Free Math Intensive Helps Freshmen Succeed Before Fall Semester

A pre-calculus course offered to 26 incoming freshmen gives students a second chance to start their college careers on track.

In an effort to assist incoming freshmen, the Manhattan College Mathematics department is offering a week-long intensive course in pre-calculus to 26 new students in the Schools of Science and Engineering.

The students, who scored mid-range on their math placement exams, will have the opportunity to take a pre-calculus final at the end of the week. Those who pass will be moved up to Calculus I in time for the start of the fall semester, an essential step to graduating on time for students in majors with rigorous math components.

During the week of Aug. 20, the students will not only study together, but live together on the same floor of Jasper Hall on campus, helping to foster a learning community.

“It’s like a cohort,” says Constantine Theodosiou, Ph.D., dean of the School of Science. “They’ll be spending time together mentally and physically.”

While similar intensives in physics and biology were offered a few years ago, this is the first math offering of its kind at Manhattan College. The course and living arrangements are funded by the provost and dean of students, and are offered free of charge to the students.

“The first day of class went very well,” says Tyler Markkanen, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor of math and one of the course’s instructors. “Many of the students participated in class discussions and worked together on practice problems. I think the students are ready and able to succeed this week in math boot camp.”