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Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
As Pennsylvania's premier public liberal arts institution, Mansfield University offers students a personalized education...

Mansfield University of Pennsylvania

Mansfield, Pennsylvania

Mansfield University is dedicated to a personalized education with all programs grounded in the liberal arts. As a small, public university, Mansfield is committed to promoting leadership development through character, scholarship, cultural awareness, and service to others. Though their passion for learning, they positively influence the world.


Mansfield University is Pennsylvania’s Premier Public Liberal Arts University.”

Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
2,587 undergraduate students
91% of undergrad students are full time
40% male — 60% female
13% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
116 full-time faculty
75 part-time faculty
18 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

83% of freshmen live in the residence halls

School Location

Nestled in beautiful north central Pennsylvania, Mansfield University is in the middle of somewhere special. The University is located near thousands of acres of state land, lakes, and spectacular mountain views – including the nearby Pine Creek Gorge – Pennsylvania’s “Grand Canyon.” The location is not the only thing that makes Mansfield University special. It’s the commitment to provide students with an environment in which they can find themselves, build on their strengths, and hone leadership skills that will carry them for a lifetime.

Retention Fall 2014

75% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

54% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 1%
Hispanic/Latino 3%
Black or African American 9%
White 82%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 2%


The Mansfield University Mountaineers, or “Mounties,” is a member of the NCAA Division II Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. There are 7 women’s varsity programs, and 5 varsity men’s programs. The men’s varsity Sprint Football team competes in the College Sprint Football League.

Academic Programs

Art History, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Community Health Education, Computer Science Information, Criminal Justice Administration, Early Childhood and Elementary Education, English, Geosciences, Graphic Design, History, Liberal Studies, Mass Communication, Mathematics, Music, Music Education, Music Performance, Music Technology, Music – Elective Studies in Business, Nursing, Nutrition, Organizational Communication, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Safety Management, Social Studies/History, Social Work  

International Exchanges and Study Abroad

Students that participate in international exchange/study abroad gain valuable skills in cross-cultural communication and education. And these are just a couple of the benefits to participation. Mansfield views study abroad as an incredible opportunity and works hard to provide plenty of options to students. Currently, the university has exchange agreements with 150 universities across the world. Those agreements are shared between Mansfield and a membership with the International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP). Mansfield’s specific agreements include the following countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and Spain.

First-Year Seminars

Mansfield’s first year seminars are part of an introductory program called the First Year Experience. The seminars allow students to explore new and exciting topics in a small-group setting. Mansfield currently offers seminars on the following topics:

  • Animal Allies, Mates, and Rivals
  • Public issues in a Global Economy
  • The Good Life
  • Debates in Current Affairs
  • Our Lives through Music
  • My Life in Pictures
  • Type & Clay: Creating Identity
  • Art & History of the Book
  • Fabulous Berlin
  • Machu Picchu
  • Zombie Apocalypse
  • Discovering France
  • Grimm Variations
  • Climb that Mountain
  • Serving to Learn
  • College Athletics


There are 7 modules within the first year experience. Each module handles a specific skill that each student should hone during their college experience. With the support of faculty and staff, students are guided to successfully master these skills:

  • Resiliency
  • Stress Management
  • Time Management
  • Debt Management
  • Note Taking
  • Test Taking
  • Improving Study Time

IMPACT Mentoring Program

The IMPACT Mentoring Program is an initiative headed by the Office of Retention. The program addresses some of the challenges that face first year students. Through the support of mentors, the Office of Student Life, and the Office of Retention, freshman are given the tools they’ll need to succeed. The program has helped students overcome challenges like: finding friends, selecting courses, and interacting with professors. IMPACT lasts for an entire academic year, but many students continue to stay in contact with their mentors.

The Learning Center

The Learning Center is an academic resource available to all students. Through support programs, students are guided toward successful college careers. The center offers services in tutoring, writing, and supplementary study sessions. Assistance through the learning center is both one-on-one and collaborative, and the ultimate goal is to better engage students with their coursework.  

Academic Advising Center

All students are encouraged to utilize the resources available through the Academic Advising Center. Successfully navigating career options and the course of one’s education can be daunting, and advisors are more than ready to help students with these difficult decisions. Advisors are great at facilitating conversations and guiding students on a path that best suits their personal and academic goals.


Admissions Fall 2014

1,936 Total Applicants
1,756 Total Admissions
550 Total Freshmen Enrollment

90.70% of applicants admitted

Freshmen Profile Fall 2014

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 420 520
SAT Math 430 530
SAT Writing 400 500
ACT Composite 17 23
ACT Math 17 23
ACT English 15 21
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator


  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $6,820 $17,050
Fees $2,706 $2,926
Total $9,526 $19,976
Room and Board (on campus) $10,936 $10,936
Room Only $7,600 $7,600
Board Only $3,336 $3,336
Estimated Total On Campus $20,462 $30,912


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

95% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
85% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$5,919 Average amount of federal state local or institutional grant aid received
$8,427 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates

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