Washington Monthly ranks Milligan in Top 100 baccalaureate colleges

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (Sept. 3, 2012) — Milligan College ranks among the top 100 baccalaureate colleges in the nation, according to a ranking of colleges and universities published last week by Washington Monthly.

The magazine’s annual College Guide and Rankings examines what colleges are doing for their students and the public good – on whether they’re improving social mobility, producing research, and promoting public service. Milligan ranked no. 78 out of 352 baccalaureate colleges in the U.S.

“Servant-leadership is an essential part of Milligan’s mission and vision, so it is an honor to be recognized among other institutions who also emphasize service,” said Milligan President Bill Greer. “We encourage our students — through their scholarship, community, and faith — to reflect on what it means to be called to lives of service in all professions.”

The social mobility category examines the percentage of students receiving Pell Grants, the predicted rate of graduation based on incoming SAT scores and Pell Grant percentages, and the actual rate of graduation.

“We are pleased with our ranking, but the greatest fulfillment comes from the lives of the students who walk into our office every day,” said Diane Keasling, coordinator of financial aid at Milligan. “Some of these students don’t think they have the means to attend Milligan, and we do everything we can to help them realize their educational goals here. Milligan is more affordable than many people think.”

Another highlight of Milligan’s standing in the Washington Monthly report was its research ranking in the number of bachelor’s degree recipients who go on to receive Ph.D.s, relative to school size. Milligan ranked No. 38 in this category. Undergraduate research has been growing in popularity at Milligan in recent years and is expected to increase with this year’s launch of the RISE Above program to engage more students in mentored research activities.

The rankings also weighed Milligan’s commitment to service, which among other factors, includes the number of students participating in community service, the staff’s support of community service and whether the institution provides scholarships for community service.

Milligan’s Institute for Servant Leadership (ISL) serves to encourage and champion the college’s mission of servant leadership throughout the college’s activities — both inside and outside the classroom. ISL also offers scholarships, which require recipients to complete community service each semester.

But Milligan does more than just talk about servant-leadership. The college’s commitment to service is evident in community, church and professional organizations throughout the region, where Milligan students, faculty and staff volunteer.

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MILLIGAN COLLEGE is a Christian liberal arts college in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The college offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs.  To learn more about Milligan College, visit or call 800-447-5922.

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