Manhattanville College

New York - United States


At Manhattanville College, rigorous academic preparation within a nurturing environment is matched by personalized attention to every student.  Our close-knit community of 1,700 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students is diverse, representing over 30 states and 60 countries.

With more than 50 areas of undergraduate study, ranging from the Liberal Arts to cross-disciplinary studies such as Environmental Science, and professional concentrations such as Business and Museum Studies, our students discover their passions while here and feel empowered to make a difference in the larger local, national, and international communities around us.

Our students also participate in over 50 social clubs, run a radio station, and engage in over 30,000 hours of community service each year. Many students also design their own majors by matching interests with courses.

Our beautiful 100-acre campus with its historic architecture and recent environmentally-responsible buildings is set in thriving Westchester County, New York.  Life at Manhattanville blends the leisurely pace of suburbia with the rich cultural resources and fast pace of New York City, which is only thirty minutes away.


In 1841 in a three-story house on Houston Street on Manhattan's Lower East Side, the Academy of the Sacred Heart, a Catholic boarding school for girls, was founded. The Academy relocated in 1847 to an area just north of New York City on a hill overlooking the village of Manhattanville. Destroyed by a fire in 1888, the Academy was rebuilt on the same foundation and continued to grow, both in curriculum and physical environment.

In March of 1917, 76 years after its founding as an academy, Manhattanville was chartered as a college by the New York State Board of Regents, empowering it to grant both undergraduate and graduate degrees. In September 1952, the college moved to Purchase to the former estate of Whitelaw Reid, publisher of the New York Herald Tribune and Ambassador to England. Today, Manhattanville's "Castle" looks out over the green of the quadrangle to the renovated residence halls, academic buildings and the housing complex for faculty and staff.

Fully co-educational since 1971, Manhattanville's original vision lives on in the tradition of service begun by the Society of the Sacred Heart, extending from the students to the global community. During the depression and World War II, President Grace Cowardin Dammann, RSCJ, instilled in Manhattanville's students a keen awareness of social problems by encouraging them to spend one day a week working with children at the Barat Settlement in the Bowery and at Casita Maria in East Harlem. Mother Dammann's widely published speech, "Principles vs. Prejudice," inspired other colleges to break down racial barriers. The long tradition of the school, which preceded the college charter, determined the character Manhattanville would have: a firm belief in the liberalizing effect of the liberal arts, a lively sense of tradition, a wide-ranging interest in the most humane manifestations of the human spirit, and a continuing effort to enhance the local community and to accept responsibility for this segment of human history.

Today Manhattanville offers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Science degrees. Additionally, Manhattanville offers a Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Professional Studies, Master of Arts in Writing, Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, Master of Science in Organizational Management and Human Resource Development, Master of Science in Leadership and Strategic Management, and Master of Science in Management Communications. Students may also obtain provisional New York State Teaching certification at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Through the successful pursuit of our mission, we at Manhattanville believe that good human values will be fostered, respect for one's self and for others will be encouraged, and graduates, by virtue of their education and their vision, will be enabled to assist and improve the world.

Mission & Values

Our 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.

Manhattanville College's Values

Manhattanville College was founded in 1841 as a Catholic college for women. While we have been co-educational and non-denominational since 1971, we remain committed to our rich tradition as a values-centered liberal arts college.



Academic Writing


African Studies

American Studies

Art History

Art (Studio)

Asian Studies



Business Management



Communication Studies

Creative & Professional Writing

Dance and Theatre

Digital Media Production




Environmental Studies

Film Studies




Health Sciences


Holocaust and Genocide Studies

International Studies

Irish Studies


Library Information Studies


Mathematics and Computer Science

Museum Studies




Political Science and Legal Studies

Pre-Med/Pre-Dental Studies


Social Justice

Sociology and Anthropology

Spanish and Latin American Studies

Sport Studies

Women's Studies

World Religions

World Languages & Literatures





Finance Arts


Fine Arts



Visual Business


MBA Education







English Requirements

TOEFL: 80 or higher

IELTS: 6.5 or higher

ACT: 25 or higher (in English)

IB: predictable score of 5 or higher (on English High Level)

CEFR or Cambridge ESOL: B2 or higher

AP: 3 or higher (on English Language or English Literature)

SAT: 550 or higher (Critical Reading Section)


Merit Awards

Manhattanville has a long history of rewarding students of high academic achievement regardless of their financial need.  We also are committed to making it possible for students of limited financial resources to attend the college. Each applicant is automatically evaluated for merit awards and no additional application is needed for consideration.

Rights and Responsibilities of Merit Award Recipients:

Annual renewal of all scholarships is based on:

Maintaining a minimum grade point average

Attending each semester on a full time basis (14-16 credits)

Fall 2015 Freshman Merit Awards

Chairman's Scholarship

$22,000 per year

Board Of Trustees Scholarship

$19,000 per year

President's Scholarship

$18,000 per year

Provost's Scholarship

$12,000 per year

Valiant Scholarship

$5,000 per year 

  Fall 2015 Transfer Merit Awards

Rockland Community College MTS Scholarship

$17,000 per year

Westchester Community College Scholarship

$15,000 per year

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

$17,000 per year

Excellence Scholarship

$14,000 per year

Achievement Scholarship

$12,000 per year

Merit Scholarship

$8,000   per year

Tution Fee

Undergraduate Tuition fee (per Semester)                                            $17,435        

Graduate Tuition fee (Per Credit)


Master of Arts/Master of Fine Art


     Master of Science


     Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership


     School of Education