Mansfield University of Pennsylvania: Narrative Description

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Academy St.
Mansfield, PA 16933
Tel: (570)662-4000
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1857. Setting: 205-acre small town campus. Endowment: $10 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5065 per student. Total enrollment: 3,556. Faculty: 208 (166 full-time, 42 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 2,481 applied, 73% were admitted. 9% from top 10% of their high school class, 25% from top quarter, 57% from top half. 4 valedictorians. Full-time: 2,813 students, 60% women, 40% men. Part-time: 314 students, 73% women, 27% men. Students come from 17 states and territories, 23 other countries, 19% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 6% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 17% 25 or older, 50% live on campus, 8% transferred in. Retention: 72% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; protective services/public administration; business/marketing. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at other members of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, recommendations. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. State resident tuition: $4810 full-time, $200 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $12,026 full-time, $501 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $1420 full-time, $74 per credit part-time. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room and board: $5456. Room and board charges vary according to board plan.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 108 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities; 5% of eligible men and 5% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Mansfield International Student Organization, P.R. Society, PSEA, Ski Club, Activities Council. Major annual events: Parents' Weekend, Homecoming, Greek Week. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,800 college housing spaces available; 1,400 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Option: coed housing available. North Hall Library with 246,141 books, 818,288 microform titles, 2,948 serials, 26,742 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.7 million. 550 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 4,114, Mansfield is a rural town located on the north-central border of Pennsylvania at the intersection of U.S. Highways 6 and 15. It is mild in summer and often near freezing in winter. The community is served by bus lines. Ski slopes, camping areas, lakes, and hiking trails are all within an hours drive. Other recreational activities include river-rafting, cross-country skiing, fishing, and hunting.

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