Midway University is a private, liberal arts-based institution with career-focused majors. We offer traditional semester undergraduate programs as well as accelerated format evening and online undergraduate and graduate programs. Our students are from all across the United States and many international countries. Our story is a unique one born out of an idea to educate orphaned women.
Our beautiful campus is located on 200 acres in Midway, Kentucky in Woodford County and is a working horse farm. Just fifteen minutes from Lexington, our campus is in the center of Kentucky’s internationally renowned horse country and Is surround by some of the top Thoroughbred farms in he world.
Midway, Kentucky is a quaint, historic town which was founded by a railroad company in the 1830s. The trains still run through town, and our campus daily. Downtown Midway is known as a regional dining destination and its unique boutiques that draw visitors daily.
Midway University: Our Story
Midway University, formerly the Kentucky Female Orphan School, was the dream of Dr. L. L. Pinkerton, a young physician and minister of the Christian Church. Together with James Ware Parrish, the Midway Christian Church elder who raised the funds necessary to open the school, they joined with other progressive thinkers to launch a revolutionary educational experiment. In antebellum Kentucky, the few girls who received formal education were taught to read only because it was considered necessary for their role as mothers. Female orphans were rarely offered even this meager amount of schooling. Without education or parental support and concern, the most many could hope for was a lifetime of drudgery as a maid or laborer.
The liberal arts curriculum and career preparation proposed by Dr. Pinkerton was a comprehensive solution to this tragic situation, and the benefits reached far beyond the individual girls who attended the school. Dr. Pinkerton’s dream became a reality in 1847 as Midway-educated teachers went forth to share their learning with youngsters throughout the state and region. In the years since its inception, the institution has evolved to meet the educational needs of women, and now men, while preserving the goals and standards of its founders.
General Admission requirements at Midway University
Recommended minimum criteria:
- GPA of 2.5 (4.0 scale)
- Class rank of 50%
- 18 ACT / 860 SAT (Reading + Math) (if taken in lieu of TOEFL/IELTS)
- TOEFL or IELTS results are required.
- Students achieving a grade of C or higher in a college level English course at a US college or university can waive the TOEFL/IELTS requirement.
- TOEFL of 500 written, 173 (computer version), 61 (internet based), or score of 6.0 bands on the IELTS are required minimum scores for admission.
- TOEFL of 460 written, 146 (computer version), 48 (internet based), or score of 5.5 bands on the IELTS are required minimum scores to be considered for conditional admission.
Student life at Midway University
At Midway students are always the top priority for us. We have a unique student body made up of students from the ages of 17 to 70+; each of whom comes from a unique background. Our student population draws students from all across the United States and more than 20 countries. We make a great effort to enhance all students’ experience while at Midway by presenting unique speakers, arts programming and multicultural programs on campus. From hosting hundreds of co-curricular events, on campus athletic competition, study abroad and volunteering opportunities, academic support services such as peer tutoring and career planning services, student life covers all activities that happen outside the classroom. Our offering of student organizations include ENACTUS, Kentucky Education Association, Midway Activities Council, Midway Association of Nursing Students, Midway Environmental Explorations Club, Prayer Group, Psychology Club, Run Club, Sport Management Club, Student Athletics Board, and Tri-Beta. At Midway, there are opportunities to study abroad, receive free tutoring and career services, and play a sport. Midway University fields 15 athletic teams and 2 equine riding teams. Team sports include archery, basketball, baseball, cheerleading, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball.