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Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Millersville University has focused its program initiatives to enhance student learning and engagement, each...

Millersville University of Pennsylvania

Millersville, Pennsylvania

Millersville University is one of the highest-ranked public universities in Pennsylvania. It has focused its program initiatives to enhance student learning and engagement, each centered on its commitment to the liberal arts and science tradition. 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 2015 Enrollment
7,055 undergraduate students
87% of undergrad students are full time
44% male — 56% female
9% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
315 full-time faculty
164 part-time faculty
20 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

33% of students living on campus.

School Location

Millersville University enjoys a tranquil, safe, 250-acre campus that features a mix of historic buildings and modern structures, along with a pond and two resident swans. Downtown Lancaster, only five miles from campus, 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 about three hours from campus.

Retention Fall 2015

76% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

62% 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 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 1%


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 who are actively involved in their educational journey. It all comes down to commitment. as a college student, one can’t sit by and watch their four years pass by rather, they have to be part of their own journey by challenging themselves to reach their highest potential.

Global Students

Millersville provides its students with 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.

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 also offers 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 such extracurricular activities 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 Experiential Learning and Career Management service is designed to guide students’ academic and career goals through advising and counseling. Within this service, there are concentrations, all working toward the advancement of student success. The Career Services Office is also 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.

Job and Internship fairs are also available to students, introducing them to prospects for work or practice within their chosen field.


Through internships, students can apply the theories they learn at the academic level to professional contexts. Campus resources at Millersville are prepared to help students locate and secure positions as interns.

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

Volunteer Central

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


Admissions Fall 2015

6,053 Total Applicants 
4,422 Total Admissions 
1,336 Total Freshman Enrollment

73.05% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 450 550
SAT Math 450 550
SAT Writing 430 530
ACT Composite 19 24
ACT Math    
ACT English    
ACT Writing    


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Expenses In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $8,460 $17,650
Fees $2,458 $2,686
Total $10,918 $20,336
Room and Board (on campus) $12,188 $12,188
Room Only $8,034 $8,034
Board Only $4,154 $4,154
Estimated Total On Campus $23,106 $32,524 


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

87% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
76% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$5,298 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$8,407 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates