Student Commons Campaign

Manhattan College has embarked on a fundraising campaign to construct a state-of-the-art student commons building that will provide new space and enhanced student life programming for our growing residential community. The building is scheduled to open in 2014.

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See What the Student Commons Building Will Look Like:


Named for alumnus and former New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly ’63, the student commons will be the headquarters for student life and play a crucial role in the development of well-rounded students. Participation in student activities assists students in developing vital life skills, such as effective leadership, teamwork, entrepreneurship and commitment. Extracurricular involvement also allows students to link academic knowledge with practical experience, which leads to a better understanding of their own abilities, talents and career goals. 

The student commons will feature:

  • The Center for Social Action and Service Learning: focusing on student volunteer and service-oriented activities with an aim to promote civility, nurture character, and develop civic commitment in young people
  • The Multi-Cultural Student Center: creating a home for the school’s diverse group of ethnic clubs while fostering awareness and understanding of differing cultural and social issues
  • The Wellness and Fitness Center: allowing students to develop healthier lifestyles and establish lifelong habits of regular exercise and balanced nutrition
  • The Student Clubs/Organizations Headquarters: providing students with the opportunity to get involved in more than 60 groups ranging from student government, to the economics and finance society, to jazz band