Manchester College is a small college of liberal arts and science that is situated in Manchester, Indiana. Manchester College is affiliated with the Church of the Brethren and continues to uphold the Christian values entailed. Manchester has been listed in repeatedly in top ranks of colleges by a variety of sources. It has been listed as “Best in the Midwest” for several years by the Princeton Review, and U.S. News & World Report places Manchester College in the category of 2011 America’s Best Colleges.
Originally, the college was founded in the later 1800’s under the title of the Roanoke Classical Seminary under the auspices of the United Brethren Church. Eventually, the campus and the property moved over to Northern Manchester and renamed itself Manchester College in 1889. Slowly the college began expanding its horizons and enrollment to accommodate the increasing attention from the area and from abroad. To broaden the possibilities and resources, Manchester College formed a merger with Mount Morris College which, at the time, was also a Methodist seminary. The college is home to the first program establishing a Peace Studies major in the United States.
One of the advantages of a Manchester education is that the coursework that the student pursues in his or her major lays the foundation towards the work that he/she does in his/her career. There are pre-professional programs in law, medicine, graduate studies, and a whole palette of different opportunities that can transport the student toward the job of choice. Education is also closely knit, with a student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. On top of that, 82% of faculty hold the terminal degree in their fields.
Currently, Manchester College doesn’t feature any online courses or distance learning programs for a particular major. The college has announced plans to begin work on transferring their curriculum to the internet for online courses. Distance learners can expect opportunities to arise soon. Some popular majors at the college include, but are not limited to Elementary Education & Teaching, Accounting, General Psychology, General Marketing, Marketing Management, and Business Administration & Management.
Since Manchester College is a four-year college, only undergraduate tuition fees apply. Full-time undergraduate students should expect to pay $22,000 per year while part-time students will pay $675 per credit hour. 100% of the students attending Manchester College have received financial aid from the college itself. Federal aid reaches approximately 1 in 3 students at Manchester while State and Local grants reach about 6 in 11.
Manchester College is an excellent college for getting the best possible education at a reasonable price. For Christian students that want to pursue a rewarding line of work, there is a plethora of majors to choose from and all of the pre-professional programs to match. For distance learners, online courses will become available in the near future and, possibly, distance learning degrees will arise in the near future as well.