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Milligan jumps to top 15 in Washington Monthly national ranking

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (Aug. 24, 2015)—Milligan College is ranked among the top 15 baccalaureate colleges in the nation, jumping from No. 20 last year to No. 15 this year in Washington Monthly’s 2015 College Guide Rankings, released today.

The magazine’s broader 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 was 15th out of 344 baccalaureate colleges.

The college also was named a “Best Bang for the Buck” among southern baccalaureate schools considered the best value for the money, which according to Washington Monthly is based on “net” price, how well the colleges do graduating the students they admit and whether those students go on to earn enough to pay off student loans. Milligan ranked with a miniscule 3.5 percent student loan default rate.

“This ranking recognizes what Milligan has always done well: a focus on scholarship, a commitment to community—both internally and externally—and all driven by faith,” said Milligan President Dr. Bill Greer. “Our students receive a top-rate education taught from a Christian perspective in a caring community—and at a great value. We are pleased others recognize the sound investment of Milligan education.”

Milligan ranked high in the three categories—social mobility, research and service.

The college ranked No. 8 in the research category based on the school’s number of bachelor’s recipients who go on to earn doctorate degrees.

“In the classroom and through an increased emphasis on undergraduate research, the college is preparing students who may choose to pursue graduate level work and beyond,” said Greer. “Many are choosing to do just that.”

Social mobility for students and the college’s commitment to service remain pillars of Milligan’s vision.

“Milligan does more than just talk about servant-leadership—we model servant-leadership,” Greer said. “The college’s commitment to service is evident in community, church and professional organizations throughout the region and the world where Milligan students, faculty and staff volunteer.”

Milligan also recently ranked 17th among the “50 Best Christian Colleges and Universities” in the U.S. for 2015, according to Christian Universities Online. Its MBA program was named a “best value.”

A complete list of the Washington Monthly rankings is available at


Posted by on August 24, 2015.