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Leading college guide says

Great School + Great Price =

Manchester College

At a time when an affordable, quality college degree is more valuable than ever, Manchester College stands in the spotlight of the leading guide for college-bound students.

For the 15th consecutive year, Manchester is among “America’s Best Colleges” of U.S. News & World Report, ranked 18th among Midwest baccalaureate colleges and universities.  The 2010 edition also applauds Manchester with sixth place in its “Great Schools, Great Prices” Midwest rankings.

“The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal,” reports U.S. News.  “We work on the premise that the most significant values are among colleges that are above average academically.”

The Princeton Review college guide also includes Manchester among its “2010 Best in the Midwest,” also with high praise for its academic environment and affordability. Read more about what The Princeton Review has to say about Manchester.

“We appreciate the recognition these college guides give to our commitment to make a Manchester College education affordable to students,” said President Jo Young Switzer.  “Despite the economy, we will not compromise our mission to graduate persons of ability and conviction.” The independent northern Indiana college anticipates a 35-year record enrollment of 1,200 students when classes begin Sept. 2.

New initiatives by Manchester will keep the northern Indiana college in the forefront of high-quality, affordable higher education, Switzer said. This year, the College is awarding more than $1.1 million in additional financial aid to about half of its students to help bridge the gap created by the State of Indiana’s last-minute cut in financial aid. 

The College has received national attention for its Fast Forward three-year degree that reduces college bills and gets graduates into their careers quicker. For more about Fast Forward and the College’s Triple Guarantee of financial aid, a degree in four years and a job or graduate school after graduation, visit

U.S. News & World Report applied 15 indicators of academic excellence, including data and peer reviews in its survey of 1,477 colleges and universities for its “2010 America’s Best Colleges” guide. For more about the rankings, visit

August 2009


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