Milligan University
Former names
Buffalo Male and Female Institute (1866–1881)
Milligan College (1881–2020)
Ago Deo Fideo Et Amore
Motto in English
Go with God in Faith and Love
TypePrivate university
Religious affiliation
Restoration Movement
Endowment$60,600,000 (2021)
PresidentWilliam B. Greer
Academic staff
96 Full-time and 59 Part-time (Spring 2022)[1]
Administrative staff

36°18′06″N 82°17′42″W / 36.3017°N 82.2951°W / 36.3017; -82.2951
Black & Orange
Sporting affiliations

Milligan University is a private Christian university in Milligan College, Tennessee. Founded in 1866 as the Buffalo Male and Female Institute, and known as Milligan College from 1881 to May 2020, the school has a student population of more than 1,300 students, most of whom reside and study on its 355-acre (1.44 km2) campus. Milligan University is historically related to the Restoration Movement.[citation needed] The university offers over 100 programs of study leading to both undergraduate and graduate degrees.[citation needed]


Academic rankings
Washington Monthly[2]214 of 604
U.S. News & World Report[3]15 of 90

In 1943, Milligan became the only college in the nation to completely turn its facilities over to the Naval training programs. The V-12 Navy College Training Program utilized the college's campus from 1943 to 1945.[4]

On March 18, 2011, the Board of Trustees appointed Bill Greer (Milligan Class of 1985) as the 15th president; Greer assumed leadership of the college on July 15, 2011.[5]

In the spring of 2020, the university drew attention for its views of and actions related to gay and lesbian people after the university fired a professor for being in a same-sex relationship.[6] This administrative decision was founded on a document drafted in 2015 detailing the administration's views on homosexuality.[7]


The Elizabeth Leitner Gregory Center for the Liberal Arts, a center for performing arts, opened on January 16, 2008.[8] It features a 300-seat theater, photography labs, and classrooms for use by the fine arts programs at the university.

Student life

As a church-related liberal arts university, Milligan remains closely aligned with the Christian Churches/Churches of Christ, a capella churches of Christ, and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the three religious bodies that have traditionally supported the school. A campus ministry program and culture of service exist on campus.[9][10][11] Alcohol and tobacco use are prohibited on campus. On August 1, 2019, the university changed its alcohol policy to allow students over the age of 21 to drink alcohol off campus.[12][13]

The Milligan Stampede is Milligan University's student-run newspaper. It was founded in 1925. Its staff also operate a student-run broadcast news service and news website.[14]


Main article: Milligan Buffaloes

The Milligan athletic teams are called the Buffaloes. The university is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA),[15] primarily competing in the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) since the 2001–02 academic year.[16]

Milligan competes in 29 intercollegiate varsity sports: Men's sports include baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, cycling, eSports, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis, track & field, triathlon and volleyball; while women's sports include basketball, bowling, cheerleading, cross country, cycling, dance, eSports, flag football, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track & field, triathlon and volleyball. Former sports included football and men's disc golf.

Notable people


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