Campus Resources and Services

Academic Resources

  • President's office: Shilling 201, ph 217.424.6208
  • Vice President for Academic Affairs: Shilling 213, ph 217.424.6220
  • College of Arts and Sciences: Shilling 209, ph 217.424.6205
  • College of Fine Arts: Shilling 211, ph 217.424.6220
  • College of Professional Studies: Shilling 208, ph 217.424.6774
  • Tabor School of Business: ADM/SCO 105, ph 217.424.6285
  • Office of Student Success: University Commons 312, ph 217.362.6424


The University Bookstore is located on the ground floor of Dolson Hall. The Bookstore sells necessary items for students including new and used textbooks, reference materials, and supplies.  Millikin University clothing and other MU paraphernalia are also available as well as greeting cards, stationery and gift items. During final exam week each semester, the Bookstore offers students the opportunity to sell their textbooks through their buy-back program, depending on the market demand.

  • Mon/Tu/Th/Fri., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Wed., 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Career Center

The Career Center helps Millikin students to develop, clarify, and confirm their career goals.  It also assists student in incorporating service and civic engagement into their education.  The center offers a variety of services and resources designed to assist students in every phase of the career development process: self-discovery, career exploration, experiential learning, and employment.

Students needing assistance in choosing or changing a major, or selecting a career path can make an appointment to meet individually with a career counselor.  Career assessment tools are available to help students understand their unique traits (values, interests, personality and skills) and identify careers that complement those traits.

Students should actively seek meaningful experiences that will aid in preparing them for their career.  The Career Center aids students in locating part-time jobs, internships, and summer employment opportunities that are related to their major or career interests.

Additionally, the center also assists students in locating on-campus and community work-study jobs. Students may also register for elective courses in service-learning.  Volunteer/service opportunities and other civic engagement activities are also promoted through the center.

While some students begin their careers immediately after graduation, many students choose to continue their education through graduate or professional studies.  The center assists students in navigating the graduate school application process which could include clarifying educational goals, identifying and applying to potential graduate programs and schools, preparing to take admission examinations, and writing personal statements.

Career Center services include:

  • Career Counseling
  • Career Assessments
  • Employment and Graduate School Advising
  • Interview Preparation
  • Big Blue Jobs online system for campus employment, part-time jobs, internships, volunteer opportunities, and full-time jobs
  • Opportunities to network and interview with potential employers
  • Resume and cover letter assistance
  • Workshops and special presentations

For more detailed information on Career Center services, please contact us at 217.424.6294 or visit us at or Shilling Hall 103.

Center for International Education

The Center for International Education (CIE) is committed to increase global and international awareness and knowledge of students, faculty and staff at Millikin University.  Specifically, the CIE will assist students and faculty in educational semester long and immersion experiences abroad, as well as help with the recruitment of international students, including their support and assistance while on campus. Consistent with Millikin’s Mission to prepare students for democratic citizenship in a global environment, the Center for International Education will prepare Millikin students and faculty for productive engagement in the global society of the 21st century.

The Center for International Education conducts a variety of semester abroad programs, one year abroad programs, and immersion courses during January, May, and in the summer.  Semester and one year abroad courses include: EBC (Escula Bancaria y Comercial) in Mexico City, Mexico; ESGCI in Paris, France; ICDA (Instituto Cultural Dominico-Americano) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; PUCMM (Pontifica Universidad Catolica Maedra y Maestra) in Santiago, Dominican Republic; Tunghai University in Taichung, Taiwan; Changchun University of Chinese Medicine in Changchun, China; IES (International Education of Students); Subsidiary Experimental School of Northeast Normal University in Changchun, China; Millikin Semester in London.  Immersion course destinations include: India, South Africa, China, Taiwan, Paraguay, Chile, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Eastern Canada, Italy, England, Eastern and Western Europe, Spain, and Costa Rica.  CIE is located in Shilling 205, and the office number is 424-3758.

Computer Labs and Services

A wide variety of computer and media learning services are available to students via the Information Technology Office located on the first floor of Shilling Hall, Room 114. Included among these services are advice related to acquiring a personal computer, connecting your personal computer to the Millikin wired and wireless network, obtaining user accounts for accessing the Millikin network, obtaining an e-mail user account, accessing resources in the general access computer labs, Publishing individual web pages via the Millikin network, and using computer and media projection equipment.  For current and up-to-date information on these services and others that become available during the academic year, be sure to visit the Information Technology web page on a regular basis.

Counseling Services

It is not uncommon for students to experience distress from time to time. The college years are one of the most challenging transition periods in life.  Adjusting to campus life, increased academic demands, relationship problems, and other personal issues can feel overwhelming at times.  Confidential personal counseling services are available throughout the academic year to assist students in overcoming their difficulties in order to succeed at Millikin and improve the quality of their lives.  Our counselors take a wellness approach that emphasizes personal responsibility, prevention, intervention, and a concern for the student.  It is our goal to assist students in improving their abilities to make informed decisions that positively affect their mental, physical, and spiritual health.  Counseling appointments can be arranged by calling 217.424.6277. The Counseling Center is located at 150 South Fairview Avenue.

Decatur Indoor Sports Center (DISC)

This 87,000 square foot facility offers a fitness center, weight room, an indoor soccer arena, basketball and volleyball courts, a golf practice and instruction area, a walking/jogging track, group exercise and dance rooms, climbing wall, batting cages, and more.  The facility is a partnership between Millikin University and the Decatur Park District and is open to all members of the Decatur community.  The Allan-McClure Millikin weight room is located in the lower level of the 87,000 square foot Decatur Indoor Sports Center (DISC).  The facility provides up-to-date equipment for recreation and athletic use.  Trained fitness center staff will assist with questions regarding equipment and exercise technique.

The DISC is located at 1295 West Wood Street, and the contact number is 217.429.3472.

Dining Services

University dining services is being managed by Aramark.  For more information operating hours and other dining service information, please contact Aramark at 424-6323.  For information on student meal plans, please contact the Student Service Center at 217.424.6317.

Faculty Advisors

Students are assigned faculty advisors who advise them regarding academic and personal matters. Advisors also help set up course schedules during registration.  Before a student registers, the advisor must sign registration materials. Students should feel free to consult their advisors at any time during the college year. If there are questions (including a change of major or advisor), students should see the dean of their particular college. Faculty advisors for student organizations are selected by the organization with the approval of the Director of Inclusion and Student Engagement. Advisors serve one year at a time.

Fax Services

A fax machine is available in the University mailroom for student use. Faxes can be sent or received at the following fax number:  217.424.3993.  There is a nominal charge per page for sending or receiving faxes.  Please have all incoming faxes include the following information:   ATTENTION:  Student’s Name, Campus Address and contact phone number.  Faxes can be sent or received between 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.    

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is administered by the Student Service Center located on the 1st floor of Shilling Hall in Room 118.   For assistance with financial aid questions contact the Student Service Center at 424-6317.

Greek Life

Greek life affords students an excellent opportunity to develop leadership skills, enhance personal development and academic achievement, engage in community service activities, and build friendships that will endure long past his or her days on campus. There are six national women’s sororities represented at Millikin University – Alpha Chi Omega, Delta Delta Delta, Pi Beta Phi and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority, Inc., and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. There are five national men’s fraternities represented on the Millikin campus—Alpha Tau Omega, Delta Sigma Phi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Tau Kappa Epsilon, and Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity, Inc. Administrative staff in the Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement advise the individual groups and governing bodies.


Five of Millikin’s Greek organizations own and operate their chapter houses adjacent to the campus, and one is housed in University Housing. Meals are served in three of the chapters. Students who are not provided meals in their chapter house may purchase a University board contract at the regular residential board rate. Any upper-class student living in a residence hall may petition to move into a Greek chapter house at the end of his/her first semester of membership, if space permits. All members who wish to move into a Greek chapter house must complete a notification form that may be obtained from the Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement (354 University Commons). The form must be approved by the chapter president, the Director of Inclusion and Student Engagement, and the Office of Residence Life.  Room and board fees for Greek chapter houses vary slightly among the groups. In general, the rates are approximately equal to those of University housing.  Greek chapter houses are considered affiliated properties and on-campus housing. Therefore, all University policies apply to students residing in these facilities.  See additional information in the section on Greek Life.


Staley Library: 217.424.6214

  • Monday-Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - midnight
  • Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 1:00 p.m. - midnight
  • Please see our website for library hours during breaks and summer.


Affiliation with a Greek organization is achieved through a mutual selection process known as membership recruitment. Formal membership recruitment week is held at the beginning of the spring semester and includes an orientation program during which Interfraternity and Panhellenic Council officers explain the recruitment process. Informal recruitment periods are held throughout the year. Students are encouraged to consider all chapters in order to make the best evaluation of which one most closely meets their personal expectations and values.

Recruitment programs, new member education, and initiation are restricted to full-time students who are in good standing with Millikin. To be initiated, a student must have successfully completed one college/University semester and be currently enrolled for at least 12 credit hours. Individual chapters have specific academic requirements for affiliation and initiation that are presented during recruitment activities. Eligibility for initiation must be certified by the Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement at least 48 hours preceding the initiation.  Any questions regarding how to get involved in Greek Life should be directed to the Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement, 354 University Commons.

Health Services

The Millikin/DMH Health Center is located at the corner of Wood Street and Fairview Avenue.  Medical Staff are available 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday while classes are in session for the fall and spring semesters. Hours during breaks and summer vary. For more specific information, please visit Health Services are available to all currently enrolled Millikin University students.

Types of services available:

  • Evaluation and treatment of medical illnesses
  • Laboratory testing
  • Allergy injections
  • Vaccine administration
  • TB skin test
  • Physical examinations
  • Emergency/injury evaluation and treatment
  • Blood pressure and weight checks
  • Smoking cessation care
  • Nutrition advice
  • Screening for sexually transmitted diseases
  • Women’s Clinic

Your personal physician should manage any long-term medical conditions.

Please call the DMH/Millikin Health Center at 217.424.6360 to speak to a medical professional. The clinic sees students on an appointment basis from 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday. Medical Services are billed to the student or their primary health insurance, if applicable. Costs are comparable to community medical providers.

Inclusion and Student Engagement

The Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement (ISE) leads the campus in fostering a community of inclusion and cultural competency which empowers students to succeed in a vibrant, socially just, diverse university community. The ISE engages the campus with programs and services that encourage the holistic development of students and affirm identity through advocacy, outreach and advising. The office  strives to nurture an inclusive, equitable, culturally competent community so students will excel and contribute as democratic citizens in a global environment. Services include: 1) creating, promoting, and encouraging a supportive and friendly campus environment that is welcoming for, and attractive to people of all races, ethnicities, nationalities, religions, gender, sexual orientation, and those with disabilities, 2) advocating, supporting, and advising students and cultural groups in their identities. 3) fostering leadership development through intentional mentoring programs for students to excel as scholars and achieve personal goals, 4) having outlets for students to become engaged in the campus and Decatur communities, 5) creating and implementing educational platforms that support healthy lifestyles for the campus community, and 6) collaborating with campus and local community groups to ensure a climate of justice, access, equity, and learning. The Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement is your one stop shop for all student organizations, Homecoming and Fall Family Weekend activities, Greek Life, leadership development, and cultural and heritage month programs, diversity training, and wellness programs.


Intramurals provide a sports program in which both men and women may participate. This program is run entirely by student managers who work to meet the recreational needs of the Millikin community.

Available activities include basketball, bowling, flag football, miniature golf, softball, volleyball and more. Captains must attend signup meetings. Check the Athletics/Intramurals web page ( or call Mills Hall (217.424.6344) with questions.

Lost and Found

There is a lost and found center located at Public Safety. If you lose something, it may be there; if you’ve found something, take it to Public Safety. Articles will be held for only one semester.

Mail Service

All students who live in the residence halls may pick up their mail and packages at the University Mail Center, Shilling Hall 104A. The phone number is 217.420.6799.  Students will have access to their mailboxes from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Friday and 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.  Packages and Mail Center services will be available 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.  All students must show their Millikin I.D. in order to pick up packages. 

Letters and packages may be weighed and rated by the Mailroom (Shilling Hall, Room 104A) for the proper amount of postage. Stamps may be purchased in the Mail Room and the Campus Bookstore. The nearest package shipping facility is located at the Kroger grocery store in the nearby Fairview Village Shopping Center.

On-Campus Check Cashing Services

On-campus check cashing is available in the Student Service Center, Shilling Hall 118 (Monday-Friday).  The phone number is 424-6317.  Personal checks (for amounts up to $50) and Millikin student payroll checks can be cashed. Student to student and two-party checks will not be cashed. Checks must be made payable to “cash.”  A fee of $25 is charged for each returned check and the privilege of cashing checks may be withdrawn. There is also an automated teller machine on campus located in the lower level of the Richards Treat University Center.

Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Office of Student Success

The Office of Student Success, 312 University Commons, provides academic support services to Millikin University students free of charge. These services include, but are not limited to, academic skills workshops, EDGE program, exploratory advising, internet academic support resources, peer tutoring, and accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Our offices are located in Suite 312 of the University Commons. Our central office can be reached by calling 217.424.6424 or on our website at 

Peer Tutoring – discipline-specific, department recommended peer tutors are available to students for individual and group sessions free of charge. The current Peer Tutor Schedule is available to students and faculty on the Student Success webpage at  

Internet Academic Support Resources – in addition to peer tutoring, Student Success maintains webpages with links to free, pedagogically sound academic resources that students can use to supplement or enhance their academic experience outside the classroom. These internet sites offer interactive tutorials and labs, reference sources, academic skill tips, and academic strategy exercises and are continually revised to include new links. These internet resources are located at  

Academic Disability Services – Millikin University students with a disability who wish to request academic accommodations under ADA/Section 504 must make an appointment with the Director of Disability Services to submit verification of their disability and discuss appropriate academic accommodations.  Students will be required to sign a release of information form allowing staff to notify their faculty about the accommodations to be provided. Information about students’ needs and accommodations will be shared only with those individuals who need to know. Contact our central office by calling 217.424.6424.

Parental Notification Practices

Millikin University strives to cultivate personal growth and responsibility in its students as they learn to establish their own independence. However, the University also believes in providing parents with the sensitive information they need to know in order to advise their students effectively. Parental notification is initiated when a member of the Student Development staff believes that parental involvement will help the student by providing support for their health and safety, academic success and/or personal development.

Furthermore, Sections 951 and 952 of the 1998 Higher Education Amendment enables institutions of higher education to notify the parents or legal guardians when their student under the age of 21 has been found in violation of the institution’s disciplinary code for drugs and alcohol. Parental notification is in addition to the intervention and education already offered students when such infractions are brought to the University’s attention.

Parents may be notified when the Office of the Dean of Students receives notification from University staff and/or local law enforcement officials that a student has been found to be involved in a drug or alcohol-related violation during an academic session or while living in University owned housing. Violations that may trigger parental notification include:

  • the student demonstrates a disregard for his or her personal safety or the safety of others;
  • medical attention to any person, including the student, is required as a result of the student's alcohol related behavior;
  • the student causes property damage;
  • the student operates a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol;
  • the student is involved in multiple minor incidents involving alcohol;
  • the student's alcohol-related behavior negatively impacts the learning environment.

Parents may also be notified when there is reason to believe that a student's health and well-being are in jeopardy.  The University reserves the right to assess what is determined as potential jeopardy, including potential harm to self and/or others.

A professional staff member in the Division of Student Development will encourage the student to make the initial call to a parent or guardian.  After the determination of a violation, students will be afforded an opportunity to contact their parent(s) or guardian before the university will issue a notification. In certain cases, written notification will be utilized in lieu of verbal contact.

Parents/guardians interested in gaining further information about their student’s academic records are encouraged to discuss this information with their student or request that the student sign a written consent to have this information shared with his/her parents. Consent forms are available at the Student Development Office. Parents should be aware that the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) prohibits the University from sharing student records (not including the above exceptions) without the student’s written consent.

Please direct all questions regarding Millikin University’s Parental Notification Practices to the Office of the Dean of Students at 217.424.6395.

Parking Regulations

All vehicles that park on campus must be registered with Public Safety and display a valid Millikin University parking permit.  Permits are available through Public Safety.  Sophomore, Junior, and Senior residential students are allowed vehicles on campus.  Students are only allowed to register one vehicle.   Freshmen residential students wishing to park on campus are required to petition Public Safety for parking privileges.  Students may be required to provide verification of the extenuating circumstances.  The fee schedule for permits is:  Freshmen and Sophomore:  $100.00, Junior and Senior:  $50.00.  All commuter student parking permits are $50.00.  Parking Permits are valid for one year (08/01-07/31). 

Students are required to park according to the guidelines outlined in the Parking Information brochure published by the Millikin University Department of Public Safety.  Copies of this brochure are available at the Department of Public Safety in Walker Hall.  Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to reserved spaces such as visitor (Millikin students are not considered visitors), handicapped parking, and designated fire lanes.  Students who fail to abide by the University’s parking regulations are subject to parking tickets fines or having their vehicles towed. 

During snow emergencies, students may be asked to relocate their vehicles so that snow can be removed.  Students must also be aware that certain city streets around campus are “snow emergency routes.”  Vehicles parked on these routes in violation of city ordinances will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Residence Life


Housekeeping service is provided in residence hall common areas including bathrooms ( 1 to 2 times per week and as needed), lounges and hallways.  Students are responsible for cleaning their rooms.


In each residence hall, washers and dryers are available for use by residents free of charge. Check with the resident assistant for the laundry room location in each hall. A laundry fee is assessed to each residential student’s account at the start of each semester. You are encouraged to stay with your laundry at all times. The University does not take responsibility for theft of personal belongings.


Maintenance concerns should be reported to the resident assistant. The resident assistant will supply students with the correct information on how to resolve their concern.

Refrigerators and Microwaves

Students may bring their own refrigerators into the residence halls; however, they may not exceed 1.5 amps or be larger than 3 cubic feet.  Personal microwaves are not allowed in the residence halls.

Student Housing Council

The Student Housing Council (SHC) is the students’ voice in the operation of Millikin residence halls. Student interest and involvement in student government is important and welcome. Check with the resident assistant to find out how to become involved.

The Resident Assistant (RA) is a trained student-staff member on each floor or in each apartment building selected due to his/her interest in helping other students. With your help, the RA will maintain harmony and a sense of respect in your community.  Primarily, they are a resource person for you—there to assist you in all facets of your college experience.  As you will discover, although RAs spend much time with their community, they have other responsibilities in their position (duty, training, meetings, etc.) and most importantly, they are full-time students at Millikin.

Residence Life Professional Staff are full time professional staff members with at least a Master’s degree in Higher Ed or related field. The professional staff is responsible for overall supervision, administration, and student conduct in the Residence Halls and can easily be found in the office located in Jack C. Dolson Hall.

The Residence Life staff are University officials charged with creating an educational environment and maintaining respect in the residence halls.

Television Service

Each residence hall room is equipped with a cable-television outlet. Basic cable service is provided at no cost to the student.

Millikin Public Safety Department

The Department of Public Safety is located in Walker Hall, first floor, north end. The department operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is a combination department comprised of both sworn police officers and non-sworn security officers and dispatchers. The Millikin University Police Department was established by the Board of Trustees in May 2013 in accordance with the Illinois Private College Campus Police Act (110 ILCS/1020). As outlined by that act1, Millikin University Police Officers have full peace officer authority and arrest powers, including the ability to enforce city ordinances, county ordinances, traffic laws (on public ways contiguous to university property), and state statutes.

A dispatcher is always in the dispatch center and can be reached by calling 217-464-8888 (8888 campus phone), or through one of the “blue light” phones located about campus. The dispatch center is also the after-hours switchboard for the University. The dispatcher monitors a variety of campus alarm systems, the access control system, and local/national media for weather and crisis information.

The Public Safety Department is responsible for a wide variety of functions on campus, including both foot and motorized patrols, access control, crisis response, parking enforcement, risk management, and various life safety checks. During patrols, both Police and Security Officers are establishing a presence to deter criminal activity, conducting life safety checks, and proactively engaging our community members. Public Safety staff members attend regular training on procedures, investigations, report writing, crisis management, first aid and CPR/AED.

For Public Safety assistance on campus dial “8888” from a campus phone or 217-464-8888.  Decatur/Macon County does offer 911 service for life threatening emergencies, remember to dial “7-911” when calling from a campus phone. 

Emergency Procedures

In event of any emergency in a residence hall—fire, illness, accident, etc.—notify Public Safety at 464-8888.  In the event of an emergency elsewhere on campus, contact Public Safety immediately.

Fire Alarms

When the fire alarm sounds:

  • Get out of the burning structure and call 911, do not hang up until the operators instructs you to do so
  • Close your windows
  • Open blinds
  • Leave lights on
  • Close your room door
  • Calmly proceed to the nearest exit and leave the building
  • If in a closed room, feel the door with the back of our hand, if the door is hot use an alternate exit
  • If an alternative exit is not available, seal off the room you are in by stuffing towels, etc. in vents and door cracks.  Call 911 and/or Public Safety (464-8888) and tell them you are trapped and give your location.  If practical, wait by a window and signal for help.
  • Do not re-enter the building until instructed to do so by a staff member

False alarms and genuine fire alarms are indistinguishable. Therefore, students should follow the fire procedures whenever the alarm sounds. Failure to evacuate appropriately may result in injury and will result in disciplinary action.

Tornado Alert

When notified that a tornado has been sighted in this area:

  • Close room windows
  • Close blinds
  • Leave room and close door (unlocked)
  • Move to the basement. If there is no basement, sit in the corridor away from windows on the lowest floor of the building.
  • Do not re-enter room until danger is past and the “all clear” is provided by a staff member.

Space/Room Reservations

The campus utilizes the 25Live scheduling software to manage all campus facilities and spaces.  An electronic request through 25Live must be submitted in order to receive confirmation of an event. Set-up arrangements should be made at the time of scheduling on-line. Additional questions regarding campus scheduling can be sent to or by calling 217-424.6395 Monday - Friday, 8am-5pm.  All food-service arrangements must be made with the catering manager after facility use has been arranged and confirmed.  All audio/visual requests should be directed to Media Services at 424-6238.

Recognized student organizations, faculty, and staff have priority for scheduling purposes. Rental fees are usually waived for these groups. Arrangements and charges will be assessed by the Scheduling staff for off-campus organizations. Scheduling should be done at least 14 days prior to an event in order to ensure space, equipment, and set-up arrangements.

All cancellations should be made at least 48 hours prior to the start of the event by calling Scheduling staff at 217-424-6395 (weekdays) or the University Commons Welcome Center at 217-424-6211 (weekends and evenings). Groups that fail to make notification of cancellation may forfeit reservation privileges for the remainder of the semester.

Student organizations desiring to open an event to the public must receive permission from the Director of Inclusion and Student Engagement before publicizing the event. Extension of normal building hours requires approval of the Campus Scheduler. Sponsoring organizations will be responsible for all costs associated with extension of the hours.

Student Accounts – Campus Charges

Campus charges (parking tickets, fines, ID fees, health service fees, etc.) will be assessed to individual student accounts each month.  Students will receive a paper bill before each semester and each subsequent statement is sent electronically.  Student accounts must be paid in full by the end of each term to be eligible to return the following semester. Students may access their account by going to MU Account Suite.

Telephone Regulations and Guidelines

Millikin coordinates and provides telephone services to campus through Telephone Services located in Shilling Hall- Room 106 and can be contacted at 424-5066.

Dialing Instructions (For calls placed from residence hall or other campus phones)

  • On campus: Dial only the four-digit extension number.
  • Local: Dial 7 + 7-digit-number
  •  Toll-Free numbers: dial 7 + 1-800-xxx-xxxx and continue with carrier’s instructions

Phone Locations

Blue Light (Emergency) Phones:

  • Between Dolson and Hessler “D” Parking Lot
  • DISC Parking Lot
  • Drive between William St. and “D” Lot
  • Fairview Parking Lot
  • Kirkland Parking Lot
  • Millikin East/West Apartments
  • North-end of football field
  • North St. Parking Lot (SE corner)
  • Tennis Courts
  • Wood Street Parking Lot
  • William Street Parking Lot
  • Sidewalk behind Perkinson Music Center

Outdoor Phones:

  • Blackburn Hall (fish bowl)
  • Hessler Hall (north side and south side)
  • Millikin East and West Apartments
  • Mills Hall (north side)
  • New Halls 2, 3 and 4 (front of each)
  • Dolson Hall main lobby
  • Staley Library (NW corner)
  • Tennis Courts
  • Weck Hall (front of hall)
  • William Street Parking Lot
  • Wood Street Parking Lot (east side)


Bus transportation to and from downtown Decatur and the Hickory Point Mall is provided by Decatur Mass Transit District.  Trolley transportation to and from downtown Decatur is provided by the Downtown Decatur Council. Buses stop at the corners of Fairview Avenue and Main Street and at Oakland Avenue and Main Street, Monday through Saturday. Schedule information may be obtained by calling 217.424.2800. Intercity bus service for Decatur is provided by Greyhound Lines, 217.877.6262. Airline service is provided by American Connection to St. Louis, 800.433.7300.

University Commons

The University Commons at Millikin University will be the new front door to campus. The 87,000 square-foot facility blends together the Staley Library and student center functions into one central location. With input from the entire campus community, the University Commons was designed for campus and community-wide events.

Millikin is committed to providing an innovative learning environment for its students. A space for research, innovation, and application, the University Commons encourages collaborative learning and achievement. Because some of the most important education occurs outside the classroom, it’s not only a place for academic resources and activity, but also for enhancing student experiences.

The University Commons is home to:

  • The Math Center
  • The Media Arts Center
  • The New Technologies Lab
  • WJMU Radio Station
  • The Writing Center
  • The Oberhelman Center for Leadership Education
  • The Office of Student Development
  • The Office of Student Success
  • The Office of Inclusion & Student Engagement
  • The Staley Library
  • Millikin Dining

The University Commons is a reality with support from Doug Oberhelman (class of 1975) and his wife, Diane. The retired Caterpillar Foundation and Caterpillar Inc. Chairman and CEO and wife’s contributions helped to fund the Oberhelman Center for Leadership Performance; a new Center for International Education; and the Long-Vanderburg Scholars program which supports scholarships and programming for minority students.

In addition to an $8 million bond secured by the University and other generous donor gifts, three families made seven-figure contributions to the construction of University Commons: Millikin Trustee Debi Breeding Johnston (class of 1989) and her husband, Bob; the late Robert Moorehead (class of 1946) along with his wife, Charlotte Beesley Moorehead (class of 1947); and David J. Rathje (class of 1958) and his wife, Debbie.

The new University Commons is one of three building projects under Millikin University's $85 million "Transform MU" capital campaign. Millikin officially broke ground on the University Commons during a ceremony held on Nov. 6, 2015. With the exception of Shilling Hall, an original Millikin structure erected in 1902, the new University Commons is the largest building project in university history in terms of square footage.

University Commons Welcome Center

The University Commons Welcome Center (UCWC) is a service center for the Millikin community. Telephone and campus event information is available from the UCWC, which is located near the front/south entrance of the University Commons. The UCWC is open seven days a week during the academic year. Dial “0” or “6211”.

Vending Machines

A wide variety of beverages and snacks is available in vending areas located in each residence hall and in Shilling Hall. Refunds are available from the Student Service Center, Shilling Hall 118.  The contact number is 217.424.6317. Tampering with or destruction of vending machines is a violation of University policy.