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3 College Sophomore

Academics: All depends on which professors you land, they can be great classes or the worst classes you ever taken.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: I am definitely struggling with my courses, they test you and push you to do better.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Some professors are amazing while others are lacking in talent. It all depends on who you pick.

4 College Freshman

Academics: It sounds great but I wouldn't know because I'm a second semester freshman and I'm still in the core classes for communications.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Easy classes with awesome professors


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 51st
    Best Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 581st
    Best Course Variety
  • 831st
    Most Caring Professors
  • 838th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 936th
    Best Academic Advisers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Cecilio Gomez
Communications/Spanish and Business minors
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Manhattan College is a very good academic school that not a lot of people know about. The College is attempting to compete with Fordham University to be New York City’s premier Catholic college. The College’s reputation is justified because Manhattan is known for having a good education and preparing its students well for the “real world.” In fact, the College’s reputation may actually not give the school enough credit, as the academics may be better than the reputation suggests. The strongest school at Manhattan College is the School of Engineering, which was founded in 1892 and is tied with the School of Arts as the oldest school in the College. The School of Engineering is one of the most successful engineering programs in the country. It is also the College’s most well-known program. The weakest program would be the communications department in the School of Arts, largely because it is more recent—the department officially took form in the fall of 2009.

One of the best things about Manhattan College is that the teachers are always willing to stay after and help students if they need it. The workload is very fair, with some classes filled with loads of work and others not so much. And then there are classes that are right in the middle. Visiting an academic adviser is always the best thing to do, whether a student is doing well in a class or not. Advisers are the ones that help students register for a semester, and they also know what to do if a student is doing poorly in a class. Schools monitor grades and if grades are not where they should be at the point of midterms (in other words, a D or less), academic advisers will send a letter to a student's home, generally over spring break so parents can see it. The letter will state that the student's grades are not satisfactory and will offer suggestions to the student on how to do better, whether it's attending more of the classes or meeting with a professor. The letter shows that the College cares about the student’s well-being and success.  

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 47%
  • 20 to 49 students: 52%
  • 50 or more students: 1%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • School of Arts
  • School of Business
  • School of Continuing & Professional Studies
  • School of Education
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Science
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Civil Engineering: 6%
  • Communication Studies: 3%
  • Finance, General: 3%
  • Special Education and Teaching: 4%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Double major
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • Dorm rooms
  • Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Don't be a hermit! Go hang out on the quad, and you will be surprised how many people you can meet and how many people you bump into that you know.
  • Go talk to your professors after class.
  • Have fun, but don't go out partying every single night.
  • Take advantage of the campus facilities.
  • Take advantage of the Center for Career Development.
Did You Know?
Manhattan College at one time had a cooperative program with the College of Mount Saint Vincent, which enabled students from both colleges to take classes on each other's campuses. In the fall of 2006, the two colleges announced that they would discontinue the program and go their separate ways. Manhattan College is currently building up the majors that were affected by this breakup, including the communications department.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 5 responses

  • 43% Rudy Giuliani - former Mayor of New York City
  • 29% Raymond W. Kelly - NYC police commissioner
  • 29% James Patterson - NYT bestselling author
  • 0% Luis Castro - second Latino American to play baseball
  • 0% Mike Parisi - pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals
  • 0% Josh Santerre - signed by the Kansas City Royals
  • 0% Nick Derba - drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals
  • 0% Jesse Darcy - drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays
  • 0% Luis Flores - former NBA player
  • 0% Sam Belnavis - NASCAR owner
  • 0% Matt Rizzotti - MLB player
  • 0% Jim Ryan - news anchor

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 17 responses

Very poor
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 17 responses

Very poor
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants


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