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Founded in 1853, Manhattan College has a rich and storied past. In fact, the college is one of fewer than 200 institutions of higher education that were established prior to the Civil War. Though the school was first instituted on the island of Manhattan, the college underwent several moves and is now located just north of the island in the Bronx. Nowadays the college continues to grow and develop as a private, Catholic college that provides excellent educational opportunities for students from their first year in college to their PhD. In fact, the academic opportunities are diverse and wide-ranging.

Overview of Manhattan College

Undergraduate students will find a full range of majors and minors. Whether they wish to pursue STEM subjects, arts, or letters, there is a program at Manhattan College that will provide a solid foundation for later life. Education, math, and business students will also find 5-year programs that will combine their undergraduate and graduate degrees in an accelerated program. Graduate students can pursue programs that include fields such as: chemical engineering, business administration, bilingual special education, and mental health counseling, among many more.

As for campus life, students have over 100 clubs and organizations to become involved with. These groups include social fraternities and sororities, performing arts clubs, academically focused groups, intramural sports leagues, and clubs focused on games and recreational activities.

General Information

School Type Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting City: Large
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 13:1
Graduation Rate 74%
Year Founded 1853

Student Enrollment

Total Students4,232


Undergraduate Student

Male 2,010
Female 1,644

Graduate Student

Male 318
Female 260

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Male 4,282
Female 3,600


Male 3,126
Female 2,736

Acceptance Rate75%

Male 73%
Female 76%

Enrollment 828

Male   91
Female 141
Application Fee $75
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Recommended
Recommendations Required
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Recommended
Application Deadline March 1
Common Application Accepted Yes

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

The average annual net cost of an education at Manhattan College is just over $29,000. This figure considers the total costs, which hover around $64,000 for on-campus students and $65,000 for off-campus dwellers. When students subtract student loans, grants, and scholarships the net cost nearly halves. The average amount of grants or scholarships for a Manhattan student is around $26,000 and student loan aid kicks in an additional $8,500.

The average Pell Grant amount for a Manhattan student is $5,000 and other federal grants are a bit more, at $5,400. State and local resources provide an average of $3,900 and institutional grants and scholarships help students with an average of $24,000. When students seek out additional scholarships or grants, they can push their educational costs even lower.

Average net price 2017-2018
Net Price $34,143
Average Total Aid $21,651
Students Receiving Financial Aid 100%
Room & Board $16,870

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $44,560
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $44,560
  • Books and Supplies - $1,200
  • Room & Board - $16,870
  • Other - $2,100


Students at Manhattan College seem to really like what they find on campus. This is reflected in the fact that 82% of their full-time first-year students return for a second year. They must find the level of instruction, campus life, and the overall environment to be one that fosters learning and growth. Manhattan's strength is reinforced by the fact that a full 100% of their part-time first-year students return for their second year. High graduation rates likewise indicate a strong academic community.

Most first-year students stick around and graduate from Manhattan College. Since over 70% graduate, there's a strong likelihood that friends from the first-year dorms will walk across the stage together at the end of their educational journey. Of those who don't graduate from Manhattan College, most transfer to other institutions.

While studying on campus, Manhattan students are treated to a very favorable 13-to-1 student/faculty ratio. Such small class sizes tend to result in stronger retention of the material and the increased access to faculty, which enriches the learning process. At similar sized colleges, many students find that their professors become friends. Manhattan College thus offers an oasis of learning and growth amidst the hustle and bustle of the Greater New York Metro Area.

Student Population Total

Student Population 4,232

Evening Classes : Yes
Distance Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Engineering Majors 298 Total Graduates / 31%
Civil Engineering, General 114 Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 76 Graduates
Chemical Engineering 51 Graduates
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 31 Graduates
Computer Engineering, General 26 Graduates
All Business Majors 237 Total Graduates / 25%
Finance, General 69 Graduates
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General 58 Graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other 52 Graduates
Accounting 47 Graduates
Business Statistics 11 Graduates
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 75 Total Graduates / 8%
Communication, General 75 Graduates
All Education Majors 62 Total Graduates / 6%
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 30 Graduates
Special Education and Teaching, General 13 Graduates
Secondary Education and Teaching 10 Graduates
Elementary Education and Teaching 9 Graduates
All Social Science Majors 55 Total Graduates / 6%
International Relations and Affairs 15 Graduates
Political Science and Government, General 15 Graduates
Economics, General 14 Graduates
Sociology 8 Graduates
Urban Studies/Affairs 3 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 24%

Outcome & Salary

The top earners from Manhattan College tend to be graduates whose degrees are in engineering, business, or healthcare. In fact, the top earners from Manhattan College are civil engineers, who start out with salaries of $66,000, which beats electrical engineers by $1,000 per year. However, other top earners have degrees in the social sciences, such as sociology, psychology, economics, and political science. Rounding out the top earners are those with marketing degrees, who start their careers with a respectable $44,000 in yearly earnings, not counting bonuses or other compensation.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $64,000
College Grads Average Salary $77,000
College Grads Mid Career Salary $125,700
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $770,000
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $2,027,000
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $136,572
10 Year Projected ROI $633,428
20 Year Projected ROI $1,890,428
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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