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Student Body

At Menlo College, we pride ourselves on having a diverse student body, and making sure every student, whether living on-campus or off, has a positive and gratifying educational experience. Please take a moment to read about our student body and our rigorous attention to making our campus safe and welcoming for all.

Mission Statement

We’re always hearing students and alumni say, “Menlo is like a family.” This is no accident; it’s core to who we are. We have found that living, learning and playing together in a small, close-knit community builds relationships that strengthen students while they are here and for the rest of their lives.

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Being a Student-Athlete

Nearly half of Menlo College’s students compete in an intercollegiate sport, so being a student-athlete here is just, well, normal. With 13 varsity NAIA programs, and a strong ethic of sportsmanship, academic excellence and athletic excellence, Menlo College is a great place to be a student-athlete.

Part of the Family

As a Menlo College student-athlete, you are a full member of the Menlo family. You aren’t hidden away in a separate dorm, and you are able to participate fully in classroom and campus life.

“Menlo College provided the perfect opportunity for me to pursue a collegiate basketball career while obtaining a BS in Business Management and Finance. With Menlo being a small school with a large percentage of student athletes, the campus-wide support has been tremendous.”

– Julian Harris ’11

Student and Athlete

At Menlo College, student athletes are 100 percent student and 100 percent athlete. We have high expectations, so we offer strong support, such as mentors, tutors and on-the-road study halls. But we expect you to be responsible for seeking help when you need it.

Leaders Who Serve

Do you want to develop your leadership skills in addition to your athletic skills? If so, Menlo may be the ideal place for you. Our coaches teach athletes to compete with integrity and sportsmanship, act responsibly and to take on leadership roles in their teams, in the classroom, on-campus and in the community.

Varsity Programs

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Wrestling
  • Track & Field
  • Golf
  • Volleyball
  • Softball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Wrestling
  • Track & Field
  • Competitive Cheer

Learn More About Athletics

Mission Statement

Transformative Diversity

At Menlo College, we pride ourselves on having a diverse student body. More than half our students identify as non-white, and 17% represent 30 different nations in Asia, Europe, Latin America and Africa. Nearly a quarter of our faculty come from countries other than the US.

We believe strongly that everyone deserves an equal chance at success. We also believe that our graduates must know how to work across social, racial and cultural divides. That’s why we work to ensure both our faculty and student body reflect the racial, ethnic and geographical diversity of this country, and the world. This cosmopolitan community will prepare you to thrive in today’s multicultural workplace – and in the global marketplace. The friendships you begin on your first day at Menlo will lead to lifelong connections all over the world.

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Residence Hall Living – Immerse Yourself

Writing papers, doing projects, studying for exams – you know these are part of being a student. But a chance late-night discussion on Kafka or Lady Gaga, a spur-of-the-moment banana split party study break, a hike with new friends from the end of the hall – these are part of campus living. Through an accumulation of these small experiences – sometimes planned, but often spontaneous – you develop the acquaintances and friendships that define your Menlo experience.

Because residential life is the best way to immerse yourself in the Menlo community, most students are required to live on campus, and many others choose to do so.

Check out Menlo’s Residence Halls.

Good Food – For You and the Planet

Our chefs turn fresh, healthy foods (local whenever possible) into delicious, nutritious meals enjoyed by residential and commuter students alike. Organic, gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian choices are part of every meal.

If you live on campus, meals are included in your room and board fee. Just walk into the cafeteria for breakfast, lunch, dinner and a late evening snack on Monday through Thursday. On weekends and most holidays, come over for brunch and dinner. Also included in your meal plan is money to spend at The Tavern, an early-to-late-evening stop for sandwiches, salads, smoothies and snacks.

Commuter students can purchase Dining Dollars, a debit account that gives you access to the same yummy, convenient meals as residential students.

For more information, please visit Menlo Dining Services.

Mission Statement

At Menlo, safety and security of students is our top priority. We are pleased that since 2009 we’ve had no burglaries, robberies, motor vehicle thefts, homicides, hate crimes or arson on campus.

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A Close Community

Menlo’s small size gives us an edge in safety. On a campus where most students and faculty know each other by name, we have a heightened ability to look out for one another. This is significant because on any campus, safety is a shared responsibility, involving trained security officers, local police and emergency agencies, and all members of the campus community.

What We Do to Keep You Safe

We are very proactive about campus safety. Through the Campus Watch Program, we educate students and staff on how to stay safe, as well as how to identify and report possible security threats. Throughout the year, we regularly hold educational programs to promote awareness of sexual assault issues.

We employ a fully qualified, campus security force. Our campus security officers maintain Electronic Watch Tour patrols, 24/7. Parking lots are lighted and patrolled by a security officer. Officers are available to escort students on campus at night.

We feel you can never be too prepared, so we are continuously engaged in planning and preparedness for emergency response and recovery. We educate students on what to do in case of earthquake, fire, medical emergency or a shooter on campus. We have a system in place to distribute timely warnings when any kind of threat is thought to exist. For more information, review our Emergency Guide and Evacuation Map.

To coordinate our security efforts locally, the Menlo Office of Security maintains a close professional relationship with the Atherton Police Department, the Atherton Civic League, the Menlo Park Fire Department and the San Mateo County Department of Emergency Services.

More Information

You may review our most recent Annual Crime Report. For further information, contact the Office of Security, or call 650.400.8537.


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