Academic Policies

Updated Fall 2013

General Policies

  1. The candidate for the bachelor’s degree must have completed the general education requirements, a major, and electives to total a minimum of 128 hours of credit.
  2. Students may graduate under the regulations prescribed in the Catalog in effect at the time of their entrance into the college, provided these requirements are met within six years; otherwise they are required to meet current degree requirements. The six-year limitation is extended for the length of time in military service for students who enter service after enrolling at Milligan College.
  3. On alternating years, freshmen and juniors are required to take the MAPP (Measure of Academic Proficiency and Progress) and the CAAP (Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency). Graduating seniors are required to take an examination or to complete a capstone experience or other evaluative experience specific to the major to demonstrate knowledge in their major field of study.
  4. Students diagnosed as having a deficiency in math, reading, study skills, and/or writing must enroll in the appropriate College Success course(s) as a graduation requirement. Hours earned below the 100 level will not count toward the 128-hour graduation requirement.
  5. Some courses listed in the Catalog are not offered every year. Students should consult with their advisers to plan their curriculum.
  6. Students must take Bible survey (BIBL 123 and 124) within their first two years of enrollment in Milligan College. Students should be encouraged by their advisers to take it as early as possible, especially because Bible survey is a prerequisite for many upper division Bible courses and BIBL 471 Christ and Culture.
  7. Once a student enrolls in the traditional undergraduate program at Milligan College, still needing humanities courses as part of the core, these courses must be taken at Milligan College. Most freshmen will take Humanities 101 and 102, and most sophomores will take Humanities 201 and 202. Should a student postpone enrollment in these courses or withdraw from any of these courses, the student is required to satisfactorily complete all humanities coursework by the end of the junior year.
  8. Once a student enrolls in the traditional undergraduate program at Milligan College, still needing composition credit, COMP 111 and 211 must be taken at Milligan College. Freshmen should enroll in COMP 111 in the spring semester, and sophomores should enroll in COMP 211 in the fall semester.
  9. Milligan 100 is required of all freshmen during the first semester of attendance, and Milligan 200 is required of all sophomores during either the fall semester or the spring semester of the sophomore year.
  10. The human performance and exercise science general education requirement should be satisfied in the freshman year.
  11. Milligan College makes no provision for a system of allowed absences, sometimes called “cuts.” The student is expected to attend all sessions of classes. Absence from any class session involves a loss in learning opportunity for which there is no adequate compensation. The instructor’s evaluation of the student’s work is necessarily affected by absences. Penalties for absences are stated in individual class syllabi.
  12. All classes must meet during final exams week for an exam or another significant educational activity. (Any proposed alternative means/meetings for assessment, such as online exams, should be approved first by the appropriate area chair and then by the dean.) The general policy is that students may not reschedule final exams; however, if a student has three (3) exams scheduled on the same day, then he or she may request permission to reschedule one at a later date. Any approval for exam rescheduling will be by the agreement of the instructor and the dean. The student should submit a written request for rescheduling an exam to the dean with faculty endorsement attending the request.
  13. Only the instructor may waive prerequisites for courses. See the catalog course description to determine if a course has prerequisites.

Advisers and Mentors

All freshmen entering Milligan College are assigned a faculty mentor who will function as the academic adviser for that year. All other students will be assigned an adviser, usually from within the discipline in which the student is majoring. Milligan College requires regular meetings between students and their academic mentors or advisers—three meetings per semester for freshmen and once per semester for all other students. At one of those meetings, the adviser approves a student’s schedule of classes for the following semester. Failure to meet with academic advisers will result in an inability to pre-register for classes.

Students are especially encouraged to consult with advisers on a regular basis. While a student’s satisfactory progress toward graduation is the responsibility of the student, regular contact with one’s adviser can help ensure timely progress toward graduation.

Campus Communication

For official communication, including any communication from Milligan offices or Milligan faculty to students, the email address issued by Milligan College will be the only email address used. Notices sent by official Milligan email will be considered adequate and appropriate communication. It is incumbent on students to check their official Milligan email regularly.

Ceremony of Matriculation

As a part of orientation, all new students participate in the ceremony of matriculation. At the conclusion of a general assembly, the candidates sign the matriculation book and officially become members of the Milligan Community.


Progress toward the baccalaureate degree is measured by four ranks or classes, which are determined by the number of hours earned. These are freshman; sophomore, 26 hours; junior, 58 hours; senior, 92 hours.

College Calendar

The Milligan College calendar of classes is organized on a semester basis. For traditional undergraduate students, the maximum instructional load in a semester is eighteen hours. Additional hours require permission from the Academic Dean. The college also offers a summer session consisting of two 4-week terms or one 8-week term. In addition to these regularly scheduled terms, students may earn one, two, or three semester hours of credit during January Term and/or May Term. January Term is a one-week session just before the beginning of the spring semester; May Term is a three-week session between the spring semester and the summer session. January and May Term courses shall count as residence credit.

Students who enroll in January term classes should anticipate that courses which offer more than one credit will normally require significant pre-course preparation and post-course assignments and should plan their academic loads accordingly. Students may not enroll for more than three semester hours of credit in the January/May terms; students who desire to enroll for additional credits may send to the Academic Dean a written appeal stating their reasons for additional hours.

Library Services

 Situated in the center of campus, the P. H. Welshimer Memorial Library is a vital gathering place for studying and learning. The Library provides an array of print, media, and electronic information resources (accessible on- or off-campus, 24 hours a day/7 days a week from the Library’s website), as well as computer and printing services, wireless Internet access, and even an enjoyable cup of coffee. Friendly and qualified librarians are available to assist you with your resource and research needs through in-person consults, telephone, or online reference services.

The Library is a participating member in the shared online catalog of the Appalachian College Association’s (ACA) Bowen Central Library of Appalachia. The Library also subscribes to WorldCat, an online catalog that gives Milligan students access, through our interlibrary loan service, to books, journal articles, and media from thousands of libraries worldwide. Locally, the Library participates in resource-sharing agreements with the libraries of Emmanuel Christian Seminary and East Tennessee State University (main campus and medical school). The Milligan College Archives, housed within the Library, contain materials documenting the history of Milligan College.

Probation and Dismissal of Undergraduate Students

An undergraduate student who fails to receive a 2.0 grade point average during any semester of enrollment in Milligan College or who fails to have a 2.0 cumulative grade point average is placed on academic probation or dismissed. The student’s social behavior and attitude exhibited toward academic pursuit are factors in determining probation or dismissal. If the student on probation fails to achieve a 2.0 the following semester, the college is not obligated to grant the privilege of further study at Milligan College.

Milligan College is seriously concerned that every student who enters the college makes progress toward the attainment of a degree. Consequently academic progress is judged to be paramount to the many extracurricular activities that are available to Milligan College students. Every student is encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities; however, in those cases where participation is deemed to be detrimental to the student’s academic progress, it is the policy of the college to limit such participation. To participate, the student must maintain a 2.0 grade point average. Additional limitations may be imposed as deemed appropriate by the dean.

Spiritual Formation

Milligan College has a co-curricular program for spiritual formation. In addition to academic endeavors, all traditional students must participate in 150 spiritual formation programs to graduate. A calendar of spiritual formation programs including chapel services, convocations, lectures, campus ministry programs, and community events qualifying for this program will be provided each semester.