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Manchester’s commitment to affordable excellence brings
more “Best College” praise
Once again, the popular U.S. News & World Report college guide is singing the praises of the affordable excellence of Manchester University.
It’s a familiar refrain: “The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal,” says U.S. News & World Report in its “2014 America’s Best Colleges” rankings, released today. The most significant values are among colleges that are above average academically, the college guide noted.
Manchester is 4th in the Midwest in the “Best Value” rankings – the highest for an Indiana school. It’s also the 20th year the news magazine has recognized the undergraduate program of the independent university as a "Best College." Last month, The Princeton Review college guide also declared Manchester a “2014 Best in the Midwest.”
On the heels of its largest graduating class in years, Manchester University is sprinting into a new year with an estimated 1,350 students. About 23 percent of the new undergraduate students are the first in their families to attend college; 30 percent will play Division III Spartan sports.
Manchester continues its leadership in affordable excellence with a remarkable 86 percent of its May graduates receiving their degrees within four years or less, said Registrar Lila Hammer.
That pace not only substantially lowers the cost of a college education, it also puts MU graduates into their careers and earning salaries quickly, said Scott Ochander, vice president for marketing and enrollment. “Families need to consider their total cost of a college education, not just the annual cost.”
Many students at other schools take five, six and more years to get their degrees. “Calculating from an average starting salary for Indiana college graduates, that’s a gain of at least $60,000 for Manchester graduates,” Ochander added. That also means MU graduates are moving more quickly into higher earnings brackets.
MU is so confident, it guarantees graduation within four years or students can study a fifth year tuition-free. The University’s popular Fast Forward program gives bright, highly motivated students opportunity to earn their degree in three years in any major.
The campus Success Center helps students hone their learning skills with study tables, coaching, counseling and peer tutoring. “That’s key to our high four-year graduation rate,” said Ochander. “We’ve small classes and we know our students as individuals and are partners in their experiences and goals.”
Manchester has a Triple Guarantee of value: financial aid for 100 percent of MU students, a degree in four years and a job or admission to graduate school within six months of graduation.
High school students and their families are invited to see for themselves what makes Manchester so great at three Spartan Days in October. They’ll get a campus tour, lunch, financial aid session and talk with faculty, coaches and admissions experts. Friday visitors can sit in on a class. Visit www.manchester/edu/admissions or call 800-852-3648.