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For more information regarding our orientation programs, please contact Andee Dunham at (570) 662-4983


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New Student Orientation

Mansfield University Orientation Process

Sponsored by the MU Student Government Association



As a new Mansfield University Student it is important that you follow ALL the steps below:

Step 1

Understanding what Orientation is:

The journey begins at the base of the mountain... it is our mission, through New Student Orientation and New Student Welcome, to provide you, as MOUNTAINEERS, the tools, resources, and support necessary to make your voyage successful. You as students will be successful if you understand the expectations of being a college student. You must know how to get involved, how to meet new people, when and where to get advising, how to select your courses, and how to understand some of the issues you might face as you enter the Mansfield University Family.

What is Orientation and what do you need to know to get started?

  • Orientation is a program designed to facilitate your success. You will learn a lot about campus and our campus resources, meet new students, faculty, and staff, get your schedule, take placement testing (if applicable), and get your student ID.
  • Orientation is a one day program, the fee is covered completely by our Student Government Association.
  • Orientation will start around 7:30 am in the morning and end between 4:15 and 5:15 pm. The agenda is available along the right hand side of the page. Please note there is an agenda for First Year Students and one for Transfer Students.
  • Students must register online to attend an orientation. Please follow all the steps below.
  • Spring and Fall Orientation, for both New Students and Transfer Students, will be held on the same date. See step 3 for Orientation dates.
  • Overnight options are not available on-campus for Spring Orientation.  However for Fall Orientation an overnight option is available at a fee of $30 per person in our on-campus suite style housing the evening before your orientation date. See step 5 for more info and to register for an overnight stay (your Orientation registration does NOT include your overnight stay, a separate registration MUST be completed). 
  • The institution is under construction therefore some of our breakout session spaces will be a tight fit for all participants, please limit the number of individuals and items you bring with you to Orientation. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Step 2

Understanding your options:

Participation in an Orientation is mandatory*.

Mansfield University is committed to your success as a student, and Orientation will provide you with the tools, resources, and support necessary to be successful. Orientation is funded by your Student Government Association.

As a New Student (attending college for the first time) and as a Transfer Student (transferring from another institution), you may select between a few different Fall Orientation Dates.  These dates are a one day orientation with an optional overnight.

Each session has a capacity that, once reached, will not be exceeded, so enroll as soon as possible.

Please note: The institution is under construction therefore some of our breakout session spaces will be a tight fit for all participants, please limit the number of individuals and items you bring with you to Orientation. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Step 3

Figuring out when Orientation is (registration is mandatory and can be completed in Step 6):

Fall 2014 Orientation

All Orientation Dates have been filled. If you have not registered for an orienation you will receive additional information on your "next step" via email and mail from the Transition Office.  

Step 4

Understanding Testing:

During Orientation those students who are required to take an English placement exam and/or a Math placement exam will be given the appropriate time to do so. Both of the placement exams are mandatory if you are required to test. The exams are web-based.

If you have already taken a college-level Math and/or English course, you would be exempt from taking either or both of these tests. It is important that you request that an official transcript be sent to the admissions office from the college you took the course. AP scores will need to be sent to the admissions office by July.

For more information on testing please contact your admissions counselor at 570-662-4243 or our placement testing supervisor at 570-662-4636.

English Placement:

  • You are allotted 60 minutes to complete a 300-600 word essay.
  • You are given the essay topic at the start of the exam.
  • Your results will be disseminated to you upon completion of the exam.

Math Placement:

  • You are allotted 30 minutes to complete the exam.
  • There is a Math Placement Exam Practice Test available on our website: This practice test was created by our Math Department faculty and shows the solutions to the problems. This test should be used for study purposes and to help you prepare for taking the exam.
  • Calculators are not permitted during the test.

Mansfield University is committed to supplying appropriate accommodations.  Should you need academic/testing accommodations, please contact the placement testing supervisor prior to your designated Orientation date at 570-662-4636.

Step 5

Orientation Registration is CLOSED for the Fall (please read below first).

  • Please read steps 1-11. We will be emailing/mailing additional orientation material to those students who have NOT attended/registered for an Orientation.
  • Your admissions deposit must be paid in full prior to attending Orientation.
  • Mansfield is committed to making your experience on campus both successful and enjoyable you or your student require accommodations during Orientation, please notify Andee Dunham at or call 570-662-4983. For more information regarding the services offered during the semester for students with disabilities, please visit our Services for Students with Disabilities at 144 South Hall, call 570-662-4436, or visit us online at:

Step 6

Determine/Make your overnight arrangements:

Fall Orientation (June, July and August) participants are provided the option to stay overnight in our suite style housing on-campus for a discount rate of $30 per person. Our overnight option is for the evening prior to your registered orientation date. Students and Guests may request on-campus overnight reservations. Students will be housed with other students and parents/guests will be housed separately. Those staying overnight are asked to bring their own linens, towels, pillows, and personal bath items. Each room has a private bathroom. Click here to register for an Overnight Orientation stay (Orientation Registration MUST be completed prior to registration for Overnight)! A copy of the Agenda and Overnight Checklist can be found along the right hand side of this page.

Step 7

Provide your Mansfield University Admissions Counselor with your AP and/or transfer credits (if applicable):

Be sure to submit an official transcript to the Mansfield University Office of Admissions, Ground Floor - South Hall, 71 South Academy Street, Mansfield, PA 16933, well in advance of your selected Orientation date (contact the Admissions office for more information 570-662-4243).

Step 8

Getting confirmation for Orientation:

Confirmation will be sent to you within 72 hours of registration (those students who have not attended or registered for an orientation will not receive a confirmation). Additional information regarding the Orientation program will be sent to you approximately two weeks before your program date. The confirmation and further communication from us will be sent to you via the email provided at the time of registration. As soon as the agenda is available it will be posted on this page. Please plan for a full day 8am – 4pm.

Step 9

Contacting us with questions or Orientation date changes:

We strongly recommend addressing questions about Orientation to us by e-mail, if possible. When contacting us by e-mail please email: (  Our Orientation office hours are Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–4:15 p.m.

Step 10

Complete your Health Evaluation Report (Mandatory for all incoming students) - Forms must be completed and submitted to the address on the form prior to the first day of classes or move in. If your form is completed before your orientation date we would be happy to relay it to the clinic for you, just bring it with you to orientation and submit it during the paperwork session at the end of the day.
Health Evaluation Report - Click here

Step 11

We will see you at Orientation!
Get familiar with your first Assignment - Click here! - for Fall admits only
Meet our Orientation Mountie Ambassador team!


Request to join the Mansfield University Class of 2017 or 2018 Facebook group. Begin connecting with your new classmates. Many students have already joined.


  • interact with faculty and current students
  • meet new friends
  • experience life in the residence halls
  • become familiar with our beautiful campus


  • learn about the array of university support services and financial aid opportunities
  • pick up a few tips on relating to a college student
  • Upcoming 2015 New and Transfer Student Orientation Dates

    Registration available in September

    January 19, 2015
    June 13, 2015
    June 25, 2015
    July 11, 2015
    July 23, 2015
    August 8, 2015


    Important Orientation Items

    Orientation Registration for Fall is CLOSED - it is important to read Steps 1-11 on this page. If you have not registered or attended an orientation we will be in contact with you regarding your "next step" in your transition.

    The Beacon - The Guiding Light to Mansfield University - Orientation Booklet

    Directions to Campus

    MU Campus Map

    New Student Housing

    Looking for the "suite life?" Check out our new student housing ! Available to first-time and transfer students.