Manhattan College

Manhattan College


Manhattan College, overlooking Van Cortlandt Park in Riverdale, is a private, independent Lasallian Catholic college which embraces qualified men and women of all faiths, races and ethnic backgrounds. Established in 1853, the College is founded upon the Lasallian tradition of excellence in teaching, respect for individual dignity and commitment to social justice. Today Manhattan College maintains that tradition by providing scholarships and financial aid to many students who are the first in their family to attend college. Manhattan also has exceptional academic programs and a values-based Catholic education that nurtures the whole student. They also recognize that students sometimes need a more personal approach and have created The Center for Academic Success to keep students on track with a quiet place to study with their peer tutor, or engage in small group study sessions. It all adds up to a one of a kind education at Manhattan College.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Prep & Outreach CollegeBound Initiative (CBI)

The CollegeBound Initiative is a school-based college guidance program that helps students in inner-city public schools reach their potential and attend college. Manhattan’s partnership with CBI, which began in fall 2011, represents the College’s commitment to educating first-generation college students rooted in Manhattan’s Lasallian Catholic traditions. The CollegeBound Initiative collaborates with public high schools by placing full-time college counselors in the schools to interact with students and make them more aware of the various college options available, including financial aid assistance and scholarships. In the next school year, CBI will serve nearly 800 seniors in 13 schools in New York City and Philadelphia. As a university partner with CBI, Manhattan will gain assistance in further diversifying the College’s student body, allowing students to receive a first-rate education that they may not have had access to without the program’s resources.

Scholarship & Financial Aid Scholarship Opportunities for First-Generation and Minority Students

Manhattan College has a variety of scholarships available for first-generation and minority students. Among them are the Horan Family Scholarship, established by the late John Horan ’40, former CEO and Chairman of Merck and Co., and his wife Julie; and the James Patterson Minority Scholarship, established by famous author James Patterson ’69. Admissions and financial counselors are always available to help prospective students with this process.

First-Year Experience & Transition The Arches

The Arches is a living-learning community within the college that houses roughly one hundred students in East Hill Hall and facilitates these students’ transition to college life. Students have access to a classroom and an academic office within their residence hall for a close relationship with their faculty. The program involves two freshmen liberal arts courses. This program also provides community service and cultural learning opportunities in New York City to allow the students to give back to and learn more about the New York City community.

Student Diversity

  • 3,444
  • 55/45
  • 33%
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 5%
  • 5%
    Black or African American
  • 20%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 57%
  • 2%
    Two or more races
  • 7%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 3%

Student Success

  • 89%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 74%
    Six-year graduation
  • 62%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 74%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 54%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 219
    Full-time faculty
  • 37
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 12:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Civil Engineering, Communication, Management, Childhood Education, Biology

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Italian Club, French Club, Gaelic Society, Polish Club, International Students Association, Muslim Student Association, Gamma Alpha Sigma, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Women Engineers


Cost of Attendance

  • $36,900
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $4,039
    Required Fees
  • $15,010
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • n/a
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $20,666
    Average aid package
  • $39,371
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 23%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • n/a
    Students with financial need
  • 99%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 97%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 12%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 7,268
    # of applicants
  • 66%
  • 3.45
    Average HS GPA
  • 24
    ACT Composite
  • 480—580
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 490—610
    SAT Math
  • 480—580
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 03/01
    Regular application closing date
  • $75
    Application Fee
  • $75
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 11/15
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date