Manhattan College


Manhattan College is located in Riverdale (Bronx), New York and is a Catholic institution with a liberal arts core curriculum. The school was established in 1853 and offers the luxury of a suburban campus but all of the cultural, social and educational benefits that New York City has to offer.

The college offers several varsity athletic programs as well as intramural sports and wellness activities and has an active Greek life and a plethora of social organizations and clubs. The college strives to provide a well-rounded education by combining intense academic programs with the opportunity for students to participate actively in the social life of the college in order to form bonds that will last a lifetime.


Information Summary

Ranks 40th in New York and 420th overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 88.0
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $62,128
Admission Success rate N/A
ACT / SAT 75%ile scores 27 / 1260
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 16 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 82% / 100%
Enrollment Total (all students) 4,232


Students pursuing an education at Manhattan College may choose to do so from five different schools of study including the School of Arts, the School of Business, the School of Education, the School of Engineering and the School of Science. There are numerous areas of study available within each school and students may choose to double major if they plan carefully.

The School of Arts offers the most areas of study and includes such typical majors as communication, English, history, psychology and sociology. There are also three unusual programs offered from within this school of study including International Studies, Peace Studies and Urban Studies. This is perhaps the easiest school to double major in.

The School of Business offers six major areas of study including accounting, economics, finance and management. The school also offers the chance to add Global Business Studies as a second major as well as the opportunity to obtain an MBA.

Students wishing to obtain a degree in such areas as childhood education or adolescent education will do so in the School of Education. There is also the opportunity to earn a dual degree in Childhood/Special Education as well as a five-year Childhoood/Special Eduction Program that allows the student to earn a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree at the same time. This school also offers standard graduate degrees in counseling and school leadership as well as teacher education program that combines early education and special education. There are post-graduate certificates offered in all of the graduate areas as well as a special Teaching and Learning with Technology certificate program.

The School of Engineering offers bachelor’s degrees and graduate programs in the areas of chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental and mechanical engineering. This school also offers more than ten master’s specialization certificates in such areas as HVAC, engineering law, biochemical engineering and energy management.

Students choosing to earn bachelor of science degrees well do so in the School of Science. Students may choose from five areas including biology, physics, science, chemistry and biochemistry, and math and computer science.

Manhattan College also works in conjunction with several other institutions in order to provide students with the opportunity to study abroad. Students may choose programs in over thirty countries and have the option of studying abroad for a semester, an entire year, a summer, or a two-week January session.

Adults that would like to earn a degree but cannot fit school into busy schedules may choose to do so in a specialized program offered by Manhattan College. For more information, prospective students should contact the school or visit the school’s website.

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Undergraduate Admissions

Manhattan College accepts applications on a rolling basis with the deadline for Early Application being February 15. All students that wish to apply for merit-based financial aid such as athletic or academic scholarships should apply by this deadline. Early Applicants will be asked to withdraw all other applications to other institutions upon acceptance. Also, acceptance under this program is contingent upon graduation from high school.

The first step in Manhattan College’s application process is submitting the Common Application and the Manhattan College Application Supplement online as well as the application fee. Students are advised to complete the Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA) at this time as well. Next, applicants will need to submit official high school transcripts which the school will review for course selection and performance. Emphasis is placed particularly on English, math, social studies, languages and sciences as well as electives.

Other documents that are required to complete the undergraduate application packet is either SAT or ACT scores and character and educational recommendations. Applicants will also need to submit either a personal statement describing their reasons for applying to Manhattan College or answer one of the Common Application essay questions. The college also highly recommends that potential students visit the campus and interview with an admissions staff member. Tours are offered every day except for Sunday.

Graduate Admissions

Students who wish to apply for either of the graduate schools at Manhattan College will need to complete the application appropriate to the school to which they are applying and submit the application fee. The graduate schools each have a few different requirements, but applicants to both schools will need to submit undergraduate transcripts, personal statements and letters of recommendation. Some programs also require standardized graduate school preparedness test scores such as the GRE. Applicants should refer to the school that they are interested in attending in order to determine exact requirements and deadlines.

Financial Aid

Manhattan College offers numerous forms of financial aid. Some is in the form of both need-based and merit-based scholarships from private individuals, the college, the state of New York and the federal government. There are also grants, federally subsidized loans and work-study programs available to assist students with meeting the financial requirements of an education. Students should begin the process by completing the Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA) located online and available beginning in January. Financial information for both the student and the family will be required in order to complete the application so students should have this information available. Manhattan College’s financial aid office is also readily available to provide assistance. A great deal of information pertaining to specific forms of aid is available on the website.

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The Jaspers are an NCAA Division I athletics organization that plays in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Their colors are green and white and they compete in numerous varsity sports including men’s and women’s track and field, basketball, soccer, crew, lacrosse, swimming and cross country. Men have the additional choices of baseball and golf while women may also choose to participate in volleyball, softball and tennis.

Manhattan College also offers a competitive intramural program that offers such sports as volleyball, softball and flag football. In addition, there are numerous wellness events throughout the year that include kickboxing, running events, weightlifting competitions and dancing classes.


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