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.