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About the Campaign

Throughout its long history, Manhattan College has forged a unique course—literally and figuratively. Our Lasallian Catholic mission has served as a “spiritual compass” in the pursuit of excellence and service. At the same time, our need to grow, to adapt, propelled us steadily north, from lower Manhattan to our century-old Riverdale campus.

Today, Manhattan—like private colleges across the United States—must keep its footing in a constantly shifting social and economic landscape. To provide new generations with the outstanding, values-based education their predecessors experienced, “Invest in the Vision” has identified these broad aims:

  • Keep current with new academic technologies;
  • Expand student and faculty resources;
  • Enhance curricula to meet market challenges;
  • Provide the facilities Jaspers need at our north and south campuses.
As always, our students expect—and deserve—nothing less.

When we were students, we benefited from the generosity of Jaspers who preceded us. Now it’s our turn to provide the same kind of experience for those who follow.

Patricia Ruback-Kehrberger ’69

Following the “Compass”

Invest in the Vision” supports a legacy that stretches back to 1848. That year, four Brothers of the Christian Schools crossed the Atlantic at the behest of the Most Rev. John Joseph Hughes, Archbishop of New York. Followers of Saint John Baptist de LaSalle, the brothers believed that all students deserve access to a quality education—regardless of means.

Aided by a fifth brother, they opened a school for poor, working, and middle-class students, including children of immigrants. Quickly outgrowing its Lower East Side site, the school followed the compass north, acquiring property on Mulberry Street and then, in 1853, a campus on the Upper West Side. The newly named Manhattan College made its final move to Riverdale in 1923.

Today, the College draws students from 44 U.S. states and territories and 60 nations. To better serve them in a time of change, “Invest in the Vision” will fund Manhattan’s efforts to enhance resources, expand facilities at its new South Campus, and increase financial aid.

A Tradition of Changing Lives

The value of a Manhattan education is evident in the College’s 40,000 living alumni. They are leaders in virtually every field that touches our lives: the arts, business, the Church, education, engineering, government, the law, medicine, and the sciences. They also are philanthropists, sharing time, talent, and resources through a wide range of charitable causes.

Today’s Jaspers follow the example of their predecessors. In 2019, Manhattan students won three Fulbright Awards, a Barry Goldwater Scholarship, a New York City Urban Fellowship, and a Neighborhood 360° Fellowship, among other honors.