Bucking a regional trend for the second year in a row, Millersville University increased enrollment for fall 2019. Enrollment grew by 36 students from fall of 2018 to today’s enrollment of 7,817. Millersville was one of only four universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) to post an increase.
“I am proud to say that as a result of the collective effort of our faculty, staff, alumni and supporters, Millersville University’s enrollment numbers are strong,” noted Dr. Daniel Wubah, president of Millersville University. “I attribute our growth to our outstanding academic programs and our continued work in retention along with the expansion of our online and graduate programs. Additionally, with private support, we increased our scholarship allocations while reducing our room and board costs by $245 a semester.”
Approximately 1,350 freshmen and 500 transfer students joined Millersville this fall with an average GPA for the freshmen class of 3.43, and an average SAT of 1080. In addition, 36 international students are enrolled, the largest ever first-year cohort.
“Although our overall retention rate of 77.5% is ranked third among PASSHE institutions, we are committed to improving that number,” Wubah advised. “Stronger retention and higher four-year graduation rates are key goals for my leadership team, and I am confident that we can make progress in both metrics.”
To build on this momentum, this fall students majoring in business were welcomed into the new College of Business. The college offers a bachelor’s in business administration, and all programs provide a core of business, economics and mathematics courses that prepare students to enter the world of business. It was established on July 1, 2019 and has an advisory council of business leaders and alumni.
Millersville continues to develop new academic programs that will enhance students’ skills and prepare them for the workforce. In the past year, eight new degree programs have been created.