FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

FAQs by Prospective Students

FAQs by Parents

FAQs by Current Students

FAQs by Alumni

FAQs by Faculty & Staff

FAQs by Prospective Students

Can students get a good job after they graduate?

Yes, definitely. Manchester graduates have many excellent opportunities, whether they pursue graduate school or full-time work. Over the past five years, 96 percent of our graduates have been employed or in graduate school within six months of graduating. Click here for more information about our Office of Career Services.

What do Manchester graduates do?

Anything they want to! Study in a specific major allows students to acquire the in-depth knowledge they need for graduate school or their first job. The liberal arts education they receive helps them develop the broader skills sought by employers in every profession. Based on a survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), these attributes include: oral and written communication skills, teamwork and interpersonal skills, analytical and problem solving skills, and leadership skills. Career services staff and academic advisors assist students in finding their strengths and developing career plans around their interests. Click here for more information about our Office of Career Services.

Who can help me figure out what to major in?

Don't know what you want to major in? No problem! Let the Office of Career Services assist you. With our online and in-office career assessment testing, we can help you determine the career path that's right for you and the academic major that will take you there. Visit our web page!

In addition to my professors, where can I go for academic assistance like tutoring, or study tables, help with writing papers, etc?

The Success Center combines a wide range of academic, career, and personal services. Need tutoring? Academic Support offers professional assistance. Want help with a writing project for any class? The Writing Center is at your service. Is it time to start thinking about your professional future? Career Services has experts to guide you through the entire job-searching experience. The Success Center is also home to the Honors Program for students who embrace the challenges and opportunities offered in elevated academic programs. Success also means a healthy body and mind, and Health Services and Counseling Services are here to ensure your physical and emotional well-being, so you can be your best in all aspects of life. No matter where you are in your academic, professional or personal journey, the Success Center empowers you to take your college experience to the next level.

Is there anything to do on campus?

There is always something to do on campus. A mix of campus wide activities, athletic events, trips off campus, theatre and movies, residential life programming, events held by clubs and organizations, and informal plans made by friends offer exciting choices every week. Click here to see the campus calendar.

How much does it cost to go to Manchester University?

The cost of tuition, fees, room, and board can be found here. The University offers generous financial aid and scholarships, so most students pay much less than the “sticker price.” Financial aid estimates are available for interested families.

What kinds of financial aid are available?

Manchester University offers financial aid based on a student’s high school academic record and the student’s family’s financial need. Merit-based aid is available based on academic ability; special abilities and interest in service, languages, the arts, and non-profit management; and leadership and academic ability for students of color. Manchester also offers gift aid to members of the Church of the Brethren and to children of graduates. Click here for more information about financial aid.

Does Manchester University give athletic scholarships?

Manchester University does not award athletic scholarships of any kind. As an NCAA Division III institution, we are not allowed to give athletic scholarships. Also, we are committed philosophically to not providing special benefits to athletes. Click here for more information about athletics at Manchester.

How are you able to recruit talented athletes without athletic scholarships?

The financial aid packages that Manchester awards to all students, including athletes, are very generous. In addition, the level of athletic competition and quality of coaching we offer to student athletes help us attract excellent athletes.

Can students work on campus?

A complete and up to date set of job vacancies is posted on the Office of Human Resources web pages. All prospective employees, including student employees, may apply for vacant positions by completing an employment application online or by filling out a written application available at the Office of Human Resources.

Is Manchester University religiously affiliated?

Manchester University is a college of the Church of the Brethren. It provides opportunities to explore, develop, and nurture a living faith in an environment of respect for religious diversity. The University maintains a valued relationship with the Church of the Brethren, a Christian denomination recognized as an historic peace church. The influence of this relationship is seen in many ways on campus: the first undergraduate peace studies program in the United States; the granting of service scholarships; the presence of the Manchester Campus Reconciliation Service, a peer mediation program; voluntary weekly chapel services and numerous Christian organizations; strong ministry programming, including spirituality groups and Bible study groups; and representation of the denomination on the Board of Trustees.

What is the Church of the Brethren?

The Church of the Brethren is an Anabaptist denomination and one of three historic peace churches. It holds no creed but the New Testament. The Brethren hold such values as community, simplicity, justice, peace, service, and reconciliation. Guided by the scriptures and the Spirit since their separation from the established church in 1708, Brethren have sought to continue the work of Jesus – peacefully, simply, and together.

Are campus facilities handicapped accessible?

Many buildings on campus are handicapped accessible. Some of the older buildings were not constructed to be assessable to people with physical disabilities and have not yet been remodeled or retrofitted. Two newer residence halls (Helman and Oakwood Halls) are accessible. Rooms specially designed for residents with disabilities, with accessible bathrooms and fixtures, are available. Plans for new buildings and substantial remodeling always address accessibility. Students needing accommodations can request that their classroom locations be moved to an accessible floor or building. Visitors to the campus who need accommodations should contact the director of physical plant.

What accommodations are available to students with learning or physical disabilities?

Any student admitted to the University who provides documentation of a physical or learning disability can work with the director of Academic Support to arrange accommodations. These may include things such as: use of a special quiet study lounge, air conditioning, a note taker, extended time for exams, distraction-reduced test taking locations, a reader or scribe, or special dietary planning. All students, regardless of disability status, are able to work with a trained peer tutor for any course.

Why are students required to live on campus for the first three years?

As a residential college, Manchester believes that significant learning takes place through the living experience and programming in its residence halls. The residence hall environment encourages and supports the learning of life skills such as mutual respect, consideration for others, living in community, and open communication with other students. It also provides significant leadership opportunities for students in the halls. Click here for more information about residential life.

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FAQs by Parents

Can students get a good job after they graduate?

Yes, definitely. Manchester graduates have many excellent opportunities, whether they pursue graduate school or full-time work. Over the past five years, 96 percent of our graduates have been employed or in graduate school within six months of graduating. Click here for more information about our Office of Career Services.

What do Manchester graduates do?

Anything they want to! Study in a specific major allows students to acquire the in-depth knowledge they need for graduate school or their first job. The liberal arts education they receive helps them develop the broader skills sought by employers in every profession. Based on a survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), these attributes include: oral and written communication skills, teamwork and interpersonal skills, analytical and problem solving skills, and leadership skills. Career services staff and academic advisors assist students in finding their strengths and developing career plans around their interests. Click here for more information about our Office of Career Services.

In addition to professors, where can my student go for academic assistance like tutoring, or study tables, help with writing papers, etc?

The new Success Center combines a wide range of academic, career, and personal services. Need tutoring? Academic Support offers professional assistance. Want help with a writing project for any class? The Writing Center is at your service. Is it time to start thinking about your professional future? Career Services has experts to guide you through the entire job-searching experience. The Success Center is also home to the Honors Program for students who embrace the challenges and opportunities offered in elevated academic programs. Success also means a healthy body and mind, and Health Services and Counseling Services are here to ensure your physical and emotional well-being, so you can be your best in all aspects of life. No matter where you are in your academic, professional or personal journey, the Success Center empowers you to take your college experience to the next level.

How much does it cost to go to Manchester University?

The cost of tuition, fees, room, and board can be found here. The University offers generous financial aid and scholarships, so most students pay much less than the “sticker price.” Financial aid estimates are available for interested families.

What kinds of financial aid is available?

Manchester University offers financial aid based on a student’s high school academic record and the student’s family’s financial need. Merit-based aid is available based on academic ability; special abilities and interest in service, languages, the arts, and non-profit management; and leadership and academic ability for students of color. Manchester also offers gift aid to members of the Church of the Brethren and to children of graduates. Click here for more information about financial aid.

Does Manchester University give athletic scholarships?

Manchester University does not award athletic scholarships of any kind. As an NCAA Division III institution, we are not allowed to give athletic scholarships. Also, we are committed philosophically to not providing special benefits to athletes. Click here for more information about athletics at Manchester.

How are you able to recruit talented athletes without athletic scholarships?

The financial aid packages that Manchester awards to all students, including athletes, are very generous. In addition, the level of athletic competition and quality of coaching we offer to student athletes help us attract excellent athletes.

Can students work on campus?

A complete and up to date set of job vacancies is posted on the Office of Human Resources web pages. All prospective employees, including student employees, may apply for vacant positions by completing an employment application online or by filling out a written application available at the Office of Human Resources.

Is Manchester University religiously affiliated?

Manchester University is a college of the Church of the Brethren. It provides opportunities to explore, develop, and nurture a living faith in an environment of respect for religious diversity. The University maintains a valued relationship with the Church of the Brethren, a Christian denomination recognized as an historic peace church. The influence of this relationship is seen in many ways on campus: the first undergraduate peace studies program in the United States; the granting of service scholarships; the presence of the Manchester Campus Reconciliation Service, a peer mediation program; voluntary weekly chapel services and numerous Christian organizations; strong ministry programming, including spirituality groups and Bible study groups; and representation of the denomination on the Board of Trustees.

What is the Church of the Brethren?

The Church of the Brethren is an Anabaptist denomination and one of three historic peace churches. It holds no creed but the New Testament. The Brethren hold such values as community, simplicity, justice, peace, service, and reconciliation. Guided by the scriptures and the Spirit since their separation from the established church in 1708, Brethren have sought to continue the work of Jesus – peacefully, simply, and together.

Are campus facilities handicapped accessible?

Many buildings on campus are handicapped accessible. Some of the older buildings were not constructed to be assessable to people with physical disabilities and have not yet been remodeled or retrofitted. Two newer residence halls (Helman and Oakwood Halls) are accessible. Rooms specially designed for residents with disabilities, with accessible bathrooms and fixtures, are available. Plans for new buildings and substantial remodeling always address accessibility. Students needing accommodations can request that their classroom locations be moved to an accessible floor or building. Visitors to the campus who need accommodations should contact the director of physical plant.

What accommodations are available to students with learning or physical disabilities?

Any student admitted to the University who provides documentation of a physical or learning disability can work with the director of Academic Support to arrange accommodations. These may include things such as: use of a special quiet study lounge, air conditioning, a note taker, extended time for exams, distraction-reduced test taking locations, a reader or scribe, or special dietary planning. All students, regardless of disability status, are able to work with a trained peer tutor for any course.

Why are students required to live on campus for the first three years?

As a residential college, Manchester believes that significant learning takes place through the living experience and programming in its residence halls. The residence hall environment encourages and supports the learning of life skills such as mutual respect, consideration for others, living in community, and open communication with other students. It also provides significant leadership opportunities for students in the halls. Click here for more information about residential life.

Are guest rooms available on campus?

Yes, guest rooms are available in our residence halls for a nominal fee. For reservations, contact the Office of Conference Services at 260-982-5551, toll free 1-877-624-8378, or e-mail Paula Finton, facilities coordinator.

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FAQs by Current Students

Can students get a good job after they graduate?

Yes, definitely. Manchester graduates have many excellent opportunities, whether they pursue graduate school or full-time work. Over the past five years, 96 percent of our graduates have been employed or in graduate school within six months of graduating. Click here for more information about our Office of Career Services.

What do Manchester graduates do?

Anything they want to! Study in a specific major allows students to acquire the in-depth knowledge they need for graduate school or their first job. The liberal arts education they receive helps them develop the broader skills sought by employers in every profession. Based on a survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), these attributes include: oral and written communication skills, teamwork and interpersonal skills, analytical and problem solving skills, and leadership skills. Career services staff and academic advisors assist students in finding their strengths and developing career plans around their interests. Click here for more information about our Office of Career Services.

Who can help me figure out what to major in? Don't know what you want to major in?

No problem! Let the Office of Career Services assist you. With our online and in-office career assessment testing, we can help you determine the career path that's right for you and the academic major that will take you there. Visit our web page!

In addition to my professors, where can I go for academic assistance like tutoring, or study tables, help with writing papers, etc?

The Success Center combines a wide range of academic, career, and personal services. Need tutoring? Academic Support offers professional assistance. Want help with a writing project for any class? The Writing Center is at your service. Is it time to start thinking about your professional future? Career Services has experts to guide you through the entire job-searching experience. The Success Center is also home to the Honors Program for students who embrace the challenges and opportunities offered in elevated academic programs. Success also means a healthy body and mind, and Health Services and Counseling Services are here to ensure your physical and emotional well-being, so you can be your best in all aspects of life. No matter where you are in your academic, professional or personal journey, the Success Center empowers you to take your college experience to the next level.

What kind of financial aid is available?

Manchester University offers financial aid based on a student’s high school academic record and the student’s family’s financial need. Merit-based aid is available based on academic ability; special abilities and interest in service, languages, the arts, and non-profit management; and leadership and academic ability for students of color. Manchester also offers gift aid to members of the Church of the Brethren and to children of graduates. Click here for more information about financial aid.

Is Manchester University religiously affiliated?

Manchester University is a college of the Church of the Brethren. It provides opportunities to explore, develop, and nurture a living faith in an environment of respect for religious diversity. The University maintains a valued relationship with the Church of the Brethren, a Christian denomination recognized as an historic peace church. The influence of this relationship is seen in many ways on campus: the first undergraduate peace studies program in the United States; the granting of service scholarships; the presence of the Manchester Campus Reconciliation Service, a peer mediation program; voluntary weekly chapel services and numerous Christian organizations; strong ministry programming, including spirituality groups and Bible study groups; and representation of the denomination on the Board of Trustees.

What is the Church of the Brethren?

The Church of the Brethren is an Anabaptist denomination and one of three historic peace churches. It holds no creed but the New Testament. The Brethren hold such values as community, simplicity, justice, peace, service, and reconciliation. Guided by the scriptures and the Spirit since their separation from the established church in 1708, Brethren have sought to continue the work of Jesus – peacefully, simply, and together.

Are campus facilities handicapped accessible?

Many buildings on campus are handicapped accessible. Some of the older buildings were not constructed to be assessable to people with physical disabilities and have not yet been remodeled or retrofitted. Two newer residence halls (Helman and Oakwood Halls) are accessible. Rooms specially designed for residents with disabilities, with accessible bathrooms and fixtures, are available. Plans for new buildings and substantial remodeling always address accessibility. Students needing accommodations can request that their classroom locations be moved to an accessible floor or building. Visitors to the campus who need accommodations should contact the director of physical plant.

What accommodations are available to students with learning or physical disabilities?

Any student admitted to the University who provides documentation of a physical or learning disability can work with the director of Academic Support to arrange accommodations. These may include things such as: use of a special quiet study lounge, air conditioning, a note taker, extended time for exams, distraction-reduced test taking locations, a reader or scribe, or special dietary planning. All students, regardless of disability status, are able to work with a trained peer tutor for any course.

Can students work on campus?<

A complete and up to date set of job vacancies is posted on the Office of Human Resources web pages. All prospective employees, including student employees, may apply for vacant positions by completing an employment application online or by filling out a written application available at the Office of Human Resources.

Why are students required to live on campus for the first three years?

As a residential college, Manchester believes that significant learning takes place through the living experience and programming in its residence halls. The residence hall environment encourages and supports the learning of life skills such as mutual respect, consideration for others, living in community, and open communication with other students. It also provides significant leadership opportunities for students in the halls. Click here for more information about residential life.

Are guest rooms available on campus?

Yes, guest rooms are available in our residence halls for a nominal fee. For reservations, contact the Office of Conference Services at 260-982-5551, toll free 1-877-624-8378, or e-mail Paula Finton, facilities coordinator.

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FAQs by Alumni

As an alumnus, can I still get career and job search help?

Need help with your job search? What about making a career change? Maybe considering graduate school? As a Manchester alumnus, you can receive full-service assistance from the Office of Career Services at no cost. For more information, visit the Office of Career Services and click on the Manchester Alumni link.

How can I get a copy of my transcript?

Click here or contact the Office of the Registrar.

I have lost touch with some old friends. How can I get in contact with them?

To contact former classmates, first check the My Manchester University online directory, or make your request to the alumni office at alumnioffice@manchester.edu, providing your name and address in the request. If we are at liberty to release the individual's information, we will do so. If not, we will send them a note saying that you are interested in making contact.

How do I update any changes in address, e-mail, marital status, births, deaths, employer, job positions, and moves?

You can update your personal information by logging on to the My Manchester University online directory and going to Edit Profile. You can also send the information that you would like changed to alumnioffice@manchester.edu. Please make sure that your name is clearly noted in the e-mail.

Is there an online listing of all alumni?

Yes, there is an online listing of all alumni. If you are an MU alum, you can log on to the My Manchester University online directory to view its limited alumni information.

Can I make event reservations online?

Yes, you can register for most Alumni events online.

I would like to make a donation to MU. Can I do it online?

Yes, you can give a gift online.

How do I get information in my class listing in the Manchester Magazine?

You can submit class notes by logging on to the My Manchester University and going to Alumni Portal. You can also send the information that you would like listed to alumnioffice@manchester.edu. Please make sure that your name is clearly noted in the e-mail.

How far ahead is the date for Homecoming determined?

Usually at least two years ahead.

How do I get an Aurora for my class year?

You can get back issues of most Aurora yearbooks for the cost of postage and handling. E-mail the Alumni Office at alumnioffice@manchester.edu.

Are campus facilities handicapped accessible?

Yes, guest rooms are available in our residence halls for a nominal fee. For reservations, contact the Office of Conference Services at 260-982-5551, toll free 1-877-624-8378, or e-mail Paula Finton, facilities coordinator.

How can I get an MU State of Indiana license plate?

The State of Indiana is streamlining its license plate program, and Manchester grads and friends can now renew their special Manchester University plates and tags online! You no longer need to complete an authorization form from the MU Alumni Office. Click here for more information.

Does the Campus Store have logo merchandise, and can I order online?

The Campus Store has a variety of logo merchandise: t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, mugs, afghans, etc. You can view and order MU products on the Campus Store website.

Where is the Campus Store located?

The Campus Store is in the Union.

Is Manchester University religiously affiliated?

Manchester University is a college of the Church of the Brethren. It provides opportunities to explore, develop, and nurture a living faith in an environment of respect for religious diversity. The University maintains a valued relationship with the Church of the Brethren, a Christian denomination recognized as an historic peace church. The influence of this relationship is seen in many ways on campus: the first undergraduate peace studies program in the United States; the granting of service scholarships; the presence of the Manchester Campus Reconciliation Service, a peer mediation program; voluntary weekly chapel services and numerous Christian organizations; strong ministry programming, including spirituality groups and Bible study groups; and representation of the denomination on the Board of Trustees.

What is the Church of the Brethren?

The Church of the Brethren is an Anabaptist denomination and one of three historic peace churches. It holds no creed but the New Testament. The Brethren hold such values as community, simplicity, justice, peace, service, and reconciliation. Guided by the scriptures and the Spirit since their separation from the established church in 1708, Brethren have sought to continue the work of Jesus – peacefully, simply, and together.

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FAQs by Faculty & Staff

How do I write a letter of recommendation for a student?

Faculty or staff can get information about writing a professional letter of recommendation on behalf of a student, along with samples of such letters, on the web pages of the Office of Career Services.

Are there career and job search services available to me?

The Office of Career Services offers free use of all their services and resources for Manchester faculty and staff. Whether you need help updating a resume or vitae, help sharpening your interviewing skills, direction as to a new career to pursue, or thoughts about pursuing graduate school, OCS will work confidentially and discretely to assist you. Click here to learn more.

Whom do I contact to reserve various rooms on campus?

To reserve classrooms or computer labs, contact the Registrar’s Office at 260-982-5235.

To reserve all other rooms, including athletic facilities in PERC and the Koinonia Retreat Center, contact the Office of Conference Services at 260-982-5551, or e-mail Paula Finton.

Room availability can checked by using the Virtual Event Management Service (VEMS) online.

If I have a question about signs on campus, whom do I contact?

Questions about or requests for campus signs should be directed to Quentin Moudy, at X5267 or e-mail qjmoudy@manchester.edu.

How do I find the most economical way to send a large mailing?

To arrange large outgoing mailings, contact Brenda Carver, administrative mail coordinator, at x5206 or bkcarver@manchester.edu.

What are the procedures for getting a project designed and printed on campus?

The Office of Marketing is located on the lower level of the Administration Building in Room 21. To arrange to have a project designed and printed, visit the office in person or call Dan Chudzynski, director of marketing, at x5089, or use the online design request form. Printing projects may take 1-4 weeks, depending on the extent of the project.

Are there guidelines for use of the University logo, Spartan head, MU, or University seal?

Yes. All questions regarding the use of the University images (University logo, Spartan logo, University Seal, etc.) should be directed to Dan Chudzynski, director of marketing. All faculty and staff should consult with Dan before using University images in letters, publications, signs, t-shirts, etc.

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