Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY
The school uses the Portfolio System. Through this system, students working closely with a faculty advisor, talk about educational and post-baccalaureate goals and the curricular path that would best meet those goals. The portfolio reflects a student’s entire college career as both a system of planning and assessment and a repository for their best work.
The campus is well-maintained. Near the center is the castle, a beautiful mansion with marble halls from the 1800s, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The school's mission is:
“To educate students to become ethically and socially responsible leaders for the global community. We are committed to doing this by ensuring three things:
· The full intellectual, ethical and social development of each student within a community of engaged scholars and teachers
· The application of students’ development as independent leaders, and creative thinkers, to their career and professional goals; and
· A diverse campus community whose members know, care about and support each other and actively engage the world beyond.”
My guide, a senior from the Dominican Republic, seemed to be living the school mission. He:
· Had participated in 3 internships, one of which had led to a job upon graduation. He praised the campus career services, which provided students assistance in getting internships in Westchester or New York City and getting jobs. Students can take a campus-bus or public bus to White Plains and then can take the train to New York City.
· Volunteered regularly in soup kitchen in Manhattan. He explained that the school values community service with over 30,000 hours of community service taking place over the last year.
· Spent a semester abroad in Germany, exploring many European countries.
· Recounted how one of his professors invited a group of international students for a pre-Thanksgiving feast. Not only does the president live on campus, but there is also on-campus housing for some of the teaching staff.
· Had chosen Manhattanville, in part, for its financial aid. Both need-based aid and merit-based aid are available.
If you visited or attended Manhattanville College, share your experiences.