First, a few basics. Manchester University offers more than 60 areas of undergraduate study, two master's programs (athletic training and pharmacogenomics) and a professional doctorate in pharmacy to nearly 1,500 students from 25 states and 17 countries. The independent, liberal arts school is located in North Manchester, Ind., where 73 percent of the students live on the 120-acre campus. Our four-year 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 2015 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 22 consecutive years. The Princeton Review college guide also consistently ranks Manchester as a "Best in the Midwest." Read more
Fulbrights galore. A total of 30 Manchester graduates have received the U.S. government's prestigious Fulbright grants to study and teach abroad. 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 60,000 hours of 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 95 percent of Manchester graduates enter the work force, continue their education full-time or join full-time voluntary service. For 2015 grads, the placement rate was 98 percent! 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.
MAT has a perfect record. Since the program’s inception in 2010, 100 percent of Master of Athletic Training candidates have passed their national Board of Certification exam on the first attempt. Nationally, the first-time pass rate for entry-level master’s degrees is 93 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.
Safe and sound. This is one of the safest communities in Indiana, according to Safewise.com, who ranked North Manchester on its list of “The 30 Safest Cities in Indiana – 2015.”
The report says that the town’s police force, augmented by a reserve unit, “sends a signal to criminals that crime prevention is taken seriously here.”
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.