Manchester College is a
at a great price:
U.S. News & World
NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. (Aug. 20, 2004) - Manchester
College is steadfast as a "great school at a great price" among Midwest
schools, reports U.S. News & World Report in its annual rankings.
The northern Indiana college also continues on the magazine's "Best
Colleges" list, at No. 33 among Midwest schools. The college has made
the list for 10 consecutive years.
Manchester College, with about 1,100 students, is
ranked as a comprehensive college offering bachelor's degrees. "These
institutions focus on undergraduate education and offer a range of
degree programs," explains U.S. News & World Report. The
magazine ranked 324 colleges within four regions.
Among the reasons Manchester made the list are its
student/faculty ratio of 14:1, its percentage of full-time faculty (90
percent) and its alumni giving rate of 28 percent, said Jeri S.
Kornegay, director of public relations.
"A distinctive part of
students' learning at Manchester is the close interaction they have with
faculty members," said Jo Young Switzer, vice president and dean of
academic affairs. "Lunch discussions between students and faculty are
common. Teaching and learning don't stop at the classroom doors."
The magazine's 2005 America's Best Colleges
guide ranks Manchester at No. 7 as a Great School/Great Price, noting
"the higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the
better the deal." Citing 2003 data, the magazine said 77 percent of
Manchester College students received grants based on need, bringing
their average annual costs down to $12,724 (after grants).
For Manchester's No. 4 "Least Debt" ranking, the
magazine reported that 64 percent of MC graduates are still carrying
debt, and that debt averages $12,084.
"It's wonderful to have
an independent organization like U.S. News & World Report name us
a great school at a great price. We already know we are and our
students and graduates know we are," said David McFadden, vice president
for enrollment. "Outstanding academic programs, great financial aid
packages and low debt at graduation all add up to a great value. The
fact that 84 percent of our graduates finish in four years is icing on
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