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Student Achievement

At Manhattan College, student achievement is grounded in the mission of the College.

Student achievement at Manhattan College is part of the mission to provide a contemporary, person-centered educational experience that prepares graduates for lives of personal development, professional success, civic engagement, and service to their fellow human beings. The College pursues this mission through programs that integrate a broad liberal education with concentration in specific disciplines in the arts and sciences or with professional preparation in business, education and engineering.

  • Retention and Graduation Rates

    Current as of the Fall 2020 Census Enrollment Report October 1, 2020
    * Represents Retention Rates by individual semester/year from matriculation

    • First-time full-time freshmen fall-to-fall retention rates at Manhattan College have been over 80% since 2009.

    Retention Rates for First and Second Year






    1ST FA-SP


    2ND YEAR


    2nd Yr FA-SP

    2020 740
    2019 852 791 92.84% 708 89.51% 83.10%
    2018 813 754 92.74% 660 87.53% 81.18% 638 96.67% 78.05%
    2017 764 729 95.42% 624 85.60% 81.68% 588 94.23% 72.77%
    2016 814 764 93.86% 692 90.58% 85.01% 669 96.68% 78.26%
    2015 900 862 95.78% 800 92.81% 88.89% 772 96.50% 81.78%
    2014 747 7077 94.65% 625 88.40% 83.67% 599 96.84% 77.11%
    2013 755 711 94.17% 632 88.89% 83.71% 606 95.89% 77.22%
    2012 842 801 95.13% 742 92.63% 88.12% 707 95.28% 80.05%

    Retention Rates for Third and Fourth Year






    3rd year


    4th Year

    2020 740
    2019 852
    2018 813 602 94.36% 74.05%
    2017 764 556 94.56% 72.77% 534 96.04% 69.90%
    2016 814 637 95.55% 78.26% 609 95.60% 74.82%
    2015 900 736 95.34% 81.78% 718 97.55% 79.78%
    2014 747 576 96.16% 77.11% 560 97.22% 74.97%
    2013 755 583 96.20% 77.22% 560 96.05% 74.17%
    2012 842 674 95.33% 80.05% 648 96.14% 76.96%

    Graduation Rates for Fourth and Fifth Year




    2020 740
    2019 852
    2018 813
    2017 764
    2016 814 489 60.07% 532 65.36%
    2015 900 546 60.67% 671 74.56% 695 77.22%
    2014 747 408


    511 68.41% 527 70.55%
    2013 755 420 55.63% 519 68.74% 535 70.86%
    2012 842 488 57.96% 590 70.07% 619 73.52%

    First Year to Second Year Retention line graph for fall semesters.

    • Graph depicts a line and a trendline listing the retention rates for each of the freshman classes from 2012 to 2019 from the start of their first year as a student till their second year. The retention rates are listed on the above table in percentages.

    Line graph depicting first to second year retention (fall semesters). data points: 2009: 83.12% ; 2013: 83.71% ; 2014: 83.67% ; 2015: 88.89% ; 2016: 85.01% ; 2017: 81.68% ; 2018: 81.18% ; 2019: 83.10%.


  • Career Outcomes

    Our Office of Career Pathways produces an annual report assessing career outcomes for each graduating class. Highlights of the report for the most recent class include:

    • 88% of graduates are employed full time or enrolled in graduate school within nine months of graduation
    • 85% reported that their employment is related to their field of study
    • The median base salary is $52,617
    • Top employers include Apple, Ernst & Young, ExxonMobil, JPMorgan Chase and NBC Universal 
    Read the full career outcomes report


  • Internships and Research

    We encourage all students to pursue experiential opportunities during their time at Manhattan College. Some highlight programs include:

    In addition, we track self report data from each graduating class on the number of career related experience.  For the graduting class of 2017,

    • 72% participated in at least one internship, paid or unpaid.
    • 22% reported having a research experience with a faculty member.
    Graduating Class 2017: Career Related Experiences
  • International Experiences

    We offer a variety of opportunities for students to gain international experiences and develop global awareness and an understanding of the world. 

    Study Abroad
    • The Office of Study Abroad offers a variety of opportunities, including study away in other U.S. locations. Many of our core programs are faculty-led and draw a diverse group of students.
    • Highlight programs include a Lasallian consortium project in Rome, which started in Spring 2018.  
    • Over 200 students study abroad or study away each year in faculty-led and other programs.
    • The Lasallian Outreach Volunteer Experiences (LOVE) are service trips that offer students the chance to live and work in solidarity with the poor, experience an unfamiliar culture, learn about issues of social justice and engage in hands-on service. 
  • Living Learning Communities

    Manhattan College has one living learning community and various residential communities for students.


    The Arches is a learning and living experience that provides an enriching introduction to college life for Manhattan College freshmen.  Arches students live in a community in Lee Hall and take one class together each semester of their freshman year that incorporates cultural excursions and service projects in New York City. Many former Arches students say the friendships they made through the program last well beyond graduation.

    • There have been anywhere from 150-175 new students participating in Arches for the last three years.  
    Common Interest Communities

    Common Interest Communities (CIC) are themed residences for students who share similar interests and lifestyles, regardless of what their major might be. CICs are housed within the residence halls on campus, and advised by a professor who helps facilitate programming. to enhance your education through activities on and off campus.

    • The Entrepreneurship Common Interest Community explores business and philanthropic interests. Students partner together across academic majors to move from idea to product over the course of the year.
    • The Health and Wellness Common Interest Community is for students dedicated to their holistic wellness. Residents explore all areas of the wellness wheel to attain a balance of mind, body, and spiritual wellness, in their social, academic, and professional roles on campus and beyond.
    • The Indivisa Manent Common Interest Community is a Lasallian service community dedicated to the College’s founding principles, particularly an emphasis on ethical conduct and a commitment to social justice. Residents discuss contemporary social issues, participate in service activities, and are encouraged to engage with campus-wide programs like L.O.Co., JustPeace, Catholic Relief Services and Green Club.
    • The Jasper Arts Common Interest Community is a residential community for students with interest in arts and culture, including those participating student groups such as Players, Film Society, Sanctus Artem and Scatterbomb. Residents gather to explore their interest through film viewing, open mic nights, and a whisper room for practicing music and singing.
    • The Jasper Green Common Interest Community is an environmental and sustainability focused residential community for students who want to further their understanding of the Earth and how we can live better. Residents learn and teach others about recycling, living better, and reducing your impact on the Earth.
    • The Nuestra Casa Common Interest Community is a residential community for students with an interest in Hispanic and Latino culture in the world and in New York City.  Residents visit local cultural sites like Museo del Barrio, and explore culture through food, arts, and language.
  • President's Report

    The president's report outlines Manhattan College's accolades, accomplishments and activities, highlighting student achievement in many areas on campus.