Founded in 1853, Manhattan College is a Roman Catholic liberal arts institution in the Lasallian traditions of "excellence in teaching, respect for individual dignity, and commitment to social justice" as inspired by John Baptist de La Salle, the patron saint of teachers. Despite its name, Manhattan College moved to its current location in the Bronx in 1922 to fill a need for expanded facilities.
Students living in university housing or an off campus apartment around Manhattan College have access to the school's five undergraduate schools in education, business, arts, engineering and science. Since the beginning, the college has placed particular importance on mathematics and science, making the engineering school Manhattan College's most well-known program. In addition, the college participates in the New York Cluster, a group of schools the benefit from the Pew Charitable Trusts for undergraduate science education.
Student living and university living at Manhattan College includes the school's men's and women's 19 NCAA Division I athletic programs, known as the Jaspers and Lady Jaspers respectively. The school's location in the New York metropolitan area also places students within reach of the city's world-famous restaurants, museums, entertainment and commercial districts such as Times Square, SoHo, Greenwich Village and Central Park.
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