Manhattan College Means Value

Manhattan College is consistently ranked among the top schools in national surveys that examine the value of a college degree. Our lower than average tuition and generous financial aid packages, combined with higher than average graduate salaries make Manhattan College a good investment. Check out what the surveys say about us:

Return on Investment Rankings: College Education Value Compared 2012 ranked Manhattan College 19th among 850 U.S. colleges and universities — higher than Yale and Brown universities. In the past two years, Manhattan College's ROI ranking by has moved from 37th in 2010 to 19th in 2012.

The survey cited a 30-year return on investment of more than 800,000 for Manhattan by calculating the average salary of a graduate after deducting the net cost of a four-year degree. See full survey results »

Fifty Affordable Colleges with the Best Return on Investment 2011

Bloomberg Businessweek ranked Manhattan College 13th out of nearly 700 colleges and universities surveyed in its 50 Affordable Colleges with the Best Return on Investment report — higher than both Yale and Columbia universities.

The report found that the top 50 colleges and universities, including Manhattan College, delivered a 30-year net return on investment greater than $1 million for graduates. See full survey results »

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Meet some of our recent graduates whose professional accomplishments demonstrate the value of a Manhattan College degree:

ImageChristine Reina ’09
Occupation: Supervisor of Nuclear Medicine, Lenox Hill
Major: Nuclear Medicine Technology

As a freshman, Christine Reina remembers thinking, “I know what I don’t want as a career.” But all it took was one conversation with Larry Hough, director of radiological and health professions at Manhattan College, to turn her don’t into a do.

Fast-forward four years, and Reina was doing exactly what she wanted. Hired full-time by Manhattan’s Lenox Hill Hospital before graduating, Reina worked as a nuclear medical technician for two years before being promoted to her current position. 

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At just 24-years-old, she now oversees the department of nuclear medicine — from scheduling patients to making sure all radiological tests are run properly and in compliance with law. 

Reina, a Syracuse area-native, says she was drawn to the small class sizes and personalized mentorship she received in Manhattan College’s nuclear medicine technology major. 

The close-knit academic program prepared her for the real-world nuclear medicine field, which is just as intimate — with less than 22,000 technicians working in the U.S. earning average annual salaries of $69,050, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“By the time I was a senior, there were maybe five of us left,” Reina says. “I had my own group of people to rely on and that really helped. In some other fields you can shy away from attention, but here you can’t.”

During her junior and senior years at the College, Reina interned at Lenox Hill with Dr. Stephen Scharf, New York City’s premiere radiological and nuclear medicine specialist.

“Being 18 and working with people who are really old and possibly dying is a life-changing experience, and helped me transition into the mindset that I’m a professional here because of Manhattan College,” Reina says.

Today, Reina says she sees herself in the interns she supervises, the majority of which are fellow Jaspers.

“The reason I am where I am today is because of my professors at Manhattan College, and I want to have the same effect on these students. I realize how important it is in a small field to have people to reach out to,” she said. “I hope to inspire them.”


Joan McGillycuddy

Joan McGillycuddy ’85
Occupation: Chief Patent Counsel, Avon Products
Major: Chemical Engineering

Joan McGillycuddy ’85 has just one word to describe her path from Manhattan College’s School of Engineering to Albany Law School to her current job as chief patent counsel at Avon Products.

“It was serendipity,” she says. “I was at a dinner for INTA (International Trademark Association) attorneys, and I was going to leave but ended up sitting right next to my [future] boss.”


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Upon closer examination, McGillycuddy’s arrival at Avon was no accident. Her boss, Anthony Santini ’82, and department colleague, Charles Zeller ’68, are Manhattan chemical engineering graduates themselves. And McGillycuddy recognizes that her foundation for success was built in Riverdale.

“The breadth of knowledge, the independent projects we did senior year, the real life experiences and the professors in the working world helped us make decisions as we moved forward,” she says. “And I had a lot of female role models at Manhattan at a time when women weren’t traditionally engineers.”

Like McGillycuddy, most engineering graduates pursue advanced degrees, though starting salaries for engineers are among the highest of those holding bachelor’s degrees. According to a 2009 survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, chemical engineers earned an average of nearly $65,000 upon graduation.

After law school, McGillycuddy transitioned into cosmetic patent law, a field she says she enjoys because of its quick, competitive nature and tangible results — “a scientific return on investment.”

“One of the great things is that you really see the nexus between science and the business impact,” she adds. “There’s a satisfaction in seeing that work end up on the market and in somebody’s hands.”

Combining engineering and law has allowed McGillycuddy to pursue her passions and form a niche of expertise.

On any given day, she can be found examining new sets of patent laws, analyzing the strategic impact of Avon’s market claims, studying how to best utilize provisional applications, as well as delving into litigations and agreement work.

“Being a chemical engineer sets you up for opportunities. And in college I formed a lot of great relationships, networks and friendships,” she says. “I still see my Manhattan friends every Christmas!”


Richard Brooks

Richard Brooks ’07
Occupation: Physical Therapist
Major: Exercise Science

Not that long ago, Richard Brooks ’07 was just a kid from Queens with a passion for sports and people. Today, the 26-year-old goes by Dr. Richard Brooks, and has put his passions to good use as a physical therapist in Manhattan.

This School of Education & Health graduate credits the intimate Manhattan College community for his accelerated track to success. 


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“The education at Manhattan is the best. There’s really nothing better,” he says. “It’s a small environment in which everyone really cares, takes an interest in you and looks out for one another.”

Brooks found a home within the Exercise Science department at Manhattan and worked directly with the community to learn about and practice physical therapy.

He took advantage of volunteer opportunities, joining the exercise science fraternity Phi Epsilon Kappa and working with disabled children at the Manhattan College Games, an annual recreational event for locals with special needs.

Brooks later landed an internship at the highly ranked orthopedic Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, an opportunity to practice his skills in a professional setting.

“I learned how to be a leader, be passionate and how to interact with all different types of people,” Brooks says.

In the classroom, it was the same story.

“I had the greatest group of professors that one could ask for. Even when I was struggling somewhat in classes, they never got down on me. In fact, they picked me up and allowed me to thrive.”

After graduating from Manhattan with a tight-knit group of exercise science majors, Brooks attended the New York Institute of Technology to work toward his physical therapy license.

In 2010, he earned his doctorate and wasted no time in launching a career at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at New York University, where he worked with patients suffering from all types of pathologies — from strokes to cancer.

An April 2012 survey released by the National Association of Colleges and Employers reported that students who majored in the health sciences earned the fourth highest median starting salaries, just behind engineering, computer science and business.

Today, Brooks works one-on-one with patients at a private sports medicine practice in Manhattan, helping those who suffer from shoulder damage, ACL tears and other musculoskeletal injuries.

“I really play a big role in the overall well-being of people, and it feels good to help them out,” he says, hoping to open his own practice some day.

Still local to New York, Brooks returns to Riverdale on occasion to speak at guest lectures, and says he would love to teach later in life to give back to the community that gave him so much.

“I truly believe that my education and experiences have molded me into person that I am today,” Brooks says, with the same passion as the kid from Queens. “The Manhattan College experience is one that I wouldn’t trade for the world.”