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Application Information

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Admission to the Manresa Scholars Program is competitive. If you would like to be considered for the Program, you must complete three (3) tasks:

  1. The Pre-Application for 2021-2022 will open on May 24, 2021 with a deadline of June 2, 2021. This Pre-Application requires submission of a 300-word essay (for topic, see bottom of this page).
  2. Complete the Office of Residential Life's general housing application, which will be made available on June 10, 2021. Be certain to indicate Loyola Hall (where the Program is housed) as one of your top two choices.

  3. If accepted, confirm your place in the Program by replying to your acceptance email, which would be sent to your Fordham email in June.

Your admission to Manresa also brings along with it important responsibilities. Learn more about our shared course expectations and community standards for you as a Manresa Scholar.

Manresa Program: Quick Overview

Loyola Hall is the home of the Manresa Scholars Program. The Manresa Program is a rigorous and exciting integrated learning opportunity for first-year students at the Rose Hill campus.

If you are a Fordham College at Rose Hill (FCRH) student admitted to the Program, you will take a Manresa course from one of four options, taught by one of Fordham's most talented professor-scholars, who also serves as your academic core advisor. In these demanding small classes, you get to know your professor/advisor and classmates well, creatively investigate academic disciplines in the Ignatian tradition, engage with the community around you, explore questions about the value and meaning of liberal arts education in the Jesuit tradition, and integrate in-class learning with co-curricular activities that take advantage of Fordham's location in New York City and the intellectual curiosity of your peers.

If you are a Gabelli School of Business (GSB) student admitted to the Program, you will take one of three-course options, one of which is a specialized version of "The Ground Floor." This course introduces you to the foundations of business, prompts you to work with peers to develop a business plan, challenges you to think "entrepreneurially," and exposes you to multinational corporations in New York City.

Academic Admissions Criteria

The following incoming student populations are INELIGIBLE for the Manresa Scholars Program, due to different curricular and extracurricular requirements.

  • Students in the FCRH Honors Program (however, Gabelli Honors Program students, including the Global Business Honors Program and Ignite Scholars Program students are eligible)
  • Students placed into College Writing 1 through Fordham's Institute for American Language & Culture
  • Students pursuing Pre-Health or STEM (i.e. 3-2 Engineering, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, General Science, Integrative Neuroscience, and Physics/Engineering Physics) 
    • Psychology majors who are not Pre-Health ARE eligible. Computer Science and Information Science majors who are not Pre-Health or in the 3-2 Engineering Program ARE eligible. Mathematics majors who are not Pre-Health or in the 3-2 Engineering Program ARE eligible.
  • Most varsity student-athletes (evaluations made at the discretion of the Program's Faculty Director and the Office of Academic Advising for Student-Athletes) given the differing time commitment levels of certain sports.


All other students who complete both the Program Pre-Application and Office of Residential Life's general housing application will be evaluated on a first-come, first-serve basis, given the limited housing space and Manresa course enrollments.

Pre-Application Instructions

Manresa Pre-Application opens Monday, May 24, 2021 at 4pm EST and closes Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 4pm EST.

The Pre-Application asks you to respond to the below 2-part prompt (total: 300-word limit):

  1. Articulate your understanding of a year-long commitment to the expectations and spirit of the Manresa Scholars Program and the community standards of the Loyola Hall Residential College.
  2. How will your personal and academic strengths enrich your contributions to the Program?