Mansfield is a small, rural, public, liberal arts institution located in the beautiful mountains of North Central Pennsylvania. Established in 1857, we are steeped in tradition and a strong academic curriculum as evidenced by the success of our over 38,900 alumni who serve in positions of leadership across the vast spectrum of public and private occupations.
Our size and extensive opportunities both in and out of the classroom foster a personalized connection between our faculty and staff with our more than 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students. Leadership and service are learned through classroom, field instruction and participation in a host of extracurricular activities, from athletics to community service.
Mansfield University is renowned for playing the first-ever college football game at night in 1892. Today, we are the only public university to compete in the Collegiate Sprint Football League. Our home game under the lights with Princeton University in fall, 2013 received worldwide attention and was broadcast live nationally on ESPN 3.
Over the past two years our excellence in athletics has produced one national champion in women's track and field and one national runner-up in men's indoor track. Our women's Cross Country team finished 9th at the 2013 National Championship.
This summer our MU Concert Choir earned three Gold Medals at the 2014 World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia, further bolstering our international reputation in music.
On campus, MU offers a great sense of community and belonging amplified by modern facilities, coupled with an active and engaging faculty and staff. We enjoy robust in-house capabilities that promote an environment for active learning in both traditional and cyber-distance settings. The University Library with its 1,500,000 items and direct access to over 10 million items through the Keystone Library network is housed in historic North Hall; it is also acclaimed as one of the Commonwealth's best.
Of our other 27 major facilities, 12 have been renovated (or built) in the last six years, including Allen Hall, Grant Science Center, Manser Dining Hall and four newly constructed residence halls with suite style living accommodations.
Our students form and shape clubs and organizations focused on social causes to fitness challenges. More than 80 student organizations now exist, the oldest chartered in 1930, and others formed within the last year.
A report by StateUniversity.com showed Mansfield as the school with the number one safety rating among all Pennsylvania colleges and universities for 2012.In 2013, the same group reported Mansfield as one of the Top 40 safest public state universities in the U.S.
Mansfield is committed to Developing Tomorrow's Leaders. Our grads span the horizon of opportunity. We have leaders in entrepreneurial endeavors, teaching, music, nursing and medicine, science and engineering, and public service. Like you, their first step was visiting us on line or on campus.
We welcome your interest in Mansfield University. Please accept our invitation to come visit and add to our tradition of excellence.
Francis L. Hendricks '79 Brig Gen, USAF (Retired) President