Manchester named Indiana's "Best Value" among regional colleges

Just a week after setting a record undergraduate enrollment increase with its first-year class and the largest incoming class in at least three decades, Manchester University has been named the “Best Value” in Indiana among regional colleges by the U.S. News & World Report annual college guide.

Manchester is 4th in the Midwest in the “Best Value” rankings. This is also the 21st year the news magazine has recognized the University as a "Best College" in the Midwest. Last month, The Princeton Review college guide also declared Manchester a “2014 Best in the Midwest.”

 “The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal,” says U.S. News & World Report in its “2015 America’s Best Colleges” rankings, released today. It only lists colleges that are above average academically because that is of significant value, the college guide noted.

Manchester offers a Triple Guarantee to students – including guaranteed access to financial aid, guaranteed graduation in four years or less and guaranteed job or grad school placement within six months of graduation.

Most Manchester students graduate in four years – some in three – which accelerates their earning potential and keeps student loan debt in check.

“Families need to consider the total cost of a college education, not just the annual cost,” said Scott Ochander, vice president for marketing and enrollment.  Getting out in three or four years, instead of five or more that is typical at many other universities, saves money and gives MU graduates a head start on their peers, he said. “Manchester has been a place of affordable excellence for decades and our Triple Guarantee is one of the reasons families find Manchester a smart investment.”

The University’s 10-year average for employment/grad school placement is higher than 95 percent.

With that kind of success, Manchester in 2014 posted a modern-era record of 441 first-year students, a 20 percent increase over Fall 2013 (367). Total University enrollment is now at 1,479, a 9.6 percent increase over Fall 2013 (1,349), bolstered by a 30 percent increase in transfers and new pharmacy enrollment.

High school students and their families are invited to see for themselves what makes Manchester so great at four Spartan Days in October and November. 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.

Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., offers more than 60 areas of academic study to nearly 1,500 students in undergraduate programs, a Master of Athletic Training and a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy.  Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at

September 9, 2013


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