Undergraduate Admission

Updated Fall 2013

Freshman Class

Character, ability, preparation, and seriousness of purpose are qualities emphasized in considering applicants for membership in Milligan College. Early application is encouraged. Those who are interested in attending Milligan College are encouraged to visit the campus. Arrangements should be made in advance with the Office of Enrollment Management.

Overall excellence of performance in high school subjects as well as evidence of Christian commitment and academic potential provides the basis for admission to Milligan College. While no specific course pattern is required for admission, the applicant is strongly encouraged to include in the high school program the following subjects:

  1. College preparatory English
  2. College preparatory mathematics
  3. College preparatory science
  4. College preparatory history and/or social science
  5. Two years of a single foreign language
  6. Some work in speech, music, or art in preparation for study in a liberal arts curriculum.

To provide further evidence of academic ability, the applicant must take the American College Test (ACT) or Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT-I) and furnish the college with either of these scores. Freshmen applicants who are 21 years of age or older at the time of application are not required to submit ACT or SAT-I results.

The admissions procedure includes the following steps:

  1. The student will obtain an application form, forms for requesting transcripts and references, a catalog, and other literature from the Office of Enrollment Management or from the Milligan College web site at www.milligan.edu.

  2. The student will return the completed application with a non-refundable application fee of $30.00 to the Office of Enrollment Management. The application may also be filed online at www.milligan.edu.

  3. The Admissions Committee will review the application when the following credentials are on file: high school transcript, college transcripts (if applicable), ACT or SAT-I scores, and two references. The Admissions Committee may also request an interview.

  4. The Office of Enrollment Management will notify the applicant of the decision regarding admission and any relevant conditions. Admission is subject to the successful completion of high school (or completion of current college term). The student must provide final high school transcript showing proof of graduation (or final college transcript, if a transfer student).

  5. Upon admission to the college, the student must submit an enrollment deposit. The enrollment deposit is non-refundable after May 1. Upon enrollment, the deposit will be applied to the student’s account.

Home school

Home school students should follow the admissions procedure outlined above. If the student is under the supervision of a home school agency, etc., a transcript should be sent by the agency, etc. directly to the Office of Enrollment Management. If the student is not under the supervision of a home school agency, etc., he/she must submit a portfolio of high school course work. Please contact the Office of Enrollment Management for more information.

International Students

Milligan College is approved by the United States Department of Homeland Security for education of non-immigrant alien students. International students must present a TOEFL or IELTS score. The TOEFL score must be at least 550 on the paper-based examination or 213 on the computer-based examination or 79 on the internet-based examination. The IELTS score must be at least 5.5.

Students who reside in the following countries should not submit a TOEFL or IELTS score: United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Rather, they should submit ACT and/or SAT-I scores.

Students who reside in Japan may elect to take the EIKEN Test in Practical English Proficiency, administered by STEP (Society for Testing English Proficiency). The EIKEN score must be at the Grade Pre-1 or Grade 1 level to demonstrate English proficiency at an acceptable level.

International students also must provide an affidavit of support and prepay all expenses for one semester. $500 of the prepayment is non-refundable. All admission materials must be received by June 1 for fall enrollment.

International students must complete a writing sample during new student orientation unless excused by the writing faculty. The writing sample determines the need for placement in COMP 093 Writing Strategies for College Success.  International students with no ACT or SAT-I scores and no college-level (non-developmental) math course with a grade of C- or above also must take a math competency examination to determine the need for MATH 090 Math Strategies for College Success. Placement in HUMN 091 Reading and Study Strategies for College Success is determined on a case-by-case basis.

Non-degree Seeking Students

Students who are not seeking a degree at Milligan College may be in one of the following categories:

Returning Students

A student who has withdrawn from Milligan College in good social and academic standing should complete an application for readmission and submit it to the Office of Enrollment Management. An official transcript(s) of all college course work attempted since withdrawing from Milligan must also be submitted to the Office of Enrollment Management. The Admissions Committee will consult representatives from the Student Financial Services and Student Development offices in making a decision regarding the student’s readmission and will send the student a letter stating the decision.

A student who has been academically or socially dismissed may, after one semester, reapply for admission by observing the following procedure:

  1. In addition to completing the application for readmission and submitting official transcripts, the student should submit a letter presenting justification for readmission.

  2. The registrar will evaluate the student’s original records and any course work completed since the suspension. The director of enrollment management will consult representatives from the Student Financial Services Office and review social dismissal with the vice president for student development.

  3. If there is reason to believe that the student would profit from another opportunity to do college work, the college will allow the student to enroll with probationary status following at least one semester of suspension.

  4. If it is necessary to suspend the student a second time, that student will not be eligible to apply for readmission.

Transfer Students

Transfer students are those who have completed twenty-four or more college credit hours after high school graduation at the time of application to Milligan College. Students who wish to transfer from an accredited college, who merit a letter of good standing, and who have a grade point average of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale will be considered for admission to Milligan College. Such applicants should follow the procedure described above, except that ACT or SAT-I scores and high school transcripts are not required. In addition applicants must furnish the college with official transcripts of all previous college work.

Transfer applicants with fewer than twenty-four college semester hours earned at the time of application, must also submit an official high school transcript and ACT or SAT-I scores (if under 21 years of age).

Overall excellence of performance in previous college work and evidence of Christian commitment and academic potential provide the basis for admission of transfer students to Milligan College.

A representative from the registrar’s office evaluates transfer credits for all entering transfer students prior to the students’ enrollment at Milligan College. Students who do not request a transfer evaluation prior to two weeks before the beginning of the term receive a copy of the evaluation during new student orientation.

Transfer students must complete a writing sample to determine writing proficiency. If they have no ACT or SAT-I scores and no college-level (non-developmental) math course with a grade of C- or above, they also must take a math competency examination. The writing sample and the math examination are completed during new student orientation.

Milligan College participates in the Tennessee Transfer Pathways, whereby students completing associate degree programs in certain identified programs of study at Tennessee community colleges can transition seamlessly to Milligan College as a junior. For more information about the Tennessee Transfer Pathways, visit www.tntransferpathway.org.

In addition, the college has articulation/transfer agreements with community colleges in Virginia and North Carolina. For more information, see the catalog section titled “Transfer Credit Policy” under “Academic Policies.”


Any student wishing to audit a course must have permission of the instructor. No credit will be allowed for audit courses, and a grade of “AU” will be assigned. Full-time Milligan College students wishing to audit classes may do so as part of their regular course load. Transient students who wish to audit courses must submit to the Office of Enrollment Management a completed special student application; registration follows approval of the application.

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.


Students who have earned a General Education Development certificate (GED) should follow the procedure outlined above for a freshman applicant. Official results of the GED examination should be sent to the Office of Enrollment Management. An official high school transcript should also be submitted detailing course work that was completed prior to the earning of the GED. The Admissions Committee may request an interview with the applicant. GED students are required to submit ACT or SAT-I scores if they are under 21 years of age at the time of application. If twenty-four college semester hours have been earned at the time of application, ACT or SAT-I scores are not required, regardless of age (and official college transcripts should also be submitted).

Dual Enrollment

Homeschoolers or high school juniors or seniors attending a public or private high school can earn high school and college credit simultaneously by attending classes at Milligan College. Credits are transferable to the college of your choice. Dual enrollment students must submit to the Office of Enrollment Management a completed special student application and an official high school transcript.