Monroe College's Bronx campus is an ideal urban campus located in the bustling Fordham section.

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Located in downtown New Rochelle, the Monroe College New Rochelle campus is nestled in a diverse, thriving suburban community in Westchester County.

St. Lucia

Located on the Vide Boutielle Highway, Monroe College’s St. Lucia campus offers a practical education designed to give students a competitive edge in the workplace.

  • Spotlight-Katherine

    Katherine Taveras, School of Culinary Arts

    It all started with a trip to Italy that Kat Taveras decided not to take. As a top Monroe culinary student she was given the opportunity to spend a semester studying in Tuscany. But while other kids clamored for a spot on the plane, Katherine headed back to the campus kitchens to watch Dean Frank Costantino grill his culinary competition team. They practiced at 7 am.  They gave up their weekends to travel to competitions. They worked into the night on new recipes. They were exhausted. And she wanted in

    She got in. The Dean was impressed by Katherine’s creativity particularly her deft touch with deserts. Pastry had always been her first love. But on this college team, she needed to do it all. Kat quickly moved from meringues to main courses, and from new kid to team captain. In a few short months this group of upstarts began upstaging the top culinary schools in the nation, even making it all the way to the Northeast Regionals. That wasn’t supposed to be possible for a small program. 500 medals later, the doubters are believers.

    What’s her secret ingredient? Determination. That and a Bronx upbringing, which, she’ll be, the first to tell you, is the melting pot from which her gustatory inspirations come. That’s why she chose Monroe over other top schools. It had the flavor. It had the spice.

    Today Katherine is a pastry chef for a top Westchester restaurant and plans to open her own business. Celebrity chef? Maybe someday. Right now she just wants to learn as much as she can and “keep it real”, as a girl from The Grand Concourse should. Real delicious, that is.