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About Manhattanville

We Are Valiant

Since 1841, Manhattanville University has provided a transformative educational experience.  As a private liberal arts institution, Manhattanville roots its education in a rich history of academic excellence and innovative programs. With more than 55 undergraduate programs, 70 graduate programs, and a doctoral program, we empower every student to cultivate their intellectual curiosity, sharpen their critical thinking skills, and strive for a more just world.

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By the Numbers

  • 125+ Undergraduate and graduate programs
  • 24 Division III sports teams
  • 11:1 Student-faculty ratio
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Our History and Legacy

Since its origins as a Catholic boarding school to its present day as a non-denominational, co-ed private university, Manhattanville University has evolved to meet the needs of students who seek a more just world. A haven for independent thinking and socially conscious values, our interdisciplinary education is rooted in the liberal arts and experiential learning. 

Founded in 1841 in New York City as a boarding school and parochial school for women, Manhattanville University has consistently strived to expand higher education to all sectors of society. Under the visionary leadership of President Grace Dammann, R.S.C.J., Manhattanville University voted to admit African-American students in 1938 and we have continuously worked to create a more inclusive student body. Today, over a third of our students identify as first-generation, and even more consider themselves BIPOC. We are also a designated Hispanic Serving Institution, a reflection of our increasingly diverse community. 

We have also grown in other ways. When Manhattanville University officially took over the former estate of diplomat Whitelaw Reid in Westchester in 1952, we cemented our role in the educational development of the region. The U.S. News and World Report named us as the #1 private college for social mobility in New York. Students volunteer over 30,000 hours of community service through the Clark Center for Social Justice. The School of Education offers the highest number of programs and additional support through the Changing Suburbs Institute’s network of Professional Development Schools. Nursing candidates complete clinic hours in local organizations, providing patient-centered care to the area. 

We are proof of how academic excellence, a commitment to social justice, and a global outlook can transform students and, by extension, society.

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Manhattanville University benefits from both the peaceful beauty of Westchester County and the vibrant, non-stop energy of New York City. The 100-acre campus provides a safe and comfortable environment where every student’s intellectual life can blossom with the unparalleled professional opportunities of a world-class city, only 30 miles away. 

Reid Castle, a 19th-century architectural gem, anchors the campus and houses the Welcome Center, Admissions, Financial Aid, and several event spaces. Designed by famed Central Park architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, the picturesque green quad hosts our academic buildings and centers, the university library, four performance facilities, and fifteen new or renovated science and nursing labs.

The campus also boasts two historic chapels. The architect Maya Lin restored one, Lady Chapel, to include a glass roof, located near the new Ohnell Environmental Center, a non-invasive structure that reflects Manhattanville University’s commitment to sustainability. Our newest building, the Richard A. Berman Student Center, received a LEED gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council.

In addition to our four residence halls and dining hall, students enjoy amenities like a campus market and store and comprehensive athletic facilities, including a fitness center, tennis courts, an ice rink, a baseball and softball field, and an indoor turf facility. 

We are a short car, train, or bus ride from New York and the city’s main airports. We are also easily accessible by car from anywhere in the TriState area and can also be reached via the Metro North Railroad from NYC Grand Central Terminal or Westchester’s Bee-Line bus. 

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Global Leaders The Manhattanville Mission

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Our university mission statement prioritizes a holistic view of personal development, encourages a commitment to service and leadership, and emphasizes a global perspective to transform every student into an ethical and socially responsible leader.
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As an officially designated Hispanic Serving Institution, we are committed to providing an inclusive environment to all students through the Manhattanville Achievement Program, the Mville First program for first-generation students, the Bias Education Response Team, and other DEI initiatives.
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Community service lies at the heart of the Manhattanville University experience. The Clark Center offers volunteer opportunities with 85 community partners, social justice workshops, experiential learning service experiences, and other opportunities to give back.

Where We Thrive

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Boasting the highest number of programs in the region and partnering with over 25 area schools and educational agencies to provide field experiences to students, the School of Education is at the forefront of pedagogical innovation.

Our nursing and health science degree students benefit from patient-centered training, six on-campus clinical learning lab facilities, and first-rate clinical placements as part of their education.

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With New York City at our fingertips, our fine and performing arts majors go beyond the study of their craft to its real-world applications in unparalleled professional opportunities like industry-relevant internships, networking events, and performance experiences.


Real-World Preparation

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We offer over 55 undergraduate majors and minors, 70 graduate programs, one doctoral degree, and several certificate programs across various disciplines to help students reach their unique professional goals. Academic opportunities go beyond the classroom to include real-world learning through internships, research and creative projects, study abroad programs, and other hands-on experiences. 


Our students integrate their classroom learnings with real-world applications through professional experiences like internships, clinical rotations, and student teaching. We offer a robust number of career services and tap into our alumni network to help connect students to quality internships in New York that are aligned with their professional aspirations.

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The Center for Career Development (CCD) provides resources and individual advising, in addition to career readiness programs and networking opportunities for students. The CCD collaborates with faculty and industry partners to offer workshops, panels, mentorship, and internship opportunities focused on career preparation.

University LeadershipIntroducing our 15th President

In 2023, Manhattanville University welcomed Frank D. Sánchez, PhD as its fifteenth president. Together with the Board of Trustees and the university’s senior leadership, the Office of the President is tasked with fulfilling our mission to educate students to be ethical and socially responsible leaders in a global community through a commitment to excellence, inclusivity, and innovation.


Get to Manhattanville

Dedication to affordability in higher education
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No student should face barriers to their education—that is why 98% of our undergraduate students receive financial assistance. Our team works tirelessly to help you secure scholarships, grants, loans, and other forms of financial aid to help manage the costs of your degree. 

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Your journey at Manhattanville University begins with the application. Our staff is here to answer any questions about admission requirements, whether you plan on being a full-time or part-time student, undergraduate or graduate. Learn more about the admissions process.


#1 in Social Mobility in New YorkThree years in a row!

Manhattanville is ranked the #1 private, non-profit institution in New York for social mobility by U.S. News and World Report, 2022, 2023, and 2024 - Regional Universities North category.

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