Manhattanville College: Narrative Description

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2900 Purchase St.
Purchase, NY 10577-2132
Tel: (914)694-2200
Free: 800-328-4553
Admissions: (914)323-5124
Fax: (914)694-1732
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1841. Setting: 100-acre suburban campus with easy access to New York City. Endowment: $13.5 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $6250 per student. Total enrollment: 2,608. Faculty: 343 (90 full-time, 253 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 3,336 applied, 56% were admitted. Full-time: 1,570 students, 70% women, 30% men. Part-time: 149 students, 64% women, 36% men. Students come from 35 states and territories, 49 other countries, 28% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 14% Hispanic, 6% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 8% international, 1% 25 or older, 68% live on campus, 1% transferred in. Retention: 77% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Purchase College, State University of New York, Mills College, American University (Washington Semester), New York State Visiting Student Program. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, interview. Required for some: SAT, ACT, SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT, SAT Subject Tests, SAT II: Writing Test. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 3/1, 12/1 for early decision. Notification: continuous, 12/31 for early decision.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $34,700 includes full-time tuition ($23,620), mandatory fees ($950), and college room and board ($10,130). College room only: $6020. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $540 per credit. Part-time mandatory fees: $35 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 45 open to all; 8% of eligible men and 12% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Latin American Student Organization, International Student Organization, Black Student Union, WMVL (radio station), Connie Hogarth Center. Major annual events: Quad Jam, 200 Nights, Midnight Brunch. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,114 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Option: coed housing available. Manhattanville College Library with 292,846 books, 532,732 microform titles, 18,930 serials, 3,957 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.1 million. 200 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Located approximately 25 miles from New York City, Purchase enjoys the cultural, civic, educational, and recreational facilities of its neighbor. There are railroad connections at nearby White Plains and Rye. Job opportunities are available within the immediate area.

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