Mansfield Creed

At Mansfield University, we develop leaders.

We accomplish this by focusing on the four core values that have been our tradition since 1912: Character, Scholarship, Culture, and Service.


We believe in integrity. We act with honesty and respect toward others. We take responsibility for our actions and reflect on their impact on ourselves and others.


We believe in learning. We use rigorous, responsible, and critical inquiry to understand existing knowledge, acquire and share new knowledge, and apply what we learn. Each of us is both student and teacher.


We believe in celebrating humanity. We enrich ourselves and others by sharing and exploring our similarities and differences. We honor the past as we invent the future.


We believe in helping others. We work with others to improve the communities in which we now live and will touch in the future. Knowledge invests us with the power to improve our world and the responsibility to act. 

In 1912, our student body adopted the above words, emphasizing their order: 

"Character as the essential, Scholarship as the means,
Culture as the enrichment, and Service as the end of all worthy endeavor

Developed by the Leadership Committee of the Focus on Student Learning Forum; last revised May 19th, 2004.