Location: Riverdale, New YorkFunding: PrivateSize: 3,195 undergraduate studentsPercent Women: 44% womenTuition (one year): $49,605Most Popular Majors Engineering, Business, Management, Marketing, EducationGreek Life: YesAcceptance Rate: 66%
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Why Choose Manhattan?
"Being that I'm from Brooklyn Manhattan College was the type of college that allowed me to have a going away experience while still being kind of close to home."
"I chose Manhattan because I wanted to have a career in the fashion industry and the campus was close to the city so I was able to intern and also live the campus lifestyle as well."
"I liked that it was a small school with a close knit community. The professors are able to pay attention to each student more individually due to the small classes as well. Also because it is close to the city there are great opportunities."
"When I walked onto the quad I was sold. It's such a small campus but honestly I think if I went to a large university I would get lost. It's small enough that I'm not overwhelmed but big enough that I still feel like I'm in college."
"The location in the city was a big factor. I love New York City and I never intend on leaving. Also because my brother went here and I already knew a bunch of people so I had built in friends. I knew the communications department was spectacular so I decided that it was my best bet."
“The ability to have one on one with the professors here at MC is really beneficial overall.”
“We are just a 40 minute subway ride away from the best city in the world.”
“The class sizes seem too small at first but then you really grow a bond with your classmates and even the professor.”
“Riverdale Deli is the best deli. The food, coffee and employees easily make your day.”
“Van Courtland Park is the best place to run or even take a hike to the rock on a sunny spring or fall day.”
“Manhattan Madness is one of our biggest events. It's a big pep rally for the basketball team that really brings such a small school together.”
“Our spirit for the basketball team makes up for not having a football team.”
“During finals week, midnight breakfasts are always hosted whether they are in Thomas Hall, Kelly Commons or in a residence building.”
“The L.O.V.E club always makes the best grilled cheeses after coming in from a night out.”
“The brand new gym makes your work out that much more successful because of the cleanliness and size.”
“You can always expect a fun weekend during spring fest even if the artist playing isn’t your choice”
“We have the best pizza! Broadway Joes.”
"Cleanliness, esthetic and not just when people come for open houses. Lockes having food out 24/7 and not having awkward periods that waste meal swipes because nothing is out to eat."
"Residence life can be difficult to deal with sometimes. They are not always very willing to help and bend to your problems or concerns."
"Lockes having food out later. I'm on the swim team and by the time we get out of practice and into the dining hall all the food is gone and we end up eating cereal."
"We have two Starbucks on campus and neither of them are open past 10 o'clock. What kind of college campus does not offer coffee past 10 o'clock?"
"Parking is seriously expensive."
New Collegiette on Campus
"Coming to college in general was an overwhelming experience, but in a good way. Learning to be independant, meeting new people, and adjusting to a new enviorment was scary at first but Manhattan College made it easy. The school is so small that you never fall through the cracks; I loved it!"
"Coming from 3,000 miles away was scary. By the second semester I started to figure out how the whole college thing worked though. Making friends was easy because the dorms are so open and friendly and having friends helped me get through the scary parts."
"During orientation they make you walk down the "Senior walk" backwards chanting some saying. I think we basically said we would not walk down the "Senior walk" until we were seniors. I'm not sure how many people actually listened to that."
"There is one all freshman dorm but there's no elevator in it so I didn't want to live there. Jasper is a very close knit dorm though. Everyone keeps their doors open and people are always walking in and out of rooms, it's a great way to get to know people."
"We come from a big sports school so if you're an athlete you get to know the upperclassmen through your team. It's nice because they don't stick together. Even though you're a freshmen they invite you to go out with them, eat lunch or just hang out. Being on a sports team is like being adopted into a family."
All About Academics
“I’d say the library is the most popular study spot, but during midterms and finals it tends to get too loud and distracting.”
“Due to the new student center, it’s nice to have the option to study there or in the library. The library also is not as crowded anymore because students now have the option to study at either or.”
“Depending on your major, the work load varies. I’d say the hardest major is chemical engineering with the most intense workload.”
“The School of Arts does an excellent job at creating close knit classes in order to have a more personal relationship with our professors.”
“I would describe academics as being able to comfortably speak in class discussions and to attain a better understanding of the material due to the small class sizes.”
Learn From The Best
"My favorite professor here has to be Dr. Kaplan, he teaches Buddhism. He has this seemingly chaotic teaching method but it's actually a well thought out plan and he is able to consistantly silence a room of big shot seniors and show them that half of them don't know how to think."
"Our class sizes are really small which is awesome. The teacher always knows your name and you never fall through the cracks. I feel like if I went to a large school where each class had about 100 students I would fail out. I can't imagine not knowing my teacher on a first name basis. That's what I love about Manhattan, the teachers really get to know you."
"Dr. Hourani hands down. I have him for an engineering class. He know exactly what he's teaching about, never uses notes, a computer or PowerPoints to teach. He's a very hard teacher and makes us earn every point we get. But he makes us want to learn by teaching the class in a way that we understand. Also about 15% of what we learn in class we will never be tested on but is very important for prctical and professional use like how to talk to people, thinking critially, and building codes."
"Professors are always available to meet with you. I have not come across a teacher who did not genuinely care about me, my grade and the education I was receiving. I feel like that is really hard to come by, expecially at larger colleges."
"Dr. Mendez-Baldwin is the best. I've had her for two psychology classes and I'm taking her for two more psychology classes next semester. She's not a difficult teacher but you will never learn so much in any other clas or from any other teacher. She relates everything to you and your life which in return makes everything stick. She's just awesome."
Interests & Involvement
"There is a huge club fair at the beginning of the year where each club can set up a table and have people sign up. Everyone is invited and you get to see all the clubs and sign up for the ones you're interested in."
"There are definitely a lot of clubs at Manhattan College. There's something for everyone."
"A really popular club is L.O.V.E or Lasallian Outreach Volunteer Experience. It's a club that raises money and travels to poor areas in places like Jamaica and Haiti where they help build and clean up houses or help out with caring for orphans. It's really touching that these students give up their time to do this."
"There's basically a club for each major so the students in that major can do more to broaden their education."
“I think that Manhattan College has team spirit but only some sports get the attention. I think that some teams are highlighted more than others, leaving some teams left out of the spot light.”
“I think Manhattan does have team spirit. When we all come together for basketball games it’s like a mad house, unless people come for the free t-shirt. But for the most part we could use a little more Jasper spirit.”
“Manhattan has a lot of support for the basketball team, although they deserved it because of how well they did in NCAA last year, but I think the Jaspers should support other teams as well.”
“I think Manhattan has school spirit because people are always walking around supporting Jasper apparel and almost the entire school was at Manhattan Madness supporting the basketball team.”
"There seems like there is a good guy to girl ratio around campus even though according to statistics there are slightly less girls who attend Mahnattan College."
"There is deffinitly a woman's club of some sort. We have a lot of feminists around school. It's kind of interesting how passionate they are about the subject."
"There are two types of girls around campus: The athletes and the fashionistas. I feel like so many girls here dress so nicely even when they aren't trying."
"The school makes our campus very safe, especially for women. There are security guards all over and I always feel safe."
"There are a lot more boy engineers than girls."
Food & Drink
"The main dining hall, Locke's Loft, is located in Thomas Hall on the Quad. Conveniently distanced from all residence halls, it's a quick walk over. Providing all sorts of food from steaks to vegetarian options, you won't go hungry."
"In the back of Locke's there's a Home Cooking station where, if you choose, you can make your own meals with ingredients provided by Locke's. With prepared food and the choice to make your own meal, the variety provided by Locke's is endless."
"In the new Raymond Kelly Student Commons, Manhattan College has opened up an even wider selection of food and drinks. Most importantly, we now have a fully-stocked Starbucks. With many tables and chairs around, you can relax and enjoy your drink with a friend."
"We are definitely a bar town, and the weekend scene mostly revolves around bars or clubs. Since we don’t have a huge Greek life, there aren’t too many frat parties, but team houses sometimes host parties that people go to. If people don’t go out, they still have fun staying back to hang out with friends in the dorms."
"The 1 train is right next to Manhattan College, so it is really easy to get anywhere in the city. The bars around the school tend to be the most popular choices. McGoos, Fenwicks, Pipers, and River City are all common choices. The most popular off campus trip is a 110th street China Wine visit, which entails a Chinese dinner and unlimited glasses of wine, and then a bar stop to Cannons, before the subway station back."
"There isn’t pressure to drink, but most people socially participate, but if you want to avoid that scene you aren’t excluded from any friend groups for it. "
"If you're not into the drinking or partying scene there's a bunch of other stuff to do. There's a few eateries on Johnston Ave up in Riverdale like Sal's, YoBurger, Greek Express and Sushi places. People go up there all the time."
"Horan is a great place to live. It's very homey and a lot of athletes live here."
"Jasper is a great place to meet friends. Everyone is always in and out of each other's room."
"East hill was a great living experience because it was very clean and the rooms were much bigger than Horan."
"I love Over Look Manor. We get a kitchen and a living room. It's like having your own apartment."
“New York is always a good idea. It’s the best city on the planet. There is always fun to be had and an adventure to experience.”
“It’s nice, not being directly in the hustle and bustle of New York City. We have our own campus in our own little world in Riverdale - It’s quieter, friendlier, and homelier. But the excitement of the city is only a subway ride away.”
“I was terrified to use the subway. But now I love it. There is nothing like walking up the steps of the subway station and into the greatest, biggest, tallest city in the world. Sure, it might be crowded and noisy, but what we love about the subway or the bus is that it is truly a New York experience.”
“New York has everything. Literally everything.”
“New York is the city that never sleeps. It’s the only place where you can get chinese food at 3 a.m.”
“We have the best of both worlds. A small, close-knit campus in Riverdale that is right next door to the biggest and brightest city to ever exist. Yes, we are basically a Hannah Montana song.”
HC's Complete College Guide: Manhattan College
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