Connections Orientation


Normally, Milligan hosts an on-campus orientation event, called Connections. However, due to COVID-19 and the difficulty of hosting a large group event, we instead are doing it virtually this summer. Below are important steps to prepare for a smooth transition to college life at Milligan. 

  • Mentoring & Registration: June 2-29 (info below)
  • Virtual orientation sessions: June 13 & July 11
    • Sessions on Financial Aid and Student Accounts, Student Life at Milligan, Res Life, parent sessions, and more
  • Admitted Student Hangouts:
  • Take MLGN 100 course online: June 29-July 24


Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

Students can authorize access for their parent(s) to their education records (grades and academic performance, student account and financial aid, student conduct and campus life) and allow oral and written communication with university personnel by completing a FERPA form at the link below.

Filling out this FERPA form requires students to log-in to our student portal with your username and password that Information Technology (IT) sends via email once students submit their enrollment deposit. These are the same credentials you will use to log-in to your Milligan email, Canvas learning management system, and the self-service payment portal. If you are unable to find the email, make sure to check your spam or junk folder. If you are unable to locate them, please email the IT help desk at or call 423.461.8705.




Virtual Orientation Session

Saturday, June 13, 2020


Join President Bill Greer as he shares about Milligan’s beginnings, ongoing heritage, and future impact.


10:00-10:30 – Welcome & Overview 

Join Dr. Lee Harrison, Vice President for Enrollment & Marketing, to hear about Milligan’s mission through the lenses of scholarship, community, and faith. This session has been pre-recorded and won’t be a live session. Feel free to watch it before the rest of the day starts or pick a time that works best beforehand.


10:30-11:15 – Buff Nation 101

This session is geared toward incoming students and will feature our Student Development staff, including Campus Activities Director Jason Onks and Dean of Students Tony Jones.  We will have current students to answer questions during the Q&A session.


11:15 – 12:00 – COVID-19 Response Team

This session for students and parents will discuss plans for residence hall and classroom safety as well as an opportunity to ask questions about fall plans.


1:00-2:00 – Financial Aid & Student Accounts details

Join Deidre Greely, Coordinator of Student Accounts, and Diane Keasling, Coordinator of Financial Aid, to hear general policies and procedures for managing the balance on a student account. This session will include a walk-through of the self-service student online payment portal and setting up a payment plan.


2:00- 2:45 – Letting them go/grow

Join Bible professor and minister Dr. Curtis Booher as he shares about a parent’s role in their child’s college transition.  Members of the Milligan University Parent Council will also be in attendance for the Q&A time at the end.


Fall 2020 Mentoring & Registration


The first round of advising and course registration is in-progress. The next round will begin the end of June. To be ready for registration, students should (1) submit their $200 enrollment deposit AND (2) complete the pre-enrollment module. The Registrar’s Office will carefully construct your fall semester schedule. You will receive it and your faculty mentor’s contact information. Should you have questions about your courses, please contact your mentor.


What is Zoom?

You will use Zoom for the Virtual Hangout with your faculty mentor, as well as to meet individually with your mentor to register for courses. (Or let us know if you prefer phone)

 is a web-based video conferencing tool that allows users to meet online, with or without video. You can access it from a web browser on your local desktop computer or a mobile app. We have security controls set to ensure these are safe and private sessions.

To use Zoom you will need:

  • a video camera, either built in to your device or a separate webcam (most modern computers, smartphones and tablets have this built in)
  • a microphone, either built in to your device or in the webcam (most modern computers, smartphones and tablets have this built in), or a phone
  • a broadband internet connection
  • the Zoom client installed on your machine. (Zoom has clients for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android.)‍

You do not have to have a Zoom account to attend a Zoom meeting. You may be prompted to download the software once you have clicked on the link provided. You also may wish to create an account, but that is not required to participate in a Zoom meeting.

If you are using a laptop or desktop computer and don’t have the Zoom client yet, when you click on the link the client will automatically download and then connect you to the call. This usually works well but it takes a little time to go through the installation process, so you may prefer to do the installation manually before the call. If you will be using a smartphone or tablet, you will need to do the manual installation. Whichever path you take is a matter of personal preference.

You can read more about joining a Zoom meeting here.  But don’t worry — just click the link in the schedule above, and you should be fine.