March 22, 2016 at 1:30pm

Millikin named Top 20 Small College to offer "Best Deal" for STEM Degrees

STEM at Millikin

Millikin University has been ranked among the 20 best deals on small colleges for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) degrees by Great College Deals. The ranking was published on the organization's website in January. Millikin University was ranked seventh.

The 20 best deals were selected and ranked based on total number of points. Points were awarded based on the following criteria: presence of a wide range of STEM degrees, advanced laboratory facilities, STEM-related internships, scholarship options and any additional special features that added value for students beginning their STEM field career.

Featured colleges scored the highest among schools with a maximum enrollment of 6,000 students and a net price of $32,000 or less (the National Center for Education Statistics' College Navigator database was used to determine net price).

"It's exciting to see Millikin recognized for excellence and opportunity in fields related to the natural sciences, applied sciences, mathematics and technology because these are fields so central to the evolution of the U.S. economy and continued leadership in innovation around the world," said Millikin Provost Dr. Jeffery P. Aper. "These are areas of particular strength and opportunity for students because of the quality of our faculty and their work with students in the laboratory, field settings, industry and other locations where students engage in the full range of applications relevant to professional practice.

In Millikin's College of Arts and Sciences, STEM academics are found in the departments of biology, chemistry, clinical nuclear science, mathematics and physics. State-of-the-art facilities, including the 83,000 square foot Leighty-Tabor Science Center, provide advanced research laboratories, the Requarth Observatory and a greenhouse. For extracurricular STEM activity, Millikin sponsors school organizations including the Society of Physics Students, Math Club and American Chemical Society.

STEM at Millikin

Dr. Aper noted, "Our students also benefit from strong partnerships between Millikin and business, industry and two and four year colleges and universities that share our commitment to assuring outstanding experiences and learning opportunities for students. STEM fields are often seen as somewhat narrowly defined, but at Millikin we see the importance of science, math and technology in disciplines going well beyond the traditional natural sciences and including the visual and performing arts, business, education, publishing and more."

Great College Deals is a free online resource guide for finding up-to-date advice on affording a high-quality college education. The site's mission is to provide high schoolers and other prospective college students with information about top-ranked universities offering accredited degrees at competitive tuition rates. Along with featuring the best college deals, the site includes comprehensive lists of scholarships and grants, infographics, featured articles and frequently asked questions concerned with affording a college education.

For more information, visit greatcollegedeals.net/rankings/small-colleges-for-stem.

STEM at Millikin

Millikin University is a private, comprehensive university with a diverse student population of approximately 2,000 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 before and after graduation. Millikin offers more than 50 majors in the College of Fine Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Professional Studies and Tabor School of Business, and is located on a 75-acre residential campus in Decatur, Ill. Last year, 96 percent of Millikin graduates gained employment or admission into professional/graduate school within six months of graduation. More information is available at millikin.edu.