Manhattan Launching Learning and Living Community for Class of 2015

Starting in fall 2011, the future class of 2015 will have the opportunity to learn and live in a community through Manhattan College’s new program, The Arches.

Starting in fall 2011, the future class of 2015 will have the opportunity to learn and live in a community through Manhattan College’s new program, The Arches. More than 100 new first-year students will begin their college years living together on the same floor in East Hill, taking two classes with their floor mates and exploring New York City by participating in community service and social and cultural excursions.

“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.

The Arches program at Manhattan evolved as a new way to expand a student’s four-year experience by increasing student interaction, academic and social engagement. The program 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.

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.