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Manresa Program

About the Program

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Manresa [proper noun]: a place of radical transformation; a town in Spain where the founder of the Society of Jesus, St.

Ignatius Loyola, underwent experiences that radically transformed the way he perceived the world and his purpose; an Integrated Learning Community where Fordham students come together to grow in knowledge of the world and of themselves and to develop their gifts of intellect and spirit.

The Manresa Program is an exciting living-learning opportunity for first years students. Fordham College at Rose Hill (FCRH) and Gabelli School of Business students electing to be Manresa scholars choose a course taught by one of Fordham’s internationally renowned teacher-scholars, who also serves as the students’ academic core advisor and mentor. Manresa courses are specially designed core courses taught in a seminar format. 

All Manresa courses assist students in developing their skills of close, critical, thoughtful, and imaginative reading; precise, effective, and graceful writing; confident and effective speaking (and skill in argument in both writing and speaking); critical thinking, including logical inference, hypothesis testing, and evaluation of evidence; and habits of self-reflection and contemplation. Gabelli School of Business students choosing to live in Loyola Hall enroll in either the Ground Floor, a course giving students an introduction to the business disciplines, or in select sections of FCRH courses. 

Professor Robert Parmach, First-Year Dean of FCRH, is the Faculty Director of the Manresa Scholars Program. If you have any questions about the Program, please contact him at

It takes a special type of relentless perseverance to thrive in Manresa: a meticulous work ethic paired with an unslakable sense of curiosity.
The very hallmark of a Manresa Scholar resides in their ability to be men and women for others.

- Rafael Saplala, Manresa Scholar