Special Admission Programs for Degree-seeking Applicants

Program for the Advancement of
Compensentory Education (PACE)

PACE is an academic enrichment program provided by the Higher Education Equal Opportunity Act (ACT 101) for students who are educationally and economically disadvantaged.

Students are admitted on the basis of potential for college success as demonstrated by their high school academic profile, two letters of recommendation and evidence of motivation. The program includes developmental instruction, counseling and tutorial services. Students admitted to the program begin their studies in the summer before the freshman year.


Anyone who has completed course work at another accredited institution with an overall academic average of 2.0 or better may be considered for admission as a transfer student. Applicants must submit an official college transcript from each institution previously attended. In addition, all transfer applicants must also submit a high school transcript.

Applicants with less than a 2.0 average may be admitted on probation if they have been out of school for at least one semester and meet freshman admissions criteria.

State System of Higher Education (SSHE) Academic Passport. Millersville participates in this program which applies to students who transfer from Pennsylvania community colleges and other SSHE institutions. Under Passport guidelines students who have earned at least 12 transferable credits with a minimum 2.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from another participating institution will be considered Passport students. Millersville will make every attempt to transfer previous course work into required General Education or major program course requirements. Some courses may transfer as electives. Courses in which a grade of D was received at a participating institution may be transferable.

Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) / Millersville University Dual Admission Program. This is a dual advisement program designed to assist students who begin their studies at HACC and earn an Associate degree prior to transferring to MU. Students apply to the HACC / MU Dual Admissions program through their HACC transfer center prior to the completion of 30 HACC credits. MU registrarís office receives the studentís HACC transcript at the completion of each semester and provides a credit evaluation. MU Academic Advisers visit the HACC campuses prior to their registration period each semester and provide guidance on course selection that will best fit MU degree requirements.

Transfer Credit. Evaluation of credits from other institutions for possible transfer to Millersville is done by the registrarís office, Lyle Hall, after a student has been admitted. In general, transfer credit is awarded for courses in fields of study offered at Millersville that were completed with a C- or higher on the campus of a regionally accredited institution. For institutions grading on a 0 through 100 scale, courses in which the applicant earned a grade 10 points above the lowest passing grade are accepted. For institutions with other grading scales, courses in which the applicant has earned a letter grade above the lowest passing grade are accepted.

Transfer students who hold an associate degree from a Pennsylvania community college receive full credit for all work successfully completed except for remedial or developmental courses and Millersville competency requirements in which a grade of C- or higher is not earned. Transfer students from two-year colleges are required to complete a minimum of 60 semester hours at Millersville University.

NOTE: This 60 hour policy is currently under review. Please consult your advisor for current policy.

No credit is given for correspondence work except for college-level courses pursued through a regionally accredited institution while on active duty as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Students who have received transfer credit for an equivalent course at Millersville but who take that course at Millersville forfeit the transfer credit.

Transfer credits are not used in computing Millersville GPAs except when determining graduation honors.


Students from other countries may be admitted to a degree program if, in addition to satisfying general admissions requirements, they also demonstrate proficiency in English. Proficiency is normally shown by earning a minimum of 500 on the written Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) or by earning a score of 183 or higher on the computer based test. The TOEFL is administered internationally.

Students from English speaking countries may choose to take the SAT or ACT as an option to the TOEFL exam. Foreign student athletes who intend to compete in intercollegiate sports must take the SAT or ACT, even if they have taken the TOEFL.


Exceptional high school students may apply for early admission at the end of their junior year. Admissions criteria include a college preparatory curriculum, superlative high school rank and SAT scores, and a recommendation from the high school principal.


The bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree program is designed for the registered nurse (RN) student. Admission requirements to Millersvilleís nursing program are:

  1. Evidence of scholarship as shown by an official transcript from an NLN accredited hospital diploma school of nursing or an NLN accredited associate degree in nursing program.
  2. License as a registered nurse. RN candidates for licensure will be admitted pending successful completion of state licensure requirements.
Anyone interested in nursing, who is not yet a registered nurse, may choose to contact either Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) or the Lancaster Institute for Health Education (LIHE). Millersville University has transfer articulation agreements with both of these programs, which facilitate the smooth transition of program graduates into the BSN program.

The Passport in Nursing Program in conjunction with Harrisburg Area Community College, provides the opportunity for the student to apply for dual admission to the University as well as the Community College. This dual admission enhances student learning by providing access to an array of academic services in support of attaining the bachelorís degree in nursing. Formal admission to the major in nursing at Millersville University occurs upon graduation from Harrisburg Area Community College.

Millersville University also has an agreement with the Lancaster Institute for Health Education. This relationship provides the opportunity for nursing students to be enrolled in support courses at Millersville within the sciences, social sciences and humanities while completing their RN program at LIHE.


Applicants for the Music B.A. or Music Education B.S.Ed. programs, including transfer applicants, are required to audition with a solo performance and by taking a musical proficiency test. Information about the audition procedure and dates may be obtained from the music department chairperson, Northumberland House.


All students enrolled in teacher preparation programs must apply for admission to advanced professional studies in the semester prior to registering for their 60th credit. The criteria for admission to advanced professional studies includes satisfactory completion of English 110, Fundamentals of Speech 100, the institutional mathematics proficiency requirement, and a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or greater after completion of 60 credits. This policy is applicable to all incoming freshmen, transfer students, post-baccalaureate certification students, and present Millersville University students who declare a teacher education major. Post-baccalaureate certification students should consult with either appropriate departments or the certification officer to determine how these requirements apply to their individual circumstances. Students must be admitted to advanced professional studies in order to enroll in advanced professional studies courses. A listing of the courses and experiences constituting advanced professional studies for each academic department in education is available in department offices or the Office of Field Services in Stayer Education Center.

Every MU student seeking admission to advanced professional studies must submit to the Office of Field Services, or have on file in the Office of Field Services, an Act 34 report, an Act 151 report and a completed background information sheet. The Office of Field Services will require these items to be on file before a student is admitted to advanced professional studies. If a record of criminal offense exists, the record will be reviewed. Conviction of a criminal offense or arrest for a criminal offense may result in denial of admission to advanced professional studies or denial of any placement in a prekindergarten Ė12 public or private school. Each case is considered on its merits. The Office of Field Services has additional information on this admission policy in Stayer Education Center.


Former students in good academic standing at the time of their official withdrawal may apply for readmission at any time. Those who were dismissed for academic reasons must interrupt their programs for at least one semester. (Refer to the section entitled Academic Standards.) Those who subsequently attended another institution must have an official transcript forwarded by that institution.

Re-entering students are subject to the curriculum and graduation requirements in effect at the time of their readmission, with the exception of those students who re-enter within one year of their official withdrawal or dismissal. These students have the option of continuing under the curriculum and graduation requirements in effect for them at the time of their withdrawal or dismissal.


Millersville occasionally places more stringent admissions requirements on certain degree programs. Admission to the Elementary Education B.S.Ed. program is presently more selective than general admission to the Universityís other undergraduate programs. Some students interested in this program may be admitted to the University but denied admission to this specific program. Once their studies at Millersville are successfully under way, they may formally request to transfer into these programs if they meet minimum departmental standards and if space is available.


Former Millersville University students applying for readmission following a minimum absence of five years since the end of their last semester are eligible to petition for academic amnesty if their cumulative grade point average (CGPA) was below a 2.0 at departure. The petition must be in the form of a letter of appeal to the Academic Standards Committee. 

In order to be eligible to petition for academic amnesty, the former student must complete an application for readmission to undergraduate degree status. If academic amnesty is granted, the calculation of the CGPA is restarted with the new matriculation semester.

Under academic amnesty, all previous course work and grades remain on the permanent record but are not included in the calculation of the MU CGPA after amnesty is granted. Students may use courses taken in the preamnesty period to fulfill general education requirements, only if a grade of C- or higher was earned in the course. Graduation with honors will be determined on the basis of a minimum post-amnesty CGPA of 3.35, after which all transfer work and preamnesty MU course work with grades of C- or better will be included to determine honors eligibility.

The student will be notified in writing of the committeeís decision. A denial of academic amnesty may be appealed to the Associate Provost for Academic Administration.


Anyone with a bachelorís degree from a regionally accredited college or university may apply to earn a second bachelorís degree as a full- or part-time student. All second-degree students must declare a major at the time they apply for admission.