Plymouth State University Mission Statement



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Plymouth State University has a long tradition of meeting the evolving educational needs of the New Hampshire and New England community. Established in 1871 as Plymouth Normal School, the institution became Plymouth Teacher’s College in 1939, Plymouth State College in 1963, and Plymouth State University in 2003. A founding member of the University System of New Hampshire, Plymouth State now serves New Hampshire and the New England region as a comprehensive institution of higher education. The university confers BA, BFA, and BS degrees as well as master’s degrees, Certificates of Advanced Graduate Studies in selected areas, and the Doctor of Education in Learning Leadership and Community. Professional outreach activities and graduate courses are offered at several satellite locations throughout the state, and articulation agreements with other campuses of the University System and the Community College System of New Hampshire offer a variety of program and transfer opportunities. The University also contributes directly to the ongoing academic and cultural life of the region by providing a variety of continuing education programs, concerts and theater performances, art exhibits, and the athletic events of 24 varsity sports. PSU’s attractive residential campus of wide greens, tree-lined walkways, and traditional brick buildings with an array of towers is located in the White Mountains and Lakes Region of New Hampshire, a pristine rural setting of great natural beauty and multiple outdoor recreational opportunities within easy access of the New England region.


Plymouth State University is a visionary institution at the hub of an ever-growing creative community where students, faculty, staff, and alumni are actively transforming themselves and the region. We develop ideas and solutions for a connected world and produce society’s global leaders within interdisciplinary integrated clusters, open labs, partnerships and through entrepreneurial, innovative, and experiential learning.


Plymouth State University serves the state of New Hampshire and the world beyond by transforming our students through advanced practices where engaged learning produces well-educated undergraduates and by providing graduate education that deepens and advances knowledge and enhances professional development.  With distinction, we connect with community and business partners for economic development, technological advances, healthier living, and cultural enrichment with a special commitment of service to the North Country and Lakes Region of New Hampshire.

Plymouth State University Values:  People and Place

Our values shape the environment in which our campus community members learn, teach, and serve.  Our values guide our decision making, provide clarity in determining priorities, and influence our relationships and behaviors.

We value:

  • our alumni, heritage, and future as a transformative and highly engaged University with innovative and creative approaches to learning and problem solving;
  • service to others, exemplifying our motto, Ut prosim (That I may serve), and working across disciplines where deeper levels of learning and outcomes occur;
  • entrepreneurial partnerships that enrich our learning and benefit our region focused on sustainable, environmentally connected, work that enhances our sense of place and purpose;
  • the rights and dignity of all people;
  • free speech, diversity of opinion, and the opportunity to learn from one another;
  • collective responsibility for the health, safety, and wellbeing of our community;
  • accountability for decisions, actions, performance, and conduct;
  • continuous improvement in our programs, policies, and practices;
  • responsible stewardship of our finite environmental, financial, and human resources.