|Religious affiliation||Evangelical Lutheran Church in America|
|President||Benjamin E. Sasse|
|Location||Fremont, Nebraska, USA|
Midland University is a private liberal arts college with an approximate enrollment of 1,100 students. The 33-acre academic and residential campus is located 25 miles northwest of Omaha, Nebraska in Fremont, Nebraska, USA. The university offers over 30 undergraduate bachelor’s degrees and three graduate master’s degrees, including Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Education in Leadership and Master in Professional Accounting.
Fielding athletic teams known as the Midland University Warriors, 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, orange and white. The university offers several extracurricular activities, including 25 varsity athletic teams, leadership and service groups, clubs and organizations, as well as fraternities and sororities. Known as Midland Lutheran College from 1962-2010, the university is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Midland University was founded in 1883 as an educational institution named Luther Academy. The original building, located in Wahoo, Nebraska, was dedicated on November 10, the 400th anniversary of Martin Luther’s birth. The current university is also a product of Midland College, an institution founded in 1887 by the General Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Midland College, originally located in Atchison, Kansas, moved to the university’s current location in Fremont, Nebraska in 1919. Luther Academy, later named Luther College, combined with Midland College as Midland Lutheran College in 1962.
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, orange and white. In 2010, the institution also 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. In 2012, it added varsity men’s and women’s shotgun sports. These additions brought the school’s total number of varsity sports programs to 25 as of 2012.
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 25 varsity sports programs, including 11 men’s teams, 12 women’s teams and co-ed cheer and dance programs. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, dance, football, golf, shotgun sports, soccer, tennis, track & field (indoor & outdoor) and wrestling; while women's sports include basketball, cheerleading, cross country, dance, golf, lacrosse, shotgun sport, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field (indoor & 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 and shotgun sports since 2010. In 2013, Midland added men's and women's hockey.
During the 2011-12 school year, 12 Midland athletic teams reached postseason play, including men’s basketball, volleyball, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, men’s bowling, women’s bowling, men’s wrestling, women’s indoor track & field, women’s outdoor track & field, dance, cheer and softball. Midland football matched their highest national ranking since 1995 at No. 9. Midland also produced its first individual wrestling national champion, Jahsua Marsh, and an individual national champion in the women’s outdoor high jump: Mariah Toussaint in 2011-12
Midland University offers bachelor’s degrees in 30-plus 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. In addition to offering Masters of Education in Leadership and Master of Professional Accounting degrees, the university announced the offering of an MBA program in 2012.
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 six social fraternities and sororities: Beta Sigma Psi fraternity, Iota Phi Theta fraternity, Kappa Phi fraternity, Phi Omega sorority, Pi Epsilon sorority, and Tri Phi sorority. 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.
- Jim Buchanan, baseball player
- Jon Lynn Christensen, politician
- Clifton Hillegass, publisher, Creator of Cliff's Notes
- Gwen Howard, politician
- Toni Jeričević, Croatian actor and TV host
- Henry Margenau, physicist
- George E. Mendenhall, professor, Reformed theologian
- Paul Norris, American comic book artist, creator of Aquaman
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- "Midland Lutheran College now Midland University". Associated Press. September 12, 2010.
- "Midland to add shotgun sports". Fremont Tribune. May 4, 2012.
- "Midland University Moves Up To No. 9 in NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25". Midland News Association. September 19, 2011.
- Midland University Office of Admissions, Aug., 2010, statistics
- "MU Student Handbook 2011-2012". MyMidlandU Intranet. pp. 45-6. Retrieved 2013-05-09.
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