While the majority of Nyack College students take classes here in Rockland, the school was actually founded in Manhattan.
The school recently announced it will further its ties to New York City by moving to a new, larger location.
Nyack College was founded in 1882, moved to Rockland in 1897 and reopened a Manhattan location in 1997. Nyack College Executive Vice President and Treasurer David Jennings said about 1,700 of the school’s roughly 3,400 students are in the Rockland location. A branch of its seminary school is located in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where about 150 students are enrolled, Jennings said.
“We have very strong programs and we have an excellent staff,” Jennings said. “I think also our core values attract a lot of people to the school. Nyack also keeps its private education affordable for its students.”
The Manhattan location is moving from its lower Manhattan residence on Broadway to a spot on Washington Street near Battery Park, which will open for the fall semester. The new location is more than double size of the college’s current space and will include 60 classrooms and labs, up from the 34 at the current Manhattan location.
Jennings said they started looking into a new location about six years ago and knew they didn’t want to move too far from their current spot. The new location is less than two miles away from the current building.
“We’re only a few blocks from the World Trade Center,” Jennings said. “After the attacks, we just feel like we’re such a part of this area and community. We have a connection to this neighborhood. We didn’t want to go too far.”
Jennings thinks a few programs have helped Nyack College enrollment increase. One major one he cited was the graduate nursing program, which graduates its first class this May. He also said the San Juan campus will have first undergraduate programs for the first time starting in the fall.