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Neumann University
Established 1965
Type Private Roman Catholic
Undergraduates 3000
Location Aston, Pennsylvania, USA
Nickname Knights
The Rocco A. Abessinio Building

Neumann University is a private Roman Catholic, coeducational college in the Franciscan tradition, located in Aston, Pennsylvania, USA. Neumann was ranked as a Tier 4 university in the Master's Universities (North) category by US News & World Report for 2009.[1]



Neumann was founded as Our Lady of Angels College with 115 students in 1965 by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia. The name was changed from Our Lady of Angels to Neumann College in 1980 in honor of Bishop John Neumann, who had been canonized on June 19, 1977, by Pope Paul VI. Neumann University seeks to educate a diverse population of students in a scholarly, supportive, and caring environment.

In 1997, the campus added three dorm buildings called "Living and Learning Centers" which accommodate more than 500 students.

As of fall 2008, 3,037 men and women students were enrolled in Neumann. Full-time undergraduate enrollment: 2,028; part-time undergraduate enrollment: 531; graduate enrollment: 456; student:faculty ratio: 15:1. The undergraduate curriculum is centered on a broad variety of subjects including Accounting, Arts Production and Performance, Athletic Training, Biological Science, Business Administration, Communication and Media Arts, Computer and Information Management, Criminal Justice, Education, English, Environmental Studies and Education, International Business/ International Studies, Liberal Arts, Marketing, Nursing, Political Science, Psychology, Sport Management.

Graduate programs are also offered in education, nursing, pastoral care and counseling, physical therapy, sport management, and strategic leadership. Neumann also has an accelerated bachelor's degree program for adults. It is known for its small student to teacher ratio, being 14:1, and its faculty members pride themselves on having a very strong relationship with their students. Neumann College provides academic support services in the form of free tutoring in general education courses for all interested students.

Neumann received 'university status' on May 1, 2009. On that morning, President Rosalie Mirenda announced that Neumann College had received approval (the certificate of authority) from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to become Neumann University. The process of achieving university status took more than two years from concept to completion. It's the latest benchmark in a local, higher education success story. Neumann College was founded in 1965 as Our Lady of Angels College and opened its doors with 115 students. Today, the total enrollment stands at slightly more than 3,000. The decision to file the application came in October 2007, when the Neumann College Board of Trustees voted unanimously in favor of pursuing university status. This conclusion came after a year of research and discussion, including a perception study in which every constituency polled agreed that Neumann College should seek to become a university. Groups supporting the transition included College alumni, current students, and faculty.

Neumann Athletics

Neumann is a member of the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) as well as the Eastern College Athletic Conference West (ECAC West). Both are NCAA Division III conferences.

In 2006 & 2008, the men's inline hockey team won the National Collegiate Roller Hockey Association Division II National Championship as a member of the Eastern Collegiate Roller Hockey Association (ECRHA).

In 2006 the woman's softball team won the CSAC championship.

In 2006, the men's ice hockey team was the runner up in ECAC conference tournament, losing to D III national champion, Manhattanville.

The 2008-09 men's ice hockey team won the ECAC West and National Championship, defeating Gustavus Adolphus College 4-1 in Lake Placid, New York.

While the Ice Works Skating Complex is most known for Neumann Ice Hockey playing their home games there, Olympic figure skaters Tanith Belbin, Ben Agosto, Oksana Domnina, and Maxim Shabalin are all training at this facility in preparation for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia.



  • Men's Cross Country
  • Women's Cross Country
  • Men’s Soccer
  • Women’s Soccer
  • Women’s Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Inline Hockey (Club team)
  • Field Hockey


  • Men’s Basketball

Women's Neumannen

  • Women’s Basketball
  • Men's Neumannen
  • Men’s Ice Hockey
  • Women’s Ice Hockey


  • Golf
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Men’s Lacrosse
  • Women’s Lacrosse
  • Men’s Tennis

Mission and Ministry

Neumann is known for its Mission And Ministry department which is completely student run and student led. The Mission and Ministry department has the most outreach programs in the area. Also, Mission and Ministry runs immersion trips and weekend getaways / retreats.

Student life

The Office of Student Activities sponsors services, programs, activities and events that further the mission of Neumann University and enhance the quality of campus life beyond the classroom. Getting involved in campus life is an important part of the college experience. These activities complement the academic program of studies and enhance the overall educational experience by promoting holistic development of the student.

Clubs and Other involvement Opportunities available to students: • Student Government Board • Student Activities Board • Residence Life Advisory Board • Intramural Sports • The Joust Campus Press • Community Chorus • Theatre Ensemble • Black Student Union • Boogie Knights Dance Troupe • Cheerleading • Christina Brame Gospel Choir • Dance Team • ECRHA - Travel Roller Hockey Team • Hola Club • Ice Hockey Club • Jazz Band • Knights for Life • Neumann Athletic Training Students (NATS) • Neumann Investment Club • Neumann Radio and TV • PCRHL - Local Roller Hockey Team • Psychology Club • Student for Environmental Awareness (SEA) • Student Nurses Association (SNA) • Student Peace Alliance

Residence Life at Neumann

At Neumann University, there are three residence halls, called the Living and Learning Centers. All of the rooms are set up suite style with either four or six inhabitants. Each room has two bedrooms, a common area, and one bathroom with a shower, toilet, and two sinks. There are also a few apartments on campus; these are chosen by a lottery for upperclassmen. These apartments have their own individual bathrooms, a kitchen, and a living room. There is off-campus housing at a building known as the annex.

There are also 3 full time Residence Life Building Coordinators (BC'S) and 24 Resident Assistants (RA's). The RA's are full-time Neumann University students, who were chosen by the current Director of Residence Life and the rest of the Residence Life Professional Staff.

Child Development Center

Neumann University has a Child Development Center on campus. It is available to children ages 3–5 years old. The sessions are 12 months long and students can attend part or full days. The CDC is state licensed and allows Education majors to do observations, practical experiences, student teaching, and other education related work. The students enrolled in the CDC are children of Neumann college faculty, staff, students, and those from nearby communities.


External links

Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

Coordinates: 39°52′32″N 75°26′25″W / 39.8756°N 75.4403°W / 39.8756; -75.4403


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