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Faculty-student synergism puts Manchester even higher in U.S. News rankings

Manchester College is 14th as a “Best College” in the Midwest, reports one of the premier rankings in the nation, U.S. News & World Report. The northern Indiana liberal arts college also continues its coveted Best Value status in the magazine’s annual “America’s Best Colleges” edition.

Close connections between faculty and students helped raise Manchester 6 places in the 2008 rankings. The magazine noted the College’s 14:1 student-faculty ratio, its small class sizes (57 percent are less than 20 students), and that 92 percent of MC faculty hold the highest degree in their field.

“Research shows that the more contacts students have with faculty, the more they will learn,’ notes the magazine. MC students couldn’t agree more.

“I love the fact that the classes are so small and that I have gotten to know some of my profs outside of the classroom,” says chemistry major Kyle Watson of Warsaw. “It is so cool to go to a basketball game and cheer along with your profs that you had in class earlier that day.

“I never expected to do undergraduate research as a freshman,” adds Watson, now a sophomore. It is something that I would have never done at a larger college or university.”

The College continues its long standing among “Great Schools at a Great Price” in the Midwest, ranking sixth. “The most significant values are among those colleges that are above average academically,” writes the magazine.

When asked why she chose Manchester, junior art major Krystal Poe of Warsaw responded: “Three words: Proximity, Financial Aid and Flexibility.”

The rankings and the Aug. 27 issue of the magazine, appear on newsstands Monday, and are available online at The magazine used 15 indicators of excellence to compare data from more than 1,400 accredited four-year institutions. U.S. News & World Report offers its ranking to help students and parents judge their higher education opportunities based on widely-accepted indicators of excellence.

Manchester is ranked among other baccalaureate colleges that focus on undergraduate education and offer a range of degree programs in the liberal arts and in professions, such as business and education. Last year, the College was 20th among Best Colleges in the Midwest.

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