Mansfield Hall generally recommends that students take no less than two and no more than three courses during their first semester – and with success, students are encouraged to build up from there.

The reasoning behind this is that a reduced course load not only allows students to participate in all aspects of the Mansfield Hall experience, it also allows the student to begin college from a place of strength and set them up for the most success. 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 the new skills they are acquiring, across multiple domains (of Living, Learning, Giving, and Engaging).