In 1860, The United Brethren Church members of Roanoke, Indiana founded the Roanoke Classical Seminary. This school was initially created to train up scholars in Biblical history and theology. Nearly thirty years later, however, the school was relocated to North Manchester, Indiana and renamed the North Manchester College. In later years, the word “north” was dropped from the name, and the college became known simply as Manchester College.
The college today still maintains its ties with the United Brethren Church. This is evident in the college’s statement of values. The board of the college has striven to create an educational institution that values human life, service, faith, integrity and community. While a religious affiliation is not necessary to attend Manchester College, students will be inundated with good values and an appreciation for community and brotherhood.
After the Great Depression, the college merged with another religious institution to help cut costs and save money. A Methodist seminary in Mount Morris, Illinois known as Mount Morris College is now affiliated with Manchester College. Manchester College today maintains its rich traditions as a private, liberal arts undergraduate institution with most of its students residing on campus.