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2024 Annual Benchworks by Elentra Residential Student Survey

Starting on Monday April 15, 2024, the Department of University Housing & Conference Services will have the annual Benchworks by Elentra survey administered. All non-staff residential students (i.e., Shenks Halls & the Villages) will be invited to take the survey through Friday, April 26, 2024. Students will receive an email invitation with detailed information on how to take the survey. Two follow-up reminder emails will be sent to those who have not completed the survey.

This assessment is crucial for the Department of University Housing & Conference Services as it helps us to understand the successes and areas of improvement of our program, and the services of various campus partners in comparison to other colleges and universities across the country. The survey assesses 21 different factors, which include the following:

Satisfaction

  • Hall Student Staff
  • Hall Programming
  • Hall Environment
  • Facilities*
  • Services Provided
  • Room Assignment
  • Room Change
  • Safety & Security
  • Roommates
  • Dining Services*
  • Community Environment

Learning

  • Personal Interactions
  • Sense of Community
  • Diverse Interactions
  • Self-Management
  • Alcohol and Drug Use
  • Sustainability
  • Living-Learning Community (LLC) Connections & Support

Overall

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Overall Learning
  • Overall Program Effectiveness

*University Housing & Conference Services does not supervise these areas but works as a partner with the departments responsible for these services.

Wi-Fi Help for Residence Halls: Meet Our Apogee ResNet Tech

Are you a student who lives in the residence halls here at Millersville University and need help with Wi-Fi? If so, there are staff and resources here to help you. 

Will Williams is a CompTIA Network+ Certified Network Technician who works for Apogee, the company that provides the Wi-Fi service to the residence halls. He is responsible for maintaining the ResNet Wi-Fi service at Millersville University. We interviewed him about topics that students should know about the network in the residence hall and also to provide a little personal information about himself. 



Tell me a little about yourself?
I am a complete nerd. I love technology, finance, and video games. I am studying to become a Network Engineer.

How can students in the residence halls obtain help for internet-related issues they may be experiencing?
Support is available 24/7 for students. Call 833-548-7747 for support or go to millersville.apogee.us for more support options.

What advice do you have for students in the residence halls to stay successful with their tech in the halls?
If you have an iPhone or iPad, turn the “Private Wi-Fi Address” setting off. Instructions can be found online for how to turn off this setting or call us and we can help. This setting can cause connection issues if it’s not turned off.

What do you like most about Millersville University?
The students and staff here have all been very friendly and welcoming. I get the privilege to work alongside a university staff that takes a ton of ownership and wants what’s best for the university.


We’re glad to have Will here as a part of our Millersville University community and thank him for his dedication! Please make sure to give him a warm Marauder “Hello!” if he ever helps you with a service request. 

Residence Hall Winter Break 2023-2024 Bulletin

1. Winter break housing will start at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 9, 2023. The residence halls will be closed during winter break. Resident students who are continuing in the residence halls to spring 2024 may request break housing for all or portions of the winter break by completing the “Break_Winter_2023-23 Application”. There is no additional cost to stay over the break, but you must apply to be approved. All students that apply to stay are approved and you will receive and email confirmation once you have completed the application. The application will close at 4pm on Thursday, December 7, 2023. The residence halls will reopen for the spring semester at 12 noon on Sunday, January 14, 2024.

2. Students that are graduating or working graduation on Saturday, December 9 are permitted to stay, but must be checked out of the residence hall before 6pm on Saturday, December 9, 2023.  You must email your Residential Area Director (RAD) to receive permission to stay till 6pm on Saturday, December 9, 2023. The University Housing and Conference Services Office will confirm with the Registrar’s Office students who have requested to stay due to graduating. Once confirmed, you will receive additional check-out instructions from your RAD. You do not need to complete the Break Housing Application.

3. If you are requesting winter break housing and you have scheduled a room change for the spring semester, you must complete the room change before the start of the break. If the room change cannot be completed prior to leaving for the break, you may be asked to take all personal belongings home. This is to help the housekeeping staff clean and prepare for the spring semester. Please see your Residential Area Director (RAD) to make that arrangement. Students assigned to continue housing in the residence halls for spring 2024 are not required to surrender residence hall keys to the staff prior to leaving for the break nor need to move out all your belongings.

4. Students not returning or are thinking of not returning to Millersville University for the spring semester must contact their Residential Area Director (RAD) to receive instructions for checking-out of the residence halls. You will need to follow the instructions given to you by your hall director. Failure to properly check out will result in your being billed.

East Village –Yvonne DeBlois – yvonne.deblois@millersville.edu

Shenks Hall – Matthew Rutkoski – matthew.rutkoski@millersville.edu

South Village – Kei-shon Graham – kei-shon.graham@millersville.edu

West Village – Philip Watson – philip.watson@millersville.edu

TO COMPLETE THE WINTER BREAK APPLICATION:

  1. Log into your MAX Account
  2. Select Student Services
  3. Select Housing and Dining
  4. Select MyHousing
  5. In your MyHousing Account, go to the Applications tab on the left side and complete the “Break_Winter_2023-24Application”.
  6. Once you complete the application, you will receive an email stating that your application was completed.

GENERAL WINTER BREAK INFORMATION

  • 24-hour quiet hours go into effect at 9:00 PM on Friday, December 1, 2023, and continue through the end of the semester.
  • The residence halls will be closed during winter break except for returning residents who have requested and been approved for winter break housing by University Housing & Conference Services.
  • Card access for all resident students will be discontinued during the winter break. Only returning residents who have requested winter break housing will have card access privileges.
  • Guests and visitation are not permitted during the break.
  • See Dining ServicesHealth ServicesSMC, and The Hub websites for hours of operation.
  • For non-urgent police and campus calls during holiday closing times dial (717) 871-4357. For fire, police, and EMS emergencies, always dial 911.
  • Students assigned to continue housing in the residence halls for spring 2024 are not required to surrender residence hall keys to the staff prior to leaving for the break nor need to move out all your belongings.
  • The Housekeeping and Facilities Management Staff will be working in the campus residence halls to perform maintenance tasks during the break that may require entrance to resident rooms. The University Housing & Conference Services staff may post a courtesy sign on your door indicating that the room is occupied during the winter break. This sign will ensure that workers will not enter your room without knocking. Please leave it in place for the duration of the winter break.
  • All students assigned to the residence hall for fall 2023 are automatically assigned to continue in the residence halls for spring 2024 unless you have filed an official withdrawal from the University, filed and been approval for an official leave of absence for spring 2024, filed for leave of absence due to call to active military service for spring 2024, filed or been approved for study abroad for spring 2024, or are a current study abroad visa international student not returning for the spring 2024 semester. All these circumstances require that you are not registered for classes at Millersville University for spring 2024.

WINTER BREAK PREPARATION PROCEDURES

The residence hall staff will conduct health and safety inspections in each residence hall suite at the start of the winter break. Please carefully review the following instructions and information to avoid violations of the Student Code of Conduct for improper maintenance of your residence hall suite/room.

Prior to the start of the break, all resident students returning for the spring and not registered for the winter break period MUST:

  • Dispose of all trash by removing it to the dumpster in the parking lots outside your residence hall.
  • Clean the room/suite including sweeping the floor and wiping down furniture.
  • Clean your bathroom and report any issues with constant run toilets, sinks, showers to the residence hall staff.
  • Remove food from your refrigerator and properly dispose of it through proper trash removal.
  • Defrost your refrigerator.
  • If you are leaving for the break, turn off the lights.
  • If you are leaving for the break, set the thermostat to 70 degrees.
  • If you are leaving for the break, close and lock your room window (Villages).
  • If you are leaving for the break, lower the blinds halfway but leave them open.
  • If you are leaving for the break, lock your bedroom door and your suite door.
  • If you are leaving for the break, please take any valuables home with you.
  • If you are leaving for the break please move all items from your residence hall floor, especially computer equipment and any items that can be damaged by flooding.
  • If you are leaving for the break and you have an approved animal through Learning Services in your room, you must take the animal with you. You may not leave animals in the residence hall in the care of another student or staff member.

Congratulations to our December 2023 graduates!

Happy Holidays and stay safe!

Residence Hall Thanksgiving Break 2023 Bulletin

Thanksgiving Break will begin at 10pm on Tuesday, November 21, 2023, after night classes. All students planning to stay for Thanksgiving Break must register by completing the “Break_Thanksgiving_2023 Application” that is in your MyHousing Account. There is no additional cost to stay over the break, but you must apply to be approved. All students that apply to stay are approved and you will receive an email confirmation once you have completed the application. The application will close at 3pm on Monday, November 20, 2023. Students not staying for Thanksgiving Break can return to the halls starting at 12 noon on Sunday, November 26, 2023.

To complete the application, follow these instructions:

1.      Log into your MAX Account

2.      Select Student Services

3.      Select Housing & Dining

4.      Select MyHousing

5.      In your MyHousing Account, go to the Applications tab on the left side and complete the “Break_Thanksgiving_2023 Application.”

6.      Once you complete the application, you will receive an email stating that your application was completed.

The Residence Hall Staff may conduct Health and Safety Inspections in each residence hall suite at the start of the Thanksgiving break. Please carefully review the following instructions and information to avoid violations of the Student Code of Conduct for improper maintenance of your residence hall suite/room.

Thanksgiving Break Housing Information:

  • All University Administrative Offices will be closed on Thursday, November 23, 2023, and Friday, November 24, 2023.
  • Guests and Visitation is not permitted during the break. Guest visitation will start back up at 12noon on Sunday, November 26, 2023.
  • Residence Hall Offices will have limited hours of operation during the break – see front desk for contact information.
  • See Dining Services , Health ServicesThe Hub websites for hours of operation
  • The Housekeeping and Facilities Management Staffs may be working in the campus residence halls to perform maintenance tasks during the break that require entrance to resident rooms.

Thanksgiving Break Preparation Procedures:

Prior to the start of the break, all resident students MUST:

  • Dispose of all trash by removing it to the dumpster in the parking lots outside your residence hall.
  • Clean your room/suite, including sweeping the floor and wiping down furniture.
  • Clean your bathroom and report any issues with constant run toilets, sinks, and showers to the residence hall staff.
  • Remove stale food from your refrigerator and properly dispose of it through proper trash removal.
  • If you are leaving for the break, turn off the lights.
  • If you are leaving for the break, set the thermostat to 72 degrees.
  • If you are leaving for the break, close and lock your room window (Villages).
  • If you are leaving for the break, lower the blinds halfway, but leave them open.
  • If you are leaving for the break, lock your bedroom door and your suite door.
  • If you are leaving for the break, please move all items from your residence hall floor, especially computer equipment and any items that can be damaged by flooding.
  • If you are leaving for the break and you have a Learning Services approved animal in your room, you MUST take the animal with you. You MAY NOT leave animals in the residence hall in the care of another student or staff member.

 Have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving Break!

Tips for 2024 Course Registration

Attention, Marauders! It’s that time of year again when course selection for Spring 2024 is just around the corner. It may feel like you were starting your Fall Semester courses just yesterday, but planning ahead and staying organized can significantly benefit your studies at Millersville University.

Here are four essential tips to help guide you in the right direction:

1. Consider Your Credits and Course Schedule for Self-Care
When selecting your courses, it’s crucial to not only focus on academic performance but also allow time for self-care. Planning your schedule to accommodate study, rest, and peak performance on campus is a significant undertaking, but the effort is always worthwhile. Depending on your credit hours, look into the course timings and ensure they align with your availability. Remember, it’s vital to set aside time for your mental well-being as well.

2. Open and Honest Communication with Your Academic Advisor
Communication is key, especially when it comes to completing your degree. Have an open and honest conversation with your academic advisor about your course load and employment opportunities. Your advisor is there to support you and can provide valuable insights on tailoring your schedule to meet your needs effectively. Remember that your advisor was once a student like you, and their perspective can be a tremendous asset to your academic journey.

3. Meet with Your Academic Advisor in Advance
To ensure a smoother course selection process, meet with your academic advisor well ahead of the selection date. This way, you’ll already know which courses you need to take before they fill up. The earlier you prepare, the more seamless your upcoming semester planning will be.

4. Leverage Your Current Courses and Professors
Your current courses, particularly your core classes, provide a glimpse of what’s to come. Stay focused on your academic performance and don’t hesitate to seek advice on course selection from your professors during their office hours. Building an honest connection with your current professors is an excellent way to ensure academic success and receive occasional assistance. Just like your advisor, your professors were once undergraduate students, and their valuable insights can guide you.

Remember that thinking ahead is a wise practice, especially when it comes to course registration. Registration begins on Thursday, November 2nd, 2023, and we hope that these four tips we’ve provided will be of great help when the course registration date arrives.

Surviving the Second Half of the Semester: A Guide for Millersville University Students

As the leaves change colors and the crisp autumn air fills the campus, students return from their short fall break, ready to tackle the challenges of the second half of the semester. The first few weeks of the semester might have felt like a breeze, but now, with midterms, assignments, and projects piling up, it’s time to kick into high gear. In this blog post, we’ll provide you with valuable tips and strategies to help you not only survive but thrive during the second half of the semester. Whether you’re a freshman or a senior, living on campus, this guide is designed to help you stay on top of your game.

1. Reflect and Regroup

Before diving into the tasks and responsibilities ahead, it’s important to take a moment to reflect on the first half of the semester. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What has been working well for you so far?
  • What could you improve or do differently in the upcoming weeks?
  • Are there any courses or assignments that require extra attention?

Take notes and create a plan based on your reflections. This self-assessment will help you make necessary adjustments and approach the second half of the semester with a clear strategy.

2. Set Realistic Goals

With your self-assessment in mind, set realistic academic and personal goals for the remainder of the semester. Be specific about what you want to achieve and when you want to achieve it. Setting goals will help you stay focused and motivated throughout the semester.

Consider setting both short-term and long-term goals. Short-term goals could be weekly or monthly, such as completing a specific assignment or improving your study habits. Long-term goals might include achieving a certain GPA for the semester or securing an internship for the next year.

3. Create a Study Schedule

Having a well-structured study schedule is key to managing your time effectively during the second half of the semester. Ensure your schedule includes dedicated time for classes, study sessions, and personal activities. Here’s a suggested approach:

  • Allocate specific time slots for each class and stick to them.
  • Set aside time for reviewing lecture notes, reading assignments, and completing homework.
  • Prioritize the most challenging or important tasks during your peak productivity hours.
  • Include breaks in your schedule to avoid burnout.

By following a structured schedule, you’ll be more likely to stay on top of your coursework and reduce last-minute cramming.

4. Utilize Campus Resources

Millersville University offers a variety of resources to support your academic success. Take advantage of these resources to enhance your learning experience:

  • Academic Advising: Consult your academic advisor for guidance on course selection and career planning.
  • Tutoring Services: If you’re struggling with specific subjects or assignments, consider seeking help from on-campus tutoring services.
  • Library and Research Support: The library provides access to a wide range of resources, research assistance, and quiet study spaces.
  • Writing Center: Improve your writing skills with the assistance of the Writing Center staff.
  • Health Services: Don’t neglect your physical health. If you’re feeling unwell, visit the campus health center.
  • Counseling Services: Counseling has walk-in service hours Monday through Friday from 1 – 3 p.m. when classes are in session.
  • Career Services: Start planning for your post-graduation career by utilizing the resources and services offered by the Career Center.
  • Center for Health Education & Promotion: CHEP provides educational resources to students on a wide collection of topics including alcohol and other drugs, body image, dating violence, domestic violence, healthy relationships, safer sex, sexual assault, stalking, and stress.

5. Stay Organized

Organization is your best friend during the second half of the semester. Implement these strategies to stay organized:

  • Use a Planner or Digital Calendar: Record important dates, deadlines, and events to keep track of your schedule.
  • Create a To-Do List: Make a daily or weekly to-do list to prioritize tasks and manage your time effectively.
  • Set Up a Study Space: Designate a quiet, organized space for studying, free from distractions.
  • Organize Your Notes: Keep your class notes, readings, and study materials neatly organized.
  • Digital Tools: Utilize apps and tools like Google Calendar or Microsoft Teams to stay organized and manage your tasks efficiently.

6. Connect with Classmates

The second half of the semester is a great time to strengthen your academic and social connections with your peers. Forming study groups, attending review sessions, and participating in class discussions can enhance your learning experience. Collaborating with classmates not only makes studying more enjoyable but also helps you gain different perspectives on the subject matter.

7. Prioritize Self-Care

Maintaining your physical and mental health is crucial during this demanding time. Self-care is not a luxury; it’s a necessity. Here are some self-care practices to incorporate into your routine:

  • Get Adequate Sleep: Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep each night to stay alert and focused during the day.
  • Eat Nutritious Meals: Fuel your body with a balanced diet to ensure you have the energy to meet your academic demands.
  • Exercise Regularly: Physical activity can reduce stress and improve your overall well-being.
  • Meditation and Mindfulness: Take a few minutes each day to clear your mind and reduce stress through meditation or mindfulness exercises.
  • Seek Support: If you’re feeling overwhelmed, don’t hesitate to reach out to Counseling Services on campus.

8. Time Management Techniques

Effective time management is a skill that can make or break your success during the second half of the semester. Consider implementing these time management techniques:

  • The Pomodoro Technique: Work for 25 minutes, then take a 5-minute break. After four cycles, take a longer break. This method can boost productivity and reduce burnout.
  • Time Blocking: Allocate specific time blocks for different tasks and stick to your schedule.
  • Eliminate Distractions: Identify common distractions and minimize or eliminate them while studying.
  • Use a Task Management System: Tools like Todoist or Microsoft To Do can help you organize tasks and stay on top of deadlines.

9. Seek Faculty Support

Your professors are valuable resources when it comes to understanding course material and getting clarification on assignments. Don’t hesitate to seek their support. Here’s how to make the most of your interactions with faculty:

  • Attend Office Hours: Most professors hold office hours during which you can ask questions, seek help, or discuss your progress in the course.
  • Participate Actively in Class: Engage in class discussions, ask questions, and show your interest in the subject matter.
  • Email Responsibly: When emailing your professors, be clear and concise in your inquiries, and always use a professional tone.

10. Stay Motivated

Maintaining motivation during the second half of the semester can be challenging, but it’s essential for your success. Try these strategies to stay motivated:

  • Visualize Success: Imagine achieving your academic and personal goals to boost motivation.
  • Break Tasks Into Smaller Steps: Divide larger assignments or projects into smaller, manageable tasks to prevent feeling overwhelmed.
  • Reward Yourself: Celebrate your achievements, whether big or small, to maintain a positive outlook.
  • Stay Connected to Your Passion: Remember why you chose your major or field of study in the first place and keep that passion alive.
  • Stay Accountable: Share your goals with a friend or roommate and hold each other accountable for staying on track.

11. Embrace Flexibility

While it’s essential to have a well-structured plan, remember that life can be unpredictable. Unexpected challenges and opportunities may arise. Be adaptable and open to adjusting your schedule and priorities as needed. Flexibility is a valuable skill that will serve you well not only during the second half of the semester but throughout your life.

12. Engage in Extracurricular Activities

Millersville University offers a wide range of extracurricular activities, clubs, and organizations. Getting involved in these activities not only enriches your college experience but also helps you manage stress and build a sense of community. Joining clubs related to your interests or career goals can be a fun and productive way to balance your academic life.

13. Reflect on Your Progress

As the semester progresses, regularly take the time to reflect on your progress. Evaluate the goals you’ve set and measure your achievements against them. Celebrate your successes, no matter how small, and use any setbacks as opportunities for growth and improvement.

14. Prepare for Midterms and Finals

Midterm and final exams are significant milestones during the second half of the semester. Start preparing well in advance to reduce the stress associated with these crucial assessments. Review your notes, seek help from professors or tutors if needed, and practice with past exams or sample questions.

15. Utilize Online Resources

In today’s digital age, you have access to a wealth of online resources that can enhance your learning experience. YouTube, Khan Academy, Coursera, and other online platforms offer tutorials and courses that can complement your classroom learning. Use these resources to gain a deeper understanding of your coursework or to explore new subjects.

16. Stay Connected with Family and Friends

Amidst the demands of college life, it’s important not to lose touch with your family and friends. Regularly check in with loved ones, either through calls, video chats, or visits if possible. Their support and encouragement can provide you with a sense of belonging and motivation.

17. Manage Stress

Stress is a natural part of college life, but it’s essential to manage it effectively. In addition to self-care practices, consider relaxation techniques like deep breathing, yoga, or mindfulness meditation. If stress becomes overwhelming, don’t hesitate to seek help from the university’s Counseling Services.

18. Plan for the Future

While your primary focus is on the current semester, it’s never too early to start planning for the future. Explore internship opportunities, research potential career paths, and connect with the university’s Career Services to prepare for life after graduation.

19. Lean on Your Support System

Your friends, roommates, and fellow students are also going through the challenges of the second half of the semester. Lean on each other for support, encouragement, and camaraderie. Study together, share your concerns, and celebrate your achievements as a team.

20. Celebrate Your Achievements

As you reach the end of the semester, take a moment to reflect on your journey. Recognize the hard work you’ve put in, the obstacles you’ve overcome, and the knowledge you’ve gained. Celebrate your achievements, whether it’s acing an exam, completing a challenging project, or simply surviving a tough week.

In conclusion, the second half of the semester at Millersville University is a time for growth, learning, and self-discovery. By implementing these strategies and maintaining a positive attitude, you can not only survive but thrive during this crucial period. Remember that every challenge you face is an opportunity to develop valuable skills and build a foundation for your future success.

Stay organized, stay motivated, and never hesitate to seek support when you need it. Your college experience is not just about earning a degree; it’s about becoming the best version of yourself and preparing for a bright future. Embrace the challenges, cherish the memories, and make the most of your time in college. You’ve got this!

Now, with a clear plan and a supportive community at your side, go forth and conquer the second half of the semester with confidence and determination. Good luck and may your hard work and dedication lead to great success in your academic journey.

*** Graphic by Scott M. Helfrich, Ed.D. 

Residence Hall Fall Break 2023 Bulletin

Fall Break will start at 5pm on Friday, October 6, 2023.  All students planning to stay for Fall Break must register by completing the “Break_Fall_2023” Application that is in your MyHousing Account.  For Fall Break, all students that apply to stay are approved and you will receive an email confirmation once you have completed the application. Fall Break ends and classes start again on Wednesday, October 11, 2023.

To complete the application, follow these instructions:

  • Log into your MAX Account.
  • Select Student Services.
  • Select Housing & Dining.
  • Select MyHousing.
  • In your MyHousing Account, go to the Applications tab on the left side and complete the Break_Fall_2023 Application.
  • Once you complete the application, you will receive an email stating that your application was completed.

The Residence Hall Staff may conduct Health and Safety Inspections in each residence hall suite during the fall break. Please carefully review the following instructions and information to avoid violations of the Student Code of Conduct for improper maintenance of your residence hall suite/room.

 Fall Break Housing Information:

  • The residence halls will be operational during the fall break.
  • University administrative offices will be open during fall break during regular business hours.
  • Guests and Visitation is not permitted during the break. Guest visitation will start back up at 12noon on Tuesday, October 10, 2023.
  • Residence hall offices will have hours of operation during the break – see front desk for contact information.
  • See Dining Services and Health Services websites for hours of operation.
  • The Housekeeping and Facilities Management teams may be working in the campus residence halls to perform maintenance tasks during the break that require entrance to resident rooms.

Fall Break Preparation Procedures:

Prior to the start of the break, all resident students leaving MUST:

  • Dispose of all trash by removing it to the dumpsters in the parking lots outside your residence hall.
  • Clean the room/suite including sweeping the floor and wiping down furniture.
  • Clean your bathroom and report any issues with constant run toilets, sinks, showers to the residence hall staff.
  • Remove stale food from your refrigerator and properly dispose of it through proper trash removal.
  • If you are leaving for the break, turn off the lights.
  • If you are leaving for the break, set the thermostat to 72 degrees.
  • If you are leaving for the break, close and lock your room window (Villages).
  • If you are leaving for the break, lower the blinds halfway but leave them open.
  • If you are leaving for the break, lock your bedroom door and your suite door.
  • If you are leaving for the break and you have a Learning Services approved animal in your room, You must take the animal with you. You may not leave animals in the residence hall in the care of another student or staff member.

Please consult your residence hall staff should you have any specific questions and have a nice fall break.

* Graphic by Scott M. Helfrich, Ed.D.

MILLERSVILLE UNIVERSITY FALL 2023 HOUSING MOVE-IN INFORMATION

The Fall 2023 semester is fast approaching so we want you to be prepared for moving into the residence halls on campus. Please read the following important information.

RESIDENCE HALL ASSIGNMENTS

Residence hall building and room assignments will be available within your student account (i.e., MAX > MyHousing) on Friday, July 14, 2023, after 3:00 p.m.  We appreciate your patience!

MOVING IN

Below are the dates and times you may move onto campus based upon your specific residence hall assignment and whether you are a new, returning, or transfer student. This schedule is designed to mediate the flow of traffic and avoid congestion in and around the residence halls created by the large number of students and families. We appreciate your cooperation in adhering to this schedule. We look forward to having you here at the ‘Ville!

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2023 – NEW STUDENTS IN LIVING-LEARNING COMMUNITIES (LLCs)

All Halls: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

There is still some space available for LLC participation so we encourage more students to apply via the links listed above.

*LLC students will receive more information individually regarding the Wednesday evening “LLC Welcome BBQ” in the weeks prior to move-in.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 17, 2023 – NEW & TRANSFER STUDENTS

East Village and West Village

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.               Terrace and First Floors

10:00 a.m. – Noon                      2nd Floor

Noon – 2:00 p.m.                         3rd Floor

South Village

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.                   Terrace and First Floors

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.               2nd Floor

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.               3rd Floor

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.               4th Floor

Shenks Hall

Noon – 2:00 p.m.          2nd and 3rd Floors

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.   1st Floor

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2023 – RETURNING STUDENTS

East and West Villages 

8:00 a.m. – Noon          All Floors

South Village

Noon – 5 p.m.               All Floors

Shenks Hall

9:00 a.m. – Noon          1st and 2nd Floors

Noon – 3:00 p.m.          3rd Floor

SUNDAY, AUGUST 20, 2023 – RETURNING STUDENTS 

East and West Villages 

8:00 a.m. – Noon              All Floors

South Villages

Noon – 5:00 p.m.             All Floors

Shenks Hall

Noon – 5 p.m.                   All Floors

MONDAY, AUGUST 21, 2023

Fall semester classes begin

***Click for additional 2023-2024 Academic Year dates.***

 Route & Parking Maps

The links below will open PDF route and parking maps. Please follow the appropriate route for your residence hall:

Black Route – Shenks Hall and West Village

Green Route – East and South Village

Move-In Day Expectations

Once you arrive to campus during your designated day and time, here is what you can expect:

  • Family and / or friends may accompany you for the move-in process for help, but we encourage you to limit the number of individuals needed for support due to traffic congestion and parking availability concerns.
  • The entire move-in process can take between 1-2 hours long during peak periods.
  • Upon your arrival to campus, you will see signs pointing you where to go.
  • Please note that if you have more than one vehicle, only one at a time will be permitted to park next to the building for unloading.
  • When you arrive at your hall, you will be able to unload your belongings. The driver will immediately move the car to the designated parking area while you go to the check-in area to receive your keys.
  • We will have a limited number of student volunteers (“Movers & Shakers”) on hand to help. If you would like assistance, available Movers & Shakers will help you load your belongings into large carts for transport to your room as quickly as possible.
  • Due to the high number of new students moving in, at times you might find it easier to move yourself in without help from a volunteer Mover & Shaker.
  • After you unload the vehicle, you will need to move it to an open parking area, which may be on another part of campus. You will be directed to these areas.
  • We encourage you to pack lightly and bring any hard carts that you may have to expedite your move-in process.
  • Before you unpack everything, use a computer to check your e-mail and complete your room condition report. This is how you note any existing damage or worn items in your room so that you are not charged for them at the end of the year. Do not have a computer handy? Do not worry. We will have hard copies available for you to use. Just ask your RA.

Residential Student Mail and Package Information

Please read this short blog post regarding the mail process here on campus and how students must have their mail and packages addressed.

 Movers & Shakers Volunteering Opportunity

The Department of University Housing & Conference Services (UHCS) is looking for returning students to serve as volunteer  “Movers & Shakers” for move-in help on Thursday, August 17, 2023, from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Saturday, August 19, 2023, from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Movers & Shakers are responsible for meeting and greeting new students, their families, and helping to move students’ belongings into their rooms in the residence halls. Click HERE to find out more and register.

Please feel free to email our office at housing@millersville.edu if you should have any questions or need further clarification.

Setting Yourself Up For Success

Setting yourself up for success is easier said than done. The importance of preparing yourself to be successful is tremendous, so your semester runs as smoothly as possible. So, before you become too overwhelmed and way too busy to even consider this advice, here are a few tips and tricks to get you through this spring whether you are graduating senior or new student at the ‘Ville: 

Figure out a schedule: Whether that is early mornings or late nights, it does not matter. Just whatever works best for you and your class/work schedule. Even if this differs from day to day, that is not important. As long as time is being scheduled for homework, employment, classes, and whatever else is important to you and your daily routine, that is all that matters. This leaves no time for debate in your mind when you are going complete an assignment or squeeze the gym into your day.  

Consistency is key: You have heard it a million times before and here it is again. Now that you have a schedule in place for the semester, keep up with it. Everyone has their days. It is ok to take a random Tuesday to yourself just because you need it. But excuses will not earn you a college degree. If you stay consistent with your schedule, I promise you will be more successful in life. 

Get out: Whether that is out of your room, building, or campus, just get out. It is nice to have a change of scenery and some flavor in your routine. If you are in a rut or are having trouble staying consistent, this may be just what you need to get motivated. Try the library or a building that you have never had classes in before. Campus is way bigger than it may seem. If you have a car, venture into Lancaster. There are so many hidden gems, such as coffee shops, perfect for a study day.  

Use your resources: We pay a lot of money for the college experience and to earn a degree. Many useful places on campus fly under our radar because we simply never venture out of our residence hall rooms or out of our academic major’s building. Go to the library and visit every floor. Go to a building that you never have classes in and explore every nook and cranny to find something new. You might just find your new favorite study spot or even a campus service you did not know existed. 

Have fun: We are obviously all here for an education, but we are also here to make memories. Do not forget that. It is easy to get wrapped up in academics, work, and priorities at this stage in life. Suddenly, your first week at college turns into your first week of your last semester, and that is one of the scariest realizations. As proud as I am, personally, for getting myself through almost four years of college, I am most proud of the memories I have made. It is the friends, late nights, laughs, and happiness I have experienced I smile back on when reminiscing about my time here at Millersville University. If there is one thing you take from this entire post, let it be that!

Good luck to everyone this spring semester! May we receive more sunshine and warmth in these next few weeks. And to my fellow graduating seniors, enjoy this time we will never get back. It is bittersweet for sure, but so much success lies ahead!

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Gabrielle Krick is a senior Business Administration major with a concentration in Management and minor in Marketing at Millersville University. Her interests include human resources, social media marketing, and content marketing. When she graduates in May 2023, Gabby hopes to work for a large company’s human resources department, specifically representing minorities and the LGBTQ community. She hopes to either stay in the Lancaster, Pennsylvania area or move somewhere near Rehoboth, Delaware.  

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Fall 2023 On and Off Campus Housing Application Information

Definitions:

On-Campus: On-campus housing is defined as residing in one of the following residence halls: East Village, Shenks Hall, South Village, and West Village.

Off-Campus: Properties owned by Student Lodging, Inc. (SLI) and other student housing options within the community.

Commuter: Students residing with a parent or court-appointed legal guardian at that person’s permanent home address who is commuting fewer than 40 miles one way. A notarized statement and supplemental statement are required.

For further information, please refer to the Millersville University Housing Residency Requirement policy:

https://www.millersville.edu/about/administration/policies/pdf/administration/housing-residency-requirement.pdf

Same Room Selection

“Same Room Selection” is for those students who currently live on campus and wish to live in the room they are currently in for next fall. Remember, to participate in this room selection, you cannot request a roommate. A current suitemate group that wishes to live together again must each pick separately.

Shenks Room Selection and Honors College Room Selection

This is room selection for students who wish to live in Shenks Hall or wish to live in Honor’s College Living Learning Community (LLC).

Single Suite Room Selection

This is room selection for students who wish to live in single suites (i.e., two private bedrooms and one shared bathroom in the Villages). A limited number of single suites will be available for selection.

Open Room Selection

“Open Room Selection” is when you can select any room that is available. There are two types: “Open Room Selection with Roommate Matching” (i.e., for students who have already requested a roommate) and “Open Room Selection without Roommate Matching” (i.e., for students who did not request a roommate).

Information Sessions (Zoom links to be provided later)

February 8, 2023: Fall 2023 Housing On/Off Campus Information Session @ 12:10PM – 1PM

February 9, 2023: Fall 2023 Housing On/Off Campus Information Session @ 6PM – 7PM

 Returning Student On-Campus Room Selection Timeline

Room selection for those current students who plan to live on campus next year. See below for important dates and information about the different types of room selection. Room selection is in MyHousing (self-service): MAX >> Student Services-Housing & Dining >> MyHousing.

February 1, 2023: On-campus application opens and roommate matching (through MyHousing)

March 1, 2023: Kick-Off of Room Selection Program (South Village Great Room)

March 14, 2023April 14, 2023: On campus room selection for Returning/Current students.

  • March 14 – 15, 2023: Same room selection
  • March 16 – 17, 2023:  Shenks Hall and Honor’s College LLC selection
  • March 22 – 23, 2023: Villages single suite selection
  • March 24 – April 14, 2023: Open room selection for returning/current students

Returning Student Off-Campus Timeline

See below for important dates and information about the different types of off-campus requests:  All requests are Applications in MyHousing (self-service):  MAX >> Student Services >> Housing & Dining >> MyHousing.

January 24, 2023: Returning student off-campus application opens in MyHousing.

February 1, 2023: UHCS will begin to process off-campus applications for students with anticipated 60 or more credits completed by the end of Spring 2023.

March 1, 2023: Students with under 60 credits who are within commuting distance (40 miles one way) can apply for commuting from legal residence with application and notarized document.

July 5, 2023: If there are available waivers to grant, students with 30-59 earned credits can apply for a waiver, but are not guaranteed, to lease with Student Lodging, Inc. The approval of affiliate waivers is at the sole discretion of the university.

July 10, 2023: UHCS will begin to process SLI applications for students with anticipated 30 – 59 credits completed by July 15, 2023.

OFF-CAMPUS WAIVER FAQS

Below are frequently asked questions and their answers related to the off-campus waiver process to help you plan accordingly for the 2023-24 academic year.

Should I apply for on-campus housing for 2023-24 academic year?

If you are returning to Millersville University for the 2023-24 academic year and not eligible for a 60+ credit waiver, you should apply to secure campus housing.

I will not have 60 earned credits until I finish the spring 2023 semester. Can I still apply for a waiver?

Yes. University Housing & Conference Services (UHSC) takes into consideration the anticipated number of credits that you will earn for the spring 2023 semester. Keep in mind that you can become ineligible if you decide to withdraw from or fail courses that will put you under the 60-credit mark by the end of the spring 2023 semester.

What if my friends I want to live with have 60+ credits and are approved, but I only have 30-59 earned credits?

While you will be able to apply for a waiver on July 5, 2023, there is no guarantee that you will obtain a waiver. Additionally, those with 30-59 earned credits who are granted a waiver may only reside in Student Lodging, Inc. (SLI) communities and not elsewhere off-campus.

Some of my intended roommates and I have received a 60+ credit waiver, but one (or more) have only have 30 – 59 earned credits. What should we do?

Students with only 30 – 59 earned credits are not guaranteed a waiver. You should proceed accordingly assuming that your friend may not be granted a waiver. It is recommended that you make off-campus roommate arrangements with students who do have a 60+ earned credit waiver.

How many 30-59 credit waivers will be granted in July?

This will not be determined until immediately prior to July 10, 2023.

If I don’t have the required credit hours to move off campus, can I take summer classes so I do?

You may do so if this will place you at a level of 60 or more earned credits prior to the start of the fall semester.

What if I already signed a lease somewhere other than Student Lodging, Inc. (SLI)?

You may only sign a lease somewhere other than Student Lodging, Inc. (SLI) if you have acquired a 60+ earned credit waiver.

I received a waiver last year but never used it, can I use it this year?

No. You must apply for a waiver each year.

Can I transfer my waiver to someone else?

No. Waivers are not transferrable to other students.

If 30 – 59 credit waivers are granted in July, how are they chosen?

The waiver application will open the first week in July in MAX. Waivers will be granted in sequential order by the date and time of application until the number of waivers available are exhausted. Waivers granted for those 30 – 59 earned credits will not be based upon any intended apartment roommate arrangements that you may have.

If I do not know if I will be granted a 30 – 59 credit waiver prior to July 10, 2023, do I have to live on campus for the summer?

Students are not required to live on campus during the summer months but may do so.

Is there an appeal process for those students with 30 – 59 credits who were denied a waiver?

No. All decisions are final.