Millikin University

Millikin University

Millikin University is a co-ed, comprehensive, independent, 4-year university, with traditional undergraduate programs in Arts & Sciences, Business, Fine Arts, and Professional Studies, as well as non-traditional, adult degree-completion programs (PACE) and graduate programs in Business Administration and Nursing. Millikin is a classic Midwest USA small city located in Macon County, Illinois. Sperling Best Places reports the Macon County/Decatur, Illinois,area is a metropolitan area of 125,000 residents, 120 miles north of St. Louis, 180 miles south of Chicago, and 150 miles west of Indianapolis. The campus serves approximately 2,400 students with student/faculty ratio of 11.6 to 1 and an average class size of 21 students. Founded in 1901 by James Millikin, a prominent Decatur businessman, it is historically affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA).


What James Millikin envisioned when he founded Millikin University in 1901 was unique: a university that would embrace the "practical" side of learning along with the "literary and classical;" and, while affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, it would not be narrowly "sectarian" and would remain open to all.

The result is one of the nation's first small, comprehensive universities that, a century later, has three professional schools and one for the liberal arts and sciences, a well-rounded university where programs in classical music vie in excellence with those in accounting and the health sciences.

Millikin University has been true to its founding vision for 100 years. Students learn through real-world projects that reinforce classroom experiences, help develop practical skills, and express the University's responsibility to the community. They learn to see connections with other academic disciplines to demonstrate the diversity of human experience, the interactions between technology and society. . . . And they learn about themselves and others, developing a respect for differences and for the dignity of all.

Mission and Vision

Millikin's mission is to offer an education that integrates the traditional liberal arts and the practical arts of the professions. Guided by faculty and staff, and within an inclusive and broadly accessible learning community, students discover and pursue their full potential, personally and professionally, to do well and to do good.


To Deliver on the Promise of Education At Millikin, we prepare students for

Professional success; Democratic citizenship in a global environment; A personal life of meaning and value.


To be Recognized as a Distinctive Midwestern University Where theory, practice, and reflection guide our curriculum. Where integrated learning, collaborative learning, and engaged learning dominate our culture.

Where students, faculty, staff, and administrators are engaged and stimulated.

Notable Alumni

Actors and musicians


Millikin University was a member of the Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference from 1910-1937.

Authors and media figures


Student Activities

Musical Ensembles


  • Guitar Ensembles — Select guitar small ensembles directed by Manley Mallard.
  • Jazz Band & Combos — Select jazz instrumental ensembles directed by Perry Rask and Randall Reyman.
  • Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra — School of Music & Community based orchestra directed by Michael Luxner.
  • Percussion Ensembles — Select percussion ensembles directed by Brian Justison.
  • String Arts Ensemble — Select chamber orchestra directed by Michael Luxner.
  • Symphonic Winds Ensemble — Select syphonic ensemble directed by Gary Shaw.
  • University Concert Band — Select concert instrumental ensemble directed by Neal Smith and Sharon Huff.


  • Chamber Chorale — Upper class select mixed ensemble directed by Guy Forbes.
  • Concert Choir — Mixed vocal ensemble directed by Brad Holmes.
  • Madrigals — Early music vocal ensemble directed by Brad Holmes.
  • Millikin Men — Freshman through senior men's vocal ensemble directed by Theodore Hesse.
  • Millikin Women — Freshman through senior women's vocal ensemble directed by Guy Forbes.
  • University Choir — Nationally recognized Top mixed vocal ensemble directed by Brad Holmes.
  • University Women — Top women's vocal ensemble directed by Theodore Hesse.
  • Opera Theatre — Opera studies and performances directed by Terry Stone.
  • One Voice — Top vocal jazz mixed ensemble directed by Stephen Widenhofer.
  • Rebirth of Cool — Vocal jazz mixed vocal ensemble.
  • Tudor Voices — Top early music vocal ensemble directed by Daniel Carberg.
  • Vocal Jazz Authority — Vocal jazz mixed vocal ensemble.


The Decaturian, also known as the Dec (official nickname), is the biweekly student-run newspaper founded in 1903.

The Decaturian was a charter member of the Illinois College Press Association (ICPA) which holds an annual convention in Chicago. The staff of the Decaturian have received numerous awards from the judged ICPA entries including first place in general excellence from 1999 to 2003.

George Irish, senior vice president of the Hearst Corporation, was once affiliated with the Decaturian.

WJMU 89.5 The Quad

WJMU is Millikin University's student-operated freeform format radio station. In addition to its musical responsibilities, WJMU also creates its own public service announcements, liners, news, Millikin sports programming and promotional materials.

Fraternities and sororities



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