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Princeton Review names Manchester a ‘Best in the Midwest’ university

Manchester University is among the best colleges in the Midwest, according to the Princeton Review.

The well-known education services company lists the university with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., among its "Best in the Midwest" recommended schools in "2021 Best Colleges: Region by Region.”

"We chose Manchester University and the other outstanding institutions on this list primarily for their academics," said Robert Franek, the Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief. "We also consider what students enrolled at the schools reported to us on our student survey about their campus experiences.”

Only 158 colleges and universities made the "Best in the Midwest" list for 2021.

“We do our utmost to see that the students of ability and conviction who come through our doors leave as principled, productive and compassionate graduates who go on to improve the world,” said President Dave McFadden.

The close-knit Manchester community “inspires them to discover their best selves and succeed beyond their own expectations,” he said. “The world needs more Manchester graduates.”

The Princeton Review surveyed 140,000 students at schools across the nation. The survey asks students to rate their colleges on dozens of issues and answer questions about campus life.

Manchester students said supportive professors are a “hallmark” tradition, and many “are basically your parent away from home,” helping you to “overcome any problem” and “striving to know each and every student.”

“You are not a number at Manchester, you’re a person with a name and a goal,” one student said.

The Princeton Review does not rank the nation’s “regional best” colleges overall or by region.

Its editors made their selections based on data collected from college administrators, staff visits to schools over the years, student surveys and high school college counselors.

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Schools that Princeton Review chose for its "Best in the Midwest" 2020 list are in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

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Manchester University respects the infinite worth of every individual and graduates persons of ability and conviction who draw upon their education and faith to lead principled, productive, and compassionate lives that improve the human condition.

August 2020