Milligan recognized for low student debt burden, high achievement

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (Nov. 12, 2014) — Milligan College ranks 13th among Christian colleges and universities in the United States with the lowest student debt burden, according to Christian Universities Online, an independent online resource for prospective students and their families researching Christian higher education.

Christian Universities Online also ranked Milligan among the “Top 50 Colleges and Universities Exceeding Expectations,” which focuses on how much schools enhance the achievement of their students from acceptance until graduation.

“A high-quality, top-tier liberal arts education doesn’t have to come with massive debt,” said President Dr. Bill Greer. “When you factor in millions of dollars in renewable scholarships and a variety of financial aid opportunities, a Milligan education can be highly affordable and in some cases comparable or less than what you’d pay at a public university.”

The total cost of a Milligan education is $6,500 below the national average for private colleges. Additionally, Milligan students’ average federal loan debt at graduation is $4,000 below the national average.

Milligan’s retention and graduation rates also are well above other private colleges and state universities.

Retention at Milligan is 15 percent higher than other local schools, and nearly 100 percent of Milligan graduates are employed or in graduate school within one year of earning their degree.

“From a student’s first visit to campus through graduation and beyond, we’re committed to helping each student succeed,” said Dr. Lee Fierbaugh, vice president for enrollment management and marketing. “Statistics show that students who enroll at a private, four-year college like Milligan from the very beginning are 4½ times more likely to complete a bachelor’s degree on time, saving the student valuable time and money.”

This site joins other national rankings given in recent months, such as U.S. News & World Report, Washington Monthly and Educate To Career (ETC, Inc.), as well as a previous ranking from Christian Universities Online, which have all lauded Milligan for its affordability and value.

“Our students receive a top-rate education taught from a Christian perspective in a caring community,” Fierbaugh said. “It’s a great value, and we are pleased to be highlighted in this ranking of Christian colleges.”

The Christian Universities Online rankings were built using publicly available data from U.S. News & World Report and other research. To learn more about the rankings, visit

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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 800-262-8337.

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