the opportunity, I would pick both “advice” and “neutral” for
this comment, but that isn't an option.
I pretty much feel positively about Manhattan College. I cannot
complain at all about the English Department. The campus is
beautiful. And the library is also quite nice, and a
place where I frequently go. One of the main reasons
I picked Manhattan is because I found it to be
a friendly school for the most part and it seemed
the most “normal” of the ones I had toured by
First, my bias—I'm a commuter. I do
not dorm. So, I can't speak too much on the
actual dorming experience, only from what I've seen myself and
heard from others.
I'm going to go point-by-point here...
1. The workload wasn't too difficult for me because
I graduated from a pretty challenging high school. However, even
I needed to go for extra help, because I was
taking Statistics this semester and math really isn't my thing. HELP IS AVAILABLE—if your professor can't help you, don't be
afraid to go to tutoring! That's where I went.
2. Campus security could/should be tighter. Personally, I find that
there are several unguarded ways to get onto the campus—and
that shouldn't be. The general location of the school isn't
too bad—even though it's technically in the Bronx, Riverdale is
a pretty nice area. And I'm actually from the Bronx,
and I've seen various areas in the Bronx, so I
think I have a pretty good idea of this. If
you do decide to go here, I suggest you not
travel alone once it gets dark out. Bring a friend.
or a group of friends.
3. My orientation leader
said that we are not a wet campus, nor a
dry campus—we're a “moist” campus. Whatever that means. Like I
said, I don't dorm (and even if I did, I'm
not interested in that kind of partying anyway) but listen
to this—if you're underage, YOU SHOULDN'T BE DRINKING ANYWAY. So
don't be complaining when the RA writes you up. Secondly,
I think there are people around campus that aren't into
drinking and partying...I know some. You got to look harder
if these are the kinds of friends you want to
have. But I do believe there is still partying going
on, both on and off campus. In fact, i know.
Just remember that the amount of actual fun a person
has cannot be gauged by how much drinking/partying they do—because
you can be partying every night, and you can still
be thinking to yourself, “Man, this sucks.” Pardon my language.
4. Even though it is a catholic college, don't expect
people to be walking around all pious or anything. I'm
protestant anyway, but from what I can tell, a lot
of people on this campus don't seem to know what
they believe. If you're looking for real Christians, there's a
good handful. Just putting it out there.
Activities does seem to work hard to provide good, fun
things for people to do, both on and off campus.
(Like with discounted tickets for stuff, and stuffs.) However, don't
expect large turnouts for on-campus events. There seems to be
an abundance of apathy and a lack of school spirit
on this campus. I think the Student government is trying
to work on this issue right now, and they're starting
by hosting a spirit weekend before the spring semester starts.
In general, though, don't expect a lot of “Rah-rah, go
Manhattan!” on this campus. A lot of people seem to
themselves or very much involved in their own friendship groups.
I don't see too much reaching out as of yet.
And isn't college supposed to be more...school spiritish? At least
in the movies....
6. The faculty overall is not mediocre,
and I did have some good teachers in my first
semester. I can't really say much about the faculty yet,
though, because I've only completed one semester so far.
7. Since I commute, I like to bring my food
from home. And with good reason. There are three cafeterias
on campus. Plato's can be slow-moving at times, especially during
the lunch hour. Dante's is ok—I would suggest buying food
freshly made, as opposed to from the fridge. And Locke's
is a step above typical cafeteria food. Just one step.
I can't imagine myself living on this kind of food
every day. If you dorm, get plenty of food you
can make in your own room, or on the dorm
stove or something. Try to get nutritious stuff. And I
would strongly suggest that if you live less than an
hour away, try to go home on the weekends as
often as you can—and bring some of mom's cooking back
to your dorm in tupperware.
Overall, students aren't bad.
I know plenty of people on a “hi, how are
you” basis. It's a pretty friendly campus. But I wouldn't
say people are as active, united, or as social as
they COULD be.
Overall, I would suggest visiting the
campus for yourself. Take a tour. And don't be afraid
to approach students and ask for their honest opinions on