Marymount Manhattan College
|Motto||Tua Luce Dirige|
Motto in English
|Direct Us By Thy Light|
|Formerly Roman Catholic|
|92 full-time faculty|
|Colors||Blue and white|
Marymount Manhattan College was founded in 1936 by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary as a two-year women's college and a New York City extension of Marymount College, Tarrytown in Tarrytown, New York. In 1948, the College moved to its present location on East 71st Street and became a four-year bachelor degree-granting college; the first class graduated from MMC in 1950. In 1961, MMC was granted an absolute charter as an independent four-year college by the Regents of the University of the State of New York.
Since 1961, Marymount Manhattan has been an independent, private college open to all creeds, while noting its foundation by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary. While the college no longer described itself as Catholic, the Catholic Church continued to list it in the Catholic Directory until 2005. Unaware that the college did not claim to be a Catholic school, the Cardinal Newman Society protested the college's announcement of its decision to invite then-Senator Hillary Clinton to deliver a commencement address and to confer an honorary doctoral degree upon her, due to Senator Clinton's longtime public support for abortion rights. In response to the protests and without objection by the college, it was de-listed from "The Official Catholic Directory," which identifies Catholic institutions.
In 1976, Finch College, a women's college best known as a "finishing school" for affluent young women, closed and passed its records over to the school. The school was most famous for educating Tricia Nixon Cox, daughter of former US President Richard Nixon.
In 2001, the College opened the 55th Street Residence Hall, one of the tallest dorms in the United States, with 32 floors of student housing in a 46-story building. In 2015, Marymount Manhattan opened a second residence hall for upperclassmen located in Cooper Square, a 12 story building to house 270 students
In 2017, just under 2,000 students were enrolled representing 48 U.S. states and 36 countries. In conjunction with its core liberal arts curriculum, Marymount Manhattan offers 30 major programs of study and over 40 minors along with pre-professional programs. It is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. The college offers a degree program for incarcerated women at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, granting an Associates of Arts degree in Social Science and Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology.
In 2013, the school was featured in the noted industry publication Backstage as one of the top colleges in which Broadway and Tony Award-nominated actors have trained, alongside Carnegie Mellon University, Oberlin Conservatory, University of Michigan, Ithaca College, NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
In July 2015 Kerry Walk was unanimously selected by the Trustees of Marymount Manhattan College as the school's 8th president.
Alumni include prominent actors, musicians, attorneys, writers, journalists, royalty, the first female nominee for Vice President of the United States from a major party, and recipients of the Olympic Gold Medal, Tony Award, Emmy Award, and Grammy Award.
- Emin Agalarov, Azerbaijani-Russian pop star, businessman, and son of Aras Agalarov
- Annaleigh Ashford, actress, singer, and dancer
- Candace Bailey, actress and presenter
- Maddie Baillio, actress and singer
- Melissa Benoist, actress and singer
- Marie Corridon, competition swimmer and Olympic champion
- Laverne Cox, actress
- Alexandra Daddario, actress
- Desmond Devenish,  filmmaker and actor
- Geraldine Ferraro, United States vice-presidential candidate (1984)
- Joan Fitz-Gerald, former president of the Colorado Senate
- Travis Flores, American activist, philanthropist, motivational speaker, actor and children's book author
- Ita Ford, Maryknoll Sister martyred in El Salvador in 1980
- Marianne Githens, political scientist, feminist, and author
- Spencer Grammer, actress
- Katharine Sweeney Hayden, U.S. District Judge for the District of New Jersey
- Mimi Imfurst, drag queen, actor, singer
- Moira Kelly, actress
- Mina Liccione, performing artist
- Kelly-Anne Lyons, actress
- Princess Marie of Denmark, wife of Prince Joachim of Denmark, second son of Margrethe II of Denmark
- Sallie Manzanet-Daniels, Associate Justice of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, First Judicial Department
- Cindy Meehl, documentary filmmaker
- Bunny Michael, visual artist, musician, and rapper
- Erik Palladino, actor
- Manny Pérez, film and theatre actor
- Andrew Rannells, actor and singer
- Melissa Rauch, comedian, writer, and actress
- Emmy Raver-Lampman, actor
- Regina Richards, singer
- Rose Ann Scamardella, former television news anchor
- Alexander Skarsgård, actor
- Paige Spara, actress
- Tika Sumpter, actress
- Vanessa Trump, actress
- Jenna Ushkowitz, actress
- Adrienne Warren, actress and singer
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