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3 College Junior

Academics: Do not go here for computer science, if you can help it. It's okay but I feel an individual will have more variety and class time options if they chose another school. The department here is not that big and we switched a couple of department chairs already. I don't know if it's protocol or some type of issue but it's definitely something to think about. Plus it sucks that you're forced to take religion courses when that time could be better used for something else. Just another thing I failed to think about when applying to this school. I don't know to much about the other majors. Math seems to be really good here. I actually enjoyed my math classes overall. But aside from that I really wouldn't recommend it so much.

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5 College Senior

Academics: Engineering is hard but the professors make it easier.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 35 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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 often do you:    Based on 20 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 20 responses

  • 20% This was my dream school.
  • 70% This was one of my top choices.
  • 10% This was a school I settled for (safety school).


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