| Sort By:
| This school. Okay, first of all, Millersville University, as a whole is one of the most incompetent universities I've ever been to. I knew that after the first week I was here. The busing system that takes you around campus and to different parts of Lancaster is always either 5-10 min. early or 5 min. late. Most of the bus drivers are crabby old men too who yell at you if you're late and take smoke breaks at the most inconvenient times. The registar office is the absolute WORST. They will put you on hold for 15 min. and constantly transfer you to other people who do not help you/answer your questions. They also never update the transfer equivalency page on their website, so don't even THINK about taking a class at a community college over the summer and transfer it over, bc it will more than likely either: A) not transfer over, or B) transfer, but not for the reason you need it to (like for a Writing or a Perspectives requirement). I took a class through HACC over the summer and it transferred over but not as a Writing requirement. I found out that MU had changed that class to not count as a Writing back in the Winter of 2010 but they NEVER BOTHERED TO UPDATE IT on the transfer equivalency on the MU website. I had to fight with the Registar's office and go all the way up to the Dean of Education in order to get it to count, and that took me the entire Fall semester and countless phone calls to the Registar's office. They once had me on hold for nearly 20 min. and I was on my lunch break at work, which was only 30 min. long! As for professors and classes, most are okay. Some of the profs I've had are really knowledgeable and really know their stuff, but others just don't care or have us do really meaningless projects or busy work. My adviser is awful. She tried to get me to change my major (for the 2nd time) when I first met with her bc I didn't have that many Education classes to my name yet. Obviously I don't bc I JUST GOT INTO THE EDUCATION DEPT. THAT SEMESTER! She also didn't help me at all when I was trying to resolve my issue with my summer class, even though SHE was the one who suggested I take one in the first place! That's $500 I spent on a class that MU wasn't going to accept as a Writing, even though THEY were the ones who neglected to update the website! The food is terrible and will give you the runs, no joke. Also, the dining halls operate at terrible times. Say you have an 8 AM class that goes until 9:15 and it's on the other side of campus. Well, they only serve breakfast in the dining halls ON THE OTHER SIDE OF CAMPUS. And, they only serve it from 7-9:30 AM. That means you have to practically sprint from your class all the way to the other side of campus if you want to eat a descent meal that day and not just a stupid bagel and gritty-tasting coffee. Oh, and some of the depts. at MU are so snotty and stuck-up that you literally feel like you're back in high school. So many of the students are so cliquey and thrive on brown-nosing and kissing up to the profs. You wonder how some of the students and faculty sleep at night. Oh, and we don't have a library, so there's pretty much no quiet places to study at. And parking is an absolute nightmare, so don't plan on coming here if you're a commuter. Scheduling and registering for classes is a joke. This university pretty much thrives on keeping their students here longer than they need to be so they can suck them dry of every last red cent. Unless you don't mind dealing with snotty peers/faculty, incompetent and practically useless administration, terrible parking and even worse food, then come to MU. If you have any sense and value your education (and sanity), then go somewhere else. This is the WORST PA state school I have ever been to. I wish I could transfer out, but I only have one more year until I'm done so there'd be no point. DO NOT GO HERE!!! |
|Apr 12 2013|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2014 |
Take the following advice from the perspective that I am a graduating student (undergrad). |
Starting with what you might notice on a visit here, let's cover the aesthetics and safety here on campus. Several projects have been recently started/ completed. The Student Memorial Center (SMC) renovation was completed last year. This was a $21 Million project that seemed to focus on only appearance. Having worked in the campus recreation department for two years on campus, I worked with the gymnasiums before and after the renovation. Personally, I think that the project shorted the quality of the equipment installed/ provided in order to spend more on the (cheap) appearance desired. There are upwards of 4 dozen flatscreen TVs placed in odd and unusable locations. This wasted the funds on looking technologically up to date and is now wasting power.
Moving to safety on campus, despite the claims the University may make, the perceived feeling of safety on campus is made on false pretenses. The school is ranked at about 214 out of 400 schools when studying campus safety nationwide. There are still car burglaries (saw one last week), and there are plenty of racial fights (I have broken up a dozen myself while working in the campus recreation department. On this topic, last year race riots found their way onto campus and into campus housing. A huge fight broke out in a nearby student housing complex. As far as the police force is concerned, there plenty of officers around! Unfortunately, the focus of the officers has been to 'crack' down on parties instead of (in my opinion) more important items.
Moving to student interactions, rated the school a 'D'. I have been to 18 countries and 12 major cities around the USA. This being said, I have been given the Boston cold shoulder, and the New York nudge. However, the students at Millersville tend to have chips on their shoulders at all times, especially on the weekend. From a student's point of view (don't read this parents!), parties are a night mare. I have given up on parties at school due to the runts that play bouncers at parties. You have to be in a sorority or fraternity to get into any party (and those parties are not worth the trip). Lancaster city, which is about 15 minutes away, has a decent bar scene that I can take advantage of now that I am of age. Otherwise, the student social life is rather harsh and quite clique-y like high school (yuck!).
The department that I spent my first year involved in was the Mathematics department. The first struggle I noticed was difficulties with understanding the professors. My first class (Calculus I) was taught by a professor who could not pronounce many common English letter duo-s, such as the -ths, -ics, etc. Moving into the Applied Engineering, Safety & Technology department in my sophomore year, I encountered different problems. The professors are predominately adjuncts (have a career then teach at night). For the most part, these professors know what they are talking about, however, having three 6-9 classes a week was very draining and difficult to work with. The program I am in is regarded as one of the best of it's kind on the Eastern Coast. However, it still has it's share of pitfalls. In conclusion, I would visit the school for yourself, and get a feel for the campus. Some students love the atmosphere here. And as previously noted, I see the environment here as very similar to high-school. Inter- and intra- racial segregations are obvious at dining halls and throughout campus.
|Feb 01 2013|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2013 |
| I am writing this comment as a student who is a semester away from graduating.|
Millersville is a decent school. Like other have said, college is what you make it. There are some things that suck such as class registrations (if you are not an upperclassman),and sitting in classes where just about every student in the class doesn't participate in the discussions.
There are visible minorities, but for the most it is overwhelmingly white. Race relations aren't awful but we all aren't holding hands and singing kumbaya. Most people usually hang out with those of their race but I believe it is because they come from the same environment or graduated from the same school.
Campus is pretty much a ghost town come Friday due to the fact that there is not much to do, and most people go home during the weekend. Millersville is located in the middle of nowhere, so many who come from big cities experience culture shock. There are three buses. One that goes around campus, another that goes to downtown Lancaster and another that goes to park city mall.Overall my four years have been okay, but I am ready to graduate and move on. My advice is to use ratemyprofessors when looking for classes to take, and if you can move out of the dorms (the communal bathrooms are disgusting and 9/10 you will be placed with a roommate you won't like).
|Dec 25 2012|| 4th Year Female --
Class 2013 |