Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if a student is unable to demonstrate the academic skills and behaviors necessary for college success?

There are many post-secondary academic options available to students to help prepare them for an independent and productive life. If a student is not able to experience success with a traditional academic track, Mansfield Hall can work with the student to explore alternative educational tracks within the realm of Mansfield Hall, or may recommend that the family work with an educational consultant to explore other program options.

What happens when students are ready to live in the college dorms or independently but still may need academic, social, independent life skill supports?

Mansfield Hall’s Connections Program is specifically designed to address the needs of students who have
completed the Mansfield Hall residential experience and are ready for the next step in their lives. We
offer comprehensive services in the areas of student life and academics in a nonresidential format. This
program allows Mansfield Hall to continue to meet the needs of our students and ensure enough
support is in place once a student moves into the community and continues their collegiate

Do students have the option of attending another college outside the area after their transition out of Mansfield Hall?

Yes. It is common for Mansfield Hall students to either fully matriculate at one of the colleges in the Mansfield Hall area or transfer to an entirely different location. Mansfield Hall is able to help support students in this process by adding structure to the timely completion of the Common Application and providing writing support with acceptance essays. Mansfield Hall does not support students in choosing which colleges to apply for and we recommend working with an Educational Consultant around this.

How long does it generally take students to earn a college degree?

As we recommend that students take a reduced course load during their first several semesters, students typically do not find themselves on a traditional four-year degree track, though some are able to supplement the reduced course load with summer courses. It is common for students to be in the Mansfield Hall community for one to three years before seeking a more traditional college track once they have developed the skills necessary for this undertaking.

How do students get to class?

Mansfield Hall is conveniently located to each local college. Students will be within a short walk or a short bus ride from their campus, depending on where they choose to attend classes. Supports will be available to orient students to campus and ensure that they are able to locate their classrooms and arrive to class in a timely fashion.

Do families have regular contact with Mansfield Hall?

Yes.  Mansfield Hall’s director team makes regular contact with families regarding both academic and social progress. Families can generally expect to receive weekly email updates (alternating between the Academic Director and the Director of Student Life), with more regular contact coming at the beginning and end of each semester.  Directors are also be available to answer questions or concerns in between this regular communication schedule.  Conference calls with both students and families present may be scheduled as necessary.

What happens if a student is at risk of failing a class?

If Mansfield Hall determines that a student is at risk of failing one of their courses, the Academic Director will support the student in developing an Academic Action Plan to address these challenges and help students get back on track. In the event that successful completion of a course is determined to be unlikely, the Academic Director may recommend that the student withdraw from and audit the course so that the student may still use the course as an opportunity for learning and growth.

Does Mansfield Hall have supports available for students who struggle with organization and motivation?

Yes. Mansfield Hall facilitates a goal setting process, known as our Pathway to Independence Model, and we are able to support students with organization, structure, and guidance as it relates to making progress toward reaching these goals. In order for students to experience success at Mansfield Hall and in college in general, they must have the desire and volition to be successful. If this is present, Mansfield Hall is able to help students overcome challenges and barriers that may inhibit their progress toward their goals.

Are students required or expected to utilize academic supports available on campus?

Yes. It is Mansfield Hall’s intention to prepare students for an increasingly independent college experience. Therefore, students will be expected to register with the disability services office on their campus and will also be expected to utilize writing centers, math labs, learning centers, and other academic support services as recommended.

Does Mansfield Hall have the capability to support students with every subject?

In addition to having Writing Specialists on staff, Mansfield Hall’s academic team follows a coaching model with the intent of supporting students in developing the habits and behaviors necessary for success at the college level. If students require more specific and intensive content area support, Mansfield Hall will support students in connecting to the most applicable supports on campus.

What is the academic support structure at Mansfield Hall?

Each Mansfield Hall student will meet at least once per week with the Academic Director for case management and direct instruction. Case management will involve review of course progress while direct instruction will focus on increasing a student’s capacity in the academic skill areas necessary for success at the postsecondary level. Students will also be scheduled for Independent Study Time, where they will be expected to work independently on their course assignments, as well as Structured Study Time, available five nights per week, where they will receive academic support from our team of Academic Coaches. Other more intensive supports may be available.

Are you able to recommend specific professors for students?

Mansfield Hall has established relationships with the admissions and disabilities services offices at each of the local colleges. When registering for courses and for academic accommodations, students can receive guidance from these offices as to which courses and professors will likely be best suited to their strengths and areas of need. Mansfield Hall is also able to make recommendations of courses and professors that our students have taken in the past with success.

How many classes do Mansfield Hall students take?

Mansfield Hall generally recommends that students take no less than two and no more than three courses during their first couple semesters. The reasoning behind this is that a reduced course load not only allows students to participate in all of the other facets of the Mansfield Hall experience; it also allows the student to begin college from a place of strength and set themselves up for success as much as possible. The transition to college can be challenging on many levels, including being in a new place, forming new relationships, maintaining a new schedule, and experiencing a new level of academic expectations. We have found that students benefit from a schedule that allows them time for integration and assimilation for all of these changes.

Will the credits that a student earns as a continuing education student transfer to other colleges?

Yes. While every college has their own set of unique guidelines that determines which courses they will and will not accept for transfer credit, Mansfield Hall guides students toward courses that will fulfill general education requirements and courses that will be easiest to transfer.

Does Mansfield Hall support students and families with registration?

Yes. Once it has been determined which college the student will attend the Academic Director will support the registration process. Registering as a continuing education student is a quick and straightforward process that will be led by students and families and guided by the Academic Director. Registration will be linked with the student’s email address so while the Academic Director can support and guide the process, it will ultimately be the student’s responsibility to ensure that each step has been taken care of. It will be the responsibility of the student and family to monitor payment due dates and pay each semester’s bill directly through the college in a timely fashion.

If a student is not accepted to one of the local colleges can they still attend Mansfield Hall?

Yes.  It is not necessary that students be accepted as full-time matriculating students when they first arrive. Students have this option, and they also have the option of taking courses as a continuing education student, an option available to anyone. These are real classes, with real grades, and real credits on a real transcript.  The majority of students enrolled at Mansfield Hall choose to start out taking courses as continuing education students. This allows students the opportunity to build a collection of credits that they can then use to apply as a transfer student to a college of their choice. If a student does decide to apply to one of the colleges and is denied acceptance, Mansfield Hall will support the student in determining what they need to do in order to be considered for acceptance in the future.

Do you support students in deciding where to enroll?

Yes. Once a student is accepted to Mansfield Hall, they will begin working with an Academic Director to determine which college is most appropriate. In making a recommendation, the Academic Director will take into consideration student interests, the student’s academic history, as well as recent testing.