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The Milligan Difference

A Milligan education is one of the wisest investments you’ll make. While it can represent a significant financial investment, it also influences who we become — our philosophy, values, intellectual and emotional preparedness for careers, long-term friendships and a commitment to serve. That’s why we strive to assure it’s a sound investment in all ways. That’s The Milligan Difference.


We hire respected Christian faculty and staff who value good teaching, discovery, and experiential learning, so students learn from leading thinkers and professionals. 60% have taught at Milligan for 10+ years and 80% have terminal degrees. Our low student-faculty ratio of 12:1 means lots of personal attention and a better educational experience. Our staff are here to serve and all are committed to our mission of educating servant-leaders.


We want our students to have the best resources and facilities possible, like the new Milligan housing village, LEED gold-certified Gilliam Wellness Center, Gregory Center for the Liberal Arts, McCormick Dining Center, and technology classrooms throughout campus. We pay attention to our campus and provide you a beautiful setting to learn and live.


Milligan students consistently score above the national mean in general education areas, as well as in their major course of study. Student-athletes have won 50 conference titles and made 60 national tournament appearances in the past 10 years. Fine arts students have received regional and national accolades for their work. Student researchers have presented at national conferences.

    98% of Milligan graduates typically are employed or in graduate school within 6 months to one year after graduation.
    Milligan’s retention and graduation rates are well above other local private colleges and state universities. That means students get a top-rate education are more likely to finish on time, which is a time and cost savings over other institutions!


Milligan students consistently express greater satisfaction with their Milligan experience than students from peer institutions on the Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI) and the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). Our alumni consistently give back to the University at a far higher percentage than most colleges and universities in the U.S., reflecting their confidence in Milligan and their appreciation for the education they received that continues to serve them well.


A Milligan education is well-respected throughout the region and nation. Milligan is consistently named one of the best colleges and best values in U.S. News & World Report‘s “America’s Best College” issue among Southern colleges and universities. Washington Monthly continues to rank Milligan among the top 25 baccalaureate colleges in the nation based on the University’s contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility, research, and service.

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The Gap

Tuition actually covers only a portion of the true cost of education at Milligan. Each year thousands of alumni, friends, and even our own faculty and staff “stand in the gap” to make up the difference between student tuition and the actual cost of attendance for our students. These gifts help the University hold tuition increases to a minimum while building scholarship funding, enhancing academic excellence, adding new programs, and making significant campus improvements. Without this support, the cost of attending Milligan University would be significantly higher.

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