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Reviews 707 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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1 College Junior

Overall Experience: Manhattanville College was more of a High school. They like to say there is diversity but most of the students are from spanish speaking countries and they all stick together like a clique. There are many rich snobby students and some of the female staff that speak spanish, talk s*** behind or in front of your face. It is pretty obvious because of their face, body language. The food is very repetitive, a lot of the time cold and stale. It will also have you running to the bathroom. They cheat of out of your money at financial aid and more than half of the people that came in freshman year, has or will transfer out. I have already transferred out because it just horrible. The only good thing that i liked was the professors, they make the class fun and engaging. Also if you do not have a car, you are not leaving campus. There is a bus for white plains but there is nothing to do in white plains. Bars? not 21. The financial aid team is also very unorganized and confused, they gave me a refund then told me it was a mistake and that i had to repay the money because they made an error.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Before i visted manhattanville College i didn't think it was going to be a great school for me because it wasn't my first choice. I had some issues with the office of financial aide because they took forever to process my package and i was unable to get student work study. Those are just the financial aspects. When i went to my new students orientation i was completely inlove with the welcoming energy of the staff and my orientation group was really fun. My orientation leader who was a student at manhattanville told me alittle more about the school and his experience which helped me decide if i really wanted to enroll. There were so many fun activities that the school planned out for new students and we were taken into an amusement park went on rides and it was the best time of my life around a school environment.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: In my two complete years at Manhattanville, i've grown and matured as a person. Through new experiences, I am now better equipped to handle complex situations I may come across in the future. The classes have taught me well, and the amazing friends I've made so far have been extremely helpful to my growth.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I enjoy the small classes because I find I do well

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I would certainly choose Manhattanville College for my advanced education again if given the option. The school is constructed of a great (although small) student body and supported by a strong, encouraging, friendly, and accepting community within the school that is further improved by the great staff and experienced teachers.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: If we had sororities or something similar.. just housing off campus. the parties would be much better and SAFER

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Make sure you go to Gyu-Kaku and noodle+

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: They give you a good amount but it takes a lot to get there

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Sometimes the caf food is great, other times it's horrible

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Spellman Hall aka Spelly is an alright hall. I lived in a double on the third floor for Emerging Leaders and Honors. It was spacious and in the year that I lived there I only encountered bugs in my room twice!

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I dont know about this topic

1 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Boring parties no one attends needs more popping parties

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: They are never organized and they mess up a few times on numbers

2 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: If you do not play a sport or do drugs you won't fit in. People come and go here so often that if you make a friend they will likely be gone by the next year. You can't blame them. This school was a huge dissapointment for me. I'll look back on my "college years" and remember how lame it was. Living here is atrocious compared to living at home in High School. The food is awful and repetitive. I've been here two years and the food hasn't changed even a little bit. I do not know how people make it four years here without being intoxicated the whole time and addicted to drugs. Seriously this school is not worth it. If you're looking for that college experience you heard about or seen in media and movies this is not it. If I could go back in time I would have commuted to a closer school, save so much money, and be a lot happier. I've wasted two years of my life here. I should have gotten out after the first year when I had the chance. I am glad I am making the right decision now. I am happy I got to experience everything I thought I needed to living at college, but to me, I could have learned these things in a different fashion in a much more worthwhile way. At least I will never have to wonder. If you're reading my review please take heed of my warning as I came to this exact site and read reviews and still chose to come here. I made this review to save you! So please make the right choice. I hope this review has impacted at least one of you and saved your life. Good luck and if you choose to come here don't say I didn't warn you!

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2 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: As far as courses and professors go, it is mostly good. I've had probably 2 or 3 professors out of 20 that I considerably did not like and I am the kind of person who can see the best in people. Unfortunately in terms of getting in the class you need / want it is an awful process and good luck with that. You will have to survive the 4 years here to get a good pick on your schedule. If not in your senior year, prepare to pull out your hair. I'd only go to this school for the education, and even at that it is just average. You're better going to a bigger school with more course offerings and better schedule timings than a small school with a super strict, hard to get into classes system like this one.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Manhattanville has good connections. But so do a lot of other schools.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: This is a small school. If you hook up with anyone, everyone will know about it. There are more girls tha guys on campus which is a plus for us guys. I can't honestly say there Manhattanville has a lot of attractive people. I'd say it has the same number of attractive people to non attractive people or even less. You can't just deem a campus having attractive people or not.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Athletic life is great for atheletes who want to play for a little known named school like Manhattanville. They offer a nice gym that is considerably far from the resident buildings and sits toward the edge of campus. Omly atheletes are allowed to use it. Non atheletes use the gym in the student center which is very lacking. Good to be an athelete if you already are one. If you have dreams of becoming one on the other hand, think again.

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1 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: There is no greek life. They are in the works of having greek life somewhere off campus which doesn't seem like it is going anywhere as it is just not practical for such a small school to have off campus greek life. Do not come here if you are hoping for greek life. This is not the school.

2 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing via the school is not even a fully functional thing as of 2015 of May that I am writing this. I know there are plans in the works but the availability that they are planning is so little your chances of getting it is absolutely impossible. If you try to rent an apartment on your own be prepared to take out a loan because White Plains is not an affordable location whatsoever.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: It is White Plains after all. This is the best thing about Manhattanville. It is honestly sad that this is the best thing about Manhattanville.

3 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Party scene is only "okay". At the wall you will find people most of the night chain smoking cigarettes, asking for a hit of weed, and wondering where they can buy weed. Unless you're a chain smoker too, partying at the wall will feel limited. There is only so much space at the wall itself. You will see people constantly standing in groups awkwardly and if you're lucky to be sitting down you are stuck in that one small circle of socialization. Most people at the wall have to be considerably intoxicated to feel like they are having a good time and not feeling totally distant and wondering why they are wasting their lives here. Do not under any circumstance think that this school has fraternities or party houses. If you're looking for indoor partying prepare to have 4 man drinking parties in a 2 man room, or worse in a dingle meant for one person to live in. If you live in a suite like I do you can have enough space to setup a beer pong table and even then it is cramped with more than 4 people. Bars the best way to go. Either way bringing home a hot number from a bar back to your dorm is sad as you will 99% of the time have a roommate and will be an even more annoying task convincing your roommate to give you 15 minutes without totally making your date laugh up a storm out of you. The same rules apply even when you aren't bringing someone from the bar. The school is small. Everyone will know who you hooked up with. Having a GF/BF and expecting to enjoy your sex lives while having a roommate is a joke. Only when I had a single did I enjoy my sex life. I didn't have my roommate walk in on us anymore or have sex in only certain convenient times conflicting with my schedule, girlfriend's schedule, and roommate's schedule. You're much better commuting and bringing a girl back to your house and saying "Hi" to your Mom than dealing with a roommate trying to get laid.

5 Recent Alumnus

Administration: If you enjoy doing drugs and drinking alcohol then this will be paradise for you. You can get away with anything as long as you're not intentionally trying to get busted. There is a place literally outside my resident building some 20 ft away that is called the wall. Older generations have called it the hill. It is a rock bench that people sit on and smoke cigarettes and weed as well as drink and be social. People smoke weed there literally all day long. Even though the resident buildings are only 20 ft away from it no one cares or does anything to stop anyone from doing anything. There have only been a couple of times in my two years living here where campus saftey was called and they did absolutely nothing but ask us to be a little more quiet. As far as noise complaints go, do not expect campus saftey to follow through on anything. I've had a hall party outside of my dorm room going on for literally an hour at 1 a.m. on a thursday when I have class at 8 a.m. They come by, ask everyone to be quiet and then leave. I've only had one situation where I was close to being in trouble once for smoking weed outside of a resident building because someone called campus on us. They acted all tough and interrogating and made the whole group feel uncomfortable and overly unnecessary scared. If anything gets stolen or damaged they will not do anything. If someone breaks down your door while you're off campus and steals stuff from you're room it is still not their fault. If doing drugs over and over again to relieve yourself of the constant boredom is your thing at Manhattanville you will fit in great and be down 90% of your bank funds in 2 years. I you have an addiction to cigarettes like I once had and live in the building Tenney, RA's and RD's will tell you it is illegal to have tobacco in your room just sitting there not being smoked because they are a "health promotion bulding". Meanwhile I've seen the same RD who talked down to me smoke cigarettes 1 ft from the building.

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: The school gives decent scholarships even if you weren't that academically solid. The financing department is all over the place (and I mean this in a negative way) and if you're lucky will forget to remove or lower your scholarship when you did not fit the grade requirements during the semester. I know of multiple friends who should'vd lost their scholarship multiple times but because the finance department is so bad they miss it and they get free scholarships.

2 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: Food here is not pleasent. In the beginning you will likely thing it is very easy to live on this food for a semester. Think again. The Pub is the take out place. You will only enjoy the food dependin on when you go. You could get lucky and get the batch of food that has been freshly cooked and prepared, or you could get unlucky and get the food that has been sitting there all day that feels wrong when you hold it in your hands and worse when it goes in your mouth. The staff do not speak good english and if you try to ask for anything that isn't simple they will give you a hard tims. For example, if you prefer they toast the bun prior to placing your desired food on it they will look at you like you have two heads. I had someone literally drop the lettuce tongs on the floor infront of me, place them back in the lettuce, and ask if I wanted lettuce. That is how much they care about your health and saftey. The Cafteria is your best bet. Prepare to be a loner and seen as a loser if you go by yourself. The Pizza and Pasta station is the only thing edible. Whatever they cook monday and don't use you will see again the next day. For example, they had hash browns monday, then you see them awkwardly on the side on tuesday, and never to be seen again until friday. Breakfeast ends at 11:35 a.m. If you get in line at 11:30 a.m. and wait in line, get your food, and swipe at 11:35 a.m. you are forced to use your lunch swipe. You will not be allowed to swipe again until 4:35p.m. Once you do not use a swipe, it is gone forever. Other schools let you hold onto the swipe you "lost" and use it again no matter the time. Manhattanville doesn't. Why? Because Manhattanville is not a school, it is a business. Eating off campus is like a god send but good luck affording White Plains expensive delivery service. On the weekends you have only two swipes. Brunch and dinner. Prisoners get three meals a day. Manhattanville on the weekend you get two meals a day of food that will make you sick.

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Manhattanville is a college that many students usually love or hate—the first step in a college student's career, but not necessarily the last. After a few semesters, some students are not happy, nor are they doing well at Mville, and they often transfer. For their friends, it is sad to see them go, but their happiness and well-being take top priority. For some students who stay, they end up loving the atmosphere, the people, and, of course, the Castle. Not many schools have castles, and that is one thing that makes Mville so unique. The students who stick it out believe that they made the right decision and are happy with their education, even if it was a slow transition. Many students find getting involved on campus to be very important to the adjustment process. By staying active, students meet students who introduce them to other students. Many students become happier and more comfortable with Manhattanville as their circle of friends grows.

There is also a good number of students who transfer to Manhattanville. These students are usually attracted to the school because of its aesthetic attributes, as well as its academic reputation. Transfer students also have a harder time adapting to the atmosphere after coming from a different institution. However, commuters have the hardest time becoming attached to the school. They go to their classes and then go home. Most of them don’t take the time to meet people, join clubs, or go to campus events. They either have no time or feel awkward because they don’t live on campus. This is disappointing to residents because commuters are just as much a part of the school and should jump right into different things. In general, most students believe that they have chosen the right school and love Mville, making the school their second home and their friends their second families.

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