Manchester “comfortably full”
with 23% surge in new students
Manchester College is enrolling its largest class in more than 25 years, as it adds faculty, class sections and classrooms and fills residence halls to accommodate an anticipated 1,150 students for the first day of class on Sept. 3.
“We’re comfortably full,” declared Executive Vice President David F. McFadden, with praise for the 18-month enrollment initiative that engaged the entire College community. Faculty, coaches and recruiters made more than 18,000 personal calls to prospective students, producing a phenomenal 46 percent increase in applications and 32 percent increase in campus visits.
The campus-wide recruiting, coupled with effective new marketing and cutting-edge admissions strategies proved to be the perfect combination to put Manchester on course for continued growth in the future, McFadden said.
The new class is strong: 45 percent of the new students graduated in the top 25 percent of their high school class. A new Fast Forward degree that enables strong scholars to finish in three years in any major without sacrificing international and extra-curricular experiences has drawn 15 students. Enrollments in the sciences and education are up. With the entire coaching staff involved in recruiting, 64 percent of the new students expressed interest in competing in the 17 sports offered at Manchester, an NCAA Division III school.
The expected 390-student class of first-year students will be among Manchester College’s most diverse in history:12 percent of the new domestic students are of color, plus the usual strong enrollment of international students. Manchester continues to draw most of its students (88 percent) from Indiana, with a strong showing of first-generation college students, 26 percent.
The anticipated total enrollment of 1,150 is expected to include 33 students who are transfering from other schools, more than double the number of transfer students last fall, McFadden said.
Manchester College, ranked a "Best College" in popular guides for college-bound students, offers more than 55 areas of study. For more about the northern Indiana college, visit www.manchester.edu.