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Manchester College: Narrative Description


604 College Ave.
North Manchester, IN 46962-1225
Tel: (260)982-5000; 800-852-3648; Admissions: (260)982-5055; Fax: (260)982-5043; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: Independent, comprehensive, coed, affiliated with Church of the Brethren. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1889. Setting: 125-acre small town campus. Endowment: $25.2 million. Research spending 2002-03: $20,000. Educational spending 2002-03: $4600 per student. Total enrollment: 1,170. Faculty: 92 (68 full-time, 24 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 1,085 applied, 79% were admitted. 22% from top 10% of their high school class, 45% from top quarter, 80% from top half. Full-time: 1,107 students, 55% women, 45% men. Part-time: 46 students, 70% women, 30% men. Students come from 23 states and territories, 29 other countries, 10% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 3% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 7% international, 2% 25 or older, 77% live on campus, 2% transferred in. Retention: 74% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; business/marketing; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. Services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements: Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, 1 recommendation, rank in upper 50% of high school class, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: minimum 2.3 high school GPA, interview. Required for some: essay, minimum 3.0 high school GPA, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $20. Comprehensive fee: $24,710 includes full-time tuition ($17,950), mandatory fees ($110), and college room and board ($6650). College room only: $4150. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $600 per credit hour.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 45 open to all. Most popular organizations: volunteer services, Campus Ministry Board, Accounting Club, Manchester Admissions Recruiting Corps, Student Alumni Council. Major annual events: Homecoming, Parents' Weekend, May Day Week. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, alarm system, locked residence hall entrances. 923 college housing spaces available; 815 were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Funderburg Library with 172,822 books, 22,975 microform titles, 733 serials, 5,188 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $521,000. 168 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: North Manchester (population 6,000) is situated in north central Indiana, 35 miles west of Ft. Wayne, and 100 miles north of Indianapolis, and 3 hours from Chicago, enjoying a favorable climate. Bus facilities and airlines are within 30 miles. Community facilities include a library, indoor swimming pool, churches of many denominations, a medical clinic across the street from campus and a hospital within 20 minutes.

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