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.