Mansfield Earns U.S. News & World Report Ranking

Two students walk across campus on a fall day. a Large sign behind them reads Mansfield University

MANSFIELD, PA (09/21/2022) Mansfield, part of Commonwealth University, has earned several rankings in the 38th annual U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) “Best College” rankings.

Mansfield, grouped among institutions in the “Baccalaureate Colleges: Diverse Fields” (a Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education) is number nine in Top Public Schools in the North, ranked 15th out of 54 Regional Colleges in the North, and number 27 on Social Mobility.

Rankings for Top Public Schools is based on public colleges and universities that typically operate under the supervision of state governments and are funded, in part, by tax dollars and subsidies from the state. Rankings for Regional Colleges are based on colleges or universities that focus on undergraduate education but grant fewer than half their degrees in liberal arts disciplines.

A newer category, “Social Mobility,” which USNWR debuted in 2019, is based on colleges that are more successful than others at advancing social mobility by enrolling and graduating large proportions of students awarded with Pell Grants. The vast majority of these federal grants are awarded to students whose adjusted gross family incomes are under $50,000.

“The rankings for Mansfield clearly demonstrate the quality of our academic offerings, as well as the great value that our students receive while studying here,” said Bashar W. Hanna, president of Commonwealth University. “I am very proud of our students, faculty, and staff, who have all worked hard to achieve this recognition.”

In the US News & World Report, of the 63 Top Public schools, Lock Haven is number 38, while Bloomsburg is ranked number 45 in schools of similar size and classification.

Under the banner of Commonwealth University, Bloomsburg, classified by Carnegie as “Master’s Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs,” and Lock Haven, classified as “Master’s Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs,” students and parents now have three distinct choices when making a decision on where to continue their academic careers.

Hanna continued. “As we move forward with the integration of Mansfield, Bloomsburg, and Lock Haven, under the banner of Commonwealth University, the “Power of Three” will only strengthen our academics and bring even greater opportunities for students and the workforce in our region. We are clearly making a difference in the lives our students and changing forever the trajectory of families for generations to come.”

About Commonwealth University

Established July 1, 2022 Commonwealth University brings together Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, and Mansfield universities into a single institution with multiple unique locations and campus experiences. We’re honoring our history, investing in today, and building a powerful tomorrow, with a keen focus on our students and their futures.

Students of Commonwealth University will have access to an expanded array of academic programs and the freedom to choose the campus experience. Offering degrees from across our five colleges and the innovative ways we’re delivering a world-class education. From real-time technology to collaborative learning environments, and multi-campus experiences, here, uncommon experiences lead to unmatched opportunities.