Academic Advising

In the School of Engineering, the Academic Advisor and Assistant Dean advise all first-year students. Once you’ve decided on a program and completed your first year, you are advised by the chairperson of your specific department or designated faculty member.

School of Engineering 2023 Advising Manual

Online Resources

Please consult our Online Resources for forms and processes that we have migrated to an online format.

Online Resources

Erica Reubel, Asst. Dean of Engineering 
Leo Hall 201

Charmaine Whitter-White, Academic Advisor for Engineering  
Leo Hall 201

Chemical Engineering
Sasidhar Varanasi, Ph.D.
Leo Hall 425

Civil Engineering
Matthew Volovski, Ph.D.
Leo Hall 309

Computer and Electrical Engineering
Robert Mauro, Ph.D.
Leo Hall 251

Mechanical Engineering
Parisa Saboori, Ph.D.
RLC 207A

School of Engineering Career Advising:

Leanne McKeown
Leo Hall 258

  • Academic Advising Q and A

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

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

    What is 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 preparation to take another course.

    How many credits does the average student take in a semester?
    While total program credits vary across the five schools, most freshmen take at least 15 credits for their first semester. See the Manhattan College catalogue for the yearly credit allotment for your program. It is important to follow the catalogue 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 can result in an overcharge and/or delayed graduation later on.