Millikin University

Millikin University


Located in Decatur, Ill., Millikin University is one of the nation’s leading institutions in Performance Learning. 99% of Millikin graduates gain jobs or entry into graduate or professional school within six months of graduation. That’s because as a private, residential university serving approximately 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students, Millikin pushes its students to grow in an engaged, Performance Learning environment that gets results. Students learn in innovative settings that promote hands-on opportunities in over 50 majors from our College of Fine Arts, College of Arts & Sciences, College of Professional Studies, and Tabor School of Business. Millikin’s vibrant campus life features 21 NCAA Division III athletic teams, intramural sports, a dynamic Greek Life community, and over 90 student organizations.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Summer Bridge & Orientation EDGE Program

Freshmen selected for EDGE come to campus in early August and complete an intensive course prior to the start of First Week orientation. In this course, experienced instructors introduce students to the realities of the college classroom through the formal study of an academic discipline. Students are exposed to the skills critical to collegiate success, including college level reading and writing, critical thinking, classroom participation, and time management. Peer mentors serve as guides for academic success throughout the student’s freshman year. Following the completion of the EDGE Program, students will also benefit from intensive advising during their freshman year. Staff from the Office of Student Success monitor the progress of EDGE students and work to address any obstacles that might get in the way of their academic success. They also organize weekly study tables and follow up with EDGE students at critical times during the semester (midterm, course scheduling, etc.). Selection for the EDGE Program is determined by the Office of Admission and the Office of Student Success in consultation with other University personnel. Learn more about EDGE Program

Academic Advising & Support Peer Tutoring

The Office of Student Success provides free peer tutoring on both a scheduled and "by appointment" basis. Tutors coordinate with faculty and offer opportunities to review concepts, practice problem-solving skills, develop effective study strategies, improve time management, develop effective test preparation strategies, and network with successful students in their discipline. Learn more about Peer Tutoring

Academic Advising & Support Academic Alert System

The Office of Student Success offers a host of individualized services designed to help Millikin students excel academically. In addition to coordinating peer tutoring services and monitoring the Academic Alert System, the Office of Student Success can refer students to the other support offices located in the Staley Library, Writing Center, and Math Center. When instructors become concerned about a student (poor attendance, missing assignments, poor performance on quizzes/tests, or other concerns), they may submit an academic alert through MU Online. A copy of the academic alert is sent to the student, the advisor, and the instructor. Students receiving an academic alert will be notified through their MU email account. Students receiving an academic alert should: 1) Go to the Student Records portion of their MU Online account and view the details of the alert. 2) Devise a strategy for addressing the issue. 3) When necessary, ask the instructor for clarification of the concern and for his or her suggestions in addressing the issue. 4) When necessary, consult with an academic advisor about strategies and options. 5) Contact the Office of Student Success with further questions or additional assistance. Students receiving an academic alert should understand that alerts are meant to draw attention to potential problems, NOT to serve as a form of punishment. Academic alerts are NOT part of a student's permanent record and do NOT affect a student's academic standing with the university. Learn more about Academic Alert System

Student Diversity

  • 1,973
  • 42/58
  • 26%
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 2%
  • 14%
    Black or African American
  • 7%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 71%
  • 4%
    Two or more races
  • 2%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 3%

Student Success

  • 72%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 60%
    Six-year graduation
  • 50%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 83%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 58%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 149
    Full-time faculty
  • 6
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 10:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Fine Arts, Business, Sciences, Education, Nursing

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Millikin Student Senate, Phi Kappa Phi, DECA, Multicultural Student Council, Sigma Delta Pi, Black Student Union, Fraternity Organizations, Sorority Organizations, International Student Organizations, Human Service Connection


Cost of Attendance

  • $31,032
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • n/a
    Required Fees
  • $11,190
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $20,000,000
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $23,015
    Average aid package
  • $34,225
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 38%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 99%
    Students with financial need
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 88%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 89%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 3,400
    # of applicants
  • 64%
  • 3.39
    Average HS GPA
  • 23
    ACT Composite
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Critical Reading
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Math
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • rolling
    Regular application closing date
  • n/a
    Application Fee
  • n/a
    Application Fee (online)
  • n/a
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date