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Millersville University (MU) began as Lancaster County Normal School in 1855 and slowly grew into a four-year institution through expansions and program additions over the next 150 years. Today, MU serves more than 7,000 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students on a 250-acre campus in the center of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The school has made U.S. News and World Report’s annual list of the top 10 public universities in the North and has been widely recognized for its academic excellence.


MU is a comprehensive university that offers 55 bachelor’s degree programs, 61 graduate programs (both degrees and certificates), and 3 associate degree programs. Students can take classes in any of MU’s four divisions: the School of Science & Mathematics, the School of Education, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the College of Graduate and Professional Studies. There is also an Honors College for students who have excelled academically and wish to be challenged further in their courses.

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

The majority of MU’s courses are offered through the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, which encompasses a vast range of theoretical, practical, and creative areas. Students can study in the departments of art and design, economics, history, social work, business administration, and more. This School also sponsors special initiatives like the Shanghai Executive Training Program, which brings together local and international business representatives for cross-cultural exchange.

School of Education

The School of Education offers programs in a variety of education fields, psychology, industry and technology, and wellness and sport sciences. Students learn the theory and practice of education in the classroom, then apply their knowledge through hands-on student teaching assignments and field experiences.

School of Science and Mathematics

Students in the School of Science and Mathematics have the opportunity to study and train in research- and industry-related fields. Students can work with faculty on research projects, get hands-on experience at the Marine Science Consortium, or prepare for medical school with the pre-med program. Many science classes are held in the new James P. and Tasia K. Argires Science Complex, which has more than 25 science teaching laboratories as well as faculty offices and classrooms.

College of Graduate and Professional Studies

The College of Graduate and Professional Studies offers more than 50 graduate degrees and certificate programs in a number of disciplines. Students can pursue their master’s degree or earn professional certifications that will help them in their careers. Graduate students can also apply for graduate assistantships, through which a student works 20 hours per week and receives a tuition waiver for 24 credits each year as well as a $5,000 stipend. This program helps students afford their graduate degree while gaining experience in the classroom or the office.

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Undergraduate Study

Undergraduate admissions at MU are competitive, so not every applicant is guaranteed a spot at the school. Freshmen applicants should begin by completing an online application and submitting the corresponding application fee. Applicants should also send an official high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores. MU also allows applicants to submit an optional personal statement and letters of reference, which are highly recommended for a successful application. Different programs may require additional materials or submissions.

Graduate Study

Graduate students can also apply online through one of the four applications for graduate programs offered at MU. Students can enroll in a master’s degree program, a post-baccalaureate certification program, a post-master’s certification program, or a non-degree program. Each type of graduate study has a different application form and different requirements. In general, applicants must submit an official transcript of baccalaureate work, an official score report from relevant graduate admissions tests (GRE, MAT, or ACTFL), electronic recommendations from professional supervisors or faculty members, and a personal statement on academic and professional goals. Different graduate tracks may require additional materials or submissions.

Financial Aid

Students seeking financial aid should begin by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is available online at fafsa.gov. This form determines eligibility for federal aid in the form of grants, loans, and work-study programs. It is also required as a supplementary material for many third-party loan and scholarship applications.

Students may also qualify for merit-based aid through a third-party sponsor or through MU itself. MU offers a competitive, merit-based scholarship program to honor the work of exceptional students. Scholarship winners can earn awards ranging from $100 to full tuition. In order to be considered for scholarships, students must complete a supplement to the admissions application, which gives students space to highlight their extracurricular activities and write a short personal statement.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 2615th for the average student loan amount.
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Students at MU have hundreds of opportunities to get involved in their college community, whether through joining a society, contributing to a newspaper, or just living in one of the on-campus residences. MU features more than 90 student clubs and organizations catering to all types of interests and activities. There are also a number of Greek organizations on campus, offering social, service, and academic communities to close knit groups of students. Even those who don’t join a group are able to participate in the many campus events, which are sponsored by the student and hall governments as well as a number of student organizations.

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Local Community

MU is conveniently located in the historic Lancaster County, Pennsylvania area. The campus occupies 250 acres in the heart of the city and has a mix of historic and modern buildings that reflect the university’s lengthy history. Students can explore within the campus or venture into Lancaster County itself to enjoy the local culture. It’s easy to step off campus for a bite to eat or a coffee rendezvous with friends. For a more active nightlife, students can take a short trip to a number of nearby East Coast cities like Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Baltimore, Maryland. Even New York City is only a two to three hour drive from campus, so students can head to Manhattan for a weekend of shopping or sightseeing without being late to their Monday classes.


There are slightly over 300 full-time faculty and 550 full-time staff and administration members at Millersville University. With so many professors, the student-to-faculty ratio is 18:1 and the average class size is just 25 students. This creates a more intimate and personal learning environment than students would find in a larger university. It also leads to the possibility of student-faculty collaboration through mentoring and research projects.


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Ranks 52nd in Pennsylvania and 640th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Pennsylvania and 219th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 4 0.05
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 2 0.02
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 5 0.06
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 20 0.23

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 9 0.11
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 5 0.06
Robbery 3 0.04
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 20 0.24
Larceny 68 0.83
Vehicle theft 1 0.01

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Millersville, PA 17551-0302
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population9,580 (8,602 urban / 978 rural)
Households2,993 (2.38 people per house)
Median Household Income$43,088
Families1,788 (2.85 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate comprehensive
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringPost-master's certificate
Calendar SystemFour-one-four plan
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4216

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1221st for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $6,622 $6,622 $16,556
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $2,244 $2,244 $2,434
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $276 $276 $690
FT Graduate Tuition $7,995 $7,995 $11,934
FT Graduate Required Fees $2,196 $2,196 $2,376
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $442 $442 $663
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $21,309 $21,309 $31,433
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $22,725 $22,725 $32,849
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $11,216 $11,216 $21,340

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $8,361 $8,600 $8,361 $8,600 $17,899 $18,426
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,732 $9,234
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,688 $2,608
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,006 $10,584
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,948 $2,868
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,238 $3,158

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$35
Graduate Application Fee$40
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 5,455 (2,241 male / 3,214 female)
Admitted 3,920 (1,609 male / 2,311 female)
Admission rate 72%
First-time Enrollment 1,299 (559 male / 740 female)
FT Enrollment 1,284 (550 male / 734 female)
PT Enrollment 15 (9 male / 6 female)
Total Enrollment8,279

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

861st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 14%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 24

SAT Test Admission

813th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 96%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 460 / 550
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 460 / 560
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 920 / 1110

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,275
Meals per Week21
Room Fee$5,642
Board Fee$4,181

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 513th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $85,570 ($86,105 male / $82,675 female)
Number of FT Faculty 281 (149 male / 132 female)
Number of PT Faculty 445
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $14,115,544

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