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Neumann University

Aston, Pennsylvania

Neumann University offers a uniquely personal and affordable experience for students, in a campus culture that emphasizes respect for individuals, concern for the environment, and social responsibility. Located just a half hour outside Philadelphia, PA, Neumann is committed to first-rate academic instruction and real-world career preparation. This promise reflects Neumann’s core philosophy, which is that knowledge is a gift to be shared in the service of others and that learning is a lifelong process.


The University offers degrees in a broad range of subjects and there are internships or clinical experiences in every field. More than 650 students live on campus in residence halls that are air conditioned and provide wireless Internet access. Campus life is active and welcoming, offering opportunities to form lifelong friendships, participate in the arts, and play sports. The Knights field 22 intercollegiate teams that compete in NCAA Division III as members of the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) and the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
2,562 undergraduate students
78% of undergrad students are full time
35% male — 65% female
32% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
102 full-time faculty
14 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

32% of students live on campus. All residence halls have wireless Internet access and bathroom facilities in every suite.

School Location

Aston, Pennsylvania

Retention Fall 2014

73% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

55% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 1%
Hispanic/Latino 3%
Black or African American 22%
White 53%
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 18%


NCAA Division III; 22 varsity sports; Mascot: Knights; Colors: Blue and Gold

Women’s sports: basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, ice hockey, indoor track, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, volleyball.

Men’s sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, ice hockey (2009 NCAA DIII champions), indoor track, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, track and field.

Other Information

Neumann University is a four-year, liberal arts and pre-professional college founded by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia in 1965.

Franciscan Culture

Neumann enriches and challenges each person intellectually, spiritually and socially. The Franciscan culture fosters personal growth and service to society. The academic focus is to provide a base of instruction in the liberal arts and then offer a variety of career-oriented programs to prepare students for post-graduation success.

Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry organizes dozens of community service projects every year, giving students the chance to volunteer at Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming, the St. Francis Inn soup kitchen in Philadelphia, the Sandwiches for Survival program in Chester, PA, and many other worthy causes.

Study Abroad

The study abroad program offers students experiences in Australia, China, England, France, Ireland, Italy, and Spain.

Dedicated Faculty

Neumann University professors care about student success. They discuss assignments after class, extend office hours to accommodate committed students, discuss career options and internship opportunities, and involve students in research. Except for a few large nursing lectures, classes will have fewer than 30 students. Faculty members at Neumann know the names of their students, say hello to them in hallways, and chat with them over coffee in the café.

Many faculty members at Neumann bring real-world experience to the classroom. A management professor worked for 20 years on Wall Street. A political science professor is a former political candidate. Faculty members in nursing have worked in hospitals and other healthcare settings.

Amazing Educational Opportunities

Exciting academic features include newly renovated nursing labs; a sport and entertainment management program with a 4+1 option for a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years; an education major that includes certification in elementary, secondary or special education, a pre-pharmacy program in conjunction with Duquesne University, and a pre-law 3+3 program with Widener University.


At Neumann University, athletics is more than recreation or entertainment. There are 22 NCAA teams, and every one of them is committed to good sportsmanship and ethical behavior. The Institute works with students and coaches, based on the belief that sports possess a spiritual dimension that merits academic exploration and practical application.

The Institute

The Institute promotes Gospel values through many programs, including evenings of reflection, training workshops and inspirational speakers. The evenings of reflection provide opportunities for each team, its chaplain and coaches to pause, pray and come together outside the athletic arena. Training workshops help team captains learn leadership, communication and team building.

The Chaplain Program

The chaplain program is extensive. Neumann provides a chaplain for every team. The chaplains are trained by the Institute staff to serve as resources for student athletes, offer guidance on personal issues, and lend a sympathetic ear. Chaplains are members of the university faculty, staff and administration who volunteer their time to support student athletes.

Graduates Ready to Succeed

Graduates of Neumann University are confident young women and men, who are prepared for success in the post-graduation world. They can express themselves clearly in writing, speak in front of large audiences, access a thorough body of knowledge gained in the classroom, and apply that theory to practical situations. They are able to think and reason, analyzing situations with principles that they developed at Neumann. Those principles (based on the core values of reverence, integrity, service, excellence, and stewardship) were encouraged, stretched, tested and, finally, adopted in the process of Neumann’s uniquely personal experience.

The results of a recent survey of alumni revealed that the vast majority feel that Neumann prepared them for their careers very well and more than 95% would choose Neumann again.

The latest National Survey of Student Engagement study indicates that Neumann successfully emphasizes career preparation. Compared to other American colleges and universities in its classification, more freshmen talk about career plans with a faculty member or advisor at Neumann (48% to 35%) and more seniors complete an internship or field experience (74% to 48%) at Neumann.


Admissions Fall 2014

1,964 Total Applicants
1,847 Total Admissions
416 Total Freshmen Enrollment

94.04% of applicants admitted

Freshmen Profile Fall 2014

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 380 470
SAT Math 380 480
SAT Writing 380 460
ACT Composite 15 19
ACT Math    
ACT English    
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $24,800
Fees $1,060
Total $25,860
Room and Board (on campus) $11,800
Room Only $6,940
Board Only $4,860
Estimated Total On Campus $37,660


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

100% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
84% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$14,371 Average amount of federal state local or institutional grant aid received
$9,527 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates

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