General Information

Educational Mission

Marymount Manhattan College (MMC) is an urban, independent undergraduate liberal arts college. The mission of the College is to educate a socially and economically diverse population by fostering intellectual achievement and personal growth and by providing opportunities for career development. Inherent in this mission is the intent to develop an awareness of social, political, cultural and ethical issues, in the belief that this awareness will lead to concern for, participation in and improvement of society. To accomplish this mission, the College offers a strong program in the arts and sciences for students of all ages, as well as substantial pre-professional preparation. Central to these efforts is the particular attention given to the individual student. Marymount Manhattan College seeks to be a resource and learning center for the metropolitan community.

History and Heritage

Marymount Manhattan College is one of six colleges founded in the United States by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, evidence of their worldwide and continuing commitment to educational access and excellence. The College was originally established as the city campus of Marymount College, Tarrytown, New York. In 1961, the College was independently chartered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York and separately incorporated as Marymount Manhattan College. The College flourishes today as a co-educational, independent college.

Throughout the history of the College, students have studied the traditional academic disciplines with faculty who have upheld high academic standards and who have strongly encouraged the development of responsible and thoughtful citizens. This heritage continues to flourish, expanded and enriched by a larger and more diverse student body and wider, more responsive innovative program offerings. Since becoming an independent college in 1961, Marymount Manhattan has opened its classrooms to and shared its resources with students of all ages and extended its campus on site and in outreach to the larger community: it has successfully experimented with non-traditional modes of granting credit and strengthened the curriculum by the careful integration of programs in professional studies.

Accreditation and Memberships

Marymount Manhattan College is a four-year college of post-secondary education accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York independently chartered MMC to grant degrees. The College is a member of numerous organizations concerned with the advancement of higher education, including the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Council of Independent Colleges, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, and the Commission of Independent Colleges and Universities. The College is also a member of the Faculty Resource Network, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and The College Board.

Inclusivity Statement

Marymount Manhattan College respects and honors the dignity and value of every human being. We aspire to be a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community in which people with different identities - whether based on race, color, class, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, ethnic or national origin, political viewpoint, disability, physical appearance, or additional identities - are valued and respected, and where differences in intellectual interest and personal perspective are explored and embraced as central to the College’s educational mission.

We recognize the regrettable role that higher education has played in reinforcing inequality in our society, and we believe that our College has a special responsibility to prevent those same inequalities from being perpetuated in our campus community. As a College we hold in common a set of core values and beliefs - in the open and free exchange of ideas; in celebrating those whose perspectives and experiences may differ from our own; and in advancing the cause of social justice. We are dedicated to creating a learning environment free from bias and harassment, one that maximizes each person’s capacity to learn, work, and make meaningful contributions both here and beyond.