Student Life

Community: The Good Life

Milligan is a close-knit community, with a student body of around 1,200 students and over 150 faculty and staff.


Students soon discover what makes Milligan stand out from other colleges — it’s a Christian community that is genuine and real. We’re not perfect, but we’re a real place, with real people, all learning and serving a real God. Our students come from all over the country and world to discover students with interests similar to their own, as well as those of different cultures, backgrounds, and views. It’s a place with fun traditions, great athletic programs, and lots to do. We are also a community where real friendships are made that last a lifetime. That’s the Milligan difference.

Res Life

More than 70 percent of our traditional students live on campus in one of 11 residence halls. This is where much of the community life and social involvement on campus occurs. Milligan’s residence halls are designed to encourage greater independence as our students progress through their college years. At the same time, there is a strong focus on learning to live in a community with others. It’s a journey to independence!


The Milligan experience is flavored with fun, time-honored traditions that are enjoyed by generations of Buffs. These are the moments that connect students and alumni, and are never forgotten. Like any good tradition, there is a story behind every one. You can become part of these stories and traditions that make Milligan such a memorable—and fun—place!

Student Housing

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More than 70 percent of our traditional students live on campus in one of eleven residence halls or student apartments. This is where much of the community life and social involvement on campus occurs.

Suite Style

All rooms at Milligan are suite-style with private bathrooms shared by no more than four people. Each room is furnished with an appropriate number of standard single beds, mattresses, desks, dressers, chairs, and closets. All beds can be stacked into bunk beds if desired. You are encouraged to make your room a comfortable living environment. Bring plants, posters, chairs, tables, lamps, shelves, game systems, TVs, and more! (Click here for a list of room decorating tips.)

Single Gender

All residence halls at Milligan are single-gender. There are a variety of open hours throughout the week but dorms are closed to the opposite sex at all other times.

Caring Staff

The Residence Hall staff maintains and promotes all areas of student development within the residence halls. Each Residence Hall has a Resident Director (RD) and Resident Assistants (RA) on staff to help residents with academic, housing, and personal problems, and to provide leadership, supervision, and programming for students.

Laundry Facilities

Laundry facilities are located in the Milligan Village and on the lower levels of Hart, Sutton, Webb, and Williams Halls. All washers and dryers use special debit cards that may be purchased from the campus Bookstore. Value may be added to the cards at anytime using the Wash Card machine in Sutton and Webb lobbies.

Vehicles on Campus

Many students choose to keep a vehicle on campus. Parking on campus is monitored regularly and requires a campus parking permit, which can be obtained from the Office of Student Development.

Married Student Housing

A limited number of college-owned apartments are available for married students.

Off-Campus Living

Community is a central focus at Milligan, and we believe that living in close proximity to your friends and classmates is a big part of what it means to join the Milligan family. Our residence halls are full of memories and traditions that are constantly being changed and renewed by the current generation of students. We want to encourage and support that community, so we require that all students at Milligan live on campus. Certain exceptions apply–such as students who can live with their parents or immediate family members and commute or non-traditional students. To learn more about living off-campus, contact the Office of Student Development at 423.461.8760.

Commuter Students

We love commuter students! Living off-campus can often make it hard for students to feel connected, but we strive to create opportunities for our commuter students to feel at home. All student activities are open to commuter students – and we hope you’ll attend! The P.H. Welshimer Library is open late most nights for studying and research, and there are a number of lounges and other places spaced throughout campus where students can gather and spend time working on projects, eating together, or simply hanging out. Commuter students are also invited to run for office in the Student Government Association or meet other commuters on the Commuter Council.

First Year Experience

Sutton Hall

Milligan’s traditional halls are open to all residential students, but are geared especially towards those students in their first years of college life. Each hall has its own unique culture and community, and all three are designed to help new students adapt successfully.

Women’s Halls

Men’s Halls

Upperclassmen Housing

UpperclassmenReady for more? Combine the benefits of dormitory life with the added privacy of a suite. Milligan offers upper-classmen the opportunity to live in our suite-style dormitories.

Women’s Halls

Men’s Halls

The Milligan Village

The Milligan VillageMilligan’s newest residence halls were designed to combine the privacy of a suite with the college’s vibrant community life. Each suite revolves around a centralized living room, and the village itself is centered around a large intramural field.

Each building is gender specific, but the gender housed in each hall may change each year depending on how many students apply and how much space is available in the traditional residence halls.

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Milligan Student Apartments

Designed with adult and married students in mind, the student apartments offer all the benefits of an apartment right in the middle of campus. Each apartment features a fully-functional kitchen, bathrom, two bedrooms and a living room.

Today, almost all of the apartments house traditional residential students. Admission into the apartments is limited to juniors and seniors in good standing by application only.

Food & Dining


Milligan offers an unlimited access continuous service meal plan Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in McCormick Dining Center, with late night service in The Grill. Complete meal programs are offered at traditional meal times, and at other times beverages, cereals, deli, pizza, soup, salad, fruits, desserts, and breads are available. The dining center is a community-oriented space where students can visit, study, or grab a bite with friends at their convenience.

Green On The Go

In the effort to reduce waste and the excessive use of Styrofoam in the cafeteria, Pioneer College Caterers has introduced their “Green on the Go” program at Milligan. Students that are on the meal plan and need a meal “To Go” are allowed to enter the cafeteria and pack their meal in a recycled container. Upon return, the container and silverware is washed and returned to the student for future meals.

Transfer Meal Option

Students can use their meal plan at The Grill. The transfer meal option allows you to trade a meal at the cafeteria for one in the The Grill. Menu selection is all-inclusive (grill entree, side item, dessert or fruit, and drink).

Grab-N-Go Meals

For students with busy work or class schedules that conflict with meal times, we offer a convenient to-go meal option at The Grill. Submit a request and your meal will be waiting for you to pickup!

Snack Bar Plus Account

The Snack Bar Plus account is an option that provides a meal credit line on your Student ID at The Grill for an additional charge to your meal plan. Commuters not on the campus meal plan may also purchase an account to be used for meal purchases in either The Grill or the cafeteria.

Normal Building Hours

Monday – Friday

  • Continuous Service: 7:00am – 7:00pm
  • Breakfast: 7:00am – 9:00am
  • Lunch: 11:45am – 1:45pm
  • Dinner: 6:00pm – 7:00pm


  • Brunch: 10:30am – 1:00pm
  • Dinner: 6:00pm – 7:00pm


  • Continental Breakfast: 8:00am – 9:00am
  • Lunch: 11:45am – 1:45pm
  • Dinner: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

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Health & Wellness

Gilliam Wellness Center

Normal Building Hours
Monday – Thursday: 6:30am – 10pm
Friday: 6:30am – 6pm
Saturday:11am – 6pm
Sunday: 3pm – 10pm

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The Gilliam Wellness Center opened in 2010 and offers fitness and workout opportunities for students, faculty, and staff. The 7,100-square-foot center is equipped with cardiovascular fitness equipment, both free weights and a weight machine circuit, an aerobics classroom, and a spinning room equipped with 10 spinning bikes. The center also features seven wall mounted flat-screen televisions, including three that are part of a Nintendo Wii activity area.

The Center also houses offices of the Campus Nurse, Director of Intramurals and the Coordinator of Wellness and Recreation Activities.

For information about schedule and additional activities and classes, visit Milligan Today.

Health Services

Health Services of Milligan College seeks to encourage the academic success of our students through disease prevention, health promotion and increased wellness awareness.

Campus Clinic

The nurse-directed, campus clinic is located in the Gilliam Wellness Center with hours of operation Monday thru Friday 9:00am – 2:00pm. The campus nurse is available for emergencies, minor illnesses and injuries, and health consultations as well as referral to outside physicians and medical facilities if needed. Students are expected to report any illnesses or injuries to the campus nurse. See list below of off-campus care options if the clinic is closed.

Susie Dayton, RN

Personal Responsibility

Milligan College will not assume financial responsibility for off-campus medical treatment or care, physician services, or hospitalization. It is highly recommended that all students maintain personal medical insurance in the event of an emergency or an unexpected illness.


All students participating in intercollegiate athletics are required to maintain personal insurance coverage and to provide proof of coverage to the campus nurse and the athletic trainer prior to participation in any college related sports activity.

Special Diets

Students requiring special diets may contact the Food Services Director for the necessary arrangements.


The Milligan Counseling Center offers counseling services for the health and well-being of our campus community.

Individuals may need counseling if a problem at school, work, home, or in personal relationships is causing stress significant enough to interfere with normal functioning. Students, faculty, and staff may also pursue counseling for personal growth and development, such as pre-marital counseling or personal wellness.

To schedule an appointment, please contact the Milligan Counseling Center at 423.461.8500. Voicemails will be checked daily and calls returned within the next business day. Phone calls will not be returned on weekends (Saturday and Sunday) or holidays.

In case of emergency, individuals in crisis are directed to call Frontier Health’s crisis response team at 877.928.9062 or 911.

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Safety & Security

The Milligan College campus is a very safe campus and maintaining a secure campus environment is a college priority. The college continually evaluates and looks for new and improved security methods. In recent years Milligan has provided better lighting across campus, installed security cameras in key areas, changed locks and keys, and upgraded campus security procedures.

The Student Handbook provides full policies and procedures for campus security and student conduct guidelines. The college contracts with a professional guard service to provide after-hours security. These individuals conduct inspections of campus buildings and patrol the campus throughout the night.

Occupants of the residence halls are issued keys which access the main lobby door and the individual room. All residents must be prepared to provide proper identification upon request of college personnel. During new student orientation, crime prevention is addressed through a review of precautions necessary to provide for one’s personal safety and well-being. Residence hall programs also cover the topic of crime prevention as it relates to campus housing and safety procedures.

Campus security is everyone’s responsibility, and it is necessary to maintain sound and sensible precautions. It is therefore important for members of the college community to report any and all questionable incidents. Crimes which occur on campus are to be reported to the Director of Campus Security, whose office is located in the McMahan Student Center. An Incident Report form detailing the facts surrounding the crime will be completed and the appropriate response will be taken according to the college’s security policies and procedures, detailed in the Student Handbook.

In cases involving violation of local, state, or federal laws, the Elizabethton City Police are notified for appropriate follow-up. The college cooperates fully with any investigations conducted by proper authorities. In the event of a crime that poses a threat to the campus community, notice is made through the college’s email system and announcement sheet.

Security, Safety & Crime Report

In accordance with the Tennessee College and University Security Information Act of 1989, the Federal Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act of 1990, and the Federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, the college provides an annual Milligan College Security, Safety and Crime Report. This report is available here for download or upon request from the Office of Student Development at 423.461.8760.

Parents and students now also can review campus crime statistics for colleges and university campuses at

Student Activities & Organizations

Whether you’re interested in joining a pickup game of Ultimate Frisbee, playing in a Jazz Combo, making a run for a Student Government office, or joining one of the other forty-plus student led organizations on campus, there is a place for you at Milligan.

Alpha Chi

Alpha Chi is a collegiate national honor society. The association is open to juniors and seniors in the top 10% of their class with a grade point average of at least 3.5.

Alpha Psi Omega

Alpha Psi Omega , the national theatre honorary society, is active on campus with membership based on a point system whereby points are earned by participating in the many facets of theatre work on campus. Popular current projects include sponsoring the yearly Festival of One Act Plays and a touring production that travels to area public schools.

Arts Council

Arts Council functions as a way to promote and recognize the arts on campus as well as making students aware of art opportunities on and off campus. The council strives to involve more students in artistic activities and sponsors a ‘paint night’ each semester.

Buffalo Ramblers

Buffalo Ramblers is an informal association of those members of the Milligan College family who enjoy exploring on foot the scenic gorges, peaks, caves, and waterfalls surrounding the College.

Buffalo Yearbook

Buffalo Yearbook is responsible for coordinating and publishing the annual yearbook received by all students, faculty, and staff.

Campus Activities Board

Campus Activities Board (CAB) assists in the planning of various extracurricular and co-curricular activities, including dances, trips, Wonderful Wednesday, film showings, and musical events.

Christians in Business Club

Christians in Business Club offers business majors the chance to discuss how their Christian faith relates to business issues. Members explore business from a Christian perspective in hopes to better understand their faith and how that faith influences their perceptions and actions in business.

Christian Pre-law Association

Christian Pre-law Association provides a means for students interested in law school or various careers within the legal field to gain an understanding of what will be expected of them after college. In addition, the club explores possible methods of integrating a Christian perspective in the legal field.

Club Ultimate

Club Ultimate exists to provide a spiritual and healthy experience through physical activity and controlled competition while playing ultimate Frisbee.

College Republicans

College Republicans is an organization made up of students interested in local, state, and national politics.

Commuter Council

Commuter Council seeks to unite and involve commuters in campus life.


Fanatics boost school spirit in the areas of athletics and residence life and promotes student and community involvement to achieve unity.

French Club

The French Club exists to promote social and educational activities in a French language setting. This club is open to all elementary and intermediate French students.

German Club

The German Club provides an outlet for any students of the German language to practice and refine their skills. The club also hopes to offer opportunities for the experience of German culture for any who are interested.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity introduces students to the organization and allows them to serve the community as they build a better future.This ministry is an official chapter of the nationwide Habitat for Humanity organization and enables Milligan students to participate in constructing homes for those in need.

Milligan Recycling Committee

Milligan Recycling Committee continually seeks to make recycling a permanent and practiced activity on campus. Students strive to influence the college’s attitudes toward the environment and Christian responsibility.

Mu Kappa

Mu Kappa promotes fellowship among children of missionaries as well as international students by providing a loving and supportive environment for those whose families may not be in the U.S.

Multi-Cultural Affairs Committee

Multi-Cultural Affairs Committee is a faction of the Campus Activities Board that aims to make Milligan a genuinely multicultural Christian community by affirming the worth of all human beings and affirming the value and significance of the human cultures and communities that have developed over the centuries.

Music Educators National Conference

Music Educators National Conference has a student chapter on the campus. Its purpose is to afford students the opportunity for professional musical orientation and development. These students also sponsor receptions after some concerts and serve as ushers for these events.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, has a chapter on campus. NAMI exists to educate and increase awareness of mental health issues and to promote early detection, intervention, and resources. These students also strive to combat stigma that surrounds mental illness by breaking silence, shame, secrecy, myths, and ignorance that create barriers when seeking help.

Omicron Psi

Omicron Psi is a national honor society for non-traditional students. The association is open to juniors and seniors at least 24 years of age, with a grade point average of at least 3.0.

Phi Alpha Theta

Phi Alpha Theta is an honorary history society with more than 270,000 members in over 850 chapters in colleges and universities across the United States . Phi Alpha Theta ‘s mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication, and exchange of learning and ideas among historians. Milligan history students established the Alpha Iota Tau chapter of Phi Alpha Theta during the Spring 2001 semester.

Photography Club

Photography Club increases awareness of the Milligan College photography program and incorporates the community through Christian service in the arts.

Psi Chi

Psi Chi is the national Honor Society in Psychology for the purpose of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship and advancing the science of psychology.

Rotaract Club

Rotaract Club provides an opportunity for students to grow in their leadership skills and to promote better relations among all people worldwide through a framework of friendship and service.

Spanish Club

The Spanish Club exists to encourage Spanish culture and language appreciation while hosting several social and educational activities.

Student Nurses Association

The Student Nurses Association is an organization that exists to provide fellowship and student support for those in the nursing major.This organization also provides service and health promotion activities to the Milligan community.

Student Tennessee Education Association

The Student Tennessee Education Association seeks to develop interest in education as a lifelong career, to develop among students preparing to be teachers an understanding of the teaching profession through professional associations, to give students preparing to teach practical experience in working with professional associations on the problems of the teaching profession and society, and to provide students preparing to teach with the history, organization, policies, ethics, and programs of the professional associations.


SUB 7, a part of the Campus Activities Board (CAB), sponsors two coffeehouse style performances each month. Those participating with SUB 7 book the acts, set up the sound equipment, and make the coffee for each performance. All students are invited to attend.

WUMC – Milligan College Radio

WUMC, Milligan College Radio, seeks to provide the college with a quality radio station by giving students and volunteers broadcast experience.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA): Open to all students, this ministry addresses the mutually benefiting opportunities for religion and sports and serves the unique dynamics of student athletes. FCA hosts monthly events qualifying for the spiritual formation program, weekly small groups and bible studies, retreats, and Christian leadership seminars.


Vespers is an informal, contemporary student-led worship service open to all students. Vesper services occur on Sunday evenings at 8:30 pm in Seeger Chapel’s Walker Auditorium.

Cross Cultural Missions Committee

Cross Cultural Missions Committee (CCMC) is a ministry that promotes cross cultural mission awareness and engagement through mission trips, monthly forums, national conferences, and other events.

Service Seekers

Service Seekers is a ministry that encourages students to help people in need by visiting the sick and elderly and serving the homeless.


Linking Individuals to the Needs of the Community (LINC) serves as a hub for coordinating individual students with local community service organizations and also provides the college with opportunities to partner with national service initiatives.

Campus Ministry Committee

The Campus Ministry Committee (CMC) coordinates discipleship and spiritual formation activities beyond those of the Campus Ministry Team. These activities include spiritual retreats, prayer vigils, Christian leadership conferences and seminars, devotional breakfasts, additional discipleship groups, campus ministry publicity, and fellowship events.

Bible Bowl

The Bible Bowl ministry helps coordinate the Milligan College Summer Bible Bowl tournament.


Heritage is a small a cappella ensemble composed of six to eight men and women performing on and off-campus for churches and service clubs.

Brass Ensemble

Brass Ensemble is an instrumental ensemble composed of brass instruments devoted to the study and performance of literature written specifically for brass.

Civic Band

Civic Band provides students a performance opportunity with the Johnson City Community Concert Band.

Concert Choir

Concert Choir is an auditioned mixed chorus with varied repertoire of classics, spirituals, hymn arrangements and musical theatre. The Choir tours annually and performs on numerous other occasions.

Jazz Ensemble

Jazz Ensemble is an organization devoted to performance of jazz and pop styles, with emphasis on ensemble playing, solo playing, and improvisation.

Milligan College Orchestra

Milligan College Orchestra is an auditioned orchestra which performs representative literature for on and off campus performances. This ensemble is open to elective students, as well as music majors and minors.

String Quartet

String Quartet is a chamber ensemble for string players which perform for on and off campus events.

The Stampede

The Stampede is Milligan’s student run newspaper. It exists to serve and strengthen the college community by reporting news, serving as a forum for members of the community, and encouraging involvement in the community.

Student Government Association

The Student Government Association ( SGA ) exists to formulate and execute a Christian student government whose duties are to stimulate communication and cooperation among students, faculty, and administration. It also helps to coordinate student activities, to participate in the determination of College procedures, to labor in the interest of improving academic standards and to […]