First, a few basics. Manchester University offers more than 55 areas of undergraduate study, two master's programs and a professional doctorate to 1,345 students from 21 states and 23 countries. The independent, liberal arts school is located in North Manchester, Ind., where 73 percent of the students live on the 120-acre campus. A four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy program is on a Fort Wayne, Ind., campus. Manchester is a Church of the Brethren school; about 6 percent of the students are members of the denomination.
College guides love Manchester. Year after year, Manchester receives acclaim from popular guides for college-bound students for its exceptional academic program. The 2013 America’s Best Colleges guide of U.S. News & World Report ranks Manchester University fourth in the Midwest in its "Great Schools, Great Prices" ranking. MU has received the “Best College” ranking for 19 consecutive years. The Princeton Review college guide also consistently ranks Manchester as a "Best in the Midwest." Read more >
Fulbrights galore. A total of 28 Manchester graduates have received the U.S. government's prestigious Fulbright grants to study and teach abroad. That's the highest Fulbright ratio than at any other Indiana college or university. In addition, two Manchester faculty members have done research abroad as Fulbright Scholars.
Service: It's a Manchester mission. MU students, faculty and staff contribute annually more than 35,000 hours of community service, annually placing Manchester on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The University's chapter of Indiana Reading Corps is one of the largest in the state, logging more than 3,000 hours tutoring elementary school children.
MU grads get jobs. Year after year – within six months of their commencement – at least 93 percent of Manchester graduates enter the work force, continue their education full-time or join full-time voluntary service. MU offers its undergraduate students an “employment guarantee” – if they have taken advantage of Manchester's services and opportunities and still don’t have a job within six months of graduation, they may return for a year, tuition-free.
We grow CPAs. Manchester is legendary for producing well-prepared professionals who are offered full-time positions months before they graduate and who perform extremely well on the Uniform CPA exam.
Our pre-med students aren't average. Biology and chemistry students leave Manchester University ready for medical school. Over the last five years, 89 percent of Manchester graduates who applied to med school were accepted. The national average is about 40 percent.
Train here for law school. Over the last decade, 86 percent of Manchester applicants have gained admission to law school. The national average is 62 percent.
Professors of the Year teach here. Environmental scientist Dr. Jerry Sweeten (a 1975 Manchester graduate) was the 2009 Indiana Professor of the Year. Art Professor Emeritus James R.C. Adams, a member of the Manchester faculty for more than 50 years, was the 2002 U.S. Professor of the Year. More than 400 colleges and universities nationwide compete for the honor.
Peace: We have some ideas about non-violence resolution to conflict. Manchester is home to the nation’s first peace studies program and to one of the earliest environmental studies programs. Each May, at least half of our graduating seniors sport green ribbons on their gowns, signifying they have joined the Graduation Pledge Alliance:
“I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job I consider and will try to improve these aspects of any organization for which I work.”
And we sing in cool places. Manchester's A Cappella Choir performs in impressive venues, including Carnegie Hall (twice) and the Vatican in Rome.
1,400 students from 24 states and 24 countries
|Majors and minors
More than 55 areas of undergraduate study, two master's programs and a pharmacy doctorate
Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Associate of Arts, Master of Education, Master of Athletic Training, Doctor of Pharmacy
19 NCAA Div. III varsity sports
|Clubs and organizations
More than 60 student organizations
A university of the Church of the Brethren
100 percent of undergraduate students receive financial aid. In 2011-2012, the average need-based financial aid package was $28,460
94 percent employed, in graduate program or service work within six months of graduation
|Student to faculty ratio
16 to 1