With campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne – Indiana’s second largest city — Manchester University is a private institution ideally suited to serve northeast Indiana and provide its students with unique and diverse educational opportunities. Deeply invested in the liberal arts and the tradition of service of the Church of the Brethren, it draws students from all over the world who find a sense of community and commitment to service embodied by the University’s mission statement: “Manchester University respects the infinite worth of every individual and graduates persons of ability and conviction who draw upon their education and faith to lead principled, productive, and compassionate lives that improve the human condition.”
Joining the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty in October 2017 is a direct reflection of those values, and gives Manchester students yet another opportunity to serve that is focused on poverty and human potential. Manchester students contribute some 60,000 hours of community service annually, and is the only university in the United States to hold permanent observer status with the United Nations as a Non-Governmental Organization.
Academically, Manchester offers more than 60 courses of study, including a Peace Studies program that was the world’s first; a dedicated master’s in the emerging science of pharmacogenomics that was the nation’s first; a Master of Athletic Training program; and an Environmental Studies program that launched in 1971 and is one of the oldest programs of its kind in the United States. The University boasts a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio and has a 95 percent six-month placement rate across a five-year average.
Additionally, Manchester offers a wide breadth of overseas educational and service opportunities through its Study Abroad and Pathways Summer Services programs. Recent Study Abroad locations included Ireland, England, India, France, Italy, Russia, Greece, Central America, Vietnam, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, Japan, Austria, Belgium, China, Ecuador, Germany and Trinidad and Tobago. Pathways, a volunteer program open to students of all majors, is a 8-to-10-week summer program that places student volunteers in up to 25 sites around the U.S., as well as Africa, Palestine, Paris and London.
Manchester is pleased to join the Consortium and to provide its students with the opportunity to do what Manchester has always done best: serve.
Council Member and Academic Director:
Katharine L. Gray Brown, Ph.D., ’91, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Peace Studies; Director of the Peace Studies Institute.
Allison Goetcheus, Director, Center for Service Opportunities