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| Millersville has its pros and cons, but after sticking it out all 4 years, I have to say I feel swindled. |
I came to MU expecting the typical "college" life that was sold to me through the media, a parent's past stories of MU, and what little insight I received on a "tour" of the campus. However, within a few short months of actual attendance, I determined this place wasn't so great. Immediately I noticed there was a lack a real food. I'm a very active person and I lift weights a lot, so I tend to eat much larger meals but try to do so as healthy as possible. I would frequent both dining halls, only to presented with the same lame choices over and over. Another person on this site posted about all the Tex-Mex food. I agree with them fully. Personally, I hate that kind of food, but I'd force it down because I can't fuel a lifting program on Jell-O and salad. There's a lack of meat, and when you do get lucky and find some, it's greasy or over/undercooked. It's usually oily pasta and greasy pizza (sometimes made on bagels and/or English muffins.....seriously.) I've gotten sick many times from food here, and the plates/utensils are far from sanitary. It's no wonder the cute, thin girl you meet in freshmen year becomes a walrus by graduation time.
Education majors seem to love this school (on average) and I'm not surprised since this school has a decent education program, and puts a lot of effort into it. Other majors aren't so lucky. Being a business major, (a major I later found out to be very poorly ranked at this school,) I've experienced a wide range of bull**** as only business can provide. Some professors are excellent, hard working and friendly people. Most are average. But a few are true nut cases. Unfortunately, due to this schools lack of class options, sometimes the bad ones are unavoidable. I highly recommend you go on RateMyProfessor when picking courses. If you are planning to study business, DO NOT COME HERE. I was the stubborn guy who truly believed I could overcome even the worst professor, but even the most valiant effort can fail if the professor is truly bad. MU makes you visit an academic "advisor" before you get a password to log on to your registration account. I'm telling you this now to save you heartache and possibly extra semesters.....figure out all the graduation requirements, pre-reqs, and course strategies on your own...because the advisors aren't going to be much help...if you can even get a hold of them.
Social life is varied at MU. Dorm life wasn't terrible at first, but that's the "new car smell" effect. Most people are anti-social here, but the few that are friendly are often very chill guys. Every college has it?s odd-balls, and Millersville has quiet a few. It?s not uncommon to find guys who don?t shower for a week or more, and in one case I ran across a guy who played online games so much he wouldn?t leave the room for days. The smell was unbearable. Girls here aren't terrible, but you'll tend to be surrounded by drama queens and non-stop partiers often. No one ever seems to be in a good mood. I don't think the people here are all that bad, I think the circumstances here make people go a little crazy. There's not much to do except drink. The city of Lancaster is essentially a ghetto, and the local area near the campus has limited options. There's a few pizza joints, 2 bars, but if your idea of a good time is something other than eating and drinking, good luck to you. This is very much a commuter campus these days, so a very large percentage of people here go home on the weekend, so come Saturday morning this place is a ghost town.
Normally, given all police notices about stabbings, muggings, and stalkers, you'd be worried about walking around the local area, but the huge amount of police presence on campus brings my rating of safety up from an F to a C. Still not great, but its better than nothing. The campus police patrol the grounds very often, and in conjunction with the borough police who monitor the apartment regions, you feel like you're living in a police state. It is almost a daily occurrence that I see the flashing of police lights illuminating blinds on my apartment windows because of a speeder, or a party bust. Parking on this campus is extremely limited compared to the number of parking permits they sell. And don't think you can park in the grass or in a non-designated spot for only a short while, because the MUPD have a 6th sense for knowing when you violate the rules.
Other things to note are that the tuition will most likely go up a good bit due to the recent PA budget cuts. MU will try to increase enrollment to generate revenue, and cut costs by hosting less classes. That means more students crammed into the same classrooms, less sections of a class offered (so you might have to wait longer to register for that class) and most likely more instances of "triple-bunked" rooms, instead of the normal 2 person set-up. Also, parking will get worse...much worse. In addition, there's tons of construction going on, and plans to remodel the library (which means no library for the Fall '11 or longer.) Good luck finding a quiet place to study.
|Mar 31 2011|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2011 |
| Millersville is NOT a school that I would recommend....for anyone. One of the most significant arguments is that Millersville is one of the best schools for Educations, but it's really no better than a lot of other in-state schools. Spare yourself the pain and go elsewhere. |
Lancaster County is a bit of deadbeat place: not much to do, a massive majority of people here have lived here their whole life and have little cultural perspective, it's just a very conservative and closed-minded area. "Downtown" Lancaster does have a few cool spots but, again, not enough to keep you entertained for a semester much less four years.
Millersville itself is currently under massive construction to the complete neglect of it's student population. Soon, the library will be closing for two years. Getting around all of the construction zones completely negates what little beauty the campus has to begin with.
Academically, it's a bit of a joke. The classes are either insultingly simple or so unbelievable and unfairly demanding, I've rarely come upon a good balance. The course selection and registration process is an absolute nightmare. Overall, Millersville isn't the worst school in the world. It's just not a good one. It's a very small place and you feel stifled being stuck in the middle of nowhere in what feels like a bubble. I spent one semester away from Millersville at another university through an exchange program and I will NEVER go back having experienced what college can truly be.
|Mar 05 2011|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2013 |
| You get what you pay for and this is a cheap college. Students start out inspired then simply give up and start drinking at the local bars. If you want to major in alcoholism, then this is the place for you. If you're serious about getting an education spend the extra money on Franklin & Marshall. If you're super serious go to Swarthmore or Bucknell. |
|Jan 26 2011|| 3rd Year Male --
Class 2000 |