Manor College offers College 101 Program for High School Students

Students ages 16+ can take fully online summer classes at Manor and receive college credits for only $300! What is the program?  Manor College has launched a program for high school students over the age of 16. Through this program, students can earn up to 12 college credits during the summer, which can be used toward earning an Associate’s and/or Bachelor’s degree! One of the most exciting parts of the program is the cost. Each class costs only $300. College classes typically cost a few thousand dollars. This low cost will allow high school students to get ahead while saving exponentially. Marc Minnick, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, stated, “Now that high school students have become experts in online learning, College 101 gives them the opportunity to use those new skills and start earning college credits at an unbelievable rate!” The first summer session starts on May 18, 2020. Students can choose from BI101 Biological Science with Lab, CS105 Intro to Computer Fundamentals, EN101 Fundamentals of Composition and MH110 College Algebra. Students must be registered by May 13, 2020, to enroll in the first session. The second session starts on July 1, 2020. Students can choose from BI106 Human Nutrition Science, EN102 Fundamentals of Composition II and PS101 Introduction to Psychology. The deadline to register is June 27, 2020, for the second session.  How do students register?  Students should fill out the form on this page and someone from the Manor team will be in touch ASAP.  More information about the program can be found here. Contact Dr. Marc Minnick, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, at if you have any questions!   

Manor College Becomes SAT/ACT Optional

In an effort to support its future Blue Jays and to continue providing the most personalized education possible, Manor College has made the decision to waive the SAT/ACT test requirement for prospective first-year undergraduate students. Students that are applying with a high school GPA of 2.0 or greater, will not be required to submit SAT/ACT test scores, as it is now an optional requirement. Testing for SAT and ACT exams has been suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak, and Manor College is taking every measure to demonstrate flexibility for its students during this incredibly stressful time.  The decision applies to students who have submitted applications for fall 2020 and to those who will apply in the future. In addition, Manor College joins the list of schools that have moved the fall deposit deadline from May 1 to June 1. According to Vice President of Enrollment, Daniel Perez, “Becoming test-optional aligns our admissions procedures with our core values as we review each student’s application in a holistic approach.  Success should not be determined by a standardized test score; instead, it should include the opportunity to work tirelessly in the classroom, complete extracurricular activities, and get involved with the community. These are truly transformational experiences that mirror an education at Manor College.”   While more than 1,600 students have applied so far to be first-year students at Manor College for this fall, the best priced private residential Catholic college in Pennsylvania is grateful to have the opportunity to provide such a high quality college education with an incredibly affordable tuition.  “Right now coronavirus is creating impediments to education that we are clearing away,” said Manor College’s President, Dr. Jonathan Peri. “Between our small class environment, affordability and accessibility, and being well known for our ability to connect students to jobs, we were already the best choice for students.  This adds a whole new level of accessibility during a time when it’s most needed.” Both President Peri and VP Perez acknowledge that high school GPA and community service and commitment are significant predictors of success at Manor College while SAT/ACT scores are not a significant indicator of success in college. However, prospective first-year students must meet all other admission requirements in order to be accepted.  

Ultra-Marathoner to Run for 12 Hours on Giving Tuesday for Manor

Manor College is excited to announce a day of personal endurance and community building as part of their Giving Tuesday campaign. Local attorney and ultra-marathoner Paul S. Peters, Esq., will run for 12 straight hours at Manor College, in the midst of camaraderie, sponsorships, and challenges. Giving Tuesday is a global day of philanthropy that occurs on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving to kick off the charitable holiday season. Giving Tuesday this year is November 27. “I decided to offer to help Manor College on Giving Tuesday due to my different connections to Manor, and love for Manor’s mission, values, and overall impact on students and Montgomery County,” says Peters. “I have the honor of serving Manor’s Board of Trustees on the Advancement Committee, which has allowed me to clearly learn the mission and values of Manor.  Manor also afforded me my first opportunity to teach, for which I am forever grateful.” Peters is Running All Day—But He Won’t be Alone The day will begin at 7:00 am when Peters boards his first treadmill to begin the day-long challenge. He anticipates running at least two marathons over the course of the 12 hours, switching back and forth between two treadmills. He won’t, however, be running alone. Students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community members will not only be there to cheer him on, but they will also be participating and helping by running alongside him to meet sponsored challenges. “Through this somewhat quirky effort, we are going to have a fun time bringing together our entire campus community—students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends—to celebrate what makes Manor College a great place to be while supporting one another and bringing awareness to the need for student scholarship,” notes Director of Advancement, Kimberly Hamm. Manor College has seen amazing evolution in the last three years. Despite declining trends in higher education, Manor has posted enrollment increase, financial stability, and greater philanthropic support. Peters, a law schoolmate of Manor College President Jonathan Peri, PhD, JD,  has been there to witness these accomplishments. “I have chosen to take on the challenge of running for 12 hours on a treadmill to raise money for and awareness of Manor College and everything it has to offer. President Peri is one of the most compassionate, respectable, visionary, and genuine persons I have ever met.  I am beyond impressed with the extraordinary work he has done for Manor, leading Manor from the amazing launch of 15 bachelor’s degrees, rebranding, upgrades to the campus, enhanced learning and employment experience, and the fact that Manor has the largest enrollment of minority students in Montgomery County. These are the reasons I will run.” Manor College President Jon Peri, PhD, JD, states, “Giving Tuesday has been a wonderful philanthropic movement, and its global visibility helps us to educate our community about the importance of giving to non-profit organizations, like Manor College. This year’s addition–Paul Peters’s testimony to endurance through his 12-hour run–is inspiring our campus into action from challenges to cheering. We are grateful that Paul is so dedicated to Manor and we remain thankful to our event sponsors for joining in to raise Manor College’s Giving Tuesday profile.” Biography: Paul S Peters III, Esq. Paul is an attorney with the Law Firm of Bello, Reilley, McGrory & DiPippo, P.C. at 144 East DeKalb Pike, King of Prussia, PA.  His law practice concentrates in the areas of Employment and Small Business Law, Bankruptcy, Criminal Defense, Estate Planning, and Personal Injury. Paul grew up in the Lawndale section of Northeast Philadelphia.  As a student in the Philadelphia Public School system, he was educated at Crossan Elementary, Wilson Middle, and Northeast High.  After graduating from Northeast High School, he received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Albright College in 1998, and his law degree from Widener University School of Law in 2001. Immediately following law school, Paul opened his own law practice in the Kensington section of Philadelphia.  Here, he served clients in and around Philadelphia in areas of law including criminal defense, bankruptcy, family law, and personal injury.  After 13 successful years of practice, Paul decided to take a sabbatical from the law to teach and coach. Paul spent five years teaching business and law classes, coaching track and cross country, and serving as the Human Resources Director and General Counsel at Nazareth Academy High School in Philadelphia.  Paul continues to serve as an adjunct professor in the Schools of Criminal Justice and Business Administration at Holy Family University. While Paul found his work as a teacher and coach to be incredibly rewarding, he missed practicing the law, and helping clients.  In March of 2018, Paul returned to the legal profession. Paul prides himself as an attorney who is highly skilled in his areas of practice, and one who assists his clients with care and without judgement, and with a desire to help them navigate some of life’s most difficult circumstances. Paul has been a dedicated and avid runner most of his life. As a four-year varsity runner on Northeast High School’s Cross Country and Track Teams, he experienced great success and learned to love and embrace the sport of running.  He continued his running career at Albright College participating on the college’s cross country and track teams. After college and law school, Paul developed an interest in running marathons and ultra-marathons.  His first marathon was the Pittsburgh Marathon, and he went on to run the Philadelphia Marathon multiple times, the Boston Marathon twice, and marathons in Miami, Baltimore, New Jersey, Vermont, and Washington, D.C. Paul has also competed in 50- mile, 100- mile, 24- hour, and 12- hour races.  The highlight of Paul’s running career was the 200-mile Ragnar Relay he completed with friends in 2011. Paul lives in Elkins Park with his wife Heather and daughter Hsin-Hua.  Paul and his wife met the first weekend of college and have been together for 23 years this fall.  Heather is the VP of Human Resources for Allan Myers, a heavy civil construction company based in Worcester, PA. Read more >

Manor College Holding Holodomor Remembrance on October 4, 2018

On October 4, 2018, Manor College is holding a commemoration for the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor, the man-made famine in Soviet Ukraine from 1932 -1933 that killed millions of Ukrainians. The remembrance will be held in the Ukrainian Heritage Museum at Manor College at 1:00 pm. This event is open to the community.   Chrystyna Prokopovych, Curator of the Ukrainian Heritage Museum, stated, “On the 85 days leading up to International Holodomor Memorial Day on November 24 2018, a candle will be lit daily in a different part of the world uniting Ukrainians and friends of Ukraine in remembrance of the innocent victims of the genocidal policy of the Stalin regime, while raising awareness of the issues of human rights, respect and tolerance.” Manor College strives to foster appreciation for its Ukrainian heritage and culture; The College was established in 1947 by the Sisters of Saint Basil the Great, Jesus Lover of Humanity Province, a Byzantine Ukrainian order of the Eastern rite. Manor College wants to reverently acknowledge those that were affected by the Holodomor.

Fly Eagles Fly (Ukrainian Style)

By Irena Gramiak I live in Philadelphia, and the day before Super Bowl Sunday everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, in the city was bleeding green (the Eagles’ color). From the old to the young, it was like a contagious fever that swept over our area. It was the only thing people wanted to talk about, and our region’s Ukrainian school students were no exception. This includes the students in the Philadelphia area who attend a new Ukrainian school that was created last year. It is called the Ukrainian Nest and has a home at Manor College. My mother and fellow Branch 88 member Chrystyna Prokopovych and I run the Saturday morning programs at this new Ukrainian school. The Ukrainian Nest offers an alternative learning environment to the traditional Ukrainian classroom. Our students learn Ukrainian language and culture through songs, games and activities. Students and teachers sit on the floor, move around as much as possible, and often get loud. One of the nice things about working in the school is watching the interaction between the older and younger students. The younger students naturally look up to and admire the older ones. The older ones surprisingly embrace the role model position. They always try to set a good example for the little ones. They love the opportunity to teach them something new, especially something they themselves have created. Our students have fun while learning, partly because we try to relate our lessons to things that interest them. The day before Super Bowl Sunday was no exception. It was evident from the moment the students walked into the building; there was only one thing on their minds: E-A-G-L-E-S! My mother who has never been an Eagles fan (or a fan of anything related to football at all) quickly said “I need to do something eagles with the oldest group.” There was a twinkle in her eyes as she jotted down the words to the Eagles’ fight song. Then she walked down the hall to her classroom. The oldest group of students, who range in age from 9 to 11, were asked to translate the fight song into Ukrainian. What happened next was amazing. They were immediately excited! If you were to walk by their classroom and look in you might think you were observing a think tank for a new age tech company in California. Some kids had their shoes off, some were sitting on the floor, and some were standing. Some were squeezing stress balls in their hands while shouting out ideas, while others were using the computer to look up words. No matter how they looked or what they were doing they were all passionate about the task at hand and that’s what really matters. When the students engaged in the project were finished, they taught their song to the younger groups of students. The older students were very proud of their work and were very excited to be the teachers. It was particularly heartwarming to see the younger and older students interact.  When it was time to go home, we invited the parents into the classroom and the students all sang the song. They were not lined up in perfect rows on a stage wearing matching vyshyvky. They didn’t practice a performance piece for weeks before the big recital. They simply sang the words they wrote, and that’s what made this so amazing.  The song itself was in no way perfect. Some of the words were a little silly, some of the lines didn’t fit the beat quite right, but they tried and they were truly excited about using the Ukrainian language, a phenomenon that I consider an incredible success. Well, as all of America now knows, the Eagles won the big game. On the Monday following the game, one of our Nest parents jokingly said that our song helped them win. For me the big win was seeing students embrace the Ukrainian language, try their hardest, and actually have fun in Ukrainian school. Touchdown! Originally published in Our Life Magazine Re-published with permission from the author