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Milligan named a top regional university, best value

MILLIGAN, Tenn. (Sept. 12, 2022) —Milligan University continues to be recognized for quality and value, ranking at No. 12 among the “Best Regional Universities” in the South in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” issue, released today. In addition, Milligan ranked at No. 2 among “Best Value Schools” and at No. 32 among “Top Performers on Social Mobility” in the same category.

Milligan was the only institution in Northeast Tennessee to be named among the top 20 regional universities in the South, and one of only three Tennessee institutions listed among the top 20 in any category for both private or public colleges and universities.

“Milligan strives to deliver high quality and affordability while remaining committed to our core values of scholarship, community and faith,” said university president Dr. Bill Greer. “I believe these rankings reflect on our commitment to our mission of educating men and women to be servant-leaders, as well as on our faculty and staff’s dedication to the success of our students.” 

U.S. News’ methodology includes a variety of metrics to gage student success. Milligan’s retention and graduation rates remain well above other private colleges and state universities. Also, nearly 100% of Milligan graduates are employed or in graduate school within one year of earning their degree.

U.S. News ranks “Best Value Schools” by assessing a university’s academic quality and price, as well as the percentage of need-based scholarships and grants the university offers to offset total cost. The higher the quality and the lower the actual cost, the greater the value.

The total cost of a Milligan education is $3,300 below the national average for private colleges and universities.

The “Top Performers on Social Mobility” category measures each school’s success in graduating students who receive federal Pell Grants, primarily students whose household incomes are less than $50,000 annually.

U.S. News’ rankings, data, tables and lists—including 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


MILLIGAN UNIVERSITY is a Christian liberal arts institution in Johnson City, Tennessee, whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant-leadership. The university 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 , visit or call 423.461.8700

Posted by Chase McGlamery on September 12, 2022.