Seeger Chapel steeple against an orange sunset

US News names Milligan a top college, best value in the South

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (Sept. 12, 2017) —U.S. News & World Report has named Milligan the only institution in the region to make the top 25 regional universities and top 10 “best value” among regional universities in the South.

U.S. News & World Report has ranked the college among the “Best Regional Universities” in the South, positioned at No. 23 in the magazine’s 2018 “Best Colleges” report, released today. In addition, Milligan ranked No. 6 in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” among regional universities in the South.

The college has been ranked for many years among U.S. News’ best regional colleges in the South for quality and value, before being elevated last year to be included among the best regional universities for expanded graduate offerings.

Recently, Washington Monthly also named Milligan among the top master’s universities in the nation, which examines what colleges are doing for their students and the public good., partnering with, ranked the college as the No. 3 best four-year college in Tennessee for 2017, based on academic quality, affordability, admissions and graduation rates, retention and the student experience.

“It is an honor for Milligan to continue receiving national recognition for quality and value,” said Milligan President Dr. Bill Greer. “From our top-tier faculty to our dedicated staff, we work together on a daily basis to provide students a high quality affordable education, while remaining focused upon our core values of scholarship, community and faith.”

The total cost of a Milligan education is $7,400 below the national average for private colleges. Additionally, Milligan students’ average federal loan debt at graduation is $3,000 below the national average.

Nearly 100 percent of Milligan graduates are employed or in graduate school within one year of earning their degree. The college’s retention and graduation rates also are well above other private colleges and state universities. Retention at Milligan is 25 percent higher than other local schools.

Milligan’s “Great Schools, Great Prices” No. 6 ranking is based on the college’s ratio of academic quality to price, need-based aid and percentage of need-based scholarships and grants that offset total cost. The higher the academic quality and the lower the actual cost, the better the deal, according to U.S. News.

The most complete version of U.S. News’ exclusive new rankings, data, tables and lists—including extensive statistical profiles for each school and a search tool to enable prospective students and parents to find the college that best fits their needs—is available online at

Posted by on September 12, 2017.