June 24, 2022 at 9:45am
Sydney Gyuran '19

Millikin welcomes first-year and transfer students for summer orientation

More than 300 brand new Millikin students accompanied by family and friends, joined the Division of Student Affairs and Office of Admission staff over four days of Big Blue Orientation, filled with informational sessions outlining financial aid, campus resources and more. Those students planning to attend Millikin University beginning fall 2022 got a jumpstart to their Millikin experience June 13-16.

Director of Admission Molly Berry said, “Orientation is such a celebratory time on campus because it is the chance to get a glance at the fall incoming class and dream about all of the amazing ways they will positively impact campus life. Especially in admission, it is fulfilling to see the students and families we have worked with for the better part of a year arrive on campus with all of that nervous and excited energy!”

This year, Millikin welcomed incoming transfer students as a part of Big Blue Orientation Days for the first time. In effort to make sure transfer students receive the same welcome as incoming first-year students on campus, Millikin has adjusted the new student programming in recent years.

“The Class of 2026, new transfer students, and their families will be amazing additions to our already vibrant and diverse campus. Summer Orientation is one of our favorite times at Millikin. We have the opportunity to “roll out the blue carpet” for our new students and families,” said Dean of Student Affairs Raphaella Prange.

“The goal of this program is to demonstrate the immersive and transformational experience of a Millikin University education. We hope that our students and families came away with renewed excitement and confidence in their Millikin choice! We can’t wait to see everyone back on campus in August.”

Big Blue Orientation Days serve as a reminder of the opportunities and warm environment awaiting students when they comes to Millikin.

Paul Lidy, dean of Campus Life said, “It is always a welcoming feeling to have the newest members of Millikin come to in person orientation each year. Meeting the new students with their families and seeing how excited everyone is to be on campus is a feeling unlike any other. It is a great reminder why Millikin is a special place and sets a firm foundation for the years to come. Go Big Blue!”