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Office of Student Engagement

The Office of Student Engagement welcomes and encourages the active participation of all students in programs and events, in accordance with the college’s Lasallian heritage. To support individual interests and creativity, the Student Engagement staff provides opportunities for involvement through membership in clubs and organizations, participation in on-campus events, as well as excursions off-campus, in New York City. The staff also assists in the development of leadership skills for individual students to promote effective leadership, teamwork, and commitment. Mentoring for student leaders occurs through the Student Engagement office as well as routine policy and procedure review to ensure that students are enabled to effectively experience the full extent of their contribution to the collective Student Activities Fees.

Specifically, the office is responsible for scheduling, planning and overseeing student events. The Student Engagement office is where students purchase tickets for both on and off-campus events. All on-campus events are offered to students for free, while off-campus events are offered at a discounted rate. Student Engagement staff guide student leaders who help create, plan and execute the vast majority of events for their fellow students.

Furthermore, to support the Lasallian tenets of the community, students are encouraged to engage in diverse activities and to enhance their personal growth, in preparation for good citizenship in their communities following graduation. The Student Engagement office is located on the 4th floor in the Student Commons and may be reached at


In June, incoming first-year students are expected to participate in a two-day orientation program. The goals of this program are to provide an opportunity to meet with academic advisors, register for fall classes and gain insight into student life on campus. All students are expected to stay on campus overnight. Parents are invited to attend sessions planned especially for them. Additionally, during the beginning of each semester, workshops and activities are planned to help students gain valuable college and life skills.

Faculty Advisory System. The College administers a basic program of formal guidance designed to meet students’ needs for personalized and academic counseling from the time of admission to graduation. Greatest emphasis is placed on guidance throughout the freshman year, the period during which the student is most in need of assistance. Every first-year student is provided with a Faculty Advisor from their own academic School.

Recreation and Intramurals

The Student Engagement office also provides recreational opportunities for students including social, athletic, Esports, and intramural. These events occur largely in the evenings in Draddy Gymnasium, Gaelic Park, and Raymond W. Kelly Student Commons. Students can participate in numerous intramural leagues, including volleyball, flag football, soccer, and basketball, as well as several one-day tournaments and Esports video gaming leagues. All leagues are free for all undergraduate students both male and female, and registration for each sport is done on The Recreation Manager may be reached at

Performing Arts

The Student Engagement office also includes the Performing Arts area at Manhattan College. This area is focused on engaging our students through artistic expression and education to explore and integrate cultural diversity. The Director of Music and Coordinator of Performing Arts is responsible for ensuring collaboration among and assisting with the scheduling of, all the Performing Arts ensembles. The Director also works collaboratively with the College’s Chaplain to direct the Music Ministry at Mass on Sundays. The ensembles draw participation from all corners of the college community and play an integral role in allowing our students to develop and apply the lessons of a liberal arts education through music, dance, and theater. The Performing Arts Office is located in Thomas 517 and may be reached at 718-862-7254.

Performance Ensembles

  • Jasper Dancers
  • Jasper Pep Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Music Ministry
  • Orchestra
  • Pipes and Drums
  • Players Theater Group
  • Scatterbomb Improvisational Troupe
  • Singers

Student Government

By participating in the Manhattan College Student Government, students have the opportunity to develop and improve their leadership skills. Student Government is a governing body that represents the voice of the student population. Student Government consists of the Executive Board, the Assembly, Student Court, and Senate. If you would like to become involved, email

Student Groups

With more than 80 student clubs and organizations on campus, Student Engagement is committed to ensuring that students have a spectrum of opportunities to choose from in order to participate in initiatives of interest to them. Clubs and organizations range from cultural groups, special interest clubs, social leisure groups, spirit squads, performing arts ensembles, co-curricular groups, extra-curricular clubs, and social Greek life organizations. In addition to established student clubs and organizations, additional opportunities are available by way of student committees that provide opportunities for leadership development.

Cultural Groups

Black Student Union: The Black Student Union is an organization that provides students cultural diversity at Manhattan College, with special regard to students of African descent.

Fuerza Latina: Engages the entire student body in learning about Latin American and Caribbean culture.

Gaelic Society: Provides exposure to the Irish culture through sponsored events.

International Student Association: Acclimates international students and enriches campus life. 

Italian Club (II Circolo Dante Alighieri): Enjoy Italian culture with authentic food, films and more with members of the Italian Club.

Jewish Student Union: A student-run club dedicated to celebrating the Jewish culture and promoting Jewish heritage and traditions.

Muslim Student Association: Provides exposure to the Muslim community through sponsored events. 

South Asian Student Association (SASA): Increases the awareness of South Asian culture through social events, presentations and cultural exchanges.

Special Interest Groups

6th Borough Airmen & Guardians: Works with our Reserve Officer Training Corps office to develop quality leaders for the Air Force, and citizens of character.

Commuter Student Association: A group dedicated to discussing issues, concerns, and ideas surrounding our commuter population. or

Green Club: An organization dedicated to sustainability in the college, the community, and the world.

Just Peace: Spreads awareness of and takes action on social issues worldwide.

Lasallian Collegians: Faith, service, and community! This group provides students with an opportunity to participate in activities such as a blood drive, toy drive, retreats, and other volunteering opportunities.

Government and Politics Club: This student club is ideal for students passionate about politics. The club hosts events and speakers on campus to engage discussions on political matters.

Men’s Crew Club: The only one of its kind, the men’s crew club is a competitive club sport that focuses on the adaptive skill of rowing.

New York Water Environmental Association: An opportunity for students to become aware of the issues in our environment.

Rainbow Jaspers: This group expands discussions on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning students, their partners and supporters. This organization aims to connect, support, and spread awareness of the LGBTQ+ community on campus.

Resident Student Association (RSA): A group dedicated to discussing goals, issues, and aspirations regarding Residence Life on campus.

Sanctus Artem: Latin for Pure Arts, focuses on establishing a progressive environment for students involved and interested in the visual, performing, and literary arts.

Student Government: An opportunity to develop leadership skills through the executive committee, assembly, student court, class officers, resident, and commuter student association.

SVO: The Student Veteran Organization is a community that sponsors programming and provides support for student veterans.

Social Leisure Clubs

Games Club: This student club sponsors campus events for those interested in the gaming world, ranging from the online arena to tabletop board games.

SoNYC: A Slice of New York City is a club that sponsors trips to famous landmarks in NYC.

Spirit Squad

Cheerleading: This co-ed spirit group motivates both fans and players at basketball games.

Jasper Dancers: Dance team that utilizes a variety of dance styles, including hip-hop, modern and jazz.

Pep Band: Wind ensemble that performs during basketball games and other events.

Performing Arts

Jazz Band: This ensemble is perfect for all brass musicians, pianists, and drummers. As a member of the Jazz Band, you’ll perform at various campus events throughout the year, as well as two annual concerts.

Music Ministry: An ensemble of singers, cantors, and instrumentalists that leads the liturgical music at college masses.

Orchestra: A 20–25 piece ensemble that performs orchestral literature from the baroque to contemporary repertoire.

Pipes and Drums: A signature opportunity to learn and play the bagpipes or percussion and march in parades.

The Players: Provides an avenue to perform and gain a working knowledge of theater.

Scatterbomb: Provides an opportunity to learn and perform long-form improvisational comedy.

Singers: A mixed chorus of men and women that performs a variety of choral styles from the Renaissance to modern day.


American Advertising Federation: A group in which students get together to discuss the latest trends in advertising technology and creativity. Learn more at and

Logos: A brand new academic journal dedicated to the liberal arts.

Manhattan Magazine: If you enjoy writing, everything from poems to short stories and/ or art, everything from photography to painting, have your work published in Manhattan Magazine.

The Quadrangle: Students can be reporters, writers, photographers, editors and layout artists for the college newspaper.

Social Fraternities and Sororities

These groups offer a unique opportunity for sisterhood/brotherhood, socializing and networking.

Sigma Delta Tau, Sorority

Alpha Phi Delta, Fraternity 

Delta Kappa Epsilon, Fraternity

Co-curricular Clubs

These groups, academic in nature, are specifically designed to complement class work and aid in career pursuits.

Accounting Society: Join this society as they promote worldwide excellence in accounting education.

American Advertising Federation: A group in which students get together to discuss the latest trends in advertising technology and creativity. Learn more at

American Chemical Society: A group in which students are exposed to different opportunities within the field of chemistry and biochemistry.

American Institute of Chemical Engineers: Also known as AIChE, this group looks into the latest technology in the chemical engineering field. Learn more at

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics: This organization is dedicated to the global aerospace profession.

America Society of Civil Engineers: This group promotes the art, science, and practice of multidisciplinary engineering around the globe. Learn more at

American Society of Mechanical Engineers: This group promotes the art, science, and practice of multidisciplinary engineering around the globe. Learn more at

Association for Computing Machinery: This student chapter works to connect students with the computing community by hosting seminars and lectures and providing the opportunity to meet others in their field.

Beta Alpha Psi: This group is an international honors business organization for accounting, finance, and information systems students.

Biology Club: A group that looks at the application of concepts and methods in the field of biology.

Construction Management Association of America: CMAA introduces its members to the field of construction management by interacting with established CM professionals.

Economics and Finance Society: Bringing real-world expertise to campus through lectures conducted by both alumni and professionals in the workplace.

Entrepreneurship Club: This new club allows students to explore opportunities regarding new businesses.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers: Also known as IEEE, this is the world’s largest professional group dedicated to technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. Learn more at

Management Club: This club provides students the opportunity to increase their knowledge of the management discipline and facilitates connections with alumni and professionals in the management field.

Manhattan College Investment Club: A club dedicated to today's issues in the investment world.

Marketing Club: This club provides students the opportunity to further pursue their interest in marketing.

Mini Baja: Build a mini baja vehicle with other students from scratch over the course of the year, until it’s ready to run.

National Society of Black Engineers: A club geared towards increasing the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact its community.

Psychology Club: A club in which future career goals are discussed with students that have a passion for psychology.

PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society America): A pre-professional student organization that allows students to build lasting relationships and gain experience in the Public Relations field.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers: Also known as SHPE, this group promotes Hispanics in engineering.

Society of Women Engineers: Provides women an environment in which to achieve success in engineering, academically and professionally. Learn more at

Women in Business: A student club that focuses on building support for women with future careers in Business.

**Please note: As the clubs and organizations are student-run, the lifespan of these groups depends on the interests of current students. Please see the academic deans for more information on groups academic in nature, including honor societies. All clubs are open to all students, regardless of major. Hazing is strictly prohibited. Please refer to the Manhattan College Student Code of Conduct for more information.