The main campus of Monroe College is situated in the distinctly urban Fordham section of the Bronx. With its close proximity to New York City, students are offered major resources and attractions right at their fingertips. The bustling and lively campus is less than a half hour away from some of the world's best cultural, media, and business offerings. The Fordham station of the Lexington Avenue #4 subway line is just feet away from the main campus, thus providing students and faculty alike a convenient commute. Most of the 7,700 Monroe students come in from New York City and the lower Westchester neighborhoods, although there is an increasing growth in international students as well. The campus' seven buildings have become a central fixture to one of the most well-known and vibrant sections of the borough.
The college was first founded in 1933 by Mildred King as the Monroe School of Business. The college was named in honor of James Monroe, the fifth president of the United States. The original campus in the Bronx section of West Farms consisted of seven female students in four small classrooms. In 1963, classes started being held at the site of the former Starlight Ballroom and the name was altered to the Monroe Business Institute. After significant developments, Monroe was transformed into an accredited junior college that could award associated degrees in 1972. As the original campus was closed, new facilities were consolidated in the current location in Fordham. In 1990, the name was officially changed a final time to Monroe College and the school became accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Today, Monroe College has also been accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant bachelor's and master's degrees, in addition to associate's degrees. Students can earn degrees from a wide selection of programs, including business administration, criminal justice, hospitality management, public health, nursing, early childhood education, accounting, culinary arts, and information technology. High academic achievers can also enroll in the Monroe College Honors Program for further challenge and extraordinary accomplishments. Monroe programs have all been specifically designed to maximize student success, through real world applications and guidance from professional faculty members.
The Monroe Athletic Department offers fourteen different field sports teams, nicknamed the Mustangs and outfitted in bright blue and gold colors. The baseball, basketball, football, cross country, track and field, soccer, softball, and volleyball teams are all members of the National Junior College Athletic Association. For students that are not inclined for sports, there are a number of other student organizations and clubs to satisfy all interests. Students can participate in student-organized activities, such as Book Club, Monroe College Music Club, Student Veterans of America, and Monroe Dance Company. Business students can also take part in the Students in Free Enterprise, which has been consistently recognized and awarded the national title in competition.
Total undergraduate enrollment: 3387
Total institution enrollment: 3387
School type: 4-year private, for-profit
School classification: Associate's Colleges: These institutions offer associate's degree and certificate programs but, with few exceptions, award no baccalaureate degrees.
Monroe College - Main Campus
Monroe College Way
Bronx, NY 10468
Male undergraduate population: 28%
Female undergraduate population: 72%
Undergrad visible minorities: No Data
Degrees Offered: Associate's, Bachelor's