Manor College is a private, Catholic, co-educational, independent institution of higher learning founded in suburban Montgomery County in 1947 by the Byzantine Ukrainian Sisters of Saint Basil the Great. Originally founded as St. Macrina’s, in 1959, Manor was chartered and incorporated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as Manor Junior College. The College was approved by the State Council of Education, Department of Instruction on June 17, 1964. In 1999 Manor moved from Manor Junior College to Manor College to reflect its growth, expansion, and place in the Philadelphia suburban community. Manor College now offers associate’s and bachelor’s degrees, as well as continuing to serve our adult populations with workforce certificates.
As an institution of higher learning related to the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Eastern tradition (which is represented in the Holy See and the Roman Curia, i.e., the central body through which the Roman Pontiff (the Pope) conducts the affairs of the universal Catholic Church) the College is committed to the preservation of its spiritual and ethnic heritage. Manor College is sponsored and administered by the Sisters of Saint Basil the Great, whose heritage and tradition are the pursuit of truth and the building of a Christian community. Manor reflects this heritage and tradition. The College is legally governed by a twenty-one (21) member Board of Trustees, consisting of lay men and women from the business and professional communities, and religious Sisters of the Order of Saint Basil the Great.
Manor College believes that personalized education in the Judeo-Christian tradition generates a commitment to a peaceful world, which inspires confidence in the present and hope for the future. Manor’s Basilian environment enables students to fully develop as individuals and instills an understanding of scientific, humanistic and ethical principles so students form a global vision. Manor also believes that graduation begins a new chapter of lifelong learning.
By maintaining academic excellence through current, innovative programs and encouraging students to develop a sense of inquiry, their critical thinking, effective communication skills, and by providing opportunities to serve the community, Manor graduates are prepared to serve society effectively and compassionately.
Manor College’s Catholic Basilian and Ukrainian foundations ignite the fire within our diverse community to participate and lead in a dynamic global society. Transformational education at Manor will embrace the whole student, be experience-driven and career-focused, and facilitate a purpose-filled life that meets the urgent and emerging social justice needs of our world.
Manor College CARES about our students and our community, evidenced by our core values:
Catholic Basilian Tradition of Community, Hospitality and a Global Vision of Humanity
Academic Excellence Through Personalized Education, Effective Teaching and a Belief in Lifelong Learning
Respect for the Dignity of Each Person
Experiences that Transform Our Students
Service to the Community
The Manor College Community is committed to equity for all people of every race and ethnicity, especially those who are oppressed.
We stand for our students, we stand for our faculty and staff, we stand for our alumni, we stand for our supporters and community members, we stand in solidarity with those who never tolerate racism.
This is in our calling, our charism, our history. Who we are as a College community is rooted in the founding principles of St. Basil the Great, who was a true champion for social justice. Among our core values is “respect for the dignity of each person”, and we reaffirm that today. We are committed to a peaceful world which inspires confidence in the present and hope for the future. We plan to continue a dialogue around these issues to build community now and well into the future and work toward the goal of ending racism and injustice.