Location: Millersville, PA
Private or Public? Public
Number of Students: 7,424
Percentage of Women: 55%
Tuition: Cost is now a pay-per-credit basis. Total in-state for 12 credits: $9,284; total in-state for 15 credits: $10,076; total for out-of-state, regardness of credits: $29,502
Most Popular Majors (In descending order): Exploratory (Undecided), Biology, Business, English, Psychology, Mathematics, History, Early Childhood Education, Computer Science, Meteorology
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 62.9%
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Why Choose Millersville?
“I was drawn to the beauty of the campus; I love nature and the pond at springtime is so breath-taking. I also applied as an undecided student, and the exploratory program here is considered the best in the state.”
“I loved how welcoming the campus and students were when I came for a tour and it made me feel like I would have a home away from home.”
”I chose Millersville because I just immediately fell in love with the campus; it's beautiful. It felt like home right away. It's in a nice, low-key college town, but it's also not far from the mall, Downtown Lancaster, or even Philadelphia.”
“I chose to apply to Millersville University because my older sister attended MU and loved it! I also applied because I really enjoyed the tour and believed that I could have real potential for my future career at this school. I liked the fact that the students were all very open and welcoming. I also was looking into going into early childhood education and Millersville was the top school for education.”
"It has the best teaching program out there. I wasn't going to spend a fortune just to get a degree from a high end school with a cruddy teaching program."
“I love the friendly atmosphere of Millersville. The school is small (but not TOO small) enough that anytime I leave my dorm, I always see a friendly face I say hi to while out and about.”
”It’s a clean, safe and friendly campus!”
“It's a small community with a pleasant atmosphere of relatively pleasant students/faculty and a relaxing environment.”
“The people are so outgoing and helpful. Teachers are very outgoing and most students helpful too.”
“I love how broad of a spectrum all the clubs cover and how much there is to do on campus, like Ville After Dark on the weekends.”
”I love the campus community. Everyone is so friendly here; no one hesitates to hold a door for a stranger. The campus itself is beautiful and scenic, like the pond. Plus, there are just so many great opportunities as a student.”
“My favorite part about Millersville is the friends that I have made along the way. I also love being able to do things on my own, on my terms. Millersville is a great place to find out who you are and create your own independence. My favorite event that I love taking a part in is 'Silencing the Hate Week,' where we stood up against bullying and at the end of the week had a paint fight in the quad then paraded around campus.”
“The drainage systems! It’s ridiculous how flooded the campus gets when it’s just drizzling. It’s such a mess to walk to classes with mud and flowing rivers everywhere.”
“The distance it takes to get to some of the buildings on campus.”
“Registration can be difficult an underclassmen to get into the classes you want.”
“There’s nothing really that I don’t like about being a student at Millersville. However, I could deal without all the rain that we get here. I also don’t really like how much the food costs; it could be a little less expensive.”
"The fact that important services are closed over the weekend and overnight. Health Services shouldn't be closed because the closest option other than that is the hospital and some students don't have cars or access to cars."
"The food is okay, because any flavor is devoid. I don't know how they can mess up macaroni and cheese. But The Galley is decent though."
New Collegiette on Campus
“Freshman have the option of living in an all-freshman dorm as a living and learning experience. The school places you in a room with people around you in your same major and classes so you can get to know other students. It worked well to get me to open up to the college life!”
“It's definitely new when you go away to college, and it was difficult for me, but being at MU and meeting so many great people made the transition so much easier.”
“We do have separate freshman dorms. Our orientation starts the week before classes and goes for three days. I know a lot of people immediately think that orientation is lame, but it opens you up to the campus community. I am still close friends with several of the people who were in my group.”
“I generally look back on my first year as a great one. Classes are still slightly more basic and general. You have a lot of time to try and find your place in the campus community. There are lots of activities, and living in the dorms creates a permanent bond with those around you.”
“Being a freshman at any school can be scary! But there are so many opportunities, clubs and activities that you can get involved with at Millersville that you won’t end up sitting in your room with nothing to do. Orientation week is really active (as long as you attend to the events), where you get to know new people, learn about your school and take a trip around Lancaster (the next city over). It’s easy to get to know upper-classmen if you get involved. I’m lucky that everyone is really nice here on campus that I know quite a few upper-classmen. A tradition here for freshman students to do during orientation is to drop pennies on the Marauder statue, which symbolizes good luck for all your years you attend at MU.”
"During freshman orientation, the orientation leaders share traditions with you to welcome you to the campus. One of the traditions was a candle lighting ceremony around the pond at our school. It was so pretty! There were bags with candles in them that lit the pathway to the pond and we each recieved our own candle. When we got to the pond, one person lit another person's candle and so on until everyone had a lit candle. It was so cool to see all the candles light up around the pond."
All About Academics
“I think the most popular major here is education. The rigorous education program is the best in the state and is recognized by school districts everywhere. Some students come from New Jersey and Maryland just to study to be a teacher.”
“I'm a government and political affairs major, and I have a pretty hefty workload, but I love the fact I can go anywhere on campus to study.”
“Well, Millersville is very well known for its education department, so that is a popular major. I think the workload all depends on your major, but it is definitely manageable. Most professors try to take into account that you have four other classes when planning out their courses.”
“School is hard and has always been hard. It will never be easy and anyone who says it is easy must be some sort of genius because it is a lot different than high school where no one takes you by the hand and purposely goes out of their way to just show you how to do something during class if you do not understand it. Everything is on YOU. The workload every night depends on the amount of credits you have and the classes you are taking along with what major you have chosen. A person who is majoring in psychology may not have the same workload as a person who is majoring in mathematics. It just all depends! I have never done any large projects because in college you do not really get projects. At the end, you are just expected to have some sort of field-study or internship done so that you are more prepared for the actual working world or graduate school.”
“The most popular department on campus is education. The registration at Millersville is really simple; the only thing is that you may not always get a spot in a class so you need to make sure you have back-up classes just in case. It’s very easy to fulfill your Gen-eds, just as long as you get in the classes you need. Many people like to go to the library to study, especially commuters, but I also know people who are content just studying in their rooms.”
Learn from the Best
“My favorite professor so far has been Dr. Schriber in the communication department. I’ve taken two classes with her and I thoroughly enjoyed them both. She’s a tough teacher, but her personality makes up for it. She talks with you more like a colleague than a student. I hope I have more courses with her in the future.”
“I loved all my first semester professors. I especially liked working with Dr. Lawrence in the government and political affairs department. He was always willing to answer any question I had and he always made class fun!”
“Timothy Miller in the English department is brilliant, and hilarious. I would take any class with him. Jen Miller in the philosophy department is also great, she makes every class entertaining and interesting."
“The professors in my experience have been very helpful when I needed it, and most of them try to make their sometimes less-interesting subjects as exciting as possible. They are also available at office hours for questions, which I suggest anyone take advantage of, because they are always willing to help. The classes are a pretty decent size, and unless it's a night class they aren't too long either.”
“My favorite classes have been Milton, Modern American Drama, Contemporary American Fiction, Hitler and Nazism, and Childhood and Adolescent Development.”
“My favorite professors have been my English professors. They’ve always been really easy-going and straightforward. Professors at Millersville are always willing to help you and make sure you succeed. You should definitely take advantage of professors’ office hours, they’re always more than welcome to make sure you understand what’s going on in class.”
"Although I was only here for Dr. McNairy's last semesters as the president, I loved her personality that she brought to the school. She was so lively and out and about. Dr. Anderson, our new president, is just the same. He's so friendly...environmentaly friendly too! He rides a bike across campus."
Interests & Involvement
"I love getting to experience so much at Millersville. There are so many opportunities available if you seize them."
"I'm involved with PRSSA on campus. It gives such a great professional perspective. I am taking away so much from being involved with this organization that I'll be able to find a job after college with no problem."
"It's relatively easy to get involved with a club or organization. Every semester we have Organizational Outbreak, which allows clubs to advertise their name and search for new members. It's sort of like a festival with food and games available as well as information on all of the clubs. As a freshman, it's so beneficial to go to it so you can try to find your place on campus."
"Most people I know are involved in at least one club. There's so many to be involved in. Whether its an academic, sorority, or volunteering club, there's something for everyone. I think college wouldn't be all that its worth if you didn't get involved."
“We have lots of intramural sports to choose from--anywhere from soccer and touch football to inner tube water polo and ultimate frisbee! We have a lot of athletes here, both for the school teams and intramural teams. Intramural teams are a great low-stress way to be involved in sports.”
“There aren’t a lot of well-known sports teams at Millersville, but we do have really good soccer teams and wresting team. We do offer intramural sports though, and people enjoy it.”
"There's a lot to do sports-wise. You don't have to be participating on a school team, they have intramurals too. They recently added more intramural teams. There's one team that's competitive and one team that's just for fun!"
"We focus too much on the football team, who really isn't that good. Even if one of our teams is really good they don't get recognized and no one knows about them!"
“There’s more women than men on campus, but I’m sure the men don’t mind! Women have a big presence on campus; there are many clubs aimed towards girls and there’s also a women’s wellness center.”
“Being a woman on campus hasn't really been difficult. Everyone is always kind and willing to help you out, no matter who you are.”
“The girl to guy ratio at Millersville is about 60/40, so there are more girls than guys. I have never been upset about the ratio. There are just as many opportunities on campus for women as there are for men. We do have a women's studies program, as well as some women's organizations. I would say girls here dress in pretty much the standard trends of today.”
“Being a woman on campus feels very safe! I love being able to walk out of my dorm and feel like I can walk across Millersville campus without being scared to. Many girls on campus love to wear the 'trends' that are in nowadays. There are clubs organized for women on campus and classes that you can take only pertaining to women’s studies. I think women feel proud about the gender ratio on campus; there are many girls at Millersville and I think that they look forward to their futures.”
Food & Drink
“I love eating at The Galley. As a freshman, I didn’t know this place existed, but I’m so glad I found it! I prefer to eat most of my meals here because there are a wide variety of options and the food is better than anywhere else on campus. The white pizza is delicious.”
“We have five dining halls of various different types. Something for whatever sort of experience you prefer: buffet, sit-in, or to-go. I generally have been happy with the food. My favorite place to eat is The Anchor, because I can take it to-go, plus they have sushi which is my favorite. A lot of people do go to the dining halls all four years because you can have a meal plan even if you don't live in the dorms. Plus it's easy enough to pay with cash or Marauder Gold at places like The Anchor. Even though I live off campus I still eat in the dining halls, even if it isn't everyday like I used to.
"Accessing a kitchen is pretty easy. All the dorms have one in the rec rooms; all you need to do is get a key from the on-duty RA. We have a few restaurants on campus, House of Pizza, Sugar Bowl, Two Cousins, and Nino's which are all pizza places. Javaville which is a small cafe that serves food as well and we aren't far from fast food places like McDonalds, Wendy’s or Burger King either.”
“The food is pretty good. I like eating at The Bistro, Upper Deck, or The Anchor the best.”
“At Millersville, there are three dining halls on campus and a couple other “grab-and-go” places. Generally, I think the food is pretty good, and there are many healthy options for someone to have. My favorite place to eat on campus has to be either The Bistro or The Anchor, I really like the food there! Students at Millersville have the option to go to dining halls all four years, and I know that some do. However, I think that when you get older and start to get out of the dorms and into your own apartment that it’s just easier to get your own food. You can access a kitchen in your dorms at Millersville, too.”
"The smoothie bar is my favorite place to go when I want a healthy snack."
“A good amount of people go home for the weekend, so the campus is kind of dead. A lot of people go to parties on the weekend at the apartments right off campus. The school also has planned activities to do at night as well. We actually had Ludacris come to perform for our spring concert, which I thought was totally awesome!”
“There is always a ton to do on campus every night of the week! Between sports games and all the clubs, it's hard to choose!”
“There are some fraternity and sorority parties on weekends. I would say a lot of the time, the classes party together, not separately. E-courts and Brookwood, which are off-campus housing options, are where most of the parties are located. I would say drinking is pretty average here. Millersville isn't a crazy party school with drinking all the time, but the parties do exist. I don't think there is any pressure here to drink on the weekends if that's not what you're into. There are plenty of other things to do here."
"There are free movies shown on campus every weekend. We also have the occasional comedian and musicians, as well as a big spring concert. There a lots of activities available through the school. Plus the campus is pretty close to a movie theatre, a mall and Downtown Lancaster--all of which can be easily reached by bus if you don't have a car. In my experience people are pretty open to hanging out with various different friend groups; I've never stuck to just one. I think Millersville has a pretty inclusive social scene. Some people do go to parties during the week, but that's mostly the fraternities and sororities. It is fairly easy to get around at night. The campus is fairly small, and there are always people around, so it's not too bad.”
“On weekends it’s fun to hang out with friends, and maybe go to a party here and there. There are some sorority and frat parties that you can go to but there are also club parties that you can also go to and meet new people. I think alcohol use is very prevalent and that you can always find a party where people are drinking. I think drugs are a little less common at Millersville, but there are definitely people out there that do it. I don’t think people feel too pressured to drink at parties. Everyone is really friendly and doesn’t feel the need to have people drink to have a good time. Generally, I feel like people stick with the same group of friends but that they are always open to meeting new people and getting involved with other people. I feel like the social scene at Millersville is very inclusive and has a wide-range of options. It’s very easy for people to get around at night, but I feel like just to be safe you should always have someone with you!”
“Freshman and sophomores are guaranteed housing. But if you’re an upper classman, good luck finding a dorm, you’re most likely going to live in an apartment. The dorms aren’t too bad… the school has a huge rebuilding plan to knock down all of the old dorm buildings and create newer, more luxurious ones. The first set of new dorms just opened this semester and they're still building more like it.”
“The dorms are nice and it's like a little community.”
“The dorms are pretty good--albeit not the most glamorous, but I loved my experience in the dorms, especially as a freshman. There is lots of bonding activities for each hallway in the dorm if you want to participate. It's a great way to do something fun and get to know the people around you. The rooms are a good size, and there are usually two large bathrooms per hallway. There are six different mostly freshman dorms of differing styles. There are also two separate dormitories with suite style rooms. The dorms are very safe. There is an RA for every hallway, and there are always two on-duty in the lobby. Only the people that live in each dorm can just walk in because you need your student I.D. to enter the building. Most of the dorms are located in the quad, but there are a couple dorms on the north side of campus closer to the pond. Everyone is not required to live in a dorm. We are a very big commuter school. Most upperclassmen do choose to live off campus in places like Brookwood, Wellness, or E-courts. Plus there are many houses in Millersville that are rented out to students.”
“The dorm life is challenging especially when you’re a freshman. You have a random roommate for your fall semester but then you can change your roommate and your housing in the spring. The dorms are safe they have people to sit by the door and ask to see our I.D. just in case. The freshman dorms are located at the main area on campus. Your freshman year you are required to live on campus but when you become an upperclassman you don’t have to. Yes, it’s really popular to live off campus when you are an upperclassman but you don’t have to. The dorms do have bonding activities either your floor has the activities or the whole building comes together.”
“As a freshman at Millersville, I think the dorms are great. They’re very open and well furbished. There are definitely different housing options and it is easy enough to switch rooms or to another dorm if you don’t like it there or don’t get along with your roommate. As an upper-classmen, I definitely think it’s more popular to get an apartment and live off-campus. In the dorms there are always programs organized by RAs that can get the residents involved and get to know one another.”
Exploring Millersville and Lancaster
“If you don’t have plans on the first Friday of every month, you can go into Lancaster for an all-night festival! The city calls it ‘First Friday.' There are street musicians everywhere, food trucks and special sales in the one of a kind stores!”
“The town is very nice and it's great spending time in Lancaster and seeing all the different galleries and shops in the city as well as all of the beautiful farms in the country.”
“Millersville is a small college town, but it's very nice. There are a few restaurants and cafes within walking distance. Shopping does require driving or taking a bus, but the distance is only about 15 minutes. Lancaster, which is less than 20 minutes away, is great for nightlife, especially on First Friday.”
“I like that Millersville is a small, quiet town, but very close to plenty of other stuff to do. People regularly go off-campus for stuff to do. Many people have jobs and internships off campus during the semester.”
“I love the area around Millersville! It’s just a cute little town with a lot of things to do. You can also take a bus into Lancaster where you can always find stuff to do with your friends.”
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