MU students volunteer at weekly community dinners in North Manchester in cooperation with local churches.

Washington Monthly guide: MU among top service colleges in the nation

Washington Monthly magazine is shining the spotlight on Manchester University once again, ranking it 14th in the nation for community service and hours served among baccalaureate colleges in the nation.

In its overall rankings for baccalaureate schools, MU is among the top 50 colleges in the nation and the top three in Indiana.

Last year, MU students, faculty and staff set a record for volunteering, logging more than 60,000 hours of service. The University is a perennial on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and the national Interfaith Community Service Honor Roll.

Walk Into My Future 2014“The students are the heart and soul of our office,” said Carole Miller-Patrick, director of the Manchester University Center for Service Opportunities. She thanked everyone who gives of their time and talents.

Washington Monthly has long given Manchester high marks for making service an everyday habit and helping students from low-income families achieve success.

Washington Monthly is not a typical college guide, notes the magazine in announcing the rankings: “Unlike U.S. News and World Report and similar guides, this one asks not what colleges can do for you, but what colleges are doing for the country.”

Service and service learning have always been core to a Manchester education, a natural byproduct of its mission to graduate people of ability and conviction who improve the human condition.

Manchester has a long reputation for its many service projects and volunteer opportunities for students, faculty and staff. These programs include volunteer projects at Camp Mack, American Red Cross blood drives, Relay for Life, Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week and the Indiana Reading Corps.

Washington Monthly looks particularly at how schools perform “as an engine of social mobility.” Manchester faculty and staff work closely with students to help them exceed their own expectations.

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Earlier this month, Manchester was again named the “Best Value” in Indiana among regional colleges by the U.S. News & World Report annual college guide.

Manchester is fourth in the Midwest’s top 10 “Best Value” ranking. This is also the 22nd year the news magazine has recognized the University as a "Best College" in the Midwest. In August, The Princeton Review college guide also declared Manchester a “Best in the Midwest.”

“We are honored to be a perennial on such rankings,” said President Dave McFadden. “They are a reflection of Manchester’s market-smart and mission-driven strategy that puts students first.” Manchester University passed the 1,500-student mark for the first time in its history this year.

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

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

“High school students and their families are invited to see for themselves what makes Manchester so great, at fall Spartan Days in October and November,” said Adam Hohman, assistant vice president for enrollment and marketing. 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.

For more information, call 800-852-3648 or email Click here for more information about a visit.

Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., offers more than 60 areas of academic study to 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

Sept. 16, 2015

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