Mansfield University of Pennsylvania

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Mansfield University
Mansfield University logo.png
Motto Developing Tomorrow's Leaders
Established 1857
Type Public
President Francis L. Hendricks
Students 2,800
Location Mansfield, PA, USA
Campus Rural
Colors Red and Black
Nickname Mountaineers
Mascot The Mountie
Affiliations Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education

Mansfield University of Pennsylvania is one of the fourteen state universities that are part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and numerous national professional organizations. Mansfield University has 2,800 students and 180 professors. The campus is located in North Central Pennsylvania, in the borough of Mansfield.

Mansfield University, February 2010


Mansfield University traces its heritage back to 1857, when 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.

Academic programs[edit]

Mansfield University offers 73 undergraduate, 9 graduate, 7 associate, and 63 minor programs. Mansfield offers special options programs such as multiple majors, a self-developed major, an honors program, internships, independent studies, individualized instructions, and study abroad opportunities.

Baccalaureate programs[edit]


Accounting, Business Administration, Computer Science, Economics, Human Resource Management, Information Systems, International Business, Management, Marketing


Organizational Communication, Broadcasting, Communications, Journalism, and Public Relations.


Elementary Education, Elementary Education with dual certification in early childhood or special education, Leadership for Children and Adults with Disabilities, Music Education, Special Education, Special Education with dual certification in elementary education.

Secondary Education Teacher Certification[edit]

Chemistry, Earth & Space Science, English, Mathematics, Physics, Social Studies: History, Spanish.

Fine and Applied Arts[edit]

Art Education, Art History (On-line), Graphic Design (Print or Motion tracks), Music, Music Education, Music: Elective Studies in Business (Technology or Business tracks), and Music Performance

Health Sciences[edit]

Medical Technology, Nursing, Nutrition and Dietetics, Pre-Chiropractic Studies, Pre-Dental Studies, Pre-Pharmaceutical Studies, Pre-Medical Studies, Pre-Veterinary Studies.

Humanities and Social Sciences[edit]

Criminal Justice Administration, English, French, German, Geography: Mapping Technology, History, Liberal Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Pre-Law, Psychology, Regional Planning, Social Work, Sociology/Anthropology.

Natural Sciences[edit]

Biochemistry, Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science: Biology, Environmental Science: Geography, Fisheries, Forensic Science, Geography, Mathematics, Nanotechnology, Physics, Pre-Engineering, Pre-Medical Studies.

Associate Programs[edit]

Criminal Justice Administration, Geography: Mapping Technology, Information Systems, Radiology Technology, Respiratory Therapy, Travel and Tourism.

Graduate programs[edit]

Art Education, Education, Music, Nursing, Organizational Leadership, Reading Specialist Certification, Special Education, School Library and Information Technologies.


Mansfield’s faculty is composed of approximately 180 members. Over 75% have PhDs. The student-faculty ratio is about 16:1. All classes are taught by faculty members.


Mansfield University enrolled 3,360 students for Fall 2006; 2,746 full-time and 614 part-time; 2,160 female, 1,200 male. Students came from 14 states and 20 foreign countries.


See also 1892 Wyoming Seminary vs. Mansfield State Normal football game

As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Mansfield's 14 intercollegiate teams, known as the Mountaineers, play at the Division II level.

Women's Programs - soccer, field hockey, basketball, cross-country, swimming, softball, indoor track, track & field.

Men's Programs - cross-country, basketball , baseball, indoor track, track & field. Mansfield fielded a football team dating back to the late 1800s, but was forced to discontinue the program after the 2006 season due to budgetary shortfalls. Mansfield University began playing sprint football starting with the 2008 season.[1][2]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

There are over 100 clubs & organizations at Mansfield. In addition, the campus sponsors concerts, special speakers, theater productions, athletic and music events. One of special note is the school's +11 year old Boxing club. Led by coach Dick Gillespie, Mansfield's boxing club participates in competition around the nation as well as holding annual events at its Decker Gymnasium.


On its 175-acre (0.71 km2) campus, Mansfield has Four Residence Halls (co-ed by floor), On-campus Television Studio, On-campus Radio Station, Campus Newspaper Office, state-of-the-art North Hall Library, Grant Science Planetarium, Decker Gymnasium and Olympic-size Swimming Pool, Kelchner Fitness Center, Straughn Auditorium, Steadman Theatre, Student Center, Childcare Center, in addition to academic and administrative buildings.

North Hall Library[edit]

North Hall Library, February 2010

North Hall, a seven-story Victorian structure, was completed in 1878. For years, the upper floors served as a women's dormitory while the ground floor was used as the cafeteria. As the university grew and other buildings on the campus were built, North Hall severely deteriorated.

The building was closed in 1975, and the building was almost demolished. But pressure from campus and community leaders salvaged North Hall. $11 million was used to restore the building through state and private funding. In 1996 North Hall reopened as a library, providing state-of-the-art technology.

The first floor of the library comprises several private listening rooms, complete with a variety of audio equipment and a theatre-viewing room with 25 seats. The first floor also holds the Music Library, the library's collection of media, and the Education Library. The second floor hosts the Reference Collection, the Best-Seller Collection, Circulation Desk, Reception Room, and covered porches with over-stuffed wicker furniture.

The third floor hosts the Periodical Collection and The Microfilm Room and Newspaper Reading Room. The fourth floor features private study rooms and the classroom that features 20 ports that provide access to the campus computer network. The book stacks are located on the third and fourth floor. The library houses an abundance of desks and seating with over 450 ports throughout.

Notable alumni[edit]




Notable faculty[edit]


  1. ^ Mansfield Universityt to add sprint football for 2008 season 10/05/2007
  2. ^ Thompson, Adam (2008-09-26). "A Small League for Little Dudes Is the New Hope at Mansfield U.". Wall Street Journal. p. A1. 
  3. ^ "Rep. Tony Ligi". Retrieved August 28, 2011. 

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Coordinates: 41°48′24″N 77°04′15″W / 41.8068°N 77.0708°W / 41.8068; -77.0708