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Millersville University of Pennsylvania
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Motto Seize the Opportunity
Established 1855
Type Public
Endowment $11.8 million
President Francine G. McNairy
Staff 312 full time
121 part time
633 staff/administration
Undergraduates 7,206
Postgraduates 988
Location Millersville, Pennsylvania, USA
Campus Suburban, 190 acres (770,000 m²)
Colors Black and Gold
Mascot Marauder and sidekick Skully
Millersville logo.svg

Millersville University of Pennsylvania is a public university in Millersville, Pennsylvania, USA, 3 miles (5 km) southwest of Lancaster. Millersville University is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.



Millersville University was established in 1855 as the Lancaster County Normal School, the first state normal school in Pennsylvania. It subsequently changed its name to the Millersville State Normal School in 1859 and Millersville later became a state teacher’s college in 1927. It was renamed Millersville State College in 1959 and officially became Millersville University in 1983. Millersville is one of 14 state owned universities administered by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and one of two schools located in south-central Pennsylvania.

Biemesderfer Executive Center

Completed in 1894, Biemesderfer Executive Center, also known as the Old Library, is the centerpiece of Millersville University's campus. The Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees designated $27,500 for the construction of the library in 1891 with the contract awarded to Lancastrian D.H. Rapp, who submitted the lowest bid in a blind auction.[1]

The Pond

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Millersville University is known for its beautiful campus and at the heart of the campus is Millersville's pond. Home of Miller and S'ville, Millersville's resident swans, the pond was originally a brickyard in the 1800s.[2]

Resident Life

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Millersville University runs and operates nine Residence Halls which are divided into the North Side (3 Halls) and South Side (6 Halls) of campus. The university has several residence halls which are designated for freshman, Bard, Gaige, Hull, and Harbold. Diehm is the designated hall for students in the university honors college. Hobbs, Gilbert, Lenhardt, Burrowes, and Diehm are for upperclassmen students, though freshmen may be placed in those halls as well. The library on campus is called the Helen GanserLibrary.


Undergraduate programs and 20 graduate programs within its six college components:

  • School of Science & Mathematics
  • School of Education
  • School of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Honors College
  • Corporate University
  • Professional Training and Education

The school is probably best known for its programs offered in education and the natural/physical sciences. Most notably, Millersville is recognized as having one of the top undergraduate Meteorology programs on the East coast.

The School of Science & Mathematics includes the following departments:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Earth Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Nursing
  • Physics


Academic Majors

Ganser Library
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Art Education
  • Biology
  • Biology Education
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry Education
  • Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Earth Sciences
  • Earth & Space Science Education
  • Economics
  • Elementary Education
  • Elementary Education/Special Education
  • English
  • English Education
  • French
  • French Education
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • German
  • German Education
  • Government and Political Affairs
  • History
  • Industrial Technology
  • Technology Education
  • International Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Education
  • Meteorology
  • Music
  • Music Business and Technology
  • Music Education
  • Occupational Safety & Environmental Health
  • Oceanography
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Physics Education
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Spanish Education
  • Speech Communication
  • Special Education


The Millersville Marauders participate in 21 intercollegiate varsity sports competing against other NCAA Division II teams (Wrestling competes as a Division I Independent). Millersville is a member of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) conference. Millersville University also has a premier men's rugby team that is a member of the Eastern Pennsylvania Rugby Union and has had success competing on the Division I level, with an undefeated season and Championship victory in 2007.

Notable alumni


In April 2007, The Snapper, the university's student newspaper, published an article that highlighted the omission of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation from the university’s Discrimination Policy.[3] University administrators have not amended the policy, despite a popular petition. A “Silencing the Hate” campaign was held from April 16 to April 20, 2007 that included various educational seminars, discussion forums, and a “day of silence” protest.

Also in April 2007, Stacy Snyder, a 27-year old mother of two, filed a $75,000 federal lawsuit against Millersville University alleging that she was denied a teaching certificate and education diploma as a result of a picture on her MySpace page labeled “drunken pirate” in which she is shown drinking out of a yellow Mr. Goodbar cup while wearing a pirate hat.[4] The university claimed that she was promoting "underage drinking," though she was, in fact, well over the legal drinking age of 21. She was, instead, awarded an English degree.[5] The University denies the allegations but declined to elaborate further, citing federal privacy laws.[6]


  1. ^ Slotter, Carole L. The Centerpiece of the Campus (Science Press, 1982) Library of Congress # 82-62395
  2. ^ Downey, Dennis B. We Sing to Thee (Millersville University of Pennsylvania, 2004) ISBN 0-9759340-1-5
  3. ^ Capanear, Katie (2007-04-05). "Silencing the Hate brings light to discrimination against gays". The Snapper. Retrieved 2007-05-02.  
  4. ^ "College Sued Over "Drunken Pirate" Sanctions: Woman claims teaching degree denied because of single MySpace photo". The Smoking Gun. 2007-04-26. Retrieved 2009-11-19.  
  5. ^ Associated Press (2007-04-29). "School sued over MySpace photo response". Yahoo! News.;_ylt=Ag.KZMl.yTXwWaGN1dL0Ol7MWM0F. Retrieved 2007-05-02.  
  6. ^ Millersville University (2007-04-30). "Millersville University Statement on Ms. Stacy Snyder Lawsuit". Press release. Retrieved 2007-05-01.  

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Coordinates: 40°00′00″N 76°21′22″W / 40°N 76.356°W / 40; -76.356

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