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    Why Millikin

  • Whether in the lab, on the court, on a stage or in the classroom, students will find their fit at Millikin.

  • Quick Facts

    Student Body

    Approximately 1,800 undergraduate students and 90 graduate students call Millikin University home. Over 45% of incoming first-year students are involved in athletics.

    Class Size

    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 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 businesses alike.

  • An education rooted in history

    In 1901, Millikin University was founded by self-made businessman and philanthropist, James Millikin. Millikin, who started as a farmer and achieved success within the real estate and banking industries during the 19th century, sought to create an institution of higher learning that was open to all and that integrated the traditional liberal arts along with the practical arts of the professions.

    Immersive learning experiences

    From day one, Millikin’s theory-practice approach to education was unique. Today, Millikin takes this idea a step further with Performance Learning. Students in every area of study are able to participate in various classes, programs, projects and performances that engage them in ways in which they’ll receive practical, hands-on experience that they can’t receive anywhere else. Millikin students begin their careers before graduation.

    Highly employable graduates

    At Millikin, students get a real taste of things to come in their careers – they don’t just know what to do, but they also know how to do it. In 2021, 99% of students who graduated from Millikin found employment or went on to graduate or professional studies within six months of graduation (compared to the 71% national average). 

    Tuition that's affordable

    Millikin is a private university, but private doesn’t have to mean unaffordable. Each year, Millikin gives away nearly $50.8 million in aid through a variety of scholarships and need-based aid available to students based on their level of academic achievement, creative talent, commitment to public service and financial need.