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4 College Freshman

Facilities: Life at Millikin is actually pretty snazzy. I enjoy the events we have - just last month we had 3 Oh! 3 here performing for us which I most certainly enjoyed. We have a park across the street that is a nice place to be at, the faculty goes above and beyond the call of duty, and quite frankly I find the library to be most adept. All in all, college life here is wonderful.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Well, for one, Millikin is an Art School which gives an artist a real chance to thrive in a world that makes it hard to be who we are. Another wonderful thing that this university has to offer is the fact that they have the most stunning events. I don't hear very often of such famous people appearing for schools.

College Sophomore

Facilities: I go to school and leave I don't really stick around after class unless I am studying.

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3 College Sophomore

Facilities: I believe the one unique thing we have access to is the DISC. It provides a place for students to work out, participate in dance classes, and intramural sports

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Very helpful professors and a variety of resources to help students succeed.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 62nd
    Best Performance Venues
  • 747th
    Best Library
  • 1074th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 1232nd
    Best Student Centers
  • 1236th
    Greenest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Nicole Johnson
Early Childhood Education, BA
Grad Year
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The campus is very aesthetically pleasing. There is greenery everywhere, and when the flowers bloom, it's truly gorgeous. The beauty is simply breathtaking. The buildings are also quite pleasing to the eye. All buildings on campus use the same brick color, no matter how old the buildings are, to create a sense of unity with the design of the campus. The architecture is also consistent across campus, and everything appears to fit together just right. Campus is very well managed. The greenery is kept in order and maintained on a regular basis; sidewalks are cleared and salted when it snows; leaves are blown into piles in the fall; and the grass is mowed routinely. If something breaks down, it is fixed as soon as possible.

The library is large and spacious, and there are four floors of books, music, and other such research materials. There are plenty of computers, and there are open rooms to hold classes or meetings. The library is very adequate for student needs. There aren't many new facilities, but Millikin buildings always appear state-of-the-art. Millikin might make small updates here and there, but the major renovations will happen as soon as enough money is raised with the "Transform MU" campaign. The student center works for the time being, but there are renovation plans as soon as enough money is raised. The athletic center seems to be very up-to-date, but there are plans to renovate it, as well. Overall, there is almost always something going on somewhere on campus, so it is not hard to find something to do. It is just a matter of looking around. Millikin is a very active campus.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
75 acres
Student Centers
Richards Treat University Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Staley Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • ADM-Scovill (ground floor)
  • The quad
  • Richards Treat University Center (near the pool table and down in Big Blue Bistro)
  • Shilling Hall (mainly near Einstein Bros. Bagels)
  • Staley Library
Bar on Campus
No; Lock Stock & Barrel is the closest bar to campus, though.
Bowling on Campus
No; the closest bowling alleys to campus are Spare Time Lanes and Pla-mor Lanes.
Coffeehouse on Campus
Yes. Common Grounds was the place to go for coffee. However, Common Grounds was closed down in 2011, so everything sold at Common Grounds is now being sold at the Big Blue Bistro, located in Lower RTUC.
Movie Theater on Campus
No; however, Avon Theater is close to campus, so it is a popular place for students to go for a movie.
"Green" Initiatives
Currently, Millikin is going through a "Transform MU" campaign. The goal is to raise $85 million from donations from the community. The campaign has four primary goals: transform three outdated buildings (Millikin University Center, Griswold Physical Education Center, and Old Gym), increase support for scholarships and the Millikin fund, provide for endowment and infrastructure needs, and support faculty excellence. This is the primary campaign as of now, and it is a fantastic work in progress.
School Slang
  • CMSA: Center for Multicultural Student Affairs is a center that serves the needs of underrepresented students through support, leadership, advising, intervention, advocacy, and access to opportunities.
  • DISC: Although the Decatur Indoor Sports Center is not officially on Millikin's campus, it is on the outer edge of campus. The DISC is often used by Millikin students (it's free to go there), and it's a very familiar acronym on campus.
  • FYEM: A first-year experience mentor is there to help first-year students transition into their first year at college.
  • KFAC: Kirkland Fine Arts Center is where several events tend to be, and a few classes are held in this building, too.
  • PMC: Perkinson Music Center is the music building where many classes are held. PMC also has practice rooms; these rooms are the only places where one can practice singing or their instrument.
  • RTUC: Richards Treat University Center houses Wornick Dining Hall, University Information Center, WJMU radio station, and the Big Blue Bistro; there are other miscellaneous rooms and offices, too.
  • SHC: Student Housing Council is the students' voice for how the residence halls function.
  • UCB: University Center Board is greatly involved in the activities that go on at Millikin. One large one is UCB's Big Event which brings entertainment to campus, such as Sara Bareilles. Any student is welcome to join; meetings are Mondays at 8 p.m.
  • UIC: University Information Center is the hub of all information on Millikin. It is a service center for the Millikin community.
  • Cookie Party: Simply just as the name states. There are many, many cookies to choose from, and there are places to converse or listen to music.
  • Fall Family Weekend: For a weekend in September, families can come down to visit their Millikin students and participate in several planned activities.
  • First Week: This week is for first-year students. They are grouped with their seminar/CWRR (critical writing, reading, and researching) classmates and are assigned a FYEM (first-year experience mentor). This first week is filled with many back-to-back activities, and it helps make the transition to Millikin easier.
  • Homecoming: Homecoming is a busy time, often filled with many, many events. There are Homecoming games, decorating, the Homecoming football game, and coronation. After coronation, there are fireworks. Homecoming is definitely a wonderful but busy time.
  • Millipalooza: This is a small celebration on the quad. There are games, activities (such as tie-dyeing shirts), music, and food.
  • Sibs Weekend: Similar to Fall Family Weekend (though it is directed at younger siblings), Sibs Weekend is an event that happens in the spring, and it also has several planned activities.
  • UCB Big Event: Towards the end of the year, UCB (University Center Board) throws one big event that is voted on by the entire campus. In 2011, the event was Sara Bareilles.
  • Vespers: Vespers signals the beginning of the holiday season. It is filled with caroling, candlelight, and choirs. Vespers means "evening prayers."
Urban Legends
  • Blackburn Hall is haunted by "Bonnie Blackburn." Supposedly, Bonnie is seen throughout the halls and is known for turning off the students' televisions and lights as it gets late!
  • Supposedly, the old gym is haunted by several ghosts. If you go in there late at night, it is rumored that you will see some strange things.
Favorite Things To Do
Students like to participate in any events happening on campus, such as University Center Board events or events put on by different student organizations. If there aren't any events going on, some students will chill on the quad, in RTUC (Richards Treat University Center), or in one of the buildings around campus. Some students choose to remain in their residence hall and find something fun there. As a last resort, there is usually a party on campus, so if one is a big party person, then a party is always an option.
Student Newspaper
The Decaturian
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
There are many organizations on campus, and a lot of them are very active. University Center Board is the most active since it plans events constantly throughout the year. The Homecoming committee is very busy in the fall. A few other active organizations are Black Student Union, American Chemical Society, Q and A (Queers and Allies), and Student Senate. Organizations are core at Millikin; it is hard to find a student who is not a part of at least one organization on campus. Starting an organization is not that hard. All that is necessary are enough people, a goal in mind, an outlined plan (such as budget, rules, etc.), and someone who will sponsor you (faculty member). After that, it's just a matter of approval.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No
Did You Know?
  • Millikin had a "buried treasure." This was the cornerstone that was laid within Shilling Hall on June 12, 1902. It had a history of Millikin, such as those who helped in the construction of the building. The copper box within the cornerstone had many historic treasures pertaining to Millikin, and it was rich with history.
  • There are around 97 student organizations on campus.
  • Millikin used to have an annual yearbook, the Millidek. The first one was published in 1906, three years after the University opened. This was a gift from the senior class. The last one published was in 1999.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 25 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 33 responses

  • 18% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 39% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 30% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 12% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 22 responses

  • 5% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 5% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 73% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 18% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.


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