Arches Learning-Living Community

The Arches is a unique learning-living community designed to assist first-year students make the most out of their college experience. Arches students live together in a first-year residence hall, take two classes together and participate in excursions to New York City, community service projects, and co-curricular activities.

A Day in the Life of an Arches Student:

Residential Community

Arches students live together in a first-year residence hall along with a student resident assistant, typically an upperclassman who provides individual support and builds community on their floor. Arches activities include visits to New York City landmarks and neighborhood tours, ice skating in Bryant Park, and a unique team-building experience at the Alley Pond ropes course.

Academic Community

The Arches is an intellectually engaged learning community. Arches students take classes together with dedicated faculty in different disciplines. Students are required to take one Arches class in the fall semester and one in the spring semester. Arches classes are be offered in religion, sociology, psychology, and economics.

Cultural Excursions

As part of their classes, Arches faculty expose students to the cultural vibrancy of New York City. Past cultural excursions include visits to the ballet at Lincoln Center, Broadway and Off-Broadway performances, museums, local arts institutions, and New York City historical landmarks.


The Arches community is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of others. Students take part in community service projects as part of their class requirements. Past service projects include: volunteering in local soup kitchens and food pantries, organizing food and clothing drives, working with senior citizens and at-risk youth, and cleaning up local parks.

Apply for the Program

Only those who have committed to attending Manhattan College can apply to be part of The Arches community. Because of the immense popularity of The Arches program, applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first served basis.


For more information, please contact:
Office of Admissions
Phone: (718) 862-7200