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

Fall 2020 Mentoring & Registration

⇒ Required to register in the first round of advising/registration:


  • All Students:
  • First Year Students: If you’ve taken Dual Enrollment courses, also take this survey here »
  • Transfer Students (with 24 or more college credit hours excluding dual enrollment): Ensure your final transcripts have been requested to be sent to Milligan Admissions Office, PO Box 210, Milligan, TN 37682.

Students who do not meet these deadlines will receive their first semester schedule from the Registrar’s Office, with their mentor’s contact information in case of questions or needed changes.

Meet with your assigned faculty mentor (and other new students in the same major) in a Zoom Hangout session for key information by June 12. Watch for an email from your faculty mentor with details.
Make sure you’ve paid your deposit so you can meet individually (by Zoom or phone) with your faculty mentor to choose courses and register* for the fall semester by June 29. Watch for an email from your faculty mentor with details.

*To register in this first round of mentoring, students need to pay your deposit AND complete the pre-enrollment module by June 2. ‍Don’t miss out on getting your schedule finalized as early as possible.


MLGN 100

Register now to take an online course this summer that will help you “be a buff”


  • It is a required course that you will have to take this fall if you don’t take it this summer. (Transfers excluded.)
  • It will help you connect to Milligan faculty.
  • It will help you connect to other new Milligan students.
  • You’ll learn important information about college life and Milligan.


COURSE:  MLGN 100 – “Introduction to College and Service”

CREDIT HOURS:  0.5 hrs

DESCRIPTION: The course focuses on skills and attitudes needed to succeed in college. These include an appreciation of one’s skills and talents as well as developing an appreciation of others and their skills and talents. It also includes the management and development of resources such as time, learning styles, and money. Students will gain an awareness of the history and culture of Milligan.

WHEN & HOW: The four-week class will meet twice a week (8 sessions) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-3:50 pm, June 29-July 24. It will be an online livestream class taught via Canvas, Milligan’s learning management system. Students are encouraged to join live, but if students are unable to meet at that time, they can watch the recorded version of the class which will be posted by 5:00 pm on the day of the class.

WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO: Class assignments will include readings, learning style inventories, personality inventories, discussion boards, brief writing assignments and brief multiple choice inventories.  Assignments are designed to be engaging learning activities with a minimum of “busy work.” In addition to class sessions, class assignments will take approximately 12-18 hours of student time over the 4-week course.

COST: No cost if you take it this summer. You will take it this fall as part of your regular schedule if you do not take it this summer. (Transfers excluded.)


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.