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Fast Facts

Private Coeducational Liberal Arts College

Accreditation: Middle States

President: Jon Calvert Strauss

Founded: 1841

Location: Beautiful 100-acre campus, Purchase, NY (30 miles outside New York City)


1,700 undergraduate students/ 1,000 graduate students
Percentage female: 66
Percentage male: 34
Percentage of in-state students: 55
Percentage of out-of-state students: 45
Geographical origins: Students are from more than 30 states and 50 countries including: Canada, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Georgia, Honduras, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe.


Number of Class of 2016 applicants: 4,506
Number of Class of 2016 applicants accepted: 3,078
Percentage of applicants accepted: 68
Number of accepted students enrolled as a first time student: 589

Financial aid:
Tuition (2010-2011) and fees:
        Undergraduate: $35,365 ($790 per credit hour)
        Graduate: $755-$895 per credit hour
        Room and Board: $14,355

Top Freshman scholarships $21,000 per year based on academic achievement
Top Transfer scholarships $15,000
Percent of Incoming Freshmen getting financial aid: 87

There are over 90 areas of undergraduate and graduate study.

Popular undergraduate major: Business, Sociology, Psychology, Communications, History

There are graduate programs in business, education, liberal arts and writing

Number of full-time faculty: 103 (90% highest degree in field)
Student-faculty ratio: 14:1
Average class size: 17


Manhattanville College has once again been recognized by the Princeton Review as one of the best institutions for undergraduate education in the nation and one of the best colleges in the Northeast. The company features the school in the new 2013 edition of its annual college guide, "The Best 377 Colleges" and "Best in the Northeast" section in its website feature, "2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region." Only about 15 percent of America's 2,500 four-year colleges and two Canadian colleges are profiled in The Princeton Review's flagship college guide. According to the Princeton Review, their "regional best" colleges constitute only 25 percent of the nation's four-year institutions.

The Fiske Guide to College 2013 rates Manhattanville as one of the top small colleges in the country. It lists Manhattanville as "strong in... art, education, and psychology."

Manhattanville College was also named to the 2012 Princeton Review Guide to 322 Green Colleges. The Princeton Review first created this one-of-a-kind resource for college-bound students in 2010 with the U.S. Green Building Council, which is best known for developing the LEED standard for green building certification. In the fall of 2010, USGBC launched its Center for Green Schools to increase its efforts to drive change in how campuses and schools are designed, constructed and operated so that all educational facilities can enhance student-learning experiences.

The Newsweek Daily Beast included Manhattanville College on its list of Best Schools for Foreign Students 2012, ranking the college 12th nationwide. The Daily Beast gave Manhattanville an "A-" ranking in diversity. In a "Top 25" listing which included many Ivy League universities, Manhattanville was the only New York-metropolitan area school included in the rankings and one of two New York State schools listed. For students immigrating to the United States for their higher education, the Newsweek Daily Beast ranks the top 25 schools that provide a diverse environment, as well as financial aid and services to help with adjustment.


In its 2012 edition of America's Best Colleges, U.S. News & World Report now recognizes Manhattanville College among the top 50 master's level colleges and universities in the North. The exclusive rankings, which include more than 1,400 schools nationwide, are available online at

Manhattanville College was included in Peterson's new guidebook, Cool Colleges 101. The book profiles more than 240 colleges and includes campus photos, fast facts and, a cohesive description of the school, including contact information. The descriptions focus on what students want to know about campus life and serve as a guide to the culture and lifestyle on campuses throughout the country.

Student Life:
Percent of students that live on campus: 80 in four residence dormitories and six cottages
There are 21 NCAA Division III teams
There are over 40 student-run clubs
There are 100 different study abroad programs
There are over 450 internship opportunities

Civic Engagement:
Students completed over 30,000 hours of local and global community service.
There are over 60 outlets for community service available on  the  Manhattanville campus. More than 500 students participate in community service activities.

Service learning trips are planned to several counties in the 2011-2012  year including: Nicaragua; El Salvador; Haiti; Romero Center, Camden, NJ; New Orleans, LA; and, the Texas Leadership Conference.

College Colors: Manhattanville Red

College Mascot: Valiant

Mission: To educate students to be ethical and socially-responsible leaders in a global community.

We are committed to:

  • Ensuring the intellectual, ethical, and social development of each student within a community of engaged scholars and teachers;
  • Encouraging each student to develop as an independent and creative thinker in pursuing career and personal goals; and
  • Providing a diverse, inclusive, and nurturing environment which develops in each student a commitment to service and leadership within a global community.

Values: Ethical integrity and social responsibility

Vision: Our founding vision calls for an integrated education which attends to the mind and body, heart and spirit, of our community.

Three foundational imperatives drive our vision and commitment to educating the whole person:

  • A firm belief in learning as a habit to be cultivated and nurtured through a lifetime;
  • A conviction that education's transformative effects are best realized through meaningful action, and a willingness to serve and lead ethically and responsibly;
  • A commitment to preparing students, through integrated learning, for a world that is global, diverse and intercultural.

15,879 living alumni who graduated with a BA
6,557 living alumni who graduated from one of our graduate programs

Pop culture and media news:
Reid Hall has been featured in Boardwalk Empire on HBO
The President's Cottage was used in an episode of Law and Order: SVU

Notable Alumni:

Eunice Kennedy Shriver '43 (D) (non Grad) Kitty Pilgrim '76
James Badge Dale Rose Kennedy 1910 (D)
Barbara F. Vucanovich Trudy Sullivan '71
Beatrice Welters '74 Karen Akers '67
Jean Kennedy '49 Josie Natori '68
Sila Calderon '64 Sister Mary T. Clark '39

Sister Ruth Dowd '40

Sister Eileen O'Gorman '43 (D)
Janice LaChance '74

Maria Elena Lagomasino '70

Rosemary Murphy Tina Sloan '65
Carmen Marc Valvo '75