Millikin University is a private, comprehensive university with a diverse student population of both undergraduate and graduate students. A Millikin education features Performance Learning, a unique learning approach offered only at Millikin that gives students the chance to build the confidence and skills to succeed both before and after graduation. Millikin offers more than 50 majors in the College of Fine Arts, College of Arts & Sciences, College of Professional Studies and Tabor School of Business.
Millikin was founded in 1901 by James Millikin, a prominent Decatur, Ill., businessman. The University is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Millikin is located on a 75-acre campus in Decatur, a metropolitan area of 70,000 residents. Decatur is close in proximity to three of the largest job markets in the United States — Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis are all within a three-hour driving distance — and is home to both Fortune 100 and small business alike.
Our academic year is divided into fall and spring semesters, with immersion courses also available during the standard winter and summer breaks.
Approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 90 graduate students call Millikin University home. The male-to-female ratio is 42% male and 58% female.
Class Size and Faculty Information
One of Millikin’s strengths comes from our small class sizes and faculty who are unrivaled in terms of their commitment to being accessible to students. Our average class size is 16 students, and we have a student-to-faculty ratio of 10:1.
Millikin University has been accredited by what is now known as the Higher Learning Commission since 1914. The University also boasts several programs that hold discipline-specific accreditations, including music, exercise science and sport, nursing and business. For more information regarding these special accreditations, see our Accreditations page.
At Millikin, students don’t just learn. They do. They reflect. And they make a difference. Performance Learning, Millikin’s hallmark approach to education, moves classroom theory to real-world application. Opportunities for Performance Learning can be found across campus and throughout our wider community, encompassing diversity and inclusiveness. Student-run ventures, internships, co-teaching, community outreach, innovative research and a host of other possibilities are available to students as they live out their learning and are rewarded for their hard work and discipline.
At Millikin, 99.4% of graduates gain employment or enter graduate or professional school within six months of graduation. Nearly 90% of our students secure careers within their fields of study.
Millikin University believes that while the importance of academics cannot be overstated, the collegiate experience is comprised of much more. Within our inclusive community, students will find ways to get involved. Whether it’s through participation on one of the University’s 23 NCAA Division III athletic teams, engagement with one of more than 90 student organizations or forming relationships with other members of our vibrant Greek community, students are sure to find their perfect fit.
At Millikin, we are committed to preparing students for lives that demonstrate democratic citizenship in a global environment. Our Center for International Education plays an instrumental role in that preparation by providing students with diverse study abroad options, both in terms of short-term immersion travel and semester-long study opportunities. Additionally, our international student presence at Millikin is experiencing rapid growth. More than 100 international students representing more than 30 countries are continuing their education here.