College guide declares MU a “Best in the Midwest”

Manchester University undergraduates prepare for the real world in small classes that emphasize critical thinking, reports The Princeton Review. A leading authority and guide for college-bound students, The Princeton Review includes Manchester in its 2014 Best in the Midwest.

“Our Regional Best Colleges constitute only 25 percent of the nation's four-year colleges – a select group, indeed,” said Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher."We're pleased to recommend these colleges to users of our site as the best schools to earn their undergrad degrees.” Manchester was selected primarily for its “excellent” academic program and what MU students reported about their campus experiences, he said.

The Princeton Review lauds Manchester for taking advantage of its small class sizes to teach “more than just information retention; critical thinking is key to success in many programs.” Other praise: “Manchester undergrads prepare for the real world during college, thanks to the school's commitment to experiential learning and strong study abroad programs, which help assure that every student has the right tools and resources to succeed after college.”

Senior Morgan Peas agrees wholeheartedly. “Manchester University has given me more opportunities than I ever imaged,” says Peas, a communication studies major from Urbana, Ind. “I am earning a bachelor’s degree in three years and will study abroad for a semester in England this fall. None of this would have been possible without the support I received from faculty and staff.

“My advisor has coached me through life challenges as well as the three times I changed the goal for my future. Her guidance provides the structure I need to get through accelerated coursework while maintaining three on-campus jobs.”

Manchester University annually ranks among the best in the nation and the Midwest for its academic program, commitment to volunteer service and as a great place to work. The Princeton Review annually gives MU high ratings for academic rigor and financial aid.

The Princeton Review does not rank its Regional Best colleges. The 155 "Best in the Midwest" are in 12 states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Manchester University offers more than 55 areas of study in its undergraduate program in North Manchester, Ind., where classes begin Aug. 27. MU also offers a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy degree on its Fort Wayne campus, and master’s degrees in athletic training and education. Learn more at www.manchester.edu.

August 2013

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