Manchester College has a long tradition of combining learning and
values. Its goal, as presented in the mission statement, is "to
graduate people who possess ability and conviction." Manchester
recognizes that change cannot come from conviction alone, that those
who ardently desire to build a better world need real world skills
to accomplish those goals. At Manchester College, skills and abilities
are developed through rigorous preparation in a student's academic
major(s) and broad coursework in the liberal arts. Graduates leave
well trained for graduate school or their first job.
Manchester's mission statement also speaks best to its core values:
"Within a long tradition of concern for peace and justice,
Manchester College intends to develop an international consciousness,
a respect for ethnic and cultural pluralism, and an appreciation
for the infinite worth of every person. A central goal of the College
community is to create an
environment which nurtures a sense of self-identity, a strong personal
faith, a dedication to the service of others, and an acceptance
of the demands of responsible citizenship."
Manchester College is an independent, co-educational college in
the liberal arts tradition, and is committed to continue in the
tradition of social concern which is a mark of the Church of the
Brethren, its supporting denomination which is recognized as a historic
peace church, and one that actively lives out faith in reconciliation,
service, simple living, community, and love. Acknowledging religious
diversity, Manchester College welcomes persons of all faith traditions
and provides opportunities to explore, develop and nurture faith
in an environment that respects the infinite worth of every person.
The learning environment at Manchester College emphasizes an open
exchange of thoughts and ideas. Students are taught to ask tough
questions and search for satisfying answers. The curriculum allows
varied combinations of majors and minors, both in allied fields
(e.g. history and political science) and across disciplines (e.g.
physics and peace studies, music and gender studies). International
study and community service are long-standing traditions at Manchester
because students gain experiences that offer valuable new perspectives
about themselves and other cultures and countries.
Students can take advantage of travel opportunities through international
studies programs (a semester or year at campuses in Brazil, China,
France, Ecuador, England, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Japan, Spain
and Mexico), and during the three and a half week January Session.
Recent January Session classes have gone to Spain, Morocco, Costa
Rica, Mexico, Vietnam, Egypt, England, Florida, India and Nicaragua.
January Sessions have included NASA research; health, fitness and
wellness internships; field experiences in peace studies, social
work and psychology, and many other off campus opportunities.
Manchester's emphasis on developing abilities and convictions shapes
the academic and extra curricular experiences of students in every
major. Action-oriented student groups are open to all students.
They include Amnesty International, the Environmental Group, Habitat
for Humanity, prison visitation teams, Death Penalty Awareness,
Women's Advocacy Group, and many others. Students also participate
in the Peace Choir, retreats, coffee houses, concerts, lectures
and discussion forums, and in local and national conferences.
Manchester College is home to the nation’s first peace studies
program and to one of the earliest environmental studies programs.
The Peace Studies Institute offers college-wide conferences featuring
speakers, debates on issues of public policy, and workshops. Manchester
also offers an unusually large number of scholarships to students
majoring in Peace Studies.
Other special resources include the 100 acre Koinonia Environmental
Center, including a 5 acre natural lake and woods, just 11 miles
from campus. Koinonia has become a retreat and learning center for
church and college groups.