Academics

Location
Riverdale, NY
Undergrads
3,141
Tuition
$32,535
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Since my school doesn't offer Pre-Law, I had to settle with being a sociology major. The sociology head of chair is very helpful and helps push towards where I want to be.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The class size is small, the work is not too overpowering and the registration process is simple except you have to wake up at 7am. The class size, being no more than 25 kids, is one of the reasons I picked this school. It feels like it's pretty much one on one which helps a lot.

5 College Junior

Academics: The civil engineering program is great because it's small and the professors know your name. It's challenging like every other civil engineering curriculum but help is always available when you ask. Having such a small program with such successful professors helps make connections and internship opportunities are great as long as you have the drive to get one.

4 College Junior

Academics: Manhattan College's biggest strength is the fact that it's small so most professors know your name and actually mean it when they say "how are you doing?" The main issue I have with registration is that they schedule all required classes at the same time so that, unless you are one of the few who get lucky enough to make THE perfect schedule, there are never enough spots to get every kid into a section of every class that they need. Also, if all students complain about a certain professor there should be consequences for him/her.

5 College Junior

Academics: Seriously I advertise for the Philosophy Department because they are just that amazing. Challenging? Of course! But nothing that someone who truly care about what they are learning can't handle.

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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
Major
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
12:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
204
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
183
Total FT Faculty
204
Faculty with Terminal Degree
95%
Average Faculty Salary
$82,124
Full-Time Retention Rate
88%
Graduation Rate
75%
Programs/Majors Offered
41
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
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 7 responses

  • 33% Rudy Giuliani - former Mayor of New York City
  • 33% Raymond W. Kelly - NYC police commissioner
  • 25% James Patterson - NYT bestselling author
  • 8% Luis Flores - former NBA player
  • 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% Sam Belnavis - NASCAR owner
  • 0% Matt Rizzotti - MLB player
  • 0% Jim Ryan - news anchor

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 17 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 17 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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