Manhattan College-Riverdale, New York- Open House 2013
Today, this author took a trip to his Alma Mater as a '73 BSBA
graduate of the Quantitative Analysis program-an allied area
of Industrial Engineering. There were engaging speeches
from graduating seniors, student life and President, Dr. Brennan O'Donnell.
In his introductory speech, Dr. O'Donnell described
Manhattan College as "the biggest little college".
The college is a teaching institution where the professors
teach and don't delegate any major part of the work load to
graduate assistants. The college ranks high in just about
every academic and career metric for graduates.
Accordingly, graduates get an excellent return or ROI for
their investment. Manhattan College is ranked in the top 1% of
colleges and universities for providing a high rate of return
on investment according to Affordable Colleges Online. In
addition, the college seeks to instill high ethical values
in its faculty and students. Ideally, graduates should
seek to make the world a better place instead of merely earning
The college provides for a deep cultural immersion into
city life, as well as the entertainment centers of NYC. The
faculty is diverse with strong academic credentials, as well
as industrial/work experience and the professions. In addition,
the college has over 80 student clubs and activities. The
academic departments include Arts, Sciences, Education and Health,
Business and Engineering.
Today's events included departmental presentations, a jazz
performance, an orchestra performance and in depth student
question and answer sessions. Each event was planned well in
advance and attendance was excellent.
This author's visit reminded him of college days beginning in
'69 and ending in a '73 graduation ceremony. Courses like
Econometrics, Ordinary Differential Equations, Law,
Operations Research, Philosophy, Judaism and Computer Concepts
stand out today as important experiences in making the transition
from high school to an interesting and rewarding career experience.
Today's challenges are as big as ever for young college aspirants
due to the Great Recession and the rapidly changing technology.
Nevertheless, there are bright prospects on the horizon with a
growing U.S. population, the retirement of the baby boomers,
America becoming an energy exporter and the ongoing march of
new products and services to enhance life and ensure
continued growth in jobs for new college graduates.