MU at a Glance


First, a few basics. Manchester University offers more than 70 areas of undergraduate study, three master's programs (accountancy, athletic training and pharmacogenomics), a professional doctorate in pharmacy, and a dual degree in pharmacy and pharmacogenomics to about 1,400 students from 26 states and 19 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, as well as the athletic training and pharmacogenomics master's programs, are on a Fort Wayne, Ind., campus.

Manchester has deep roots in the Church of the Brethren; 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 2021 America’s Best Colleges guide of U.S.News & World Report ranks Manchester University among the top 25 "Best Colleges" in the Midwest. MU received the “Best College” ranking for 25 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 25,000 hours of service. 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 – 96 percent of Manchester graduates enter the work force, continue their education full-time or join full-time voluntary service.* 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.

* 5-year average based on a graduating classes ranging from 247-357 students and a minimum 85.6 percent knowledge rate

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, 89 percent of Manchester applicants have gained admission to law school. The national average is 45.8 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 – 95 percent on first attempt. Nationally, the first-time pass rate for entry-level master’s degrees is 93 percent.

Safe and sound. This is one of the safest communities in Indiana, according to, who ranked North Manchester on its list of “The 20 Safest Cities in Indiana – 2016.” 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 world'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.

Fast Facts About Manchester

North Manchester, Ind. (residential campus); second campus in Fort Wayne, Ind.
1,400 students from 26 states and 19 countries

Majors and minors
More than 70 areas of undergraduate, graduate and professional study 

Degrees offered
Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Associate of Arts, Master of Athletic Training, Master of Science in Pharmacogenomics, Master of Accountancy, Doctor of Pharmacy, dual degree in pharmacy/pharmacogenomics

20 NCAA Div. III varsity sports

Clubs and organizations
More than 60 student organizations

Religious affiliation
Church of the Brethren

Financial aid
100 percent of new undergraduate students receive financial aid. The average size of our financial aid package is $21,813.

Success rates
96 percent employed, in further studies or in voluntary services within six months of graduation (5-year average based on graduating classes ranging from 247-357 students and a minimum 85.6 percent knowledge rate)

Student to faculty ratio
14 to 1