President: Dr. John P. Marsden
Fall 2013 enrollment: 1,351 (1,247 undergraduate)
Student-faculty ratio: 13 to 1
Midway College officially became Midway University on July 1, 2015. Midway was founded in 1847 by Dr. Lewis L. Pinkerton as the Kentucky Female Orphan School, the first school in the United States to serve orphaned and disadvantaged students. Over the years the school evolved from the Kentucky Female Orphan School to Pinkerton High School to Midway Junior College to Midway College to now Midway University. Today, Midway offers associate, baccalaureate and masters degrees.
Midway University’s main campus is located in the heart of the Bluegrass Region in Midway, Kentucky on a scenic 200-acre campus. It’s a short 10-minute drive to Lexington, Frankfort, Georgetown and Versailles. Louisville, Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio are just a one hour drive away. Midway University also offers programs at an off-site location in Lexington in addition to providing many programs online.
Midway University remains Kentucky’s only college for women providing a traditional, residential college experience. Midway offers competitive athletic opportunities in seven sports and three equine disciplines–dressage, hunt seat and western. In addition, the university is a leading educational institution in Central Kentucky providing coeducational students with accelerated undergraduate and graduate programs. Midway’s student body is made up of students from all across Kentucky, many other states, and more than seven countries and five continents.
Midway University is one of only 14 colleges and universities affiliated with the Christian Church– Disciples of Christ denomination (www.tcucc.org). Students of all religions and beliefs are welcomed in the Midway community. Midway is also a member of the Council of Independent Colleges (www.cic.edu) and the Women’s College Coalition (www.womenscolleges.org/) in addition to AIKCU.
In 2013, Midway was recognized in U.S. News and World Report’s annual ranking of America’s best liberal arts colleges as one of the Top 50 Southern Regional Colleges.