Mansfield University increases enrollment for third consecutive year

Students walk through South Hall Mall on campus

Overall headcount up 10% since 2018 at the State System university

MANSFIELD, Pa. – Mansfield University increased enrollment for the third consecutive year, marking a 10% gain in overall headcount since 2018.  

Mansfield and Cheyney University were the only State System universities to see an enrollment increase in Fall 2021 from the previous year. Mansfield’s total headcount enrollment at the fall 2021 freeze date was 1,803.  

“The growth of Mansfield University is a testament to the passion and commitment of our faculty and staff and the exceptional educational experience they provide our students,” explained Dr. Bashar Hanna, interim president of Mansfield University. “I’m proud of my colleagues’ work in support of our students here in the Northern Tier and am thrilled to see more students taking advantage of the lifelong benefits of a Mansfield education.” 

Enrolled students at Mansfield hail from seven countries (Canada, China, France, Germany, Israel, Spain, and the United States), 22 states, and the District of Columbia. Represented states ­include California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia. 

MU has also seen record growth in its Early Start Program, which allows qualified high school students to take Mansfield University courses – in online, hybrid, or face-to-face formats – while still enrolled in high school. This fall, 287 students throughout Pennsylvania are enrolled in Mansfield’s Early Start Program. More information about the Early Start Program is available at

Earlier this year, Mansfield University announced that it would freeze basic in-state tuition for a historic third straight year. The University lowered its in-state and out-of-state tuition rates along with costs for its modern, suite-style residence halls prior to the start of the 2019-20 academic year. With one of the lowest tuition rates for a four-year institution in the state of Pennsylvania, MU continues to be a leader in affordable and accessible higher education. 

Applications are currently being accepted for Spring 2022 and Fall 2022 enrollment at Mansfield is a test-optional university, meaning students may choose to submit SAT/ACT test scores if available, but applications from students without test scores will also be considered.

Mansfield University of Pennsylvania is a public, regional university committed to providing affordable and accessible education that fosters positive social mobility for a diverse population. The university offers personalized and transformative degree programs, taught by accomplished faculty, that meet the needs of regional, state and global economies. By developing talented graduates who influence industry and enrich communities, Mansfield’s impact begins in Northcentral Pennsylvania and extends around the world. Founded in 1857, Mansfield University is one of 14 institutions that comprise Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). Learn more at