Campus Life

  • Oakwood Hall Room

    Hangin' in Oakwood

    Hangin’ out in the spacious Oakwood Hall rooms and enjoying late night chats and snacks allows you to truly connect with your new friends in your new home.

  • Residence Assistants

    Resident Assistants

    Residential Assistants (RAs) are a great resource for first-year students adjusting to life away from home. They'll help you get involved around campus and cultivate relationships within and beyond your residential hall. And don’t tell them where you heard this, but they can oftentimes be a great source of snacks, too!

  • Earl Garver Mural

    Earl Garver Mural

    Although all of the Residential Halls are co-ed now, that wasn’t always the case. Garver Hall was the first of Manchester’s dormitories to house both male and female students. A larger-than-life mural of Earl Garver and his true vision of residential life at Manchester sits in the Garver great room as a reminder. Although his time has passed, students remain acquainted with the man they casually refer to as “Earl.”

  • Wilburs

    Wilbur's

    Wilbur’s is yet another gathering place on campus.  It’s a comfortable, relaxed environment where students gather to study, collaborate on projects, tap the rich resources of Funderburg Library, and sip a cup of Joe.  If you’re looking for a place to study outside the classroom or your dorm room, look no further than Wilbur’s.

  • Faith on Campus

    Faith on Campus

    Manchester embraces students from a multitude of religious backgrounds, while staying true to its historic roots in the Church of the Brethren. Through inter-religious conversation and opportunities, students gain deeper understanding of their spiritual beliefs and convictions.

  • Petersime Chapel

    Chapel

    Petersime Chapel is a great place for one to nurture an existing faith or to discover a new one.  The Chapel offers several different kinds of services, all of which are ecumenical and completely voluntary.  It’s a great way for students, faculty and staff to gather and worship together.

  • Patty

    Patty

    She knows your name…and everybody else’s, too.  She knows if you’ve been sick or remembers if you were preparing for an important exam.  You’ll get to know Patty, too, as the lady who swipes your lunch card every day.  She’s another soul within Manchester’s intimate community with whom you’ll feel connected, even after you’ve graduated.

  • Squirrels

    Squirrels

    Fat ones.  Skinny ones.  Bushy tails.  Scraggly tails.  Brown ones.  Black ones.  Gray ones.  The squirrels that call Manchester home blend into campus life as students greet them on their way to class. Don’t try to pet them, however – a  fingertip can look an awful lot like an acorn to a hungry squirrel!

  • Beautiful Campus

    Beautiful Campus

    Lay a blanket down on the beautiful expanse of grass in the middle of campus we call “the Mall.”  Take your studies away from your desk and sit around a fountain surrounded by majestic oak trees.  Or get away from it all by spending a few minutes in the stunning Peace Garden.  Manchester’s gorgeous campus is the perfect environment to relax and explore your best self.

  • Close to Town

    Close to Town

    Campus is just two turns away from downtown North Manchester.  Drive into town to satisfy your fast-food craving.  Have Pizza Hut deliver to your residence hall.  Rent a movie from Redbox.  Check off your entire grocery list at Lance’s New Market.  North Manchester has everything you need to survive college!

  • Academic Center

    Academic Center

    Renovated and re-opened in 2012, the Academic Center features technologically advanced classrooms with faculty offices nearby for student access and advising.  It’s an environment that promotes effective teaching and learning, and enables your success.  

  • Science Center

    Science Center

    Manchester added it state-of-the-art Science Center to campus in 2005.  And since its completion, the number of first-year students majoring in the sciences has more than doubled. This 85,000-square-foot structure is home to the departments of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Math and Computer Science, and is a reflection on Manchester’s distinguished reputation in the sciences.

  • Gathering Places

    Gathering Places

    Manchester’s campus includes a multitude of spots where students can gather to study, collaborate or just hang out. Meet your friends at Wilbur’s or Sisters Café for a bite to eat. Sit around the fountain in the Peace Garden and chat. Find a grouping of comfy chairs in the Union or the Academic Center to relax. Or lay a blanket somewhere on the mall to study. It’s easy to connect with your friends and classmates.  

  • Percent of Students Who Live on Campus

    % of Students Who Live on Campus

    About 72 percent of Manchester’s students live on campus. Each with a character of its own, the residence halls are perfect for studying and socializing. Living on campus offers students more opportunities to cultivate life-long relationships and truly take hold of the “college experience.”.

  • Haist Commons

    Haist Commons

    Haist Commons, in the Union, is one of the hubs of campus activity. You’ll get familiar with Haist early on at student orientation, and almost every day thereafter when you meet your friends there for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You’ll visit there, too, for a lot of campus activities, such as International Buffet, Costume Bingo and music and dance parties.

  • Multicultural Center

    Intercultural Center

    The Intercultural Center offers students from all backgrounds and cultures a safe place to gather, connect, and discover their true selves while at Manchester. 

  • Campus Store

    Campus Store

    The Campus Store is your resource for a lot of stuff. Purchase your textbooks. Pick up care-packages from Mom and Dad. Sport your school colors with Manchester apparel. Check off your Christmas list. Sell your textbooks back. The Campus Store has you covered. 

  • Study Space

    Study Spaces

    Manchester’s campus is designed for student success and is equipped with numerous spots for you to study both individually and as a group. If you can’t concentrate in your room, try the study room down the hall. You won’t have a problem finding a spot in the library or the Success Center. Or get comfy in a study alcove in the newly renovated Academic Center. 

  • Peace Gardens

    Peace Garden

    Manchester was the first school in the nation to start a Peace Studies program. The Gladdys Muir Peace Garden on the east side of campus honors the founder of the program and offers a quiet, reflective place to sit and relax, meet with a friend or make a botanical study of the wide array of flowers and plants.