About Midland University

About Midland University

Founded in 1883, Midland University is a private liberal arts college located in the heart of Fremont, Nebraska and just 20 minutes from Omaha. About 1,400 students from across the map attend Midland University. Nearly 60% of students reside on campus, creating a thick campus community. With a 15:1 student to faculty ratio, and an average class size of 18, students have full access to professors who know them by name. Midland University provides a close-knit community for faculty, staff, students, friends and alumni!

Acclaimed Academics

Midland University students gain personal attention from their advisors and hands-on experience in their major, not to mention the edge in job and graduate school placement. Midland promotes excellence through more than 30 majors and pre-professional programs and has a reputation as a leader in education, business, nursing and medical sciences, and human performance.

Graduate in Four Years, Guaranteed

The Midland 4-Year Graduation Guarantee assures students meeting basic requirements will graduate within four years. If you don’t graduate in our four-year plan, we will pay 100% of your tuition until you do.  How do we do it? In our innovative Center for the 4-Year Graduation Guaranteed, we have an entire team of professional advisors dedicated to helping you succeed!

Midland University’s Growing Campus

Midland University is Nebraska’s fastest growing college. With Nebraska’s largest athletic department, hundreds of opportunities in the performing arts and a cozy campus where you can learn and live, it’s no wonder more students are calling Midland home than ever.

What makes Midland University such a special place? Here are a few reasons why students choose Midland University:

  • Warriors are Active and Involved: We don’t want you to give up on your dreams after high school. In fact, we want you to learn through the things that you love. At Midland University, you can continue to play sports, stand out on stage, excel in the classroom and reach your full potential through your passion. On the Midland University campus, more than 800 hundred student athletes participate in 31 varsity sports – This is more athletic offerings than any other college in Nebraska!  Students also choose from more than 250 opportunities in the performing arts , more than 30 academic programs, and over 50 clubs and student organizations. 
  • Midland University is Student Centric: You are more than a number at Midland University. With a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio, professors who know you by name and professional advisors who care, you are the focus at Midland. The average classroom size is 18, so our professors can concentrate on hands-on, one-on-one learning.
  • We Love our Tight-knit Community: With 60 percent of students residing on campus, Midland students learn and live in an active, cozy campus community.  The campus offers a small college feel where you can build lifelong relationships.

Midland University’s Mission

Midland University inspires people to learn and lead in the world with purpose.

Statement of Core Institutional Values

Midland University is a liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. We hold the following core values to be the foundation of our identity as a community.

  • Faith - We believe as a college of the Lutheran tradition that faith and learning are inexorably linked. We believe that the exploration of faith and religion is an essential human endeavor.
  • Quality - We believe in upholding exacting standards of quality and accountability. We believe in a learning experience where excellence in all things is valued and expected by all our constituents - our faculty, staff, students, alumni, trustees and friends.
  • Respect - We believe in the sanctity of the individual in a mutually supportive community of a small college. Therefore, we believe in a focus on each person as an individual with inherent worth.
  • Stewardship - We believe we are called to educate morally and ethically responsible citizens of a pluralistic society. In this endeavor, we are guided by the ideas of service, integrity, and mutual respect.
  • Learning - We believe that learning is best based on open inquiry and the liberal arts. We believe that an appreciation of the empirical, theoretical and aesthetic forms of knowledge is critical to the development of citizens who can respond to an ever-changing world.

History of the Midland Warriors

Midland University's history is rooted in multiple institutions, each of which has left its mark on the school and on its mascot. Midland College was first located in Atchison, Kansas, where it was founded by German and Swedish immigrants.  The first mascot they selected was the “Tigers,” along with the official colors orange and black. The college was relocated to Fremont in 1919, and the mascot was changed to the “Warriors” in recognition of a theme tied more closely to the history of the founders.

Luther College later merged with Midland College in 1962 to create Midland Lutheran College.  The Luther College “Vikings” sported blue as their school color prior to the merge. For many years, the Warrior mascot was personified through imagery of a Native American Warrior.  This was recognized to be a misfit, however, as Midland's past was actually routed in European ancestry, and just the name "Warriors" was used without any additional icon. 

Feeling the absence of a living, breathing figure that appropriately represented the school on and off the field, various warrior types were used in short spurts ranging from “Melvin the Midland Monster” from the early 1990's to Leonidas, a more recent Spartan Warrior.

In 2010, amid Midland Lutheran College's refounding as Midland University, a new icon was created to reflect Midland's Nordic history, incorporating both the Luther College Viking blue and the Midland Warrior orange and black.  This new Nordic Warrior provides a connection to Midland's heritage while offering a modern symbol of the strength and determination Midland University student-athletes display as Warriors.

Throughout Midland University’s proud history, many changes have taken place.  Whether you are connected to Midland from the past, the present, or in the years to come, one thing remains the same. The heart of a Warrior is present in all who call Midland their own.