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. 

Midland University’s Mission

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

Midland University’s Vision

To provide relevant, innovative, and dynamic learning experiences for our students by working from the marketplace back to ensure their career readiness. We strive every day to be relentlessly relevant.


Midland University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois, 60604-1411, www.hlcommission.org.

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.

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.

Click here to see a Midland history photo gallery.