About Millikin University and Decatur, Illinois

Why Illinois?

Illinois is the home of Abraham Lincoln, the great city of Chicago, and the Shawnee National Forest, offers students opportunities to experience the best of the U.S. culture while achieving their own higher education goals.

“Study Illinois is the non-profit Illinois International Education Consortium dedicated to welcoming international students to our state. International students who wish to study on a campus in the USA in a welcoming, diverse, and exciting environment and where education is paramount, choose Illinois. Students come to study anything from ancient civilizations to the most advanced technologies of the future, right here, in Illinois!”

Millikin is an active member of Study Illinois. For general information about living in Illinois, visit EnjoyIllinois.com.

Why Decatur?

Being an international student in Decatur, you will have many opportunities to interact with the local people. Many families in Decatur will be happy to host you and to tell you about their city. Decatur is a college town with vast industrial and agricultural processing production.  Decatur has production facilities for Caterpillar, Mueller Co., and Tate & Lyle (previously A. E. Staley) and Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), the leading agricultural processor and ethanol producer in the world.

In Decatur, fishing, water sports, sailing, and recreational boating are available on Lake Decatur. You also can enjoy hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, sledding, ice skating, horseback riding, natural trails, birding, golf, and skateboarding in this friendly community.

Why Millikin?

Millikin University, located in Decatur, Illinois, is a classic Midwest USA city, situated with homes and park areas, surrounding Lake Decatur, and with many historic brick buildings downtown. Decatur is also a hub to large cities, it is a 45-minute flight to Chicago and a 40-minute flight to Saint Louis, and a three-hour drive to Indianapolis. Decatur is an easy choice because of its impressive quality of life. Studying at Millikin and living in Decatur means enjoying:

  • A great campus life
  • Small city amenities
  • Safe and dynamic city
  • Opportunities to travel elsewhere in the U.S. easily

Internships are an integral part of the Millikin educational experience; students in all fields have opportunities to intern in Decatur, nationally, and internationally.