Manhattan College Now Offering a Learning and Living Experience For First-Year Students

Starting in fall 2011, Manhattan College will launch the College’s first learning and living program, The Arches, to assist approximately 100 first-year students in their academic and social transition to college life.

Starting in fall 2011, Manhattan College will launch the College’s first learning and living program, The Arches, to assist approximately 100 first-year students in their academic and social transition to college life. The Arches will offer students the opportunity to reside together, attend two classes in the same residence hall and participate in service-learning experiences and cultural events.

The program evolved as a new way to expand a student’s four-year experience by increasing student interaction, academic and social engagement. The Arches facilitates student growth by fostering a community where students are encouraged to participate in such activities as team building, attending presentations by guest speakers, collaborating on assignments and other features.

“I think that The Arches program will have enormous potential to engage our students and to provide for them a distinctive educational experience authentically grounded in the traditions of Lasallian Catholic higher education,” said Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., president of Manhattan College.

As the founder of the Lasallian Christian Brothers and the patron saint of teachers, John Baptist de La Salle helped to transform education in France during the 17th century. This transformation was achieved through the development of a sustainable community of teachers manifested in the Christian Brothers community. More than 300 hundred years after the founding of the Christian Brothers, the desire for community among 21st century students remains just as important.

To learn more about the new program, please contact the office of admissions by phone at 1-800-MC2-XCEL or e-mail admit@manhattan.edu.