Millikin University

Outstanding programs in Fine Art, Dance, Music and Theatre. CBS, Carnival Cruise Lines and Disney regularly audition Millikin theatre, music and dance majors.

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Ranked one of the best Bachelor's Degree Comprehensive Colleges in the Mid-West by America's Best Colleges Edition of US News & World Report(2005). Outstanding programs in Fine Art, Dance, Music and Theatre. CBS, Carnival Cruise Lines and Disney regularly audition Millikin theatre, music and dance majors. Alumnus Joe Machota '93 originated the lead role of Sky in Mama Mia on Broadway Music program has its own record label - First Step Records. Pre-professional programs in Dentistry, Chiropractics, Optometry, and Physical therapy have a 100% graduate school placement rate. New Business and Technology Center, which will include a Center for Entrepreneurship, will open in Fall 2005. One year International MBA program begins each January. Includes three weeks in Europe.

What's special?

Millikin University proudly claims regional and national rankings including: #10 Regional College in the Midwest according to US News & World Report's 2016 'Best Colleges' guide; among the nation's best colleges by Forbes in its 2015 list of America's Top Colleges'; one of the Midwest's best colleges in The Princeton Review's 2016 College Selection Guide

Millikin's music theater and music programs are ranked among the top 10 in the USA and have produced lead actors for Broadway shows such as 'The Little Mermaid' and 'Mama Mia', and TV series 'Dawson's Creek' and '24'.

97% of students find employment or enter graduate/professional school within 6 months of graduation.

Fast facts

Temperate - 4 seasons
Coed 2,000 undergraduates, 80 postgraduates students
2% international students
18, Student/faculty ratio: 11:1
2,000 undergraduates, 80 postgraduates; 2% international students
145 full-time, 81% with terminal degree , 81% with advanced degrees , 141 fulltime
Chicago, IL (ORD)


Programs of study add

61 undergraduate programs

  • ESL
  • Actuarial Science
  • Art
    • Art
    • Art: Graphic Design
    • Art: Studio
    • Art: Technology
    • Art: Therapy
  • Athletic Training
  • Biology
    • Biology
    • Biology: Environmental
  • Business Administration
    • Business Administration
    • Business Administration: Accounting
    • Business Administration: Entrepreneurship
    • Business Administration: International Business
    • Business Administration: Sports Management
  • Chemistry
  • Communication Studies
    • Communication Studies
    • Communication Studies: Creative Writing
    • Communication Studies: Digital Communications
    • Communication Studies: Journalism
    • Communication Studies: Public Relations and Advertising
  • Computer
  • Criminal Justice
  • Education
    • Education: Art
    • Education: Biology
    • Education: Chemistry
    • Education: Early Childhood Education
    • Education: Elementary School Emphasis
    • Education: English
    • Education: Mathematics
    • Education: Physical Education
    • Education: Secondary Emphasis
    • Education: Social Studies/Science
    • Education: Spanish
  • Engineering
    • Engineering: Biomedical
    • Engineering: Chemical
    • Engineering: Civil
    • Engineering: Computer
    • Engineering: Electrical
    • Engineering: Environmental
    • Engineering: Mechanical
  • English
  • Environmental Science/Studies
  • Forensics
    • Forensics: Biology
    • Forensics: Chemistry
  • Health
    • Health
    • Health: Exercise Science
  • History
  • Human Services
  • International Studies
  • Languages and Cultures
    • Languages and Cultures
    • Languages and Cultures: English
    • Languages and Cultures: Spanish
  • Mathematics
    • Mathematics
    • Mathematics: Actuarial Science
  • Music
    • Music
    • Music: Commercial Music
    • Music: Instrumental
    • Music: Music Business
    • Music: Music Education
    • Music: Performance
    • Music: Vocal
  • Nursing
    • Nursing
    • Nursing: DNP
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Chiropractic
  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine
  • Psychology
  • Sociology/Social Justice
  • Theatre Arts
    • Theatre Arts
    • Theatre Arts: Acting
    • Theatre Arts: Administration
    • Theatre Arts: Dance
    • Theatre Arts: Musical Theatre
    • Theatre Arts: Performance
    • Theatre Arts: Stage Management

Accommodations add

On-campus residence required through junior year


Millikin offers Wornick Dining Room and Big Blue Bistro as the two distinct eateries where Millikin students may use their meal plan dollars. Both dining sites are centrally located in the Richards Treat University Center and offer their own appeal and menu with a variety of choices throughout the day and evening. Students can also use their Dining flex dollars on campus and near campus at C3 Express, Einstein Bagels, Subway, and Domino's Pizza.

Admissions criteria add


Direct Admission:
79 iBT or IELTS: 6.5
Conditional Acceptance:
39 iBT or IELTS: 4
Accepts OEAT
Music class


Programs of study add

Master's Degree Programs: Business Administration, Nursing

  • ESL
  • Accounting
  • Administration
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition

Accommodations add

Available The Woods Apartment Complex, which is a luxury, suite-style living option with amenities such as a pool, fitness area, computer lab, and theater room

Admissions criteria add

GMAT or GRE required: MBA - ESL students may take it during their first semester

Not Required

Yes with a course-by-course evaluation confirming their degree is equivalent to a 4-year Bachelor's degree, from NAAC 'A' rated school



  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Wrestling

Campus features

50+ Majors, 20+ Minors, Research Opportunities, Recording Studio, Center for Entrepreneurship

Extracurricular activities

  • Alliance for Active Music Making
  • English Club
  • Math Club
  • Model United Nations
  • Organizational Leadership Club
  • Philosophy Club
  • Society of Physics Students
  • Student Exercise Science Organizations
  • Dance Team
  • Multicultural Student Council
  • Asian Student Association
  • International Student Organization
  • Guitar Club
  • Flute Society
  • Piano Club
  • Panoramic Arts Collective
  • Student Housing Council
  • Student Honors Advisory Council
  • Human Service Connection
  • Environmental Affairs Council
  • Musicology Discussion Group
  • Collage Literary Magazine
  • Decaturian
  • WJMU radio
  • among others

Estimated costs


$892 Fees

$11,990 Intensive English Program Includes tuition, room, board, health insurance
$21,950 ESL Transition Program ESL credit-bearing courses integrated within the first year curriculum


Contact us for program specific post-graduate cost estimates.

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