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Millersville Marauders

Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Motto Seize the Opportunity
Established 1855
Type Public liberal arts
master's level
Endowment $23.2 million
President Dr. John M. Anderson
Academic staff 299 full-time
Admin. staff 540 staff and administration
Undergraduates 7,644
Postgraduates 1,081
Location Millersville, Pennsylvania, USA
Campus Suburban, 250 acres (1,011,714 m²)
Colors Black and Gold
Athletics NCAA Division II
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
Nickname Marauders
Mascot Millersville Marauder and Skully (Marauders)

Millersville University is a 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 teachers college in 1928. It was renamed Millersville State College in 1957 and officially became Millersville University of Pennsylvania in 1983.

In November 1852, the Lancaster County Educational Association met in Strassburg resolving to form an institute for teacher training. The first institute, which led to the Lancaster County Normal School and received major support from Thomas H. Burrowes, was held in January 1853. While the Association was working to organize, Lewis M. Hobbs, a popular teacher of the Manor district, lobbied heavily in Manor township for a more permanent training facility for teachers. Jacob Shenk, a local farmer, donated a tract of five acres (present-day site of Ganser Library, Biemesderfer Executive Center, and Dutcher Hall) with Hobbs collecting investments from local residents. On April 17, 1855, Lancaster County Normal School opened with James P. Wickersham as Principal and a peak of 147 teachers in attendance. President of the school was Thomas H. Burrowes and Vice President was Lewis M. Hobbs. November 5, 1855 marked the start of the first full session, with a new expansion off of the original Academy building that made 96 rooms available for nearly 200 students and their teachers.[1]

Completed in 1894, the 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.[2]

Millersville University has nine residence halls. Four residence halls are designated for freshmen: Bard, Gaige, Hull, and Harbold. Diehm is the designated hall for students in the University Honors College and for international students. Hobbs, Gilbert, Lenhardt, Burrowes, and Diehm are for upperclassmen students. Other housing options include Shenks and Reighard halls, and Brookwood Court and Healthy Living apartments.

The Millersville University Library is housed in Ganser Hall. In September 2011, the University closed Ganser Hall for two years in order to complete renovations.[3] On August 26, 2013, the Ganser Library reopened as the McNairy Library and Learning Forum.


Millersville University is known for its beautiful campus, at the heart of which is Millersville's lake, home of two swans named Miller and S'ville.


  • Located in Millersville, Pa., population: 8,168 (2010 Census)
  • 250 acres of gently rolling landscape at Millersville campus
  • Downtown Lancaster campus - The Ware Center is located at 42 North Prince St.
  • 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


  • 2,232 students live in nine residence halls on campus.
  • Coed, by wing or floor
  • Theme areas: First Year Experience, Honors College, International Students, Center for Service Learning and Leadership
  • 1,228 live in local off-campus housing
  • 5,365 (approx.) commute from home

New Facilities

The grand opening of the new Charles R. and Anita B. Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center at Millersville University occurred on Friday, October 12, 2012.


Millersville University has 8,725 students with a student-faculty ratio of 19.6:1 and an average class size of 27.

Degree programs and certifications

According to the 2011-2012 undergraduate course catalog Millersville University offers:

  • 55 bachelor's degree programs
  • 2 associate degree programs

According to the Graduate and Professional Studies catalog, Millersville University offers 62 graduate programs:

  • 22 master's degree programs
  • 40 certificates and certifications


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


19 intercollegiate varsity sports competing in NCAA Division II


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

(Track and Field)

(Cross Country, Only NCAA National Championship Team)


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

Plus a diverse range of club programs. including:

  • Ice Hockey Club
  • Men's & Women's Rugby
  • Men's Club Lacrosse

Millersville Athletics Fast Facts

Millersville University's nickname is the Marauders and competes in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and NCAA Division II.

Millersville's first athletics team was baseball, which started in 1889.

Millersville has won 43 PSAC Championships in 14 sports and 43 PSAC Eastern Division titles baseball, men's basketball, women's basketball, football, men's soccer and volleyball.

Men's basketball player John Parker was the school's first All-American in 1956-57 and since then, 198 Marauders have earned All-America recognition.

At the conclusion of the 2011 season, women's basketball coach Mary Fleig ranked 43rd among all active coaches regardless of division in career victories with 515. She ranked 27th among active Division II coaches in winning percentage (.669) and ninth in total victories. By victories, she ranked 15th in Division II history.

Former women's lacrosse coach Barb Waltman, who retired following the 2011 season, retired as the winningest coach in Division II lacrosse history with 218 victories.

Former football coach Dr. Gene A. Carpenter was inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame on July 21, 2012. Carpenter posted a 212-89-6 record and won 10 PSAC East titles from 1970-2000.

The men's cross country team won a NCAA Division II Championship in 1981. The women's lacrosse team won the AIAW Division III Championship in 1982.

Student Involvement

The Center for Student Involvement and Leadership helps students bring the "out of classroom learning" into their lives. A balance between academics and extra-curricular activities is important in college success.

Millersville University has more than 90 organizations including service and leadership clubs, fraternities and sororities, campus musical groups, honor societies, religious organizations, special interest clubs, sports clubs and student media.

Greek Life

Kappa Delta Pi (Education), Omicron Delta Epsilon (Economics), Phi Alpha Theta (History), Phi Eta Sigma (First-Year Students), Phi Kappa Phi (all-discipline)

Social Fraternities

Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Lambda Chi Alpha, Lambda Sigma Upsilon, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Sigma Tau Gamma, and Acacia

Social Sororities

Alpha Sigma Alpha, Alpha Sigma Tau, Alpha Xi Delta, Chi Alpha Tau, Delta Sigma Theta, Delta Zeta, Mu Sigma Upsilon, Sigma Gamma Rho, Sigma Phi Delta, Zeta Phi Beta, Chi Upsilon Sigma

Honor Societies

Phi Sigma Pi (Honor Fraternity—mixed gender), Delta Phi Eta (Honor Sorority)

Notable alumni

External links

  • Millersville University of Pennsylvania
  • Millersville University of Pennsylvania Athletics


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

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