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Millersville University has focused program initiatives on student learning and engagement. These are centered...

Millersville University of Pennsylvania

Millersville, Pennsylvania

Millersville University is one of the highest ranked public universities in Pennsylvania. More than 60 programs of study are offered with hands-on learning opportunities and experiential experiences with public, private, regional and global organizations.

Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
7,171 undergraduate students
89% of undergrad students are full time
45% male — 55% female
8% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
288 full-time faculty
161 part-time faculty
21 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

33% of students living on campus.

School Location

Millersville University enjoys a tranquil and safe 250-acre campus featuring a mix of historic buildings and modern structures, along with a pond and two resident swans. Downtown Lancaster is only five miles from campus and offers hip shops, music, great restaurants, coffee shops and art galleries galore. For a touch of “Big City Life,” Baltimore and Philadelphia are an hour and a half away and Washington, D.C. and New York City are two-three hours from campus.

Retention Fall 2014

77% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

64% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 1%
Hispanic/Latino 8%
Black or African American 9%
White 76%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 0%


NCAA Division II with 15 Varsity Sports for both men and women, some of which include track, basketball, football, and golf.

Mascot: Marauder and Sidekick, Skully 

Colors: Black and Gold

Academic Programs

Applied Engineering & Technology, Applied Engineering and Technology Management, Technology & Engineering Education, Middle Level Education, Special Education, Early Childhood Education, Multidisciplinary Studies, Psychology, Art, Art Education, Business Administration, Speech Communication, Economics, Social Studies, English, French, German, Spanish, Geography, Government and Political Affairs, International Studies, History, Music, Music Business Technology, Music Education, Philosophy, Anthropology, Sociology, Social Work, Biology, Allied Health Technology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Science, Geology, Meteorology, Ocean Sciences & Coastal Studies, Mathematics, Nursing, Physics

A Millersville education is about providing students with the tools to lead—lead themselves, their families, and their communities. Millersville students are highly engaged individuals. They are actively involved in their educational journey. It comes down to commitment. As a college student, you can’t sit by and watch your four years pass. You have to be a part of the journey, which means challenging yourself to reach your highest potential.

Global Students
Millersville provides its students will global studies opportunities in the form of study abroad, international internships, student teaching abroad, research collaboration, and professional training. Through many partnerships, students are afforded the ability to study around the globe in places like Australia and China. The Office of Global Education & Partnerships works with students and parents to ensure that each effort to study or work abroad is met with the most sincere and valued assistance. Millersville recognizes study abroad, in any capacity, as an integral part of a college experience. Students who have experienced another country’s culture have gained a repertoire of valuable skills.

International Internships
Millersville gives students the opportunity to practice within their field on a global scale. Students can travel abroad and complete internships with international companies, regardless of their chosen field of study.

Millersville faculty are respected scholars in their fields. They work closely with students, helping them to discover their individual talents and potential. Professors act as mentors, inspiring students to explore their abilities both in and outside of academia. Staff and faculty work together to groom students into strong, intelligent leaders. The goal is to teach students how to discover their individual, academic potential, which they eventually take into their own hands to mold and develop. Millersville asks for the best from its students.

Big School Resources and Small School Perks
Millersville delivers an individualized educational approach. The university offers large institution resources like competitive programs, quality facilities, and research opportunities. But, Millersville also has a teaching style that is close-knit—one that resembles a small school education. Students receive more individualized attention, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 21:1.

Millersville has been cited for its education program, but it does offer a wide range of other academic offerings that include: science and technology, human services, arts, humanities, social sciences, and graduate studies. Faculty incorporate a liberal arts education with a highly collaborative academic experience.

Millersville provides a friendly and supportive community to its students—the kind of environment that encourages academic and personal growth. There are plenty of opportunities to succeed and have fun on Millersville’s campus. Outside of class, students can get involved in extracurricular activities such as: experiential learning programs, athletic teams, and clubs and organizations.

Clubs within Majors
Students have the option to get involved in departmental honors programs and societies or academic clubs within their majors. An example would be the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization, a group within the Business major. Other academic clubs include: Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering, French Circle, Economics Society, and Social Work Organization.

Arts and Culture
There are approximately 50 clubs at Millersville that are dedicated to art and culture. Interested students can join groups like the Creative Writers Guild or the Jewelry and Metal Arts Guild. There are also several organizations dedicated to music performance and appreciation.

Greek Life
Millersville students have the opportunity to join a sorority or fraternity, and there are many benefits that come with involvement in Greek Life. Greek students are exposed to many different leadership and management positions. They gain experience working with faculty and alumni, and they help their community through service initiatives. Overall, involvement in Greek Life is bonding experience where students can grow and learn from one another.

Athletic Clubs
Millersville offers over 25 athletic clubs, the interests of which span from dance to Ultimate Frisbee. There are also several club sport options that include programs like: soccer, volleyball, and lacrosse.

Experiential Learning and Career Management
The service is available to students and is designed to guide academic and career goals through advising and counseling. Within that service, there are concentrations, all working toward the advancement of student success.

Career Services
Career Services is dedicated to helping students identify and fulfil their career goals. Students explore their various career desires and learn how they can get to where they want to be.

Through internships, students can apply theories learned at the academic level to a professional position. There are campus resources to help students locate and secure positions as interns.

Volunteer Central
Volunteer Central connects students with community service and service learning initiatives and opportunities.

Job and Internship fairs are also available to students, making prospects to work or practice in their chosen field more realistic.


Admissions Fall 2014

6,184 Total Applicants
4,249 Total Admissions
1,357 Total Freshmen Enrollment

68.71% of applicants admitted

Freshmen Profile Fall 2014

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 460 550
SAT Math 460 560
SAT Writing 440 530
ACT Composite 19 23


Net Price Calculator


  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $7,920 $21,300
Fees $2,348 $2,568
Total $10,268 $23,868
Room and Board (on campus) $11,576 $11,576
Room Only $7,304 $7,304
Board Only $4,272 $4,272
Estimated Total On Campus $21,844 $35,444


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

86% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
73% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$5,909 Average amount of federal state local or institutional grant aid received
$7,845 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates

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