|Motto||In Exultatione Metens|
|Location||Purchase (Harrison), NY|
|Campus||Suburban; 100 acres (0.40 km2)|
|Athletics||21 NCAA Division III sports teams|
|Colors||Crimson and White|
Manhattanville College is a private, coeducational liberal arts college offering undergraduate and graduate degrees, located in Purchase, New York. Founded in 1841 at 412 Houston Street in Manhattan, it was known initially as Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart. Manhattanville's mission is to "educate students to become ethically and socially responsible leaders for the global community". The school moved to its current location in Purchase, New York in 1952.
Approximately 1,700 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students attend Manhattanville. Manhattanville students come from 76 countries and 48 states. In accordance with the college's Portfolio System, which is the nation's oldest such system, undergraduate candidates must present: a freshman year assessment essay, a study plan outlining all course work counted toward the degree, a program evaluation essay giving both a rationale for course choices and an evaluation of the course, and specific examples of work in writing and research.
The architectural and administrative centerpiece of the Manhattanville campus, Reid Hall (1864) is named after Whitelaw Reid, owner of the New York Tribune. On either side of Reid Hall stand academic buildings on one side and on the other residence halls around a central quad designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the designer of Central Park. The Manhattanville community regards the central quad and buildings as representing the academic vision of the college’s commitment to integrated learning and centered strengths. Other historic buildings include Lady Chapel, the President’s Cottage known as the Barbara Debs House, the old Stables, and Water Tower.
In 1841 the Academy of the Sacred Heart, a Catholic boarding school for girls, was founded in a three-story house on Houston Street on Manhattan's Lower East Side. The Academy relocated in 1847 to an area in the northwestern part of Manhattan Island 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 size. In March 1919, 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. During the Great 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. This speech and Mother Dammann’s commitment to racial integration were frequently applauded by other leaders, including Sargent Shriver who in a speech he gave at a Baptist church in Winnetka, Illinois, praised Mother Dammann for her visionary leadership. Mother Dammann also instituted tenure and sabbaticals for faculty, enlisted staff and faculty in TIAA by contributing to their retirement, connected with national academic organizations, championed integrated learning, and promoted the importance of scholarship to teaching.
In 1952 under president Mother Eleanor O'Byrne, the college moved from its campus in Harlem to suburban Purchase to the former estate of Whitelaw Reid, "Ophir Hall". The campus was sold to City College of New York. After becoming co-educational and secular in the late 1960s and early 1970s the college faced a crisis of identity and some of its real-estate assets were liquidated. Under the leadership of presidents Barbara Knowles Debs, Marcia Savage, Richard Berman, and Molly Easo Smith, Manhattanville underwent a strengthening of assets. Co-educational since 1969 and non-denominational in its governance 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 through Manhattanville's mission to educate ethically and socially responsible leaders for the global community. RSCJs continue to serve on the College’s Board and a few reside on campus. The accomplishments of the Religious and their profound impact on the life of the college are celebrated annually through events such as a “Founding Mothers Exhibit”, and lectures on the College’s engagement with civil rights and social action. In 2010 as part of the inauguration ceremonies for President Molly Easo Smith, the college hosted an evening of Gregorian Chants, in honor of its Pius X School of Liturgical Music, which closed in 1969.
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Manhattanville is located on a 100-acre (0.40 km2) wooded campus in Purchase, New York, on the former estate of Ben Holladay, and later, Whitelaw Reid. The college originally purchased a larger tract of land, but sold segments to the Keio Academy and Mastercard in the 1970s and 1980s. The centerpiece of the campus is a quadrangle designed in part by Frederick Law Olmsted, who was hired by Reid to landscape his estate. The quad is bordered on its north end by Reid Hall, which occupies the footprint of Ben Holladay's Ophir Hall, which burnt down and was rebuilt by Whitelaw Reid as a massive granite crenellated mansion, built in 1895 to designs by McKim, Mead & White and now known simply as "the Castle". Reid Hall was at one time a potential site for the United Nations, and its grounds were listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. On the northwest side of the quad is the Manhattanville library, with a full-time cafe. There is also a graveyard on campus which contains the remains of nearly 50 nuns, a relic of the days when this was a Catholic school known as Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart. The historic Lady Chapel, with an unused crypt in its basement, and biology classroom in the Ohnell Environmental Park were designed by Maya Lin, who designed the Vietnam War Memorial. Two other historic buildings, the President’s Cottage, and stables built of fieldstone, are part of the campus. Stones from the dismantled Japan Pavilion at the New York World Fair, a gift from the Japanese government to the College, can be found around the President’s Cottage.
Manhattanville is a highly ranked liberal arts institution, offering the four-year Bachelor of Arts degree to undergraduate students and the M.A. and Ed. D. for graduate students. There are 36 academic programs, and students are also free to design special majors or engage in dual majors. The most popular majors for undergraduates are Business, Management, Psychology, Communications, English, Studio Art, and History.
Pius X School of Liturgical Music
The Pius X School of Liturgical Music was opened in 1916 as part of the College. It was founded by Justine Ward, who had developed teaching methods for Gregorian chant emulating the techniques of the monks in Solesmes, and by Mother Georgia Stevens, RSCJ, a musician and Roman Catholic nun. Faculty over the years included Ward, Achille Bragers and Andre Mocquereau. Thousands of music teachers studied at the school, including Cecilia Clare Bocard and Thomas Mark Liotta. The school's namesake was Pope Pius X, a devotee of sacred music who initiated reform of the liturgy in the 20th century. The institute closed in 1969. In 2010 a Gregorian Chant, held in Pius X Hall, as part of Inauguration festivities for the current President, saw a packed auditorium of alumni, students, and faculty. A renewed focus on history at the College by President Smith has resulted in the revival of several signature traditions and a renewed focus on the community’s shared commitment to ceremonial events, historic commemorations, and rich history of accomplishments in the field of music.
In addition to its more than 50 areas of undergraduate study, Manhattanville College offers graduate Master’s degrees in ten areas of study and an Ed.D. in the School of Education. The School of Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) offers Master’s of Science degrees in Human Resource Management and Organizational Effectiveness, Business Leadership, Marketing Communication Management, International Management, Sport Business Management, and Finance. The college also offers accelerated BS degrees, and dual-degree options including a BA/MA in Creative Writing. GPS is also home to the Education and Research Center for Managing Risk.
Manhattanville’s 36-credit Master of Fine Arts in creative writing program is open to graduates of accredited colleges and universities who demonstrate a strong potential in writing and critical thinking. Students are admitted to the program primarily on the strength of the writing they submit as part of the application process.
Manhattanville Library Rare Book and Manuscripts Room
The Rare Book and Manuscripts Room preserves both manuscripts and printed materials from the Manhattanville College Library. The rare book collection consists of approximately 2,400 titles that span the history of the book in the United States and Europe. Subject fields represented include history, religion, literature, biography, and philosophy. The collection also includes other formats such as periodicals, Jewish pamphlets, government documents, maps, and manuscripts. Particularly noteworthy are five incunabula, and several bound manuscript volumes. The latter include individual collections of psalms and prayers intended as an aid to private devotion, known as the Books of Hours. The most notable of these is the Horae Beatae Mariae Virginis, Cum Calendario—also known as the Manhattanville Book of Hours.
The Touchstone is the oldest newspaper serving the Manhattanville community; the national literary magazine Inkwell is also published at Manhattanville.
The independent online student newspaper The Pub Wrap was started in 2012 in response to alleged administrative interference in The Touchstone.
Manhattanville is a member of NCAA Division III, competing primarily in the Freedom Conference within the Middle Atlantic Conferences as well as in the ECAC West Conference (men's hockey) and ECAC East Conference (women's hockey). The department has added eight teams since 2007 and currently sponsors 20 varsity sports: men's and women's basketball, cross country, hockey, indoor track, lacrosse, outdoor track, and soccer; baseball, softball, men's and women's golf, field hockey, and women's volleyball.
ECAC (Hockey only)
|Athletic director||Keith Levinthal|
|Varsity teams||20 (9 Men & 11 Women)|
|Basketball arena||Kennedy Gymnasium|
|Soccer stadium||GoValiants.com Field|
|Baseball||Manhattanville Field (Baseball)||Jeff Caufield||11th Year|
|Basketball (Men)||Kennedy Gymnasium||Pat Scanlon||11th Year|
|Basketball (Women)||Kennedy Gymnasium||Kate Vlahakis||3rd Year|
|Cross Country (Men & Women)||Manhattanville Cross Country Course||Megan Patterson||1st Year|
|Field Hockey||GoValiants.com Field||Kevin Kelly||7th Year|
|Golf (Men)||N/A||Arlen Marshall||1st Year|
|Golf (Women)||N/A||David Turco||3rd Year|
|Ice Hockey (Men)||Playland Ice Casino||Arlen Marshall||3rd Year|
|Ice Hockey (Women)||Playland Ice Casino||David Turco||4th Year|
|Lacrosse (Men)||GoValiants.com Field||Ryder Bohlander||1st Year|
|Lacrosse (Women)||GoValiants.com Field||Courtney Burhans||3rd Year|
|Soccer (Men)||GoValiants.com Field||Gregg Miller||4th Year|
|Soccer (Women)||GoValiants.com Field||Graham Kennett||1st Year|
|Softball||Manhattanville Field (Softball)||Dale Martin||3rd Year|
|Indoor Track & Field (Men & Women)||N/A||Megan Patterson||1st Year|
|Outdoor Track & Field (Men & Women)||N/A||Megan Patterson||1st Year|
|Volleyball (Women)||Kennedy Gymnasium||Amanda Alayon||4th Year|
The University has had 12 presidents and one interim president:
- 1 - 1917–1918 Mary Moran, RSCJ
- 2 - 1918–1924 Ruth Burnett, RSCJ
- 3 - 1924–1930 Charlotte Lewis, RSCJ
- 4 - 1930–1945 Grace Dammann, RSCJ
- 5 - 1945–1965 Eleanor O'Byrne, RSCJ
- 6 - 1965–1974 Elizabeth McCormack
- 7 - 1974–1975 Harold Delaney
- 8 - 1975–1985 Barbara Knowles Debs 
- 1981–1982 Jane C. Maggin (acting interim)
- 9 - 1985–1995 Marcia Savage
- 10 - 1995–2009 Richard Berman
- 11 - 2009–2011 Molly Easo Smith 
- 12 - 2011–Present Jon Strauss
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- Karen Akers – Singer, actress, Theatre World Award winner and Tony Award nominee (Nine, Grand Hotel, Heartburn, The Purple Rose of Cairo)
- Kathleen Sullivan Alioto - Educator, politician, Chairperson of the Boston School Committee
- Sally Bott - Group Human Resources Director of Barclays
- Matt Braunger - Actor, writer and stand-up comedian (MADtv)
- Meg Bussert – Broadway actress, singer, and academic (The Music Man, Brigadoon, Camelot)
- Sila Calderón – Politician, businesswoman, and former Governor of Puerto Rico
- Sook Nyul Choi - Children's author
- Mary T. Clark, RSCJ - Academic and civil rights advocate
- James Badge Dale – Film and television actor (24, Rubicon)
- Rosario Ferré – Writer, poet, essayist, professor at the University of Puerto Rico
- Katharine Gibbs - Founder of Gibbs College, for-profit institution founded in 1911
- Rose Kennedy – Mother of U.S. President John F. Kennedy
- Ethel Skakel Kennedy – Widow of U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy; founder of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center
- Joan Bennett Kennedy- Writer, musician, former wife of U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy
- Janice Lachance - CEO of the Special Libraries Association and former Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management
- Maria Elena Lagomasino – CEO of Asset Management Advisors, an affiliate of SunTrust Banks; director of The Coca-Cola Company; former Chairman and CEO of JP Morgan Private Bank; 2007 Hispanic Business Woman of the Year
- Sean Lavery - Composer; Director of Liturgical and Music Development at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Ozamiz in the Philippines; Director of Sacred Music at St Patrick's College, Maynooth, Ireland
- Hildreth Meiere - American artist, architectural artist, muralist and mosaicist
- Daryl A. Mundis – Senior Trial Attorney at The Hague for the Slobodan Milošević trial
- Rosemary Murphy – Film, stage, and television actress (To Kill A Mockingbird, Walking Tall, Eleanor and Franklin)
- Josie Natori – President of The Natori Company
- Olga Nolla – Poet, journalist, resident writer at Universidad Metropolitana (UMET)
- Kitty Pilgrim – Emmy, Peabody, and Dupont award-winning CNN News anchor and correspondent
- Nancy Salisbury, RSCJ - Educator and academic
- Dalmazio Santini – Composer
- Jane D. Schaberg - Feminist biblical scholar; Professor of Religious Studies and Women's Studies at the University of Detroit Mercy.
- Eunice Kennedy Shriver – Founder and Honorary Chairman of the Special Olympics; Executive President of the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation
- Barbara Boggs Sigmund – Former mayor of Princeton, New Jersey
- Tina Sloan – Film and television actress (Guiding Light)
- Jean Kennedy Smith – American diplomat and former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland
- Brittany Underwood - Actress and Singer (One Life to Live and Hollywood Heights)
- Carmen Marc Valvo – Designer
- Barbara Farrell Vucanovich – U.S. House of Representatives, Nevada 2nd District
- Patricia Nell Warren - Novelist (The Front Runner), essayist, lesbian and gay rights activist
- Undergraduate Admissions - Manhattanville College
- Portfolio System - Manhattanville College
- Manhattanville is ranked as a "Top Tier" college by US News & World Report "Top East Coast School" by Go4ivy.com and as one of the "360 Best Colleges" by Princeton Review,
- Catherine A. Carroll, "Justine B. Ward and the Pius X School 1916-1931: Historical Outline", in Litjens/Steinschulte, Divini 121-124.
- Benofy, Susan (March 2001). "Buried Treasure: Can the Church Recover Her Musical Heritage?". Adoremus Bulletin 7 (1).
- "Manhattanville College Presidents". Manhattanville College. Retrieved 2014-08-16.
- "An Acting President At Manhattanville Named by Trustees". New York Times. June 21, 1975. Retrieved 2009-06-25.
Dr. Barbara Knowles Debs, chairman of the art history department at Manhattanville College, was named acting president of the strife-torn institution today by the board of trustees.
- Joseph, George (May 7, 2010). "Molly Smith inaugurated as head of Manhattanville College". Rediff.com. Retrieved 11 August 2014.