Our Identity

Lasallian Star of Faith

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The teaching faculty at Manhattan College and our community of Christian Brothers are committed to the five core principles set forth by John Baptist de La Salle, as represented by the five points of the Lasallian star:

  • Respect for All People: We honor and respect the dignity of all individuals. 
  • Quality Education: We engage in quality education together as students, staff and faculty by thinking critically and examining our world in light of faith. 
  • Inclusive Community: We celebrate diversity and welcome all members to our community. 
  • Concern for the Poor and Social Justice: We are in solidarity with the poor and advocate for those suffering from injustices. 
  • Faith in the Presence of God: We believe in the living presence of God in our students, in our community and in our world. 

Our Logo

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The logo represents the College’s identity through three key elements encased in a traditional crest: the symbolic M representing the institutional name, the founding date 1853 positioned as the foundation and the Lasallian Star of Faith (“Signum Fidei”), which symbolizes the five core principles set forth by De la Salle. Those principles are faith in the presence of God, respect for all people, commitment to quality education, an inclusive community, and concern for the poor and social justice. The font and color selection are classic and true to the College’s heritage.

Our Seal

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The College seal was adapted from the seal of the Institute of the Christian Brothers, which was adopted by the General Chapter of 1751. The shining star is positioned on a shield with the inscription, “Signum Fidei,” which is Latin for “sign of the faith.” The words “Manhattan College New York” encircle the seal of the Christian Brothers and were added at the time of Manhattan College’s inception.