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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

At Mansfield University, students are afforded incredible opportunities from the moment they first enroll at MU right up to the time they graduate. A Mansfield University experience develops the student holistically by combining rigorous academics with a broad range of extracurricular opportunities at an affordable cost. Student success is the primary focus of the Mansfield faculty and staff, all of whom strive to develop and maintain a premier learning environment with premier opportunities for the entire student body.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
2,249 undergraduate students
91% of undergrad students are full time
40% male — 60% female
15% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
135 full-time faculty
108 part-time faculty
15 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.”

Retention Fall 2015

76% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

50% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 0%
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 who participate in international exchange and study abroad gain valuable skills in cross-cultural communication and education. Mansfield knows that study abroad is an incredible opportunity and thus works hard to provide plenty of options to students. Currently, the University has exchange agreements with 150 institutions across the world through a membership with the International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP). Mansfield’s specific agreements include partnerships in such countries as 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. They act as an academic component that allows students to explore new and exciting topics in a small-group setting. Some examples of previous first-year seminars have included Animal Allies, Mates, and Rivals; Public issues in a Global Economy; Debates in Current Affairs; Our Lives through Music; Art & History of the Book; Grimm Variations; Discovering France; and Zombie Apocalypse.

First-Year Modules

There are 7 modules within the first-year experience, each of which creates a guideline for the abilities students should gain throughout their college career. With the support of faculty and staff, students are taught to hone their skills in Resiliency, Stress Management, Time Management, Debt Management, Note Taking, Test Taking, and Improving Study Time. Students proficient in these modules are prepared for any academic challenge presented to them, and it is through the Mansfield curriculum that they become truly amazing scholars.

IMPACT Mentoring Program

The IMPACT Mentoring Program is an initiative headed by the Office of Retention to address the common challenges that face first-year students. Through the support of compassionate mentors, the Office of Student Life, and the Office of Retention, freshmen are given the tools they’ll need to succeed. This program has helped students overcome such challenges as finding friends, selecting courses, and interacting with professors. IMPACT may be a resource directed at freshmen, but mentors are always available to help anyone throughout their entire time at college. It is with the guidance of such dedicated staff that Mansfield students truly feel at home.

The Learning Center

The Learning Center is an academic resource available to all students. Through support-based programming, students are guided toward success. Tutoring, writing, and supplementary study sessions are offered both one-on-one and through collaborative groups, ultimately aiming to engage student interest in their coursework.

Special Interest Housing

First-year students have the option to live in Themed Housing Communities, which are designed to bring students in touch with others who shared similar interests, passions, and goals. Able to live in residential spaces that foster out-of-classroom learning and community, participating freshmen find their niche and melt into the Mansfield University culture right away! The Creative Artist community gathers students who have a drive to create art and seek the encouragement and inspiration of other talented students. Explorer community residents push each other to try new things, meet new people, and attend a variety of activities, and the Outdoor Enthusiast residents join each other in exciting trips around the Pennsylvania landscape. Students can also join a Healthy Living community to promote wellness, or they can let their imaginations run wild in the Sci-Fi, Fantasy, & Horror community.

Academic Advising Center

All students are encouraged to utilize the resources available to them through the Academic Advising Center. It can be daunting to navigate possible career options, but the Center’s advisors are more than ready to help students make difficult decisions and explore avenues of work that they may never have considered. Advisors are great at facilitating conversations and guiding students on paths that best suit their personal and academic goals.


Admissions Fall 2015

1,918 Total Applicants 
1,698 Total Admissions 
401 Total Freshman Enrollment

88.53% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 420 540
SAT Math 430 530
SAT Writing 390 510
ACT Composite 17 22
ACT Math 17 23
ACT English 16 22
ACT Writing    


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Expenses In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $7,060 $17,650
Fees $2,746 $2,974
Total $9,806 $20,624
Room and Board (on campus) $11,340 $11,340
Room Only $7,904 $7,904
Board Only $3,436 $3,436
Estimated Total On Campus $21,146 $31,964


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

95% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
84% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$5,763 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$8,907 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates