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Manchester College is a great school

at a great price: U.S. News & World Report

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. (Aug. 20, 2004) - Manchester College is steadfast as a "great school at a great price" among Midwest schools, reports U.S. News & World Report in its annual rankings. The northern Indiana college also continues on the magazine's "Best Colleges" list, at No. 33 among Midwest schools. The college has made the list for 10 consecutive years.

Manchester College, with about 1,100 students, is ranked as a comprehensive college offering bachelor's degrees. "These institutions focus on undergraduate education and offer a range of degree programs," explains U.S. News & World Report.  The magazine ranked 324 colleges within four regions.

Among the reasons Manchester made the list are its student/faculty ratio of 14:1, its percentage of full-time faculty (90 percent) and its alumni giving rate of 28 percent, said Jeri S. Kornegay, director of public relations.

"A distinctive part of students' learning at Manchester is the close interaction they have with faculty members," said Jo Young Switzer, vice president and dean of academic affairs.  "Lunch discussions between students and faculty are common.  Teaching and learning don't stop at the classroom doors."

The magazine's 2005 America's Best Colleges guide ranks Manchester at No. 7 as a Great School/Great Price, noting "the higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal."  Citing 2003 data, the magazine said 77 percent of Manchester College students received grants based on need, bringing their average annual costs down to $12,724 (after grants).

For Manchester's No. 4 "Least Debt" ranking, the magazine reported that 64 percent of MC graduates are still carrying debt, and that debt averages $12,084. 

"It's wonderful to have an independent organization like U.S. News & World Report name us a great school at a great price.  We already know we are and our students and graduates know we are," said David McFadden, vice president for enrollment.  "Outstanding academic programs, great financial aid packages and low debt at graduation all add up to a great value.  The fact that 84 percent of our graduates finish in four years is icing on the cake."

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