The Princeton Review selects Manhattanville in the "Best 389 Colleges for 2024”

August 25, 2023
Manhattanville's Reid Castle and quad

PURCHASE, NY, August 15 – Manhattanville College is one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduates according to The Princeton Review’s new edition of its annual college guide, The Best 389 Colleges: 2024 Edition, published this week.

Manhattanville has appeared on this prestigious list for more than 15 years. Only about 15% of America’s 2,600 four-year colleges are profiled in the book. The Princeton Review chooses the colleges for the book based on data it annually collects from surveys of 2,000 college administrators about their institutions’ academic offerings. The company also reviews data from its surveys of college students attending the schools who report on their experiences at their institutions.

"Our continued recognition on the Princeton Review's Best 389 Colleges list reflects Manhattanville's unwavering commitment to fostering an environment of innovation, intellectual curiosity, inclusivity, and value,” said Manhattanville President Frank D. Sánchez, Ph.D. “It is a testament to the dedication of our exceptional faculty, staff, and students who collectively shape our institution into a vibrant and forward-thinking community of learners. This recognition further affirms our commitment to learning innovation, inclusive excellence, and student success.

"We salute Manhattanville College for its outstanding academics and its many other impressive offerings. We’re delighted to recommend it as an ideal choice for students searching for their ‘best-fit’ college,” said Rob Franek, The Princeton Review's Editor-in-Chief and lead author of The Best 389 Colleges.  

In the profile on Manhattanville, The Princeton Review editors praise the school for its “very diverse” community. As one student explains, “I have made friends from all different

backgrounds, states, and countries." Princeton Review also notes that "Just as critically, people here are 'willing to embrace different cultures, ethnicities, sexualities, and personality types,' and quote Manhattanville students surveyed for this project. Some of the student comments in the profile include: Manhattanville College provides “endless opportunities to find your passion and get involved.” Undergraduates appreciate the “close-knit relationships,” the “diverse course selection,” and the way the school provides “many connections for internships and jobs” while also serving to “help you build your portfolio as a young professional.” Students give credit where it’s due, praising professors who often act as “amazing resources” and generally “bring a lot of expertise into their classrooms.” Students at Manhattanville appreciate that professors strive to “teach in a way that makes learning interesting and fun” and that “no matter what the students need, there is always an office, a person, or department ready, willing, and able to help out.”

The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in the book hierarchically, from 1 to 389. However, the book has 50 categories of ranking lists. Each list names the top 25 schools (of those in the book) in its category. The ranking lists are entirely based on The Princeton Review’s surveys of 165,000 students at the 389 schools in the book. The company’s 85-question student survey asked students to rate their colleges on dozens of topics and report on their campus experiences at them. Information on the student survey process and methodology for the ranking lists is on The Princeton Review’s website here.

In a "Survey Says" sidebar in the book's profile on Manhattanville, The Princeton Review lists topics that students the company surveyed were in most agreement about in their answers on the survey. The list includes: “Students are happy,” “Theatre is popular,” and “Active minority support groups.”

The school profiles and ranking lists in The Best 389 Colleges are posted here (at:

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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 as 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 close to 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, creative writing, and continuing and executive education programs. Graduate students can choose from more than 70 graduate and certificate programs. Extracurricular offerings include more than 70 clubs and organizations and 24 NCAA Division III teams. To learn more, visit

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