Academic Advising

Here at Manhattan College, our promise to you includes a highly personalized college education, crafted to meet your specific needs. We pride ourselves on being able to offer more personal, one-on-one contact and support than most other colleges. To that end, each school provides the service of an academic advisor, as well as faculty advisors. They can assist you with major selection and course scheduling, and give you helpful advice on double majors, minors and any other program of study. A dedicated advisor is also available to assist you for health professions preparation. Not sure which major to choose? Your advisor can offer expert advice, tailored specifically for your ideal career path. Having a dedicated academic advisor will help you get the most out of the many opportunities available for you at Manhattan College, and help you feel in control of your education and your future.

School of Science Academic Advising:

Darcy Lis-Beglane
Assistant Dean
Hayden Hall 304A

Academic Advising FAQ

When is an academic advisor available?
The School of Science's Academic Advising office is open between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. for advising, information and referrals. The office is located in Hayden Hall 304A.

What is an academic advisor?
The first person to turn to for information on all academic and non-academic services. At Manhattan College, students are advised by professional advisors as well as faculty advisors. Advising information is available in each dean’s office.

What is an add/drop?
This occurs during the first week of the semester. Courses may be added or dropped without penalty. Dropped courses do not appear on the student’s record.

What is a withdrawal?
Dropping a course after the add/drop period. A “W” appears next to the course on the student’s record. A student must apply to withdraw from a course.

What is a minor?
A less detailed study of a particular discipline. A minor usually consists of 15 credits.

What is a prerequisite?
A course that must be completed as a preparation to take another course.

How many credits does the average student take in a semester?
While total program credits vary across the seven science disciplines, most students take between 15-18 credits for their first semester. See the Manhattan College catalog for the yearly credit allotment for your program. It is important to follow the catalog requirements for credits per semester to avoid overcharges and to ensure timely graduation. A minimum course load of 12 credits is necessary to be considered a full-time student. Be aware that full-time status impacts financial aid, eligibility for family health insurance and residential status.

Can students change classes?
During the first week of each semester, you may add any course for which you are qualified, if it is appropriate to your program and is open. You may also drop a course. After the first week of classes, you may withdraw from a course but may not add any additional courses. Dropping a course without adding one may result in an overcharge and/or delayed graduation later on.