Jul 12, 2020  
Mansfield University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog 
Mansfield University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

History & Information

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Mansfield University traces its heritage back to 1857, when the Mansfield Classical Seminary opened. In 1862, Mansfield became a state normal school. In 1927, it became Mansfield State Teachers College, and in 1960, it broadened its degree offerings and became Mansfield State College. In 1983, it became Mansfield University. As a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, Mansfield combines the best qualities of a small liberal arts college with the resources of a comprehensive university.

MU Facts


The campus consists of 174 acres and 42 buildings; multiple recreation areas, tennis courts, and playing fields; an indoor swimming pool, three auditoriums, a state-of-the-art library, a new fitness center, a new student union, and a new child care center.

Student Enrollment

3569 enrolled in the fall of 2009: 2919 full-time and 650 part-time; 2251 female (63%), 1318 male (37%). Students come from 37 states and 20 foreign countries.

Student-Faculty Ratio

The ratio is 16:1. Approximately 69% of our classes have fewer than 30 students; 37% have fewer than 20 students; and only 6% have 50 or more students. Average class size is 23 students.

Student Financial Aid

More than 91% of undergraduate students receive financial assistance in some form. This includes federal, state, and institutional grants; a variety of loans and employment.


We have 156 full-time faculty; 30% of these are full professors and 77% of permanent tenured and tenure track faculty have Ph.D.s or other terminal degrees.

Programs of Study

We offer 6 two-year associate degree programs, 44 four-year baccalaureate programs in the liberal arts and professional studies, and 8 master’s degree programs. We also offer 49 minors.

Special Options

We offer multiple majors, a self-developed major, an honors program, internships, independent studies, individualized instructions, and study abroad opportunities.

College Financial Data:

Our physical plant has a value of $187,000,000 and our operating budget is approximately $61,000,000.


The principal accrediting agencies for Mansfield University undergraduate programs are:

The Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
The National Association of Schools of Music
The Council on Social Work Education
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP)
The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
JRC Joint Review Commission on Education in Radiologic Technology - Radiology - 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 900, Chicago IL 60606-2901
The National Accreditation Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
Commission on Accreditation/Approval for Dietetics Association


With a population of 4,000, Mansfield borough is located in the mountains of Northern Central Pennsylvania at the intersection of U.S. 15 and U.S. 6. It is an area noted for its quality of life, safety, and numerous recreational opportunities. The university is 50 miles north of Williamsport, PA and 30 miles south of Corning, NY. Driving time from: Harrisburg, PA, 3 hours; Scranton, PA, 2 hours; Buffalo, NY, 3 hours; Binghamton, NY, 2 hours; Philadelphia, PA, 4 hours; Pittsburgh, PA, 5 hours; New York City, 5 hours. Daily bus service, north and south, connects all points in the northeast U.S.


The natural environment of the area provides numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation. These include hunting, fishing, skiing, camping, hiking, and water sports. The Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, located approximately 20 miles from our campus, and other local sate parks provide many recreational opportunities for our students. Cultural attractions include the Clemens Center of Performing Arts in Elmira, NY; Corning Museum of Glass and Rockwell Museum of Western Art in Corning, NY.

Cultural Activities

We offer a variety of cultural activities during the academic year. The Faculty Lecture and Film Series, Women’s Art and Culture Week, and Global Issues Week are traditions at Mansfield, as well as recitals by music faculty and students throughout the year. Fiction and poetry readings as well as other cultural activities round out the University’s cultural opportunities.

Library Facilities

Mansfield University has one of the newest libraries in the United States. The renovated six-story North Hall provides an elegant 19th century setting where you can access information from around the world through our computers and links to the Internet.

Residence Halls

Four residence halls house approximately 1,800 students. Housing options include wellness floors, travel floors, 24-hour quiet areas, all smoke-free, and one building which houses females only.


Our regular academic calendar consists of a fall semester which ends before Christmas and a spring semester ending in early May. We also offer three summer sessions from May through August.

Mission Statement



Our Mission and Vision Statement


Our Mission

Mansfield University is dedicated to a personalized education with all programs grounded in the liberal arts. As a small, comprehensive public university, we are committed to promoting leadership development through character, scholarship, cultural awareness and service to others. Through our passion for learning, we positively influence the world.

Our Vision

The community of Mansfield University will embody the four virtues of our Creed - Character, Scholarship, Culture, and Service.


We will hold ourselves to the highest standards of ethical behavior, incorporating respect for self, others, and our surroundings. We will devote ourselves to the holistic development of individuals, fostering personal accountability, honesty and advocacy through character education. Courage, integrity, and honor exemplify our core values.


The Mansfield University community will foster a life of intellectual curiosity, celebrating the creation and dissemination of new ideas. We will embrace the use of rigorous, responsible and critical inquiry to understand, acquire and share knowledge. We apply what we learn by recognizing that each of us is both student and teacher engaged in the continuous pursuit of learning.


Mansfield University will lead the region and beyond in promoting diversity and cultural awareness. We will accomplish this mission by vigorously engaging with one another, capitalizing  on the gifts bestowed on our community through the arts, and celebrating our similarities and differences. Through open discourse, we will create meaningful experiences that compel us towards understanding and compassion for all humanity.


Knowledge invests us with the power to improve our world and the responsibility to act. We will be engaged in our community. Our students, faculty, and staff will partake in volunteerism and service activities as a natural outgrowth of the University Mission in order to impact lives now and in the future.

 In 1912, our Mansfield University student body first adopted the above values, emphasizing their order: “Character as the essential, Scholarship as the means, Culture as the enrichment, and Service as the end of all worthy endeavor.” The current revision of the creed was developed by the Leadership Group of the Focus on Learning Forum and recommended to the Cabinet by the members of the Learning Forum.


Statement of Diversity


Graduates of Mansfield University participate in a world that has been enriched by knowledge, insights, and traditions of diverse peoples who live and work together. An academic community that values diversity by words and actions provides the best environment in which students can learn the social skills necessary to participate and flourish in our multi-cultural environment.

The Mansfield University Council of Trustees reaffirms the purpose of Mansfield University, as stated by President Simon B. Elliot in 1912, to strive to make education universal; that the rich and the poor, the child of those who have power and place, and of those who tread the lowly paths of life, shall receive alike the blessings of education∧ invite equally and alike, without distinction of sex, or color, or race, or creed, or party, the children of all who may desire to participate in the opportunities here offered. That is the highest purpose for which Mansfield may be praised.