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Who We Are

Millersville University of Pennsylvania is a top-ranked, public university located in the northeast region of the United States. It is committed to offering students a high quality, comprehensive university experience of exceptional value. Dedicated to providing nationally recognized programs that embrace the liberal arts, Millersville offers academic opportunities that are supported by outstanding faculty who are accomplished scholars and practitioners. Founded in 1855 as the first Normal School in Pennsylvania, Millersville University is one of 14 universities within the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The president is Dr. John Anderson.


  • Students: 8,500
  • Undergrad: 7,500
  • Grad: 1,000
  • Student-faculty ratio: 22:1
  • Average class size: 31

Faculty & Staff

  • Faculty: 301 full-time
  • Full-time instructional faculty with a Ph.D. or terminal degree: 98%
  • Staff & administration: 605 full-time


  • 64,000 living in 50 states with 79% living in Pennsylvania

Where we are

  • Located in Millersville, Pa., population: 8,288 
  • 250 acres of gently rolling landscape at Millersville campus
  • 86 buildings including Bolger Conference Center and Winter Visual Performing Arts Center
  • Downtown Lancaster campus — Ware Center is located at 42 North Prince Street, Lancaster, Pa.
  • Millersville is located 3 miles from Lancaster City
  • 1 1⁄2 hours from Philadelphia
  • 2 1⁄2 hours from Washington, D.C.
  • 3 hours from New York City

Costs 2014-15

Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (annual)

  • $10,268 (Pa. residents. Based on 15 credits-per semester; 2 semesters per year)
  • $19,618 (out-of-state residents)
  • Room and board: $9,884—$12,876 (Range based on room option selection and 19 meals/week plan annual cost)

Graduate Tuition and Fees (per credit)

  • $581.75 (Pa. residents - per credit cost: tuition, general fee & technology fee)
  • $820.75 (out-of-state residents - per credit cost: tuition, general fee & technology fee)

Financial Aid (2013-14)

Enrollment (Fall '13)

General Information

  • 8,500 Total students
  • 7,500 Undergraduate students
  • 1,000 Graduate students
  • Female: 57%
  • Male: 43%
  • Minority 20.0 %
  • Pennsylvania residents: 95%

Admission Statistics

  • 6,038 applications
  • 1,318 students enrolling

Freshman Profile (Fall '13)

  • 1028 average SAT I
    (CR – 506, M – 511, W – 490)
  • 1410 – 1640 middle half of class SAT I (excludes special admits)

Graduation Rates

  • Within 4 years:
    38.3% (MU) (30.7% National*)
  • Within 5 years:
    58.1% (MU) (50.2% National*)
  • Within 6 years:
    64.5% (MU) (55.7% National*)

* IPEDS 2010 Report, 4-year public institutions.

Campus Life (as of Fall '13-'14)



2,216 live in residence halls on campus.

  • Coed, by wing or floor
  • Theme areas: Freshman Year Experience, Honors College, International, Healthy Living, Service Learning and Leadership.
  • 1,128 students live in local off-campus housing
  • 5,365 (approx.) commute from home or live in the community.

Student Programs


More than 130 organizations including service and leadership clubs, fraternities and sororities, campus musical groups, honor societies, religious organizations, special interest clubs, sports clubs and student media.


19 intercollegiate varsity sports competing in NCAA Division II
Athletic website


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Wrestling


  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field (Indoor/Outdoor)
  • Volleyball

Plus a diverse range of intramural and club programs.

Team Name


School Colors

Black & Gold


Marauder and sidekick Skully

Academic Offerings

Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016

Graduate Catalog 2014-2015

College of Science & Technology

College of Education and Human Services

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

College of Graduate Studies and Adult Learning

Honors College


Civic & Community Engagement & Research Project (CCERP)


CCERP is the primary vehicle at Millersville University to foster, focus and coordinate civic and community engagement and research.

Experiential Learning & Career Management (ELCM)


Experiential Learning and Career Management houses Career Services, the Internship Office, Volunteer Central and manages the Four Year Career Plan. It is a one-stop shop for students , faculty and staff to link with the community. Student s can obtain assistance with career decision making, job search skills, internships and volunteer activities all of which will enhance success at Millersville and after graduation.

Global Education & Partnerships


At present, Millersville University has 15 institutional partners in Australia, Chile, China, France, Germany, Japan, Northern Ireland, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Spain and the United Kingdom. Millersville is sending record numbers of its students and faculty abroad. We are in turn honored to host students, faculty and administrators from our partners throughout the year.

First Year Experience


The First Year Experience is a living-learning community centered on the first year seminar. First year students live together and are enrolled in a common cluster of 2-3 courses designed to jump start intellectual inquiry in a supportive and encouraging environment.

Chincoteague Bay Field Station

The Chincoteague Bay Field Station, formerly called the Marine Science Consortium, is located on Wallops Island, Va. It offers students a wide array of opportunities from studying fish and insects to working with NASA. Read more.

Scholarly Resources


The Francine G. McNairy Library and Learning Forum in Ganser Hall provides:

  • Access to millions of items including books, journal articles, DVDs, etc.
  • 26 faculty and staff members to assist
  • Wireless access & laptops for student use
  • Instruction in the use of information resources
  • Specialized collections including University archives, government documents & curriculum materials

General Information


State/Country of origin: Fifty-four countries are represented; including Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Germany, Kenya, United Kingdom and Vietnam.  Thirty states are represented; including Alaska, California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia.


  • African American - 9%
  • Native American - 0%
  • Asian/Pacific Isl. - 2%
  • Latino/Hispanic - 7%
  • White - 80%
  • Multiracial - 1%
  • Not Reported - 1%

Admission Requirements - First Year Students

Our admissions decisions are based upon intellectual ability, academic achievement, and personal qualities that will contribute positively to our University community. We focus on the following credentials:

  • Strong performance in a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum that includes, at minimum, four units of English, three units of mathematics (including geometry and algebra I and II; a fourth unit is preferred), three units of science including at least two units of laboratory science, and three units of social science. Foreign language is recommended but not required.
  • Results from the SAT I or the ACT. Please submit all attempts. We will use the highest combination of scores from multiple sittings for the SAT I, and we will use the highest composite ACT.
  • A required personal statement, incorporated into the application, is helpful in assisting the Admissions Committee in understanding your unique background, gifts and the talents that you can bring to the University. 
  • Letters of recommendation which are not required, but up to three may be submitted in support of your application. It is fine to submit them separately from your application.
  • Your completed application; which we recommend that you submit early in your senior year.

We do not require interviews, and individual appointments with counselors are available on a very limited basis. To learn more about the University and general requirements, we recommend attending a group information session which includes a guided tour.

Admission Deadlines

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis beginning in mid-September for the following fall. We have no deadline; we close when we are full. We recommend that fall applicants apply early in their senior year.