Through, Madalyn Johnson, Web editor
As of 2015, Manhattan College has been ranked among the top 15 regional universities in the North according to US News & World Report. This year, the college was ranked 13th among the best regional universities out of 175 colleges on the list.
In addition to being ranked 13th in the category of best regional universities, Manhattan College was also ranked among the best colleges in the region for veteran students, undergraduate education, and for its engineering faculty.
Provost Steven Schreiner, Ph.D., PE responded to recent rankings in an emailed statement sent to The Quadrangle.
“For prospective students and parents, US News and World Report rankings are a good way to find out more about each institution’s offerings,” Schreiner wrote. “Every student and every family approaches university research in their own way, and the US News rankings are just one source of information for their decision-making process. I think that being classified can also be useful for
encourage future students to visit the campus, where they can get a much better idea of our
community and what we have to offer them as individuals.
Manhattan College’s Veteran Student Program has also been ranked in an extremely prestigious ranking. This year, the college has moved up one rank, to fifth place, compared to last year.
Chris Norberto is a junior specializing in sociology and a veteran student, serving nine years as a United States Navy Master at Arms Veteran. He is currently the Treasurer of the Veteran Student Program.
Norberto discovered Manhattan College thanks to a friend who went to school as a veteran student. He explained how his acceptance into the program helped him adjust to life after joining the Navy.
“I had a difficult first year after leaving the Navy. I couldn’t find a job, I was rejected from some other schools, ”said Norberto.
After entering Manhattan College, he said there was an instant sense of community that really made this campus unique.
“After I got involved in college, I was greeted with open arms by the other vets at the vet center itself. There was always someone to talk to or someone you could say, ‘Well, that’s how you do it and he’s a good teacher.’ Having a sense of community was just instant.
Norberto is pleased to see that Manhattan College is continually recognized for its Veteran Student Program and primarily credits Tiana Solan, Director of Veteran Services, for the college’s success.
“Every veteran involved is involved in improving the program. You know my personal philosophy is, “Get into something and let it be better than how you got it” and that’s just a rule of thumb for
life, ”Noberto said. “But a lot of that credit has to go to Tiana, she is the backbone of the organization because without her many of us would wander aimlessly.”
The School of Engineering was also ranked 46 out of the top 50 undergraduate engineering programs in the country that do not offer a PhD. Tiffany French, associate dean of the School of Engineering, can say with confidence that she was not surprised by the ranking.
“I think it reflects all the hard work the engineering people have done,” French said.
French emphasizes that the dedication and passion of the college’s faculty and students really makes a difference.
“We have really talented and caring teachers so that’s the thing. You get all the perks, a world class research institution, we have great labs, we have great teachers, but it’s a small liberal arts college and you get that personal care and attention, ” French said.
French has been the Assistant Dean of the Engineering Department for about two years now and previously worked as Assistant Dean of Students. Well aware of the learning environment offered to the students, French said that even before working for the school, she had heard nothing but positive things about the community.
“I had heard about Manhattan from people I went to high school with and who had been there. Once I was interviewed on campus, I got a really good impression of the people I had met. They hired me so it was awesome but these are the people that I think made the place and I think this is one of the best areas in Manhattan is the people here because that makes it truly unique.
Although not surprised, French was happy to see Manhattan College make the top 50 for its engineering program. Especially since the colleges have gone through a difficult time and still are with the pandemic, French believes that the recognition is well deserved for the faculty.
“I was happy to see him. As
I said, this reflects everyone’s hard work and during COVID the faculty here went above and beyond to try to support students during a really tough time. I think seeing that afterwards, when it was still really into the pandemic, I think it’s a great recognition for all the hard work they’ve put in, ”French said.
As a testament to the hard work that faculty members and staff put into their programs, the college continues to gain recognition over the years.