Enrollment Continues to Climb at Manhattanville College as New Programs Attract New Students

March 08, 2023
Reid Castle at Manhattanville College
Reid Castle

Numbers mirror trends in higher education as more seek careers in science, business, and education

PURCHASE, N.Y., March 8, 2023 –Manhattanville College saw a 15 percent increase in new student enrollment during its spring semester in part due to a host of new programs that illustrate new trends in education.  

Growth of the college’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences and increased enrollment in computer science, musical theatre, business programs, and psychology show that students are more interested in career-oriented programs, but some are still pursuing a traditional Liberal Arts track. 

“Manhattanville has welcomed more than 200 new students this semester, new undergraduate enrollment has more than doubled, and enrollment is up 16 percent at our nursing school,’’ said Troy L. Cogburn, Vice President for Admissions and Marketing for Manhattanville College. “Manhattanville continues to attract the traditional Liberal Arts student, but is reaching a new type of student with a host of exciting programs.’’ 

Another piece of good news, said Cogburn, is that diversity remains an area of strength for the school. As an example, he pointed to the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, where 55 percent of students are students of color (fall 2022) and 62 percent of new nursing undergraduates are students of color. This is much higher than the 41 percent of students of color enrolled in nursing programs nationally, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.  

New at the School of Nursing and Health Sciences is an online nursing leadership master’s program, and an online version of the school’s already popular MS Family Nurse Practitioner. 

The School of Nursing and Health Sciences continues to grow by leaps and bounds due to a national demand for nurses, new offerings and the school’s investment in new learning labs and the latest technology. The school opened in 2020 with two undergraduate degrees in nursing: Bachelor of Science in Nursing for traditional 4-year and transfer students and an accelerated program for those who already hold Bachelor’s degrees. Since then, it has added graduate programs for nurse leadership and nurses seeking to become Family Nurse Practitioners, an online Pharmacy Technician certificate program, and a bachelor’s program in Radiologic Technology. 

The School of Arts and Sciences saw gains in enrollment in musical theater, computer science, business and psychology programs. And it also enrolled its first students in a new neuroscience major.  

The School of Education is also thriving. Its Changing Suburbs Institute®, which works to help districts adapt to demographic changes in school districts, added the Stamford and Brewster school districts to its professional development schools (PDS) list. The Changing Suburbs Institute® /PDS network has now grown to include 20 schools from 10 districts. The School of Education has also seen enrollment increases in physical education, school building leader and school district leader programs, applied behavior analysis, and childhood and special education programs. 

While new programs are attracting a new type of student, Manhattanville College Interim President Louise Feroe, Ph.D., said that it is the quality of the education at Manhattanville that is at the heart of its success.  

“This is an exciting time at Manhattanville as we usher in a new era of positive transformation,” said Feroe. “The path we are forging for the future – one that translates the liberal arts for the 21st century – will ensure that Manhattanville flourishes and is here for generations to come. All of this puts the college in a good position to attract top talent as we begin actively searching for a new president who will build on our vision and take the college to new heights.” The college began a search for a new president last month. 

Physical improvements are also underway that will help continue to attract new students. Among them a new outdoor volleyball court and recreational space which opened in fall 2022 and renovation to its lecture hall in Brownson Hall. Plans are underway to transform its Kennedy Gymnasium to better support the Physical Education program, intramural sports, and the athletics department. 

For two years in a row, U.S. News and World Report named Manhattanville as the number one private, non-profit school in New York in the Regional Universities North category for Top Performers of Social Mobility. Manhattanville has earned a designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education; was recognized as a Best College for 2023 in Princeton Review and earned two Colleges of Distinction badges including a new one in Equity and Inclusion in 2022. 

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About Manhattanville College 
Manhattanville College is a small, private liberal arts institution dedicated to academic excellence, purposeful education, and social justice. U.S. News and World Report ranks Manhattanville the number one private, non-profit institution in New York among Top Performers of Social Mobility in Regional Universities North 2022 and 2023. Located 30 miles from New York City on a 100-acre suburban campus in the heart of bustling Westchester County, Manhattanville enables easy access to robust entertainment offerings, educational resources, and business opportunities for its primarily residential and diverse student body. The College serves more than 1,500 undergraduate students and nearly 1,000 graduate students from more than 44 countries and 33 states. Founded in 1841, the College offers more than 75 undergraduate and graduate areas of study in the arts and sciences, education, business, and creative writing, as well as continuing and executive education programs. Graduate students can choose from over 70 graduate and certificate programs. Extracurricular offerings include more than 45 clubs and 20 NCAA Division III teams. To learn more, visit www.mville.edu.  

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