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Community: The Good Life

Milligan is a close-knit community, with a student body of around 1,200 students from 40 states and over a dozen countries and over 150 faculty and staff.


Students soon discover what makes Milligan stand out from other colleges and universities—it’s a Christian community that is genuine and real. We’re not perfect, but we’re a real place, with real people, all learning and serving a real God. Our students come from all over the country and world to discover students with interests similar to their own, as well as those of different cultures, backgrounds, and views. It’s a place with fun traditions, great athletic programs, and lots to do. We are also a community where real friendships are made that last a lifetime. That’s the Milligan difference.

Res Life

More than 70 percent of our traditional students live on campus in one of 11 residence halls. This is where much of the community life and social involvement on campus occurs. Milligan’s residence halls are designed to encourage greater independence as our students progress through their college years. At the same time, there is a strong focus on learning to live in a community with others. It’s a journey to independence!


The Milligan experience is flavored with fun, time-honored traditions that are enjoyed by generations of Buffs. These are the moments that connect students and alumni, and are never forgotten. Like any good tradition, there is a story behind every one. You can become part of these stories and traditions that make Milligan such a memorable—and fun—place!

Student Housing

Community is a central focus at Milligan, and we believe that living in close proximity to your friends and classmates is a big part of what it means to join the Milligan family. So we require that all students at Milligan live on campus (see “Commuters” below for details and exceptions).

More than 70 percent of our traditional students live on campus in one of eleven residence halls or student apartments. This is where much of the community life and social involvement on campus occurs.

Suite Style

All rooms at Milligan are suite-style with private bathrooms shared by no more than four people. Each room is furnished with an appropriate number of standard single beds, mattresses, desks, dressers, chairs, and closets. All beds can be stacked into bunk beds if desired. You are encouraged to make your room a comfortable living environment. Bring plants, posters, chairs, tables, lamps, shelves, game systems, TVs, and more!


(Click here for a list of room decorating tips and what to bring!)

Single Gender

All residence halls at Milligan are single-gender. There are a variety of open hours throughout the week but dorms are closed to the opposite sex at all other times.

Caring Staff

The Residence Hall staff maintains and promotes all areas of student development within the residence halls. Each Residence Hall has a Resident Director (RD) and Resident Assistants (RA) on staff to help residents with academic, housing, and personal problems, and to provide leadership, supervision, and programming for students.

Laundry Facilities

Laundry facilities are located in the Milligan Village and on the lower levels of Hart, Sutton, Webb, and Williams Halls.

Students have access to the Speed Queen payment app, which allows users to load funds and pay for laundry use through the app, view available washers and dryers on their phones, and receive notifications when wash and dry cycles are complete. Instructions for the use of the app are posted in each laundry room and can be found here »

Vehicles on Campus

Many students choose to keep a vehicle on campus. Parking on campus is monitored regularly and requires a campus parking permit, which can be obtained from the Office of Student Development.

Married Student Housing

A limited number of university-owned apartments are available for married students.

Graduate Housing

Milligan has some housing available for graduate students. Read about the Milligan Student Apartments and Emmanuel Village in this section. Housing application »

Traditional Housing

Sutton Hall

Milligan’s traditional halls are open to all residential students, but are geared especially towards those students in their first years of college life. Each hall has its own unique culture and community, and all three are designed to help new students adapt successfully.

Women’s Halls

Men’s Halls

Upperclassmen Housing

UpperclassmenReady for more? Combine the benefits of dormitory life with the added privacy of a suite. Milligan offers upper-classmen the opportunity to live in our suite-style dormitories.

Women’s Halls

Men’s Halls

Milligan Student Apartments

Designed with graduate and married students in mind, the student apartments offer all the benefits of an apartment right in the middle of campus. Each apartment features a fully-functional kitchen, bathroom, two bedrooms and a living room. Housing application »

Emmanuel Village

Apartments at the Emmanuel Village are reserved with a priority for seminary students and graduate students. The Village community is a thriving, internationally diverse group of students and their families living, learning, and journeying together. Each English cottage-style townhouse features central heat and air, washer and dryer hookups, basic and expanded TV, and internet. There are living opportunities for entire families, married couples, and single students. But you must apply early, as space is popular and limited. Housing application »



Milligan University has traditionally been a residential college and continues to support the concept that community living as part of college life complements the academic experience and contributes to holistic development of the student. So we require that all students at Milligan live on campus. Exceptions to this policy are:

  1. Any student who is married
  2. Any student who is living with a member of his/her own immediate family (parents, grandparents, married brother or sister)
  3. Any student who has completed 128 semester hours or eight semesters of full-time academic work
  4. Any student whose total load for a given semester is less than 9 hours
  5. Any student who is a military veteran of more than one year
  6. Any student who will be 23 years or older in the fall semester

Official guidelines are outlined in the Student Handbook. To request approval for off-campus living, contact the Office of Student Development at 423.461.8760.


We love commuter students! Living off-campus can often make it hard for students to feel connected, but we strive to create opportunities for our commuter students to feel at home. 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.

Food & Dining


Milligan offers an unlimited access continuous service meal plan Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in McCormick Dining Center, with late night service in The Grill. Complete meal programs are offered at traditional meal times, and at other times beverages, cereals, deli, pizza, soup, salad, fruits, desserts, and breads are available. The dining center is a community-oriented space where students can visit, study, or grab a bite with friends at their convenience.

Green On The Go

In the effort to reduce waste and the excessive use of Styrofoam in the cafeteria, Pioneer College Caterers has introduced their “Green on the Go” program at Milligan. Students that are on the meal plan and need a meal “To Go” are allowed to enter the cafeteria and pack their meal in a recycled container. Upon return, the container and silverware is washed and returned to the student for future meals.

Transfer Meal Option

Students can use their meal plan at The Grill. The transfer meal option allows you to trade a meal at the cafeteria for one in the The Grill. Menu selection is all-inclusive (grill entree, side item, dessert or fruit, and drink).

Grab-N-Go Meals

For students with busy work or class schedules that conflict with meal times, we offer a convenient to-go meal option at The Grill. Submit a request and your meal will be waiting for you to pickup!

Snack Bar Plus Account

The Snack Bar Plus account is an option that provides a meal credit line on your Student ID at The Grill for an additional charge to your meal plan. Commuters not on the campus meal plan may also purchase an account to be used for meal purchases in either The Grill or the cafeteria.

Dining prices


Dinner Special–$7.25
Sunday Lunch Special–$8.00

Normal Building Hours

Monday – Friday

  • Continuous Service:
    • 7:00am – 2:00pm
    • 3:00pm – 7:00pm
  • Full Service:
    • Breakfast 7:00am – 9:00am
    • Lunch 11:45am – 2:00pm
    • Dinner 5:00pm – 7:00pm


  • Brunch: 10:30am – 1:00pm
  • Dinner: 6:00pm – 7:00pm


  • Continental Breakfast: 8:00am – 9:00am
  • Lunch: 11:45am – 1:45pm
  • Dinner: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

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Health & Wellness

Gilliam Wellness Center

Normal Building Hours
Monday – Thursday: 6:30am – 10pm
Friday: 6:30am – 6pm
Saturday: 11am – 6pm
Sunday: 3pm – 10pm

The Gilliam Wellness Center offers fitness and workout opportunities for students, faculty, and staff. The 7,100-square-foot center is equipped with cardiovascular fitness equipment, both free weights and a weight machine circuit, an aerobics classroom, and a spinning room equipped with 10 spinning bikes. The center also features seven wall mounted flat-screen televisions, including three that are part of a Nintendo Wii activity area. The Center also houses offices of the Campus Nurse, Director of Intramurals and the Coordinator of Wellness and Recreation Activities. For information about schedule and additional activities and classes, visit Milligan Today.

Health Services

Health Services of Milligan University seeks to encourage the academic success of our students through disease prevention, health promotion and increased wellness awareness.


The nurse-directed, campus clinic is located in the Gilliam Wellness Center with hours of operation Monday thru Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm. 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 illnesses or injuries to the campus nurse. See list below of off-campus care options if the clinic is closed.

Karen Maughon, R.N.

Off-Campus Care: For a list of medical care alternatives available if the clinic is closed, click here »

Personal Responsibility

Milligan University will not assume financial responsibility for off-campus medical treatment or care, physician services, or hospitalization. It is highly recommended that all students maintain personal medical insurance in the event of an emergency or an unexpected illness.


All students participating in intercollegiate athletics are required to maintain personal insurance coverage and to provide proof of coverage to the athletic trainer prior to participation in any university related sports activity.

Special Diets

Students requiring special diets may contact the Food Services Director for the necessary arrangements.


The Milligan Counseling Center offers counseling services for the health and well-being of our campus community.

Individuals may need counseling if a problem at school, work, home, or in personal relationships is causing stress significant enough to interfere with normal functioning. Students, faculty, and staff may also pursue counseling for personal growth and development, such as pre-marital counseling or personal wellness.

To schedule an appointment, please contact the Milligan Counseling Center at 423.461.8500. Voicemails will be checked daily and calls returned within the next business day. Phone calls will not be returned on weekends (Saturday and Sunday) or holidays.

In case of emergency, individuals in crisis are directed to call Frontier Health’s crisis response team at 877.928.9062 or 911.

Learn more about the Counseling Center »

Safety & Security

Campus Security

From campus phone:  8911
Emergencies: 911

Safety and Security

The Milligan University campus is a very safe campus, and maintaining a secure campus environment is a university priority. The campus security phone number is extension 8911 (423-461-8911). After hours, this number will forward directly to the campus security cell phone, which can also be contacted by dialing 423-791-4292.  It is important to note that the 8911 extension is for the campus security office—not Carter County 911 emergency services, which can be accessed by simply dialing 911.

Campus security is everyone’s responsibility, and it is necessary to maintain sound and sensible precautions. It is therefore important for members of the university community to report any and all questionable incidents. Crimes which constitute an emergency situation and/or severe danger to the campus should be reported to local authorities by dialing 911.  Whenever possible, campus security should be notified immediately after dialing 911.

All other crimes, persons behaving suspiciously, or security concerns which occur on campus should be reported immediately to Campus Security. Student Development, Residence Hall, and Physical Plant staff can provide assistance to those wishing to make reports.

Victims or witnesses of potentially criminal activities should complete an Incident Report which details the facts surrounding the incident.  Report forms also are available from the offices named above.  University security personnel will review the incident report and recommend further action.  In cases involving violation of local, state, or federal laws, the Elizabethton Police Department will be notified for the appropriate follow up.  The University cooperates fully with any investigations conducted by the appropriate law enforcement authorities.

Emergency Preparedness

Signs with basic information about procedures that should be followed in the event of various types of emergency situations (fire, severe weather etc.) are posted in the main academic, residential, and student activities facilities on campus. These signs can be found inside the front entrance of each building, in most cases near fire alarm pull stations. Please take a look at these signs at your convenience for information regarding University emergency procedures.  A PDF version of the EMERGENCY PROCEDURES sign can be found here.  Additional information about being prepared for emergencies can be found here.

For more information about campus security or emergency preparedness, please contact Brent Nipper, Director of Property and Risk Management, at (423) 461-8740 or wbnipper@milligan.edu.

Rave 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 with 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. Please consider registering for this service, as it provides the fastest and most efficient means of communication possible in any potential emergency situation. The only messages sent through this system are emergency information and weather‐related schedule changes. If at any point you wish to be removed from the notification list, text STOP to 67283 or 226787 from your registered phone.

Annual Security Report

In accordance with the Tennessee College and University Security Information Act of 1989, the Federal Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act of 1990, and the Federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, the University provides an Annual Security Report. This report is available here for download or upon request from the Office of Student Development at 423.461.8760.

Parents and students now also can review campus crime statistics for colleges and university campuses at http://ope.ed.gov/security/.

Title IX/Sexual Misconduct Policy

Milligan University is committed to providing students, faculty, staff, visitors and all other members of the University community with a positive, healthy environment conducive to the promotion of the University’s core values of scholarship, community, and faith. Incidents of any type of sexual discrimination and/or misconduct are taken very seriously and addressed and resolved to the fullest extent possible.

Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities, including sexual harassment and sexual violence. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA) require institutions of higher education receiving federal funds to disclose policy statements addressing sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking; as well as prevention programs, reporting policies, written notification to victims, and procedures for disciplinary action relating to sexual misconduct issues.

Due to the University’s commitment to an educational atmosphere free of sexual harassment, including acts of sexual misconduct, and in accordance with the requirements set forth in Title IX and the Clery Act, all forms of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking are prohibited and will not be tolerated at Milligan University.

Milligan’s full Sexual Misconduct Policy can be found here (click to download). Information about the rights and options provided victims of sexual misconduct can found here (click to download). Definitions of criminal acts associated with sexual misconduct in Tennessee state law can be found here (click to download). For more information about Title IX, the Clery Act, or issues related to sexual misconduct, including sex discrimination and sexual harassment, please contact:

Brent Nipper, Title IX Coordinator
Director of Property and Risk Management
Milligan University
(423) 461-8740
The Title IX Coordinator’s office is located upstairs in the Little Hartland Welcome Center

Milligan University Notice of Nondiscrimination

As members of the Milligan University community and in faithfulness to the teaching of Scripture, we commit ourselves to honoring and broadening the diversity of our community and to treating every person with respect, dignity, and love. By reflecting the diversity of God’s kingdom, the University bears witness to that kingdom and equips students to serve in a diverse and interdependent world.  In accordance with the Age Discrimination Act, Title IX, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Milligan University admits students of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at Milligan. Milligan does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.

Concerns relating to sex discrimination should be addressed to the University’s Title IX Coordinator:

Brent Nipper, Director of Property and Risk Management
PO Box 750
Little Hartland Welcome Center
Milligan, TN 37682

Questions about disability services and ADA compliance issues should be addressed to:

Jason Onks, Director of Disability Services
McMahan Student Center
P.O. Box 500, Milligan, TN 37682

Student Activities & Organizations

Whether you’re interested in joining a pickup game of Ultimate Frisbee, playing in a Jazz Combo, making a run for a Student Government office, or joining one of the other forty-plus student led organizations on campus, there is a place for you at Milligan.

As part of the educational process at Milligan University, we provide students with the working knowledge of diverse subjects. Milligan does not necessarily endorse all viewpoints presented but encourages students to think through these issues from a Christian worldview.

If you are interested in starting a new club on campus, please fill out the Club Formation Request and set up an appointment with the director of Campus Activities Brealle Davis, who will walk you through the process.

Alpha Chi

Alpha Chi is a collegiate national honor society. The association is open to juniors and seniors in the top 10% of their class with a grade point average of at least 3.5.

Alpha Psi Omega

Alpha Psi Omega , the national theatre honorary society, is active on campus with membership based on a point system whereby points are earned by participating in the many facets of theatre work on campus. Popular current projects include sponsoring the yearly Festival of One Act Plays and a touring production that travels to area public schools.


Apostolos Student Missions Club exists to advance the work of mission around the world, in the local community, and among the student body.  Raising awareness through on-campus programming and engaging in outreach projects and short-term mission trips, Apostolos aims to enable students to be on mission with God.

Bible Bowl

The Bible Bowl ministry helps coordinate the Milligan College Summer Bible Bowl tournament.

Campus Activities Board

Campus Activities Board (CAB) assists in the planning of various extracurricular and co-curricular activities, including dances, trips, Wonderful Wednesday, film showings, and musical events.

Civic Band

Civic Band provides students a performance opportunity with the Johnson City Community Concert Band.

Club Ultimate

Club Ultimate exists to provide a spiritual and healthy experience through physical activity and controlled competition while playing ultimate Frisbee.

College Democrats

College Democrats are affiliates of the Democratic National Committee, and therefore, we concur with the views of the Democratic National Committee while working to engage student in local, state, and national elections. Milligan Democrats also work for the betterment of the student body by offering a safe environment for students of various political ideologies that […]

College Republicans

College Republicans is an organization made up of students interested in local, state, and national politics.

Commuter Council

Commuter Council seeks to unite and involve commuters in campus life.

Concert Choir

Concert Choir is an auditioned mixed chorus with varied repertoire of classics, spirituals, hymn arrangements and musical theatre. The Choir tours annually and performs on numerous other occasions.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA): Open to all students, this ministry addresses the mutually benefiting opportunities for religion and sports and serves the unique dynamics of student athletes. FCA hosts monthly events qualifying for the spiritual formation program, weekly small groups and bible studies, retreats, and Christian leadership seminars.


Heritage is a small a cappella ensemble composed of eight to nine men and women performing on and off-campus for churches and service clubs.

International Justice Mission

International Justice Mission (IJM) works to bring an end to modern-day slavery and human trafficking. Milligan’s Campus Chapter of IJM joins this effort by working to raise student awareness through education, raise funds to enable the global work of IJM, and raise a voice in prayer and advocacy on behalf of 30 million people held […]


Milligan typically offers a number of intramural activities throughout the school year including Ultimate, softball, spike ball, volleyball, flag football, basketball, ping-pong, and disc golf. Depending on interest, activities may be added or removed. Several intramural events are offered on Wonderful Wednesday. Contact Ryan Reynolds, director of intramurals, at ROReynolds@milligan.edu.


Linking Individuals to the Needs of the Community (LINC) serves as a hub for coordinating individual students with local community service organizations and also provides the college with opportunities to partner with national service initiatives.


LXI-(Isaiah 61)–Formerly One7, the purpose of the organization is to cultivate a community of Milligan Students whose goal and desire is to creatively reach out and share Christ’s love and compassion to the at risk and underprivileged youth of the inner city of Johnson City in diverse ways.

Milligan Orchestra

Milligan College Orchestra is an auditioned orchestra which performs representative literature for on and off campus performances. This ensemble is open to elective students, as well as music majors and minors.

Multicultural Engagement

Multi-Cultural Affairs Committee is a faction of the Campus Activities Board that aims to make Milligan a genuinely multicultural Christian community by affirming the worth of all human beings and affirming the value and significance of the human cultures and communities that have developed over the centuries.

National Association for Music Educators (NAfME)

A group dedicated to advancing music education by encouraging the study and making of music by those for a passion of music, as well as future music educators.

National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS)

The vision of the NSLS is to be an organization that educates, develops, and supports leaders at Milligan College for the purpose of having a positive influence through leadership and service here at Milligan and the broader community.

Omicron Psi

Omicron Psi is a national honor society for non-traditional students. The association is open to juniors and seniors at least 24 years of age, with a grade point average of at least 3.0.

Phi Alpha Theta

Phi Alpha Theta is an honorary history society with more than 270,000 members in over 850 chapters in colleges and universities across the United States . Phi Alpha Theta ‘s mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication, and exchange of learning and ideas among historians. Milligan history students established the Alpha Iota Tau chapter of Phi Alpha Theta during the Spring 2001 semester.

Photography Club

The goal of the photography club is to enhance the appreciation of photography on campus by allowing students who are not able to take photo class to participate in outings and learn a practical knowledge of photography.

Psi Chi

Psi Chi is the national Honor Society in Psychology for the purpose of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship and advancing the science of psychology.

Recycling Club

The Recycling Club exists to help spread awareness and knowledge of recycling on campus for effectiveness in the community.


Sanctuary is a group established to provide, in Christian context, support for students who identify with or wish to minister to members of the LGBTQ community. The group meets weekly, and all are welcome.

Social Work Club

The Social Work club seeks to increase personal and professional growth within its membership with excellence in integrity, service, social justice, competence within the field of social work, valuing human relationships, and treating all people with dignity and worth. They will provide an environment of collaboration, support, and growth for students on a trajectory to […]

Spanish Club

The Spanish Club exists to encourage Spanish culture and language appreciation while hosting several social and educational activities.

String Quartet

String Quartet is a chamber ensemble for string players which perform for on and off campus events.

Student Government Association

Student Government Association ( SGA ) exists to formulate and execute a Christian student government whose duties are to stimulate communication and cooperation among students, faculty, and administration. It also helps to coordinate student activities, to participate in the determination of college procedures, to labor in the interest of improving academic standards and to develop […]

Student Nurses Association

The Student Nurses Association is an organization that exists to provide fellowship and student support for those in the nursing major.This organization also provides service and health promotion activities to the Milligan community.

Student Tennessee Education Association

The Student Tennessee Education Association seeks to develop interest in education as a lifelong career, to develop among students preparing to be teachers an understanding of the teaching profession through professional associations, to give students preparing to teach practical experience in working with professional associations on the problems of the teaching profession and society, and to provide students preparing to teach with the history, organization, policies, ethics, and programs of the professional associations.


SUB 7, a part of the Campus Activities Board (CAB), sponsors two coffeehouse style performances each month. Those participating with SUB 7 book the acts, set up the sound equipment, and make the coffee for each performance. All students are invited to attend.

The Herd

The purpose of “The Herd” is to increase overall school spirit. They aim to encourage respectful participation at all Milligan sporting events. The Herd will strive to promote a fun, energetic, positive environment for students, athletes and fans.

The Society of Scientific Christian Scholars (SSCs)

The Society of Scientific Christian Scholars (SSCs) seeks to promote the appreciation of scientific study through a Christian perspective around campus and throughout the community.

The Stampede

The Stampede is Milligan’s student run newspaper. It exists to serve and strengthen the college community by reporting news, serving as a forum for members of the community, and encouraging involvement in the community.


Vespers is an informal, contemporary student-led worship service open to all students. Vesper services occur on Sunday evenings at 8:30 pm in Seeger Chapel’s Walker Auditorium.

WUMC – Milligan Radio

WUMC, Milligan College Radio, seeks to provide the college with a quality radio station by giving students and volunteers broadcast experience.


Brent Nipper

Brent Nipper

Director of Property & Risk Management (Campus Safety & Security)

Phone: 423.461.8740
Contact via email
Office: Little Hartland


Dr. Rebecca Sapp

Rebecca Sapp

Professor of Counseling; Director of the Counseling Center; Director of the Master of Counseling Program; Practicum and Internship Experiences Coordinator

Phone: 423.794.3071
Contact via email
Office: Derthick Hall, 106C