Midland University

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Midland University
Fountain on the main green on campus.
Type Private university
Established 1883
Affiliation Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
President Jody Horner
Location , ,
Affiliations GPAC
Mascot Warriors
Website www.midlandu.edu

Midland University is a private Lutheran liberal arts university in Fremont, Nebraska. It has an approximate enrollment of 1,400 students on 33-acre (13 ha) campus. The university offers more than thirty undergraduate bachelor's degrees and three graduate master's degrees, including Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Education in Leadership, Master of Science: Adult and Organizational Learning, and Master of Athletic Training.[citation needed]

Fielding athletic teams known as the Midland University Warriors and the college is a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The university's official colors are navy blue and orange. The university offers several extracurricular activities, including 31 varsity athletic teams, leadership and service groups, clubs, and organizations, as well as fraternities and sororities.[citation needed]

Known as Midland Lutheran College from 1962 to 2010, the university is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.[citation needed]


Midland University was founded as an educational institution in 1883, and was originally named Luther Academy. The original building, located in Wahoo, Nebraska, was dedicated on November 10, 1883, the 400th anniversary of Martin Luther’s birth.[1] The current university is also a product of Midland College, an institution founded in 1887 by the General Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church.[2] Midland College, originally located in Atchison, Kansas, moved to the university's current location in Fremont, Nebraska in 1919.[3] Luther Academy, later named Luther College, combined with Midland College as Midland Lutheran College in 1962.[3]

In 2009, then-Midland Lutheran College held a seven figure financial deficit and the lowest enrollment since WWII at 598.[4]

Following the closure of nearby Dana College, Midland Lutheran College allowed former-Dana students to transfer all Dana credits, honored all Dana academic, athletic and need-based scholarships and grants and waived enrollment deposits for Dana students. Of the roughly 600 Dana students, approximately 275 enrolled at Midland in the fall of 2010.[5]

Midland Lutheran College was renamed Midland University in 2010. Along with the name change, the institution also changed its official colors from black and orange to navy blue and orange.[6] In order to attract students, the university also began investing in new programs and athletic teams in 2010. In 2010, the institution added five new varsity and club teams, including men's and women's wrestling, men's and women's bowling, competitive cheer/dance, and women's lacrosse.[6] In 2011–12, according to government statistics, Midland spent $5.5 million on athletic scholarships and operations and got back $9.5 million in tuition and fees paid by athletes.[7]

In 2011, Midland introduced a program guaranteeing that participating students would graduate in four years. The school's freshman enrollment increased by 32% from fall 2011 to fall 2012; then president, Ben Sasse, attributed this growth, in part, to the new policy.[8]

In 2012, it added varsity men's and women's shotgun sports. In 2013, the university added varsity men's and women's ice hockey.[9] These additions brought the school's total number of varsity sports programs to 27 as of 2013.[9]

From the fall of 2009 to the fall of 2013, Midland's enrollment more than doubled from a low of 590 in 2009 to 1,288 in 2013. During the same time, Midland went “from a seven-figure deficit to seven-figure surpluses.”[4]


Midland University athletic teams are known as the Warriors. The school is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), competing in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) for most sports. It currently sponsors 31 varsity sports programs, including 13 men's teams, 14 women's teams, and co-ed cheer, dance, powerlifting and eSports programs. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, football, golf, ice hockey, shotgun sports, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field (indoor and outdoor), and wrestling. Women's sports include basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, shotgun sport, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field (indoor and outdoor), volleyball, and wrestling. In addition to featuring most traditional sports, Midland has added women's lacrosse, men's and women's bowling, men's and women's wrestling, shotgun sports, men's and women's hockey, powerlifting, men's and women's swimming, and eSports since 2010.[6] The Warriors softball team appeared in two Women's College World Series in 1970 and 1971.[10]


Midland University offers bachelor's degrees in more than thirty fields of study as well as three master's degrees.

In 2010, the school claimed to have a graduate placement rate of 100% for nursing students and 90% for education students.[11]

In addition to offering Master of Education in Leadership and Master of Professional Accounting degrees, the university announced the offering of an MBA program in 2012.[12]

In 2012, the school's accrediting agency, the Higher Learning Commission, placed it "on notice", expressing "concerns related to the University's finances and planning and its processes for assessment and utilization of student learning outcomes". The HLC called for Midland to file final reports in 2014, demonstrating that these concerns had been resolved.[13] In November 2014, the Higher Learning Commission confirmed that its concerns were resolved by removing the “on notice” sanction.[14]

Student activities

Midland University offers over 45 student clubs and organizations and several intramural sports offerings, including basketball, sand-volleyball, dodgeball, ultimate-frisbee, and softball. The university has seven social fraternities and sororities: Beta Sigma Psi fraternity; Iota Phi Theta fraternity; Sigma Rho fraternity; Kappa Phi fraternity; Phi Omega sorority; Pi Epsilon sorority; and Tri Phi sorority.[15] Other student organizations include Phi Beta Lambda – Students in Free Enterprise (PBL- SIFE), Student Art Association, Campus Crusades for Christ, Student Education Association, Blue Key, Cardinal Key, Anderson Scholar Leaders, Student Ambassadors, Short Attention Span, and the Midland Newspaper.[citation needed]

Notable alumni

Dan Kennedy, QB (1997-2001). Rushed for 7,192 yards, passed for 457 yards. Prototypical option QB. His #15 jersey was retired in 2004. Most notable collegiate play was when he brought a water bottle to the kicker before missing a game winner against Doane College in the final game of The 1999 season.


  1. ^ Christensen, W., & Wilhite, A. (2007). With Fervent Prayers and Buoyant Hopes. (p.3). Fremont, NE: Midland Lutheran College
  2. ^ Christensen, W., & Wilhite, A. (2007). With Fervent Prayers and Buoyant Hopes. (p. 123). Fremont, NE: Midland Lutheran College
  3. ^ a b Christensen, W., & Wilhite, A. (2007). With Fervent Prayers and Buoyant Hopes. (p. 65). Fremont, NE: Midland Lutheran College
  4. ^ a b "Ben Sasse says he can whip government into shape – Omaha.com: News". Omaha.com. 2014-04-07. Retrieved 2016-03-07.
  5. ^ "Midland Lutheran to take in half of Dana students | Nebraska news". Siouxcityjournal.com. 2010-07-07. Retrieved 2016-03-07.
  6. ^ a b c "Midland Lutheran College now Midland University". Associated Press. September 12, 2010.
  7. ^ "Midland using sports to increase enrollment – The Norfolk Daily News : Sports". The Norfolk Daily News. Retrieved 2016-03-07.
  8. ^ O'Brien, Maggie. "Midland U's 4-year graduation guarantee credited for record freshman class". Archived 2013-06-19 at Archive.today Omaha World-Herald. 2012-10-02. Retrieved 2013-11-13.
  9. ^ a b "MU announces addition of men's, women's ice hockey". Fremont Tribune. May 29, 2013.
  10. ^ Plummer, William; Floyd, Larry C. (2013). A Series Of Their Own: History Of The Women's College World Series. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States: Turnkey Communications Inc. ISBN 978-0-9893007-0-4.
  11. ^ Midland University Office of Admissions, Aug., 2010, statistics
  12. ^ [1]
  13. ^ "Public Disclosure Notice on Midland University" (PDF). Ncahlc.org. Retrieved 2016-03-07. [permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "This letter is formal notification of action taken concerning Midland University, ("the University") by the Higher Learning Commission Board of Trustees ("the Board")" (PDF). Hlcommission.org. Retrieved 2016-03-07.
  15. ^ "MU Student Handbook 2011–2012". MyMidlandU Intranet. Archived 2013-03-11 at the Wayback Machine pp. 45–6. Retrieved 2013-05-09.
  16. ^ Acacia Fraternity. "Acacia Fraternity: Notable Acacians". Archived from the original on 2012-02-04. Retrieved 2012-01-31.
  17. ^ "Nebraska Blue Book 2004–2005" (PDF). p. 303. Retrieved 2017-05-28.

External links

  • Official website
  • Official athletics website

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