Milligan is a Christian liberal arts college that encourages our students to be thinking and acting Christians. Part of the educational process is to provide students with a working knowledge of diverse subjects and viewpoints and to encourage students to think through these issues from a Christian worldview.
Our conviction is that the primary question, “What does it mean to be human?” cannot be answered apart from the question, “Who is God?” Exploring how different subjects such as the humanities and sciences relate to each other, and seeing God’s hand in all subjects — whether accounting, history, or fine arts — is important to personal growth.
It is a distinguishing characteristic of Milligan College that each course is taught with an awareness of how it fits into a biblical worldview. This interplay between Christian commitment and academic rigor is central to Milligan’s identity and purpose. Such teaching is assured by the selection of a faculty who are strong and active in their Christian faith.
As our vision statement proclaims, Milligan is a place where Jesus Christ is exalted. We believe God has a unique plan for each of our lives — for our hearts as well as our minds. Together we can form a new generation of Christian leaders who are intellectually and spiritually prepared to change lives and shape culture. To capture a good idea for Milligan’s priorities, we recommend reading the college’s Mission and Vision statements.
Throughout its history, Milligan College has maintained an active relationship with the Christian Churches/Churches of Christ. Committed to the restoration of New Testament Christianity and the unity of all believers, these congregations are a dynamic and growing fellowship.
The Christian people participating in this movement consistently disclaim denominational status, and the faculty and trustees of the College maintain an intelligent awareness of a commitment to this position. The members of Milligan College feel that such a nondenominational position permits them to examine all aspects of life, secular and religious, in the light of the New Testament, unrestricted by human tradition.
In this view of Christian faith, all vocations, avocations, and associations permitting the exercise of fellowship under the Lordship of Christ are expressions of good citizenship under God, in state, in church, and in society. In the Milligan College tradition students are confronted with a synthesis of learning. The College regards this synthesis of learning as essential to the understanding of and personal responsibility in the various relationships in life for the stewardship of which all must give account before God and humanity.
Accordingly, no denominational or creedal tests are imposed upon any student in admission to membership in Milligan College or in the attainment of any of its honors, awards, or degrees.
Doctrinal Faith Statement
The college does not publish a separate doctrinal statement, consistent with the tradition of its supporting churches to place primary emphasis on the sufficiency of scripture to speak directly where matters of faith and application are concerned. Milligan is a Christ-centered institution — clearly seen through its commitment to hire Christian faculty and staff who integrate faith into their daily work with students and colleagues; balanced campus lifestyle policies that are based on clear scriptural mandates as well as those that simply ensure a healthy and wholesome environment; and numerous opportunities that promote servant-leadership development through Chapel programs, Bible studies, retreats, lectures, community service, etc.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, there are over 4,000 degree-granting institutions of higher education in the United States. These include 1,600 private, nonprofit campuses, about 900 of which define themselves as “religiously affiliated.” However, Milligan is one of only 117 intentionally Christ-centered institutions in the U.S. that have qualified for membership in the Council for Christian College & Universities.