Manchester University (Indiana)


Manchester University (formerly Manchester College) is a private liberal arts university associated with the Church of the Brethren and two campuses, one in North Manchester, Indiana, and another in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The university's main campus is in North Manchester with the Fort Wayne campus hosting the university's pharmacy and pharmacogenomics programs.[3] Total enrollment is approximately 1,600 students.[4]

Manchester University
Manchester University (Indiana) seal.svg
Former names
Manchester College
MottoLearning, Faith and Service
TypePrivate Coeducational Liberal arts
AffiliationChurch of the Brethren
Endowment$120 million[1]
PresidentDave McFadden
Academic staff
Main Campus: North Manchester, Pharmacy School: Fort Wayne
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United States
CampusSmall Town: 200 Acres (0.506 km²)
AthleticsNCAA Division IIIHCAC, OAC
ColorsBlack and Gold
Manchester University (Indiana) logo.svg


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.[5] 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.[6] The program was chaired by Kenneth Brown from 1980 until 2005.[6][7]

The Manchester College Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.[8]

In 2012, Manchester changed its name from Manchester College to Manchester University to reflect the growing number of graduate programs offered.[9] Manchester also expanded & opened its second campus featuring its state-of-the-art pharmacy school in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 2012.[10] Manchester is the first university to offer a Master's degree program in pharmacogenomics.[11]


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 seventy-two 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.


Manchester University as a whole has been accredited by The Higher Learning Commission continuously since 1932 and was a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools prior to its dissolution in 2014.[12]

Department of History and Political ScienceEdit

The Department of History and Political Science is one of the oldest and most prestigious programs of study at Manchester,[citation needed] 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 A. 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), founding Fellow 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.[13] 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.[citation needed]


A view across Manchester University's mall on its North Manchester campus

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 partially dry campus with alcohol being permitted at certain events.[14]

Manchester University has five residence halls:

  • East Hall is a traditional-style hall that houses up to 224 men and women and is designated for first-year students.
  • Garver Hall is a traditional-style hall houses up to 275 men and women with a majority of the hall being restricted to first-year students.
  • Helman Hall is a suite-style hall that houses up to 129 men and women classified as sophomores, juniors, or seniors.
  • Oakwood Hall is a suite-style hall that houses up to 129 men and women classified as sophomores, juniors, or seniors.
  • Schwalm Hall is a traditional-style hall that houses up to 200 men and women classified as sophomores, juniors, or seniors.
  • East Street Apartments houses students classified as sophomores, juniors, or seniors, with priority given to seniors.

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 more than sixty student clubs and organizations.[15]


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.[4]

Washington Monthly magazine ranks Manchester 14th among the nation's baccalaureate colleges for its “contribution to the public good.”[16]


The university president's residence, named Tall Oaks, is located on the North end of campus and is passed on from president to president.[17]

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

  • Science Center
  • Funderburg Library
  • Academic Center
  • Administration Building
  • Clark Computer Center
  • Otho Winger Memorial Hall
  • Physical Education and Recreation Center (PERC)[18]
  • Calvin Ulrey Hall
  • Charles S. Morris Observatory
  • Jo Young Switzer Center[19] (formerly Student Union)
  • Cordier Auditorium
  • Petersime Chapel
  • Chinworth Center

Note: The new Academic Center is a renovation of the former Holl-Kintner Hall, and contains classrooms, faculty offices and an admissions Welcome Center.[20]


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 swimming, diving, baseball, basketball, cross country, football, soccer, tennis, track & field and wrestling; while women's sports include swimming, diving, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball.

Notable facultyEdit

Notable alumniEdit


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  2. ^ "The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association". Retrieved 2013-08-16.
  3. ^ "Manchester University". Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  4. ^ a b "Manchester University Facts and Figures". Retrieved 2013-08-16.
  5. ^ – Library of Manchester University – Faculty & Staff – Howe
  6. ^ a b Abrams, Holly (2010-11-04). "Peace studies pioneer dies at 77". The Journal Gazette. Retrieved 2010-11-13.
  7. ^ – About Manchester
  8. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  9. ^ "Indiana's Manchester College changing its name". Indianapolis Business Journal. Associated Press. 2012-04-24. Retrieved 2012-06-30.
  10. ^ "Manchester University". Retrieved 2018-02-09.
  11. ^ "Manchester University". Retrieved 2018-02-09.
  12. ^ North Central Association Higher Learning Commission – Manchester College
  13. ^ "Manchester University". Retrieved 2018-02-09.
  14. ^ "MU Amends Alcohol Policy, We'll Drink to That!". Retrieved 2018-02-09.
  15. ^ "404". {{cite web}}: Cite uses generic title (help)
  16. ^ "Washington Monthly praises Manchester College service".
  17. ^ "Manchester College sets open house for president's residence". Retrieved 2018-02-09.
  18. ^ "Manchester University Facilities Information". Manchester University Spartan Athletics. 2013-01-11. Retrieved 2018-02-09.
  19. ^ "Manchester University Jo Young Switzer Center". Retrieved 2018-02-09.
  20. ^ "Manchester University Students First! – Academic Center". Retrieved 2013-08-16.
  21. ^ "Peace studies professor and activist Ken Brown of Manchester faculty dies". 2010-11-14. Retrieved 2013-11-08.
  22. ^ "State Chairman Kyle Hupfer | GOP". GOP. Retrieved 2018-02-09.
  23. ^ Home, Gilbert-Fellers Funeral. "Obituary for J. Gordon Keever". Obituary for J. Gordon Keever. Retrieved 2021-01-20.

External linksEdit

  • Official website
  • Official athletics website

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