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Housing

When do I move in?
Move-In Day for first-year students is Tuesday, August 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. More information about the First Week Program and Move-In Day will be sent to you this summer.
NOTE: Student-Athletes, Honors Scholars, Long-Vanderburg Scholars, and those participating in the Edge Program will have different move-in dates - check your program schedule for more information.

When do I find out who my roommate is?
You will receive your housing and roommate information at Orientation & Registration. Check out the Residence Life table to get all your housing and roommate info.  If you miss O&R, we'll mail housing information to your home.

What kinds of things should I bring--and not bring--on Move-In Day?
It's generally a good idea to pack light--most college freshmen bring too much their first semester. Remember that you'll be sharing a room with another person, so space is limited. There are plenty of stores in Decatur to find items you've forgotten or decide you need later.

Some important items to bring that are often forgotten:
-First aid kit, complete with thermometer and OTC medications
-Medical Insurance card and other important identification documents
-Address book and important phone numbers
-Business attire outfit for class presentations and formal meetings

Some things to leave at home:
-Microwave
-Refrigerators over 4 cubic feet (smaller is okay)
-Appliances with an open heat source (ie. toaster ovens)
-Large furniture pieces
-Fitness equipment (ie. free weights, punching bags, or bike rollers)
-Knives and other weapon-like devices, including paint ball and air soft guns
-Pets (other than fish, tanks not to exceed 5 gallons)
-Candles or incense burning devices

Talk to your roommate and decide which items each of you are bringing so you do not bring the same items.

What if I didn’t get my first choice for my room or building?
Don’t worry—many students do not get their first, second, or even third choice for housing. Part of the college experience is learning to get along with those different from you and making your room your home away from home. Room changes are not usually made over the summer. You will be asked to stay in your assigned room for the first 10 days of classes. Most students end up really enjoying their room and roommate assignments, so don’t be worried or nervous. Just jump in and give the experience a chance.

Do I need to purchase renter's insurance?
It is smart to purchase a renter's insurance policy for the personal property (computers, electronics, jewelry, instruments) within your residence hall room. The University is not responsible for loss, damage, or theft of items in your room. Check with your parent's homeowners insurance, they may cover your items. If not, please contact your family insurance agent to purchase a policy. Most policies are very affordable. National Student Services, Inc. offers a very affordable plan for college students with premiums starting at just $39 per year. Access more information at www.nssi.com.

Computers & Technology

Should I bring my own computer?
While you are not required to bring your own computer, it is recommended. 98% of last year's freshmen brought a laptop with them to campus, including Macs and PCs. Millikin has several computer labs and printing facilities throughout campus for 24-hour student use in case you do not bring your own computer.

Does Millikin have wireless Internet access?
Yes. Most of the Millikin campus is now wireless, including most residence halls.  Check out the IT website for more details.

How does my ID card work?
Your ID card serves many purposes, so be sure to carry it at all times. It will give you access to your residence hall, allow you to check out books at the library, and serve as your debit card for your meal plan. It is crucial that you validate your ID card on Move-In Day, this lets Millikin know you're a registered student, activates your card so you can eat on campus, and grants you access to buildings and classrooms throughout campus.

Health & Wellness

Where do I go if I get sick?
Millikin's Health Center is located on campus, just across from the Decatur Indoor Sports Center (DISC). The Center is available to all enrolled students from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Schedule an appointment ahead of time to avoid waiting.

Medical Services
-Allergy injections
-Evaluation and treatment of medical illness/injury
-Medication management
-Onsite clinical laboratory
-Physical examinations
-Screening for blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol
-TB skin tests
-Vaccine administration
-Wellness and preventative medicine
-Wound care

Counseling Services
Millikin also provides a confidential and professional counseling service for students. We employ two licensed counselors who are available by appointment to assist students with everything from common transition issues and anxiety to more serious mental health concerns. Staff members utilize an approach that emphasizes personal responsibility, prevention, intervention, and a concern for the whole 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. We also offer referral to local mental health providers. Counseling appointments are free of charge to students. Call 217.424.6360 to make an appointment.

You can contact the Health Center at 217.424.6277.

Financial Services

Where can I check my bill?
You can check your bill via Millikin’s electronic portal, myMILLIKIN. Students, make sure you give your parents access to your account if they are helping to pay for your Millikin education. You’ll learn more about checking your bill online during your Technology Training session at O&R.

Campus Safety

What role does Safety and Security play on campus?
The Safety and Security Office at Millikin helps keep the Millikin community safe. In addition to the Safe Rides program, the Office provides information about dangerous weather conditions, safety alerts, and parking situations. Safety and Security can be reached any time of day or night by calling 217.464.8888.

Can I bring a car?
Generally, Millikin freshmen are not allowed to have cars on campus. However, if you are a commuter or have special circumstances, you may be allowed to have a vehicle on campus. If you are granted permission to have a car on campus, you must have a parking permit. Residential permits are $100 and commuter permits are $50. Contact the Safety and Security Office for questions concerning cars and parking permits.

Student Employment

Where do I go to find a job?
The Career Center can help you find any type of job you’re looking for—on or off campus, part-time or full-time, internship or post-graduation employment. The Career Center is also a great resource to learn what kinds of jobs are available in your field and what kind of employment would suit you best. The Career Center is located in Shilling Hall, Room 103. Call 217.424.6294 or email career@millikin.edu.

Campus Life

What is First Week?
First Week is Millikin’s unique program to assist first-year students with acclimating to the University campus and community. During the week-long program beginning August 20, students begin University Seminar courses, meet and bond with other new students, learn about campus engagement, participate in special activities with their peers and First-Year Experience Mentors, and fully become members of the University community.

Interested students may also audition for School of Music ensembles and choirs during scheduled times. Questions about First Week should be directed to the Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement at 217.424.6335.

How can I get involved on campus?
It’s easy to find something to do at Millikin, with over 100 student organizations to choose from. Meet students and get information this fall at the Student Involvement Fair. You’ll receive information about the fair when you arrive on campus in August. Until then, you can contact us at 217.424.6335.

Academics

Will I get my schedule of classes at Orientation & Registration?
Yes. After meeting with your advisor, you will be able to go online and register for your fall courses. Computer training and actual registration for classes will take place in the afternoon.

Where do I get help with my academics?
First, talk to your professor or your academic advisor if you have questions—they’ll post their available office hours each semester. The Office of Student Success can also help you find a peer tutor or study tables—all without charge.

Will my academic advisor stay the same during my first year?
Unless you change your major, your academic advisor will remain the same all year. Your advisor is here to help you with any questions you have about courses, graduation requirements, minors, and more, so be sure to utilize him or her.

Questions? Contact your admission counselor for assistance. Or, you can contact the Office of Admission at 217.424.6210 or admis@millikin.edu.
 
 
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