Manhattan College Announces Opening of New On-Campus Student Veterans Success Center

State-of-the-art center will provide support services and much-needed space for veterans to connect; approximately 100 veterans are currently enrolled at the College.

On Tuesday, September 13, Manhattan Collenew-veterans-center.jpgge hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of its new Student Veterans Success Center. This center is home to the Student Veterans Organization, a supportive community group that promotes awareness and coordinates programs for student veterans on campusThe new Student Veterans Success Center will provide a space for student veterans to spend time together, study and plan community events. Watch this clip from WPIX11 News to learn more about the new space.

“We at Manhattan College are dedicated to the success of our veterans. This includes supporting their involvement in academic and social activities on campus, and most importantly, their transition to academic and civilian life,” said Brother Daniel Gardner, FSC, interim president of Manhattan College. “This new center will serve as a space for student veterans to connect with one another and access the support system that will help them thrive on campus and beyond.”

The opening of the center reflects the College’s longstanding commitment to veterans and the military community – which dates all the way back to the Civil War, when Private Ernst Spangner attended Manhattan College. When World War I was declared in 1917, Manhattan College students organized themselves into five battalions to drill together every Friday in preparation for voluntary and draft service. During World War II, the College condensed its semesters to offer an accelerated program for students who may have been called to serve.

Today, Manhattan College is consistently recognized as a top school for student veterans by U.S. News & World Report, and the College’s Veterans Success Programs are recognized nationally by Military Times and G.I. Jobs. The Student Veterans Organization recognizes the unique challenges that veterans face in their transition to life outside of military service, and its goal is to provide a sense of community for student veterans.

When you get out of the military, you feel aimless,” said Christopher Norberto, ‘24, president of the Student Veterans Organization at Manhattan College. “The veterans center provides a place where you can go to meet other veterans who share a similar background and experience. This strong sense of community and connection is cathartic and allowed me to thrive.”  

The center will include three distinct spaces, including a quiet study space, a group meeting space, and a more social and collaborative space for student veterans to meet. The center is also conveniently located in the same building as several campus resources including a café, the Center for Career Development, the Center for Academic Success, Financial Aid office, Residence Life office, the Writing Center, the Specialized Resource Center, and Study Abroad office.

Manhattan College opened its first Veterans Success Center in fall 2017, but quickly outgrew the space. This new expanded center will be able to accommodate more than double the occupancy of the former location.

By David Koeppel