History

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 two year programs in allied health, science and math; business technology and legal studies; and the liberal arts. It also features a University Center where students can continue to the bachelor’s degree through university partners that offer programs on Manor’s campus.

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.

Mission

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.

Vision

Manor College visions itself as a bachelor’s granting Catholic Basilian teaching college of distinction with a thriving robust and diverse student body; excellent academic programs that prepare our students for contemporary careers; accessibility that fosters and encourages students from all demographics to become a part of our community; a student population that is thoughtful about their future and the future of our world; faculty and staff who are dedicated to student-centeredness and community mindfulness, participating in mission-aligned local and regional organizations; and premiere in its national record for superior campus safety. Manor College subscribes to its Catholic identity, Ukrainian heritage, institutional mission, and core values.

Core Values

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