Manchester University (Indiana)

Manchester University (formerly Manchester College)
Motto Learning, Faith and Service
Type Private Coeducational Liberal arts
Established 1860 (details)
Affiliation Church of the Brethren
Endowment $200 million[1]
President Dave McFadden
Academic staff
Students 1,479 [2]
Undergraduates 1,470
Postgraduates 70

Main Campus: North Manchester

Pharmacy School: Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA
Campus Small Town: 200 Acres (0.506 km²)
Athletics NCAA Division IIIHCAC, OAC
Colors Black and Gold
Mascot Spartans

Manchester University (formerly Manchester College) is a liberal arts university with a campus located in North Manchester, Indiana, and a second campus in Fort Wayne, Indiana, home to the University's College of Pharmacy. Total enrollment is approximately 1,500 students.[3]


History at a glance
Manchester University
Roanoke Classical Seminary Established 1860
Location Roanoke, Indiana, USA
Affiliation United Brethren Church
Acquired 1885 Church of the Brethren
Affiliation Church of the Brethren
Manchester College Renamed 1889
Relocated 1889
Location North Manchester, IN, USA
Affiliation Church of the Brethren
Acquired 1932 Mount Morris College
Manchester University Renamed 2012
Location North Manchester, Indiana, USA and Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA
Mount Morris College
Rock River Seminary & College Institute Established 1839
Location Mount Morris, Illinois, USA
Affiliation Methodist Church
Mount Morris College Renamed 1844
Acquired 1879 Church of the Brethren
Affiliation Church of the Brethren
Closed 1932

Manchester University (formerly Manchester College) was founded in Roanoke, Indiana, as the Roanoke Classical Seminary in 1860 by the United Brethren Church. David N. Howe served as the last president of Roanoke Classical Seminary, which was moved to North Manchester to become North Manchester [Manchester] College. He served as Manchester College's first president from 1889–1894 and is known as the founder.[4] The school was renamed Manchester College in 1889 when it moved to North Manchester. In 1932, Manchester merged with Mount Morris College of Mount Morris, Illinois, a Methodist seminary founded in 1839. Manchester is a college of the Church of the Brethren.

The Peace Studies Institute and Program for Conflict Resolution—the first undergraduate peace studies major in the U.S., was established at Manchester in 1948.[5] The program was chaired by Kenneth Brown from 1980 until 2005.[5][6]

The Manchester College Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.[7]

In 2012, Manchester changed its name from Manchester College to Manchester University.[8]


Manchester University operates on a 4-1-4 (four month semester- January Session- four month semester) academic calendar in its College of Undergraduate Studies. Students working toward a bachelor's degree can choose from thirty-eight major fields of study and thirty-one minor fields. Students working toward an associate degree can choose from four major fields of study. Manchester also offers master's degrees in two fields of study and a doctorate degree in Pharmacy (Pharm.D).


Manchester University as a whole has been accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools continuously since 1932.[9]

Department of History and Political Science

The Department of History and Political Science is one of the oldest and most prestigious programs of study at Manchester, housing the Mock Trial and Model United Nations organizations. Well-known graduates include G. John Ikenberry, Albert G. Milbank Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and co-faculty director of the Princeton Project on National Security; and Steven Shull, '65, University Research Professor at the University of New Orleans. Distinguished faculty have included Professor of Political Science Robert Johansen (Class of 1962; faculty 1967–74), founder of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame and President of the World Policy Institute (1978–1982); and Professor of Medieval History Andrew Cordier (Class of 1922; faculty 1926–1944), one of the co-founders of the United Nations and President of Columbia University (1968–1970).

Manchester benefited from Cordier's faculty position as, through its relationship with him, Manchester also became the only college in the United States to hold NGO status with the United Nations, a distinction Manchester still holds. This has allowed the institution to attract a number of renowned public figures and policy makers to its campus, including Eleanor Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Jr., Barry Goldwater, Ralph Nader, and Jesse Jackson.


Manchester's main administration building

Student culture

All students classified as first-years, sophomores, or juniors must live on campus unless they live within 40 miles of Manchester University with their parents or are married. There are no fraternities or sororities at Manchester, and the University is a dry campus.

Manchester University has five residence halls:

Students in their senior year are permitted to live off-campus, and often live in named, themed houses that may persist through several years of occupants.

Manchester also offers over sixty student clubs and organizations,[10] including:


In 2012–13, Manchester students contributed over 47,000 hours of community service, earning the University a spot on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the fifth-straight year. The University's chapter of Indiana Reading Corps is one of the largest in the state, logging more than 3,000 hours tutoring elementary school children. Habitat for Humanity also is a major recipient of campus service.[3]

Washington Monthly magazine ranks Manchester 14th among the nation’s baccalaureate colleges for its “contribution to the public good.” [11]


The principal nonresidential buildings on the campus of Manchester University are:

Note: The new Academic Center is a renovation of the former Holl-Kintner Hall, and contains classrooms, faculty offices and an admissions Welcome Center.[12]


Manchester University teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. The Spartans are a member of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, track & field and wrestling; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball.


Notable faculty

Notable alumni


Coordinates: 41°00′40″N 85°45′45″W / 41.01111°N 85.76250°W / 41.01111; -85.76250

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