Founded in 1860 by the United Brethren Church, Manchester University is a small liberal arts college in North Manchester, IN; its pharmacy school is located in Fort Wayne, IN, at a cutting-edge campus built in 2012. First established as the Roanoke Classical Seminary in Roanoke, IN, the school gradually grew beyond its roots as a bible school into a traditional liberal arts college, while a merger with the former Mount Morris College further grew the college in the 1930s. By 2012, Manchester College had become Manchester University with the addition of a pharmacy school and a doctoral program in pharmacy. Manchester College is ranked in the top 25 regional colleges in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report.
Academic ProgramsManchester University is a primarily undergraduate liberal arts institution, with more than 60 bachelor’s degree programs, two master’s, and one doctorate in pharmacy. As a small liberal arts college, MU has a 15:1 student:faculty ratio and a commitment to student support and mentorship. Manchester’s historic connection to the Church of the Brethren appears clearly throughout its curriculum, in which the emphasis is not only on the traditional liberal arts values of critical thought and intellectual rigor, but on principles of moral responsibility and ethical leadership.
Manchester is particularly known for its influence in social and political disciplines. MU was home to the nation’s first undergraduate degree in peace studies, developed by the Peace Studies Institute and Program for Conflict Resolution. MU is also the only university in the US to be recognized as a NGO in the United Nations, a status that has made the college a destination for world leaders and influential thinkers. More than half of graduates wear a green ribbon, signifying their commitment to keeping the common good of humanity at the center of their careers and professional decision-making. A placement rate of 96% for graduates, either in jobs or graduate school, shows MU’s success.
Student LifeManchester University is home to more than 1600 students from across the US and the world. As a small liberal arts college, much of student life at MU revolves around the close-knit, supportive campus; more than 70% of students live on campus. North Manchester, IN, has also been ranked one of the safest towns in Indiana, an attractive feature for the parents of college students. MU has been ranked one of the best values in the Midwest, and a full 100% of students qualify for financial aid, to an average of $23,000 worth. Professional school placement for pre-med and pre-law students is far above the national average.
There are more than 60 student-led organizations on campus, many of which are dedicated to community service. With more than 60,000 annual engagement hours, MU has been recognized by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The Manchester University Spartans compete in the NCAA Division III, with 22 men’s and women’s varsity sports in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.