in order to provide the maximum educational benefit to each student. Historically, the college has participated actively in community development projects and the campus is well-known for its secure, well-lighted exteriors. Student safety is a priority at Monroe College.
In addition to traditional classroom study, Monroe also offers students who can’t attend on-campus classes the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees completely online. With this program, students may work at their own pace and on their own time to further their educations. Another option to traditional study is the study-abroad program.
Student athletes may choose from several different intramural and intercollegiate sports and several other activities via Campus Recreation and Fitness. In addition to sports events, Monroe College also offers numerous student clubs and organizations as well as cultural, academic and social activities so that life on campus is never boring. There’s no student housing available on the Bronx campus, but living accommodations are available on Monroe College’s New Rochelle campus. The Bronx campus is only a 30-minute train ride from Grand Central Station and all of the cultural, social and professional resources that New York City has to offer. The Fordham station is only yards from campus so that there is easy el train access.
Monroe College’s Bronx campus is also located in the Fordham shopping district, which adds a definite life and pulse to the local community. There are about 80 buildings that house nearly 300 businesses including everything from national chain restaurants and stores to independent, locally owned eateries and boutiques.
Monroe College is a rather unique college that offers one para-professional certificate, over 10 associate degrees and bachelor’s degrees, and two master’s degrees. The college is recognized as a national leader that provides career-oriented, focused education with an excellent integration of classroom learning and real-life experiences.
The school offers eight programs for undergraduates including the School of Allied Health Professions, the School of Business and Accounting, the School of Criminal Justice, the School of Education, the School of Hospitality Management & the Culinary Arts, the School of Information Technology and Liberal Arts & Continuing Education. There is also an Honors Program.
Monroe College’s English Language Learning Institute is one of the more interesting and unique programs that the college offers in addition to standard degrees. Students for whom English is not the first language may learn reading, writing and verbal skills necessary for success at a US college or university. In addition to standard language classes, students participate in a variety of venues that make the English language an integral part of the experience such as cultural events, lab experiences, and liberal arts courses that are popular to US culture such as film, music, drama, dance and graphic arts. When an international student is accepted into the program, Monroe will issue an I-20 so that the student may obtain a student visa through the US Embassy.
Many students wishing to study abroad may do so. For example, culinary students have the opportunity to study at world-class culinary institutes in Italy.
Another amazing program that Monroe hosts is the “America’s Best High School Chef” contest, which is open to high school students with a high level of interest in attending culinary school. It’s a one-day culinary competition in which approximately 50 chosen students compete for two titles – America’s Best High School Chef and America’s Best High School Pastry Chef. Only a few students participate in the pastry competition with the majority participating in the Chef segment. At the end of the day, the titles are awarded to two students and prizes include a full scholarship to Monroe’s culinary or pastry program and the opportunity to study abroad for one semester in Monroe’s Study Abroad Program.
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Admission to Monroe College is competitive, so it’s a good idea to apply early in the senior year of high school. Students need to complete the online or paper application and submit it along with the application fee, personal essay, official high school transcripts, SAT/ACT scores, and two professional/academic references. Admissions decisions are based on academic performance, activities and accomplishments. Depending on the program and the student’s personal circumstances, there may be slight differences in the process.
Applicants to Monroe’s King Graduate School must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. school or an international equivalent. Students who meet this qualification may begin the application process by completing either an online or paper application and submitting it to the graduate school along with the application fee. Other required documents include all undergraduate transcripts, two letters of recommendation, a goal statement essay, and a current resume.
Potential traditional graduate students are also required to schedule an interview with an admissions counselor on campus unless students live outside of New York. Those students may conduct the interview over the phone. People considering the online MBA program may participate in the interview via webcam or on campus. During this interview, students will discuss educational and career goals as well as outside interests. The interview is also a great opportunity to discuss the program, course requirements, and the financial aid process.
Monroe College offers financial aid packages to undergraduates that include need-based and merit-based scholarships, grants, federally-subsidized loans and work-study programs. For graduate students, there are loan packages available. Any student that wants to be considered for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid that’s available online beginning in January. The school also has an honors program and an ROTC program that offers scholarships to eligible students. Because many scholarships have annual maximum awards, students should apply for financial aid as early as possible in order to be considered for as many programs as possible.
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Monroe College has an intercollegiate athletics organization that participates in Region XV of the National Junior College Athletics Association. Sports offered include men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, soccer, and track & field. Men may also participate in JV soccer, football and baseball while women have the additional options of softball and volleyball. The Mustangs’ colors are blue and gold and several of Monroe’s teams make regular appearances in regional championships.
The college also offers intramural sports and other fun fitness activities which are sponsored through Campus Recreation and Fitness.
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