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Mansfield University 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
Mansfield University 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

History & Information

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Mansfield University traces its heritage to 1857, when the Mansfield Classical Seminary opened. In 1862, Mansfield became a state normal school. In 1927, the institution was designated 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 public university.

MU Facts


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

Student Enrollment

3275 enrolled in the fall of 2011: 2747 full-time and 528 part-time; 2030 female (62%), 1245 male (38%). Students come from 32 states and 14 foreign countries.

Student-Faculty Ratio

The ratio is 19:1. Approximately 61% of our classes have fewer than 30 students; 33% have fewer than 20 students; and only 6% have 50 or more students. Average class size is 27 students.

Student Financial Aid

About 90% of undergraduate students receive financial assistance in some form. This includes federal, state, and institutional grants; as well as a variety of loans and employment.


The University has 132 regular full-time faculty; 31% of whom are full professors and eighty five percent of permanent tenured and tenure track faculty have doctoral or other terminal degrees.

Programs of Study

The University has five associate degree programs, 32 four-year baccalaureate programs in the liberal arts and professional studies, and six master’s degree programs. We also offer 47 minor areas of study.

Special Options

We offer students the opportunity to study in more than one major or develop a particular major via our B.A. in liberal studies program. Students who qualify academically may participate in an honors program, internships, independent studies, individualized instructions, and study abroad opportunities.


Mansfield University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000) The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

The professional education unit at Mansfield University (MU) is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).  NCATE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as “a professional accrediting body for teacher preparation” (see http://www.ncate.org/Public/AboutNCATE/tabid/179/Default.aspx).  Selected MU programs that prepare teachers and other educational professionals at the initial or advanced levels are nationally recognized by specialized professional associations (SPAs), which are member organizations of NCATE.  For a current listing of specific Mansfield University nationally recognized SPAs, please consult the NCATE listing at http://www.ncate.org/tabid/178/Default.aspx?state=PA&CO_ID=10753.  The contact information for NCATE is:

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
2010 Massachusetts Ave NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036
Telephone: (202) 466-7496
Fax: (202) 296-6620
General e-mail: ncate@ncate.org

Other accreditations or recognitions of professional programs are identified in the section of the catalog that describes each program.


With a population of 4,000, Mansfield borough is located in the mountains of North 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 45 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 regional state parks provide many recreational opportunities for our students. Cultural attractions include the Clemens Center for Performing Arts in Elmira, NY; Corning Museum of Glass, and The Rockwell Museum of Western Art in Corning, NY.

Cultural Activities

We offer a variety of cultural activities during the academic year. A variety of lecture and cultural series or celebrations are traditions at Mansfield. Frequent recitals by music faculty and students highlight the academic year. Fiction and poetry readings as well as other activities round out the University’s cultural opportunities.

Library Facilities

The Mansfield University Library is the academic center of the campus. The renovated six-story North Hall provides an elegant 19th century setting where students can access information from around the world through our computers and wireless links to the Internet.

Residence Halls

Four residence halls house approximately 1,400 students. Housing options include special interest living areas. New suite-style residences will open in January 2012.


Our regular academic calendar consists of a fall semester which ends before Christmas and a spring semester ending in early May. We also offer two summer sessions from May through August. Consult the online calendars for more detailed information about calendar dates and events.

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 toward 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.