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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 3,360 students and 180 professors. The campus is located in North Central Pennsylvania, in the borough of Mansfield.



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

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


Accounting, Business Administration, Computer Science, Economics, Human Resource Management, Information Systems, International Business, Management, Marketing,Travel and Tourism.


Broadcasting, Communications, Journalism, and Public Relations.


Art Education, 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

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

Fine and Applied Arts

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

Health Sciences

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

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

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

Associate Programs

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

Graduate Programs

Art Education, Education, Music, Nursing, 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.


As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Mansfield's 14 intercollegiate teams 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

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

North Hall, a seven-story Victorian structure, was completed in 1878. For years, the upper floors served as a woman'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 is comprised with 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, 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



Baseball players


  • Randy Roberts, Professor of History at Purdue University. He has appeared on numerous television programs on networks such as ABC, Discovery, and The History Channel.
  • Richard F. Mason, Physics Department, 1962 - 1984. Planetarium Director 1972 - 1984. Professor Emeritus. Dick Mason hosted more than 2,000 elementary, middle and high school students in the planetarium. He presented monthly shows for the public. His shows wove together science and folklore about the stars. Mason also held an annual Science Olympiad in which students from up to 10 local high schools competed on building bridges and flying paper airplanes. They also competed in the planetarium in a College Science Knowledge competition. Mason died July 10, 2006. His family created a scholarship in his name. Scholarships are given to graduating students who are going to continue their studies and pursue careers in space exploration.
  • George S. Howard, music 1937-1940.


  • Terry Pruyne, author of Sports Nicknames: 20,000 Professionals Worldwide, one of the most complete books on sports nicknames. Booklist called the book "a specialized but comprehensive reference source for all libraries that can afford it." Pruyne graduated from Mansfield and taught there as well.


  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.  

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


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