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N.Y., Riverdale, NY

6301 Riverdale Ave.
Riverdale, NY 10471
Tel.: (718) 796-6325
ELS Center Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (closed on weekends and holidays)
On the campus of: College of Mount Saint Vincent
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ELS/NY-Riverdale is on the beautiful campus of the College of Mount Saint Vincent (CMSV) in the prestigious Riverdale part of New York City. CMSV is located in a safe, residential community that offers an ideal setting for study, yet is less than 40 minutes away from the cultural, entertainment, and business destination of Manhattan by express bus or subway. ELS students enjoy visiting the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum, and more. ELS/NY-Riverdale offers many unique College opportunities for its students.

  • New York City's many attractions within easy reach
  • College of Mount Saint Vincent credit for completion of EAP Level 112
  • Concurrent enrollment available for EAP students, Level 110 or higher
  • American Conversation Partnerships with College students
  • Diverse ELS student population
  • Dormitory residence minutes from ELS Center
  • Extensive Homestay program Weekend trips possible to Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, Toronto, and more
  • Younger students welcome

Distance to Key Locations from ELS Center

Location Minutes Transportation Method
Airport 90/90/100/45
Bank 20/10/5
Downtown Area 20/10/5
Post Office 15/5/3
Restaurants 20/10/5
Shopping Mall/Outlet 40/30/20
Supermarket 20/10/5
Public Transportation 5/3/2








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Programs available at this location

2017 Cost Per Session
$1840 USD
2017 Cost Per Session
$1680 USD
2017 Cost Per Session
$1410 USD
American Explorer Program

Enjoy the Adventure

2017 Cost Per Session
$1350 USD
English for Executives

Group and One-to-One Instruction

2017 Cost Per Session
$5725 USD
Super Intensive English Program

One-to-One instruction

Super Intensive Plus

One-to-One Instruction

Mastronardi Hall - ELS Students' new on-campus housing! Exterior of Mastronardi Hall Mastronardi Hall - Shared study area Mastronardi Hall - Dorm room Mastronardi Hall - Shared cooking and dining space Mastronardi Hall - Shared dining and cooking area Mastronardi Hall - Game room View from Mastronardi Hall

Homestays in the area(Homestay)

ELS/NY-Riverdale has an extensive, popular, and safe Homestay Program. Students enjoy a wide variety of homestay options. Commute times may be 30-40 minutes by public transportation, and not all homestays are within walking distance.

Price per Session $1100
Occupancy Single
Minimum Age 14
Airport Pickup 155
Meals / week or Meal Credit
14 meals per week. Lunch and dinner are included during the weekdays. Two meals a day are included on weekends.

Mastronardi Hall
(Student Residence (On Campus))

***2016-2017 Winter Meal Adjustments In Effect***

Shared dorm rooms are located in Mastronardi Hall, which is conveniently located just a few minutes¿ walk from the ELS Center. ELS students are housed in the same dormitory as CMSV students, so there are ample opportunities to socialize with College students. This option includes meal credits which can be used at the two on-campus cafeterias. Bathrooms and showers are on each floor and are shared. Each room includes beds, dressers, desks, and closets. Linens are also included with the room. Self-service laundry machines are available for use at no extra cost to dorm students.
Student parking is available for an extra charge. Those students who stay in the dormitory need to submit an MMR immunization record. While it is preferable that students get their immunizations done in their home country, MMRs can be done at a clinic near campus.
Each dormitory has 24-hour security desk.. There is also security at the entrance to the campus. Each floor has 2 resident assistants (1 for approx. 30 students).

Price per Session $1300
Occupancy Triple
Minimum Age 17
Airport Pickup 155
Meals / week or Meal Credit
Students receive $440 in meal credits per session, included in the price of the dormitory.

 Cafeteria ELS-NY Riverdale - Cafeteria Cafeteria Lunch outside Hudson Heights Cafeteria The Castle on Campus A beautiful campus for walking! Part of the Campus skyline Founders Hall, home of ELS! Founders Hall, home of ELS! ELS students have access to the College gymnasium. ELS students have access to the College gymnasium. Hudson Heights is one of the Campus dining options. The Castle. Inside the ELS Center. The Campus overlooks the Hudson River. Language Technology Center (LTC) at ELS-Riverdale Language Technology Center (LTC). Welcome to Riverdale! One of Riverdale's eleven classrooms. Barbara (teacher) working with a student in the LTC. Hallway lounge area. All of Riverdale's classrooms are on one floor. Another of Riverdale's classrooms. Rob (teacher) instructing our students. Welcome to New York City! Students relaxing in the Student Lounge. Helpful teachers at Riverdale. Students are encouraged to communicate. Comfortable Student Lounge for relaxing! A comfortable place to learn! Campus Aerial Shot Auditorium and Gymnasium CMSV Dolphins New Gym! Seton Library Great Lawn by the Hudson River Fitness Center The Center hallway A Center classroom A Center hallway Students enjoying the Center Student Lounge. College of Mount Saint Vincent student activities center ELS/Riverdale Center Director - Jeff Vanderwerf ELS/Riverdale Student Advisor - Daniel Williamson ELS/Riverdale Academic Director - Rhianna Weber
  • Computer lab
  • Gymnasium
  • Soccer field
  • Wi-Fi
  • Fee for parking
  • Fitness center
  • Student Health Center
  • Basketball court
  • Library
  • Center is handicapped accessible
  • Classrooms are handicapped accessible
  • Cafeteria

What is Conditional Admission?

Institutions in the ELS University Conditional Admission Network offer conditional admission to students who are academically admissible based on the student’s academic record and other university and/or departmental and program requirements, but who have not yet demonstrated English proficiency. Your admission is “conditional” based upon satisfying English proficiency through completion of a specified level of the ELS English for Academic Purposes program and any other specific requirements prior to full admission. Once these requirements are fulfilled, you are able to fully matriculate. These requirements will be outlined on your Conditional Letter of Admission, and your selected ELS center will assist you in completing all of the necessary requirements for matriculation.

Additional matriculation requirements may include other required scores, for example, GMAT® or GRE® for graduate programs.

Our ELS University Partners will offer a Conditional Letter of Admission (CLA) detailing the additional requirements needed for matriculation. You and your family can be assured that you have a university placement and ELS registration prior to departing for the USA.

What is the Conditional Admission Process?

  1. Find a university via our University Finder
  2. Apply for university admission and enroll for English studies at ELS Language Centers with help from a local ELS authorized Counseling Agent.
  3. If you are an acceptable candidate for university admission, you receive a letter of "Conditional university admission subject to English proficiency and submission of any other required documentation for matriculation."
  4. Study at any of the 60 ELS Centers in the USA to fulfill the university entrance requirement for English proficiency.
  5. Begin your university program!

Meet the Staff

Jeff Vanderwerf

Jeff Vanderwerf

Center Director

Jeff Vanderwerf grew up in Windom, Minnesota, a small farming town near the Minnesota/Iowa border. He attended Augsburg College in Minneapolis, where he completed a BA in English. He has worked in the field of English language education in Ukraine, Mexico, India, Argentina, and Russia. In Russia, he founded a school which grew to be the largest in the Russian Far East. Jeff completed his M.Ed. in 2012. He enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with his family. Jeff welcomes you to ELS/Riverdale, nestled on the gorgeous campus of the College of Mount Saint Vincent!

Daniel Williamson

Daniel Williamson

International Student Advisor

Being a native of New York City, Daniel is the product of an international community. He grew up in a household where more than two different languages were spoken at any given time. Daniel left New York where he pursued a degree in International Affairs at Florida State University. He then went on to live and teach English in numerous countries such as Poland, South Korea, and Venezuela and here in the United States. Daniel has also worked as an Entitlement/Cultural liaison in North Sudan for the United Nations which taught him about the value of cultural understanding. As an English teacher overseas, Daniel has given various workshops on American culture and lifestyle and cultural relations. Believing in global citizenship has given him a broad view of the world we live in. In his free time, Daniel enjoys the escapism of fantasy novels and gaming. Politics and Current affairs are also an area of deep interest for him. He’s an avid BBC and CNN fan and loves animals and nature (minus the bugs).

Elizabeth Monn

Elizabeth Monn


Elizabeth started as Registrar in June, 2016.


April 14, 2014


ELS Riverdale is a beautiful place. We have very friendly teachers and a good community. It's a nice place to improve your English!



July 13, 2012


I used to study in a school other than ELS but a school like ELS Riverdale, I couldn't find. They use the best ways to teach, moreover their books improved my English so fast. In other words, "ELS or nothing else." ELS improved my writing and speaking and my grammar too in a short time. It's just amazing!

-Mohammed,Saudi Arabia


July 13, 2012


"I'm happy to study in ELS Riverdale and to improve my English Language ability."

-Saeed,Saudi Arabia


February 29, 2012


My ELS Riverdale experience was very awesome! Not only did I learn more English but I also made a lot of local and international friends and got involved with College activities at The College Of Mount Saint Vincent. I had the opportunity to visit some college classes related to my study in my country. The teachers and the students were very kind and friendly. Definitely, this experience opened my mind even more!


ELS/Riverdale Halloween, 2016

November 1, 2016

ELS/Riverdale students and staff had a ghoulishly fun Halloween party!

Halloween 2016

November 1, 2016

ELS/Riverdale students and staff enjoyed a ghoulishly fun Halloween party!

New on-campus housing for ELS students!

September 16, 2016

ELS students who choose to live on campus will be staying in Mastronardi Hall from Summer, 2016. Mastronardi Hall is one of the newest dormitories on the campus of the College of Mount Saint Vincent, and it has updated amenities such as a cooking/dining area and game room. Welcome!

Session 4A Graduation

April 29, 2016

ELS/Riverdale is proud of these three students who graduated 112 this session!

Former President Bill Clinton Visits CMSV!

April 15, 2016

Former US President Bill Clinton visited the College of Mount Saint Vincent on April 15th, 2016, to speak in support of his wife, Hillary Clinton, who is running for US President. All ELS/Riverdale students had the opportunity to hear Clinton speak...a unique opportunity for our students!

Former President Bill Clinton Visits CMSV!

April 15, 2016

Former US President Bill Clinton visited the College of Mount Saint Vincent on April 15th, 2016, to speak on behalf of his wife, Hillary Clinton, who is running for US President. All ELS/Riverdale students had the opportunity to hear Clinton speak...a unique opportunity for our students!


2017 ELS/Riverdale Application

2017 ELS/Riverdale Application

2017 ELS/Riverdale Center Application

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ELS at the College of Mount Saint Vincent

ELS at the College of Mount Saint Vincent

Provides a brief description of ELS, our Programs and the Riverdale ELS Language Center. The flyer also offers some specific attributes of the university, its programs and other helpful information.

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Mount Saint Vincent Certificate Program

Mount Saint Vincent Certificate Program

Outlines the ELS Mount Saint Vincent Certificate Programs in International Business and Economics, and Global Communication and the Media Internship Program.

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