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Mansfield University is a four-year public liberal arts school in northern Pennsylvania. It was founded in 1857 as Mansfield Classical Seminary, a small school in a rural landscape. Today, it has grown to serve more than 3,000 students and offers courses in the arts, science, and professional programs.


Mansfield offers over 60 different degree programs and majors. Students can earn degrees in topics ranging from cell and molecular biology to early childhood education to business administration. Courses are offered both on campus and online through a special digital interface. Students may also earn credit for AP courses or IB courses taken in high school.

School of Graduate Studies

Graduate students at Mansfield can choose from seven degree programs in education, music, nursing, organizational leadership, and school library and information technologies. Graduate students can also earn a teacher certificate or pursue non-degree courses at the graduate level. Though most of these programs are taught in the classroom, three (Nursing, Organizational Leadership, and School Library and Information Technologies) are offered online. The School of Graduate Studies has fewer than 500 students, so each member has the opportunity to make close personal connections and really interact with professors.

Non-degree students

There are many students at Mansfield who are not interested or able to pursue a baccalaureate degree when they first enroll. Some of these students are still in high school and wish to take interesting or challenging college courses before they have earned a high school diploma. The College Bound Program lets these students enroll in specific courses on the University’s campus after being recommended by a guidance counselor and filling out an application form. Senior citizens may also be interested in learning new skills or taking courses in interesting areas, either for credit or as an audited class. Senior citizens who are receiving Social Security retirement and are at least 62 years of age can complete a tuition waiver and be admitted to classes tuition-free.

Finally, there are many students pursuing a certificate program rather than a degree. Certificates of recognition demonstrate skill in particular areas and can help students advance their careers in a flexible and cost-effective way. Students in certificate programs also earn academic credits for any classes that they take, which can later be applied to a degree program if desired. Current certificate offerings include accounting, art history, business administration, computer science, and forensic science.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

Mansfield has a strong online degree program that offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as a high school program and career training programs. Students can take classes on a part-time basis, with possibilities for full-time enrollment depending on course availability.

The Career Training program is designed to teach students in-demand job skills that will help them advance their careers while staying affordable and flexible. Students will have the opportunity to interact with instructors and mentors, receive feedback and evaluations, and complete activities and assignments on their own time. Career training courses do not award credit. Current available options for career training include Business and Professional, IT and Software Development, Management and Corporate, Media and Design, Hospitality and Service Industry, and Skilled Trades and Industrial. There is also an online program specifically for high school students and a course in sustainability and going green.


Mansfield University accepts students who are interested in pursuing higher education and who meet the college’s standards for admission. The admissions requirements for a general undergraduate entry are: a high school diploma or the equivalent, a minimum C+ grade point average in high school, graduating in the upper three-fifths of the graduating class, and taking the SAT or ACT test. Applicants for arts and music programs must also either audition or present a portfolio of work to the department heads prior to acceptance. All application materials should be sent by the deadline.

To begin the undergraduate application process, students should visit the Mansfield website and click the Apply Now button. This takes applicants to the online application form, which should be completed and submitted along with an application fee.

Graduate students have a similar online form that includes sections for information about previous undergraduate study.

Financial Aid

Students seeking financial aid should begin by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is available online at fafsa.gov. This form determines eligibility for federal aid in the form of grants, loans, and work-study programs. It is also required as a supplementary material for many other grant and scholarship applications sponsored by third parties.

Additional funding is available through Mansfield’s scholarship process. All students who are admitted to the university are entered into the scholarship competition and potential winners are decided on a rolling basis. Many of these scholarships are sponsored by various third parties and awarded to students who demonstrate academic excellence and potential. Many are also limited to students in certain departments or major programs. For example, the Rhode Bartell Music Scholarship is awarded to entering freshmen who plan to major in the double reed. The Blossburg National Bank Scholarship is available only to students who attended North Penn High School. Awards can range from $250 to $1,000 and more. Visit the Scholarships and Awards catalogue page for information about specific scholarship opportunities.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 1909th for the average student loan amount.
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Many students at Mansfield University live on campus in one of the residence halls or apartment complexes. Living on campus makes it easy for students to walk to classes, meet up with friends, bond with hall mates, and generally get involved in campus events and activities. Students are also encouraged to enroll in a meal plan, which is a discounted package plan for meals at any of the University’s dining halls. Living on campus is an easy way to become a member of the Mansfield community and meet new people in the program.

There are also more than 100 on-campus clubs and organizations. Clubs are a great way to get involved and meet people who have similar interests, so freshmen are highly recommended to explore the available options and join ones that look intriguing.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


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Ranks 77th in Pennsylvania and 909th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Pennsylvania and 73rd overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.03
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.03
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2 0.06
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 3 0.09

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny 4 0.11
Vehicle theft N/A N/A

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Mansfield, PA 16933
Surrounding communityDistant town (between 10 to 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population7,295 (3,590 urban / 3,705 rural)
Households2,455 (2.44 people per house)
Median Household Income$32,665
Families1,566 (2.94 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (other dominant fields)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4210

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1139th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $6,622 $6,622 $16,556
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $2,570 $2,570 $2,760
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $276 $276 $690
FT Graduate Tuition $7,956 $7,956 $11,934
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,836 $1,836 $2,016
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $442 $442 $663
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $22,434 $22,434 $32,558
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $18,757 $18,757 $28,881
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $13,242 $13,242 $23,366

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $8,654 $8,926 $8,654 $8,926 $18,192 $18,752
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,500 $1,200
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,756 $9,615
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,545 $3,268
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,000 $7,244
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,545 $4,179
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,545 $4,179

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$25
Graduate Application Fee$25
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 2,023 (753 male / 1,270 female)
Admitted 1,867 (682 male / 1,185 female)
Admission rate 92%
First-time Enrollment 629 (265 male / 364 female)
FT Enrollment 623 (261 male / 362 female)
PT Enrollment 6 (4 male / 2 female)
Total Enrollment2,970

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

1028th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 14%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 23

SAT Test Admission

971st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 97%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 420 / 530
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 430 / 540
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 850 / 1070

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,792
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$5,954
Board Fee$3,238

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 656th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $81,763 ($85,300 male / $79,646 female)
Number of FT Faculty 146 (75 male / 71 female)
Number of PT Faculty 234
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $6,475,774

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