Manhattan College: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Manhattan College
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Manhattan College is a private Catholic college with an acceptance rate of 75%. Located in the Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx about 10 miles from Midtown, Manhattan College offers 50 majors and minors in 5 schools. The college's most popular undergraduate programs are pre-professional (business, education, engineering, and communications), but the school's strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned it a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Academics are supported by a strong 12-to-1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 23. In athletics, the Manhattan College Jaspers compete in the NCAA Division I Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).

Considering applying to Manhattan College? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Manhattan College had an acceptance rate of 75%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 75 students were admitted, making Manhattan's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 7,882
Percent Admitted 75%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 14%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Manhattan College requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 83% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 540 630
Math 530 630
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Manhattan College's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Manhattan College scored between 540 and 630, while 25% scored below 540 and 25% scored above 630. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 530 and 630, while 25% scored below 530 and 25% scored above 630. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1260 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Manhattan College.

Requirements

Manhattan College does not require the optional SAT essay section or SAT Subject tests. Note that Manhattan College participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Manhattan College requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 17% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 21 28
Math 21 27
Composite 23 27

This admissions data tells us that most of Manhattan's admitted students fall within the top 31% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Manhattan College received a composite ACT score between 23 and 27, while 25% scored above 27 and 25% scored below 23.

Requirements

Note that Manhattan College does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. Manhattan College does not require the optional ACT writing section.

GPA

In 2019, the middle 50% of Manhattan College's incoming freshmen class had high school GPAs between 3.2 to 3.8. 25% had a GPA above 3.8, and 25% had a GPA below 3.2. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Manhattan College have primarily A and B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Manhattan College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Manhattan College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Manhattan College. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Manhattan College, which accepts three-quarters of applicants, has a somewhat competitive admissions pool with above average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs. However, Manhattan College also has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. A strong application essay and a glowing letter of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. While not required, Manhattan College strongly recommends optional interviews for interested applicants as an opportunity to clearly demonstrate interest in the school. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and test scores are outside Manhattan College's average range.

In the scattergram above, the blue and green data points represent students who were admitted to Manhattan College. As you can see, most had combined SAT scores (ERW+M) of 1000 or higher, an ACT composite score of 20 or higher, and a high school average of a "B" or better. A significant percentage of accepted students had grades in the "A" range. 

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All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and Manhattan College Undergraduate Admissions Office.