As Pennsylvania's premier public liberal arts institution, Mansfield University offers students a personalized education that emphasizes character development, scholarly growth, cultural awareness, and community service. By preparing our students for productive careers and meaningful lives, we positively influence the world.
As Pennsylvania's only member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges and Universities (COPLAC), Mansfield University is the state's premier public liberal arts institution. We are committed to enhancing our identity as a small, distinctive, affordable alternative to private liberal arts colleges.
Mansfield is dedicated to a personalized education. Mansfield is also dedicated to developing innovative ways for students to receive our high quality education at an affordable cost. As a small, 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.
Mansfield University provides a personal, interdisciplinary, liberal arts education that focuses on the values of our creed, preparing our students for their first and subsequent careers in a rapidly changing world.
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 endeavors."
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.
The below attributes are essential aspects of Mansfield University's identity and should guide the tone of University communications.