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Welcome Week

Schedule

Res Hall Check-In

  • NEW STUDENTS should arrive Saturday, August 12, between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Stop first at the Student Center to check-in and then go to your dorm. Read more »
  • RETURNING STUDENTS check in Sunday, August 13, from 1 to 4 p.m. Students who arrive prior to their designated time will have a daily charge and must be pre-approved by the Dean of Students (423.461.8760). Returning students who arrive earlier than this will NOT be permitted to say in the residence halls unless they are involved in a school-related activity that requires them to arrive earlier and they have been approved by Residence Life. Read more »

matriculationMatriculation

NEW STUDENTS must participate in Matriculation on Saturday, August 12, 7:45 p.m. (Seeger Chapel, upper level, families invited). Matriculation is a longstanding tradition where new students officially “sign in” to the records of the college. This program is mandatory for all new students of the college. We invite all families of incoming students to attend this formal ceremony in which students join the Milligan community. Nice dress attire (no shorts) requested.

Dessert reception will follow the matriculation ceremony and all are invited.

Registration

ALL traditional undergraduate students must complete the check-in/registration process in Derthick Hall on August 14-15. Read more »

Classes Start

Classes begin on Wednesday, August 16.

Academic Calendar: Click here to view the Academic Calendar for the year (fall break, holidays, etc.), as well as other course schedule information.

Important Stuff

Computer Support & FREE Microsoft Office

Your my.milligan.edu email address entitles you to one free copy of Microsoft Office and one free Windows operating system upgrade. Click here to learn more »

If you need help accessing your Milligan account or email, visit it.milligan.edu, or visit the Kegley Computer Center, located in the lower level of the McMahan Student Center.

Emergency Alert System

Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to sign up (free) for the RAVE Alert mass notification system, which sends instant text and email alerts about emergency and crisis situations, including weather‐related schedule changes.

Sign up here once you have received your Milligan ID and login information. After opening the link, click on Register and enter your network ID (for students this is the ID you received containing the first four letters of your last name followed by four numbers; for faculty and staff this is your Milligan username) and password. From there you can follow the steps to complete your registration for the types of notifications you wish to receive. If you have problems registering for the service or have any questions, please contact the IT Help Desk at 423.461.8704 or ITHelpdesk@milligan.edu.

Express Books Enrollment

Express Books is a preorder system that allows Milligan College students to reserve their textbooks and have them waiting for pickup. Textbooks will be available for pickup on August 12 for new students and August 14-15 for returning students. This service eliminates any concern about when and how books will be purchased. You may decline any reserved book at the time of pick-up.  Click here for more information or to enroll »

Laundry Cards

Milligan offers access to Maytag laundry equipment in several on-campus laundry facilities. You may use either quarters or a prepaid laundry card. To save time and money, you can purchase your laundry card in advance for a reduced rate. Click here to learn more »

Mailbox & Post Office Information

Did you know that Milligan College is the only college in the country that has its own official United States Post Office? To receive mail on-campus, you must rent a PO Box online. Mail is not delivered to residence halls. Any regular mail addressed to students and received by the college will be returned to sender.
Postal Mail SENT
via POST OFFICE:
Packages sent U.P.S.
OR other ground service:
Student’s Name
PO Box #
Milligan College, TN 37682
Student’s Name, C/O Milligan College Physical Plant

Student’s Residence Hall and Room Number,

130 Richardson Road,

Milligan College, TN 37682

commutingVehicles

Register your vehicle at registration (no cost but required). Have the following information when you register: license tag/plate number, color, make, model, and year of your vehicle(s). There is a $100 fine for not registering a vehicle or not displaying a sticker. See the vehicle policy in the Student Handbook for details on vehicle and parking policy.

Registration

Registration registrationCheck-In

All students enrolled in traditional undergraduate programs must complete the check-in/registration process in Derthick Hall on August 14-15. Graduate and ADCP students are not required to attend registration but should have their student accounts settled prior to the first day of the semester on August 16 (or on the first day of the non-traditional term for ADCP, MBA, MACM, and DMin students).

The check-in schedule is below. At check-in students may make schedule changes, register vehicles, complete Intention to Graduate forms, meet with a Student Financial Services counselor, take care of financial obligations, and confirm work-study assignments. In addition, students may submit the completed Health and Immunization Record OR submit proof of required immunizations.

Students who have not completed the financial aid process will be dropped from courses on the last day of the drop/add period, August 29. Check with your Student Financial Services counselor today to see what you need to do!

A $100 re-enrollment fee will be assessed to all students whose registrations are purged and who must re-register for classes. All financial issues must be addressed satisfactorily before a student may re-register for classes. Click here for more detailed financial services information.

PURGE DATES FOR 2017-18:

  • Fall 2017: August 29, 2017
  • Spring 2018: January 24, 2018

Registration Schedule

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Monday, August 14
Sophomores A – M 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Sophomores N – Z 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Juniors** A – M 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Juniors** N – Z 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

 

Tuesday, August 15
Seniors A – M 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Seniors N – Z 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Incoming students A – H 1:00 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.
Incoming students I – Q 2:10 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.
Incoming students R – Z 3:20 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Academic Calendar

Testing

RISING JUNIORS

Rising juniors (students who first enrolled at Milligan in fall 2015) must complete the ETS Proficiency Profile and Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency exams on Monday, August 14, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Gregory Auditorium.

Please arrive at 8:15 for check-in AND bring a #2 pencil, a pen, and a basic function calculator.  Following the exams, we will celebrate with a free pizza lunch.   

IMPORTANT: You will not be allowed to register or complete the check-in process without having taken these exams. You will receive a ticket once you complete the exams which you must bring with you to register/ check-in at Derthick Hall. Please contact Cindy Wymer, Director of Testing, at (423) 461-8415 or CLWymer@milligan.edu with any questions.

(Additional information about the exams: These exams are given to freshmen and juniors on an alternating basis in order to evaluate student learning and institutional effectiveness. These exams cover the information you have learned in writing, critical thinking, mathematics, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Your results will not affect your GPA or ability to graduate, but your scores will be reported to the Director of Student Success if it appears you might need remedial tutoring in a particular area.)

SENIOR EXAMS

Seniors who plan to graduate in December 2017 must take Senior Majors Exams in Fall 2017 and those who plan to graduate in May 2018 must take their exams in Spring 2018. The Director of Testing will email students to schedule testing dates.

CREDIT BY EXAM

Official AP and CLEP score transcripts will be evaluated by the Director of Testing. Credit will be granted according to the policies established by the Milligan Academic Committee and outlined in the Testing Services section of the Milligan catalog.

  • If you took an AP exam and requested an official score report to be sent to Milligan College, applicable credit should be applied to your Milligan transcript by your first day of classes.
  • CLEP exams may be taken at any authorized CLEP testing site and score reports sent to Milligan College. Credit for CLEP exams will not be granted after a student has earned a cumulative total of 64 hours of college credit.

Requirements for exams are subject to change upon the recommendation of the Academic Committee. If you have any questions regarding AP or CLEP credit, please contact Cindy Wymer, Director of Testing, at 423.461.8415.

LANGUAGE PLACEMENT

Milligan College encourages any student who has taken a minimum of two years of high school French, German, or Spanish to take the language placement tests which are offered on August 14 at 1:00 p.m. in Wilson Auditorium in Hardin Hall. These tests will determine the level of language study for which you are prepared. Brush up on what you already know so that you might have the opportunity to enroll in the intermediate level rather than the elementary level. All students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree must earn credit through the intermediate level of a language.

Transfer Students

Transfer students are evaluated for writing proficiency on the basis of an essay written during Welcome Week in August. Transfer students who have not completed a math class must also take a mathematics proficiency examination during orientation. Performance on these proficiency examinations determines placement in developmental studies courses. Students will be contacted during the summer regarding the exams they must complete.

Student Account, Grades, & Student Records (FERPA)

Students can view information about their academic record and student account in the college’s student records database (Self-Service) using the i.d. and password assigned, along with their date of birth and system i.d. given to the students by the Information Technology department. Among the information available to the students are semester class schedules, the college catalog, mid-term and final grades, unofficial transcripts, and charges and credits to the student’s account.

Parents who claim students as “dependent” for income tax purposes may view students’ grades by either (1) the student sharing i.d. and password with parents, allowing the parents to view the academic records online, or (2) the student completing a FERPA form available on Milligan’s website or in the Registrar’s Office.  This form authorizes grades to be mailed to parents and/or other types of communication.

For additional information, contact the Registrar’s Office at 423.461.8788.

Off-Campus Programs

Interested in studying abroad? Start planning for the Spring Semester now! Availability is limited, so get your application in early during the fall semester.

MarvelousMonday1Because Milligan College is a member of the CCCU, a national association of over 100 Christian colleges and universities, numerous off-campus learning opportunities are available. These include:

  • American Studies Program in Washington, D.C.
  • Australia Studies Centre in Sydney, Australia
  • China Studies Program in Xiamen, China
  • Contemporary Music Center in Nashville
  • India Studies Program in Coimbatore, Tamil Nad
  • Latin American Studies Program in San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Los Angeles Film Studies Center
  • Middle East Studies Program in Jerusalem, Israel
  • New York Semester in Journalism
  • Oxford Summer Programme
  • Scholars’ Semester in Oxford
  • Uganda Studies Program in Kampala, Uganda
  • International Business Institute – available to Business Administration majors, provides a summer opportunity to study international business and is endorsed by the CCCU

Besides the CCCU programs, Milligan College offers the Humanities Summer Study Tour. In addition, through an agreement with CAPA International Education, Milligan offers the PCCIS Semester and Summer programs in London.  Classes are held on the campus of Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, part of the University of London.

Milligan also partners with the Disney College Program in Orlando, FL, which offers business and hospitality courses alongside experiential learning. Information and application materials are available in the office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Libraries

Milligan’s two libraries, P. H. Welshimer Library and the Seminary Library, offer a welcoming atmosphere with both individual and group study spaces, friendly staff, and excellent resources. Learn more at library.milligan.edu.

Campus Life

Res Life

Welcome home! At Milligan, Residence Life is about so much more than where you sleep at night.  It’s about building a community and creating an environment that helps you to grow emotionally, physically, and spiritually.  It’s about who you are and who God is creating you to be!

Sutton HallRESIDENCE HALL CHECK-IN: NEW STUDENTS

New residence hall students are expected to arrive Saturday, August 12, between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.  The Student Orientation Staff will be on duty to “lend you a hand” as you move into your room during these hours.  Residence Life Staff will be on hand to check you in to your new home and give you your keys.  Everyone should stop at the Welcome Center in the McMahan Student Center to receive their orientation packets and important instructions prior to proceeding to the residence hall.  We will have refreshing beverages located around the campus throughout the day.

Click here to find out more details about specific residence halls, room assignments and suggested room needs.

The Milligan VillageRESIDENCE HALL CHECK-IN: RETURNING STUDENTS

Returning students will check in Sunday, August 13, from 1 to 4 p.m. 

Students who arrive prior to their designated time will have a daily charge of $20 added to their student account.  Additionally, any early arrival must be pre-approved by the Dean of Students.  Returning students who arrive earlier than this will NOT be permitted to say in the residence halls unless they are involved in a school-related activity that requires them to arrive earlier and they have been approved by Residence Life.

Campus Activities

Students desiring to enjoy the richness of living in community will want to take advantage of the variety of programming that takes place across campus. Our desire is to help students to develop excellence in character, healthy lifestyles, leadership skills and lasting friendships as they actively enter into the life of the Milligan community.

Besides getting to know your roommate, making new friends, seeing old ones, and going to Cookout at midnight, you will want to take part in the campus activities planned by students for students. Several organizations on campus offer you opportunities for spiritual growth, service, athletic competition, and fun and fellowship as you get to know other Milligan students.

CAMPUS ACTIVITIES BOARD

Campus Activities Board (CAB) is the first place to start for filling your social calendar and finding fun ways to hang out on campus and around Johnson City. We start the year off right with the annual Welcome Week. CAB partners with Student Government Association leadership to celebrate the final days of summer and the return of students on campus by experiencing local attractions such as a Drive-In movie, water fun and worship at camp, and a cookout on campus, which always includes friendly yard game tournaments with prizes.

Always the center of the action, CAB hosts numerous campus activities and social events throughout the year. There is something for everyone from film events, dances, concerts and coffeehouses, to beach trips and a day even more exciting than Christmas, Wonderful Wednesday! This year in particular you can be on the lookout for a TWIRP Week full of fun, adventurous trips, the annual Air Band competition, and much much more!

RUSH DAY is September 6th. Rush Day is a great opportunity for students to get connected with clubs and organizations on campus. Local businesses also attend to give our students an idea of resources available in the community. Free samples are a sure thing at this event!

STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION

SGA is a group of hard working students dedicated to improving campus life.  We are excited about the upcoming school year.  Event planning is underway and we hope that you will get involved.  You can expect events such as Rush Day, Homecoming week, Family Weekend, and That Big Party! On the other hand, SGA is not only about planning school functions.  We are an organization that represents the student body.  Whether it be academics, school programs, or spiritual formation, our team is there to support student opinion. Get ready for a year filled with spirit and excitement.

Campus Life is brimming with activities and events to attend, people to meet, conversations to have, lessons to learn, and new experiences to brave. It’s going to be YOUR college experience and it will only be what you make of it. So put yourself out there, try new things, and get involved! This is where college really happens. Bring it on!

Campus Ministry

The Milligan experience is about more than getting a great education. It’s about being formed into a follower of Christ, a fully-functioning servant-leader. The Spiritual Formation Program (SFP) brings the campus community together to grow in discipleship to Jesus.  In addition to academic endeavors, all undergraduate students participate in SFP.  In order to graduate, students must accumulate 150 SFP credits, which are earned by participation in Chapel services, approved service projects, and campus ministry programs such as FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), Diversity Forums, devotional breakfasts and select community events.  A calendar of qualifying SFP events is provided each semester. More details will be provided during Welcome Week.

Career Development

Students interested in Career Development and learning about God’s purpose for their lives will want to visit the Institute for Servant Leadership and inquire about the Servant-Leader Experience. Through the Servant-Leader Experience, we seek to nurture the hearts and minds of a new generation of servant-leaders for the church and society. We seek to help our students discover their central purpose and passion in God’s call to change lives and shape culture through faith, service and leadership. For more info, check out the Center for Calling and Career Exploration.

Commuters

We love commuter students! We strive to create opportunities for our commuter students to feel at home and stay connected. All student activities are open to commuter students and we hope you’ll attend! The P.H. Welshimer Library is open late most nights for studying and research, and there are a number of lounges and other places spaced throughout campus where students can gather and spend time working on projects, eating together, or simply hanging out. Commuter students are also invited to run for office in the Student Government Association or meet other commuters on the Commuter Council.

(All traditional undergrad students at Milligan are required to live on campus. Certain exceptions apply, and they are outlined in the Student Handbook. To learn more about living off-campus, contact the Office of Student Development at 423.461.8760.)

Counseling

The Milligan Counseling Center is equipped to provide short-term counseling services without charge and is offered at the Taylor House, second floor. Counseling services are available by appointment and are offered at various times throughout the week (Monday through Friday). To schedule an appointment for counseling, please contact the Milligan Counseling Center at 423.461.8500 or visit the Counseling Center at www.milligan.edu/thecounselingcenter.

Food Services

cafeteriaMilligan offers a continuous service meal plan provided by Pioneer College Caterers. All students must bring proper Milligan I.D. to enter the dining hall or be prepared to pay the standard line rate. The meal plan allows students to trade 25 meals per semester at the Student Center Snack Bar, more commonly called “The Grill.”

Students may also purchase a “Snack Bar Plus (SBP)” account. This account is available to all students. Residential students can add a SBP account to their standard meal plan on or before registration. This account allows students to grab a quick snack or meal at their convenience with the ease of using a prepaid credit line. The SBP account provides a $50 meal credit line at the grill for an additional charge of $40 to your meal plan. This 20% bonus credit is only available with meal plans purchased on or before registration. Additionally, if students want to add to their credit line, they may do so at any time after registration either in the cafeteria or the grill with a 10% bonus credit.

ADDITIONAL SERVICES:

  • Sick trays are available with a note of approval from a resident director, resident assistant, or college nurse.
  • “Green on the Go.” If you are on the meal plan and can’t make certain meal times due to class or work schedules, sign up for this program. You can stop by the cafeteria and pack your meal in a recycled container.
  • Special diets can be accommodated. Please provide the cafeteria in advance with an outline of your dietary needs.
  • Nutritional awareness program. A booklet is available to explain the program and help you make sound choices concerning your diet and health.

MEAL HOURS:

Monday through Friday: Continuous service from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday: Brunch: 10:30-1:00; Dinner: 6-7
Sunday: Continental Breakfast: 8-9; Lunch: 11:45-1:45; Dinner: 6-7

QUESTIONS? Mark Henry, Food Service Director, 423.461.8439, mhenry@milligan.edu. Or visit www.milligan.edu/student-life/#food-dining.

Health Clinic

The nurse-directed, campus clinic is located in the Gilliam Wellness Center (423.461.8667) with hours of operation Monday through Friday, 9:00am – 2:00pm. The campus nurse is available for emergencies, minor illnesses and injuries, and health consultations as well as referral to outside physicians and medical facilities if needed. Students are expected to report any major illnesses or injuries to the campus nurse. For a list of off-campus care options if the clinic is closed, visit www.milligan.edu/student-life/#health-wellness. For emergencies, dial 911.

Campus Safety & Security

Campus safety and security are of utmost importance to Milligan’s faculty, staff, and administration.  The 2015 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, which contains important information regarding campus security policies and procedures, as well as the reporting and information required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act,  the Tennessee College and University Security Information Act of 1989 and the Federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act  is available on the safety and security section of the Milligan website at http://www.milligan.edu/student-life/#safety-security. Paper copies of the report are available from the Director of Security/Title IX Coordinator (423.461.8740) or the Dean of Students Office (423.461.8760).

Student Development

Student Development at Milligan College seeks to promote faith, learning and living through Residence Life, Campus Activities, Career Development, and Campus Ministry.  Activities and services are open to residential students and commuters. To view the Student Handbook or other Student Development resources, visit www.milligan.edu/student-life.

Be in the Know

Get Involved

CLUBS & ACTIVITIES

See a complete list of clubs and activities »

RUSH DAY is September TBA. It’s your chance to get out there and see all the clubs and organizations there are to be a part of. There is something for everyone, but remember, if you don’t see it–start it!

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MUSIC ENSEMBLES & PRIVATE LESSONS

All Milligan students are eligible to participate in music ensembles and music lessons. Join one of our great vocal ensembles (Women’s Chorale, Concert Choir, Heard Mentality) or our fabulous orchestra. Or you can learn a new instrument by signing up for lessons (guitar, cello, violin, etc.). You can even take classes to learn to read music (MUSC 141: Basic Music Reading Skills). Participating in music is a great break from your studies and a wonderful way to make friends. Learn more at www.milligan.edu/music.

JOIN THE STAMPEDE

Be part of The Stampede, Milligan’s student-run news service. News, commentary and opinion, photography, video — in print, online and TV. We’re looking for writers, producers, editors, TV anchors, photographers, videographers, bloggers. Whether you want to contribute occasionally or be a regular staff member, you’ll find a place in the Stampede. Open to all students and optional academic credit is available. For more information, contact Professor Jim Dahlman, faculty adviser (sjdahlman@milligan.edu, phone 423.461.8994).

STREAM TEAM

Gain experience in live video streaming broadcasts! Students may sign up for Comm 195-Stream Team for 1 to 3 credit hours. Students can volunteer if they don’t have room to add more hours to their schedule. We are looking for students that wish to be a part of the production team: operate cameras, graphics, direct, produce, line up halftime interviews, provide commentary (play by play or color) for athletic games such as Men’s and Women’s basketball, Soccer, Volleyball and Women’s Softball and Men’s Baseball. We also stream various campus specialty events that occur during the semester. If you are interested in more information about this opportunity please contact Dr. Carrie Beth Swanay at cbswanay@milligan.edu. Office lower level of Paxson Communications Center, Office Number 423.461.8795.

WUMCWUMC

WUMC is Milligan’s student operated campus radio station. The station broadcasts a variety of content including music, comedy, talk, live sports, live music and more! WUMC is broadcast on 90.5FM and is streamed online at milliganradio.com.

Shows are open to all students, and no prior experience is necessary. More details on how to sign up and the complete show lineup will be available in the fall at milliganradio.com. You can also follow WUMC on Facebook (WUMC Milligan College Radio) or Twitter (@milliganradio).

HONORS PROGRAM

The Honors Welcome Dinner for new and returning Honors Program students will be Thursday, August 17, from 5-6:30 pm at President Greer’s House at Tara Court. For more information about the Honors Program, visit www.milligan.edu/honors.

Financial

Payment Due Before Classes Start

All financial aid processes should be completed and the remaining balance paid before the first day of class. The purge date is the end of the drop/add period, August 29, 2017, to accommodate emergency situations that arise beyond the student’s control. Course schedules will be purged for students who have not completed ALL financial aid processes AND paid the balance due by the purge date. See milligan.edu/catalog/policies/financial for more details.

BEFORE FIRST DAY OF CLASS

The following should be completed before the first day of class:

  • Pay entire balance due or enroll in the Tuition Payment Plan
  • Sign and return award letter
  • Complete master promissory note
  • Complete on-line entrance interview for first time borrowers
  • Return all documents requested for verification, if applicable
  • Submit pre-approval for alternative loans
  • Submit final high school transcript
  • Complete Parent Plus loan application, if applicable
  • Communicate to SFS all payments expected from VA or 529 savings plans

This is not an exhaustive list of tasks which might need to be completed. See your SFS counselor about your specific situation.

If all of the required steps are not completed during registration, then students will sign a promissory note for the amount owed to the College and will have 2 weeks to resolve the issues and pay the balance or be subject to the Purge Policy.

Any student with an unpaid balance at the end of the day on the purge date will have their course schedule purged and will no longer be allowed to attend classes. In order to re-enroll, students will have to satisfactorily resolve all financial issues and will be assessed a $100 re-enrollment fee.

Payment Options

Milligan offers an interest-free payment plan that is an easy, affordable way to pay for the year’s charges (not covered by other aid). You can also pay with cash, checks, credit/debit cards, or make payments online.

Charges

For a complete list of charges, visit Student Financial Services »

Work-study

If you have accepted work-study on your award letter, you will receive a work-study contract during the summer. Wages earned through work-study positions are paid twice monthly. If you have any questions about your work-study award, contact Student Financial Services at 800.447.4880.

If you have questions about your work-study job assignment, please contact the Scholarship Director at 423.461.8483.

Check Your Email for Notifications

Your Milligan College email account is used regularly to notify you of important information regarding your financial aid and/or student account.

Policies

Complete policies and detailed information regarding financial aid and student accounts can be found in the college Catalog.

Checklist for New Students

JULY 1: Roommate and housing assignments are mailed to new students IF all paperwork has been completed and deposit paid.

AUG 1:  Immunization Form due. No roommate assignments until completed. All students are required by law to submit a completed Health and Immunization Record prior to attending classes.

☑ AUG 12: Check in to your residence hall Saturday, August 12, between 8 a.m. and 12 noon. Commuter check-in is Aug 12 at 5 pm.  Read more »

☑ AUG 12: Attend a 15-minute Wellness Center orientation at the Gilliam Wellness Center. 10am-5pm starting every 30 minutes. Bring your Milligan ID.

☑ AUG 14-15: Registration check-in. All traditional undergraduate students must complete the check-in/registration process in Derthick Hall on August 14-15. Read more »

☑ AUG 15:  Pay & finalize all financial aid before the first day of class to avoid being purged from registration and class. Read more »

☑ AUG 16: Classes start. View the Academic Calendar for the year (fall break, holidays, etc.), as well as other course schedule information.

And Everything Else You Need to Know to Help with Your Transition (or almost everything…)

So by now you probably feel like you have a pretty good handle on the logistical details, but that still doesn’t answer the question of “What do I really need to bring?” and “Is there anything to do in East Tennessee?”  Well, where you have questions, we have answers.  Here are some helpful words of wisdom to aid in your transition to Milligan.

  • Pack light! You really don’t need to pack everything you own, we promise!  Check out the Residence Life page to see a list of items that you might need to bring. If you need a moving truck to get here, then you are probably bringing way too much stuff.
  • Bring an umbrella! Or a raincoat (or those cute rainboots you have needed an excuse to buy!). Now, we need to be clear on this one.  Rain is not something that happens every day around here–oftentimes the sun is shining and all you will want to do is study outside–however, for those days when it does rain, walking to class can be kind-of-less-than-pleasant if you are not properly prepared.  And profs probably won’t accept “I forgot my umbrella…in California” as an excuse for you to turn in a rain smeared paper.
  • Be prepared to study! Start good habits early–as in the first week of class! With all the transitions necessary to come to college, your first year of classes can be a REAL challenge. The suggested study time is two hours for every credit hour you are in class. Use the planner we give you and create a study schedule as soon as you get your syllabi.  You won’t regret it.
  • Don’t panic! The transition to college takes time. You may get a couple of poor test scores at the beginning and you may not make your BFF for life in your first week. People adjust to college at different rates. If you’re struggling in a class, talk to your professor or find one of our free tutors. If you’re feeling lonely, join an activity until you find one that fits! And never hesitate to seek out a faculty or staff member to talk.
  • Be creative with your free time! As we all know, eating out all of the time and going to the movies two nights each weekend will EVENTUALLY cause your budget to dry out–probably sooner than later. So be creative with what you do with your time.  There are ALWAYS fun things going on around campus, so stick around and be a part of what makes Campus Life such an incredible part of the Milligan experience.  Or, if you just need to get off campus, then go camping in the mountains, or pack up a picnic and head to the lake.  There is so much to do around here that will not empty your bank account.  Take advantage of all of the great things this community has to offer!
  • Get involved! It is not a secret that many companies are looking to hire individuals who are well-rounded and show leadership abilities. A liberal arts education provides you with amazing opportunities to develop as a person. You have made the right choice of schools; now it is time to take full advantage of what a liberal arts education has to offer. Campus Life offers a myriad of socialization and leadership opportunities. Too many students go through college without meeting new friends, without becoming a member of a social or service organization, and without an appreciation for their alma mater. Budget your time to include social events, church involvement, Bible studies, and physical exercise.
  • Take pride in your school! Plan to see a few games while you are on campus. With over 20 competitive men’s and women’s athletic teams, there is always something to cheer for! Your classmates appreciate your support, so whether it’s soccer, basketball, baseball, or a host of others, get out there and root for your school.  This is also a great opportunity for you to see faculty and staff members in a more casual setting, cheering right along with you!
  • It is OK if you do not have a car! Some students survive four years without one. Cars are expensive to maintain and can quickly diminish your cash flow. Not having one forces you to meet other people by finding rides home for break, to church, the mall, etc.
  • Ask questions! When you need help, if you are getting behind in your studies, if you do not understand something that is going on in your residence hall, ask someone about it.  Do not fear–there is no such thing as a bad question and this community wants to help you.