What it Means to be Lasallian

You'll hear the word Lasallian a lot on our campus. Being Lasallian is at the core of who we are and drives everything we do here both in and out of the classroom. But what does this really mean?


How It Started

Our Lasallian heritage is derived from a Catholic teaching order established by Saint John Baptist de La Salle, patron saint of teachers, to provide education to impoverished children in 17th century France. Hundreds of years later, Manhattan College, along with Lasallian educational communities in more than 80 countries around the world, continue to live out De La Salle's five most important principles:

  • Excellence in teaching
  • Respect for human dignity
  • Reflection on faith and its relation to reason
  • An emphasis on ethical conduct
  • Commitment to social justice

Opportunities at Manhattan College

Here are just a few of the programs that provide opportunities for our students to live the core Lasallian principles: