Midway University


*Our University’s Response to Covid-19*

Midway University plans to resume on-campus, face-to-face instruction, and residential operations for the 2020-21 academic year. We will begin classes on Monday, August 17, 2020, as originally scheduled.

We have already implemented extensive new policies and are making campus modifications to ensure safe distancing in our classrooms, residence halls, dining hall, workspaces, athletic facilities (including the new Hunter Field House), and other common areas.

Though the state of Kentucky currently has stable, low rates of infection, we are committed to helping our international students and are exceptionally offering an online, long-distance learning option. Contact us to learn more about the online option for the fall semester.


Midway University, located in Midway, Kentucky, is a private, non-profit liberal arts college, founded in 1847 by Dr. Lewis L. Pinkerton, as the first school in the United States to serve orphaned and disadvantaged women. Through the years the school evolved and became Pinkerton High School, Midway Junior College, Midway College, and on July 1, 2015, Midway University.

Today, Midway University is a leader in providing educational opportunities for men and women who wish to continue their education. The main campus provides a unique learning, living opportunity for students seeking their undergraduate degrees. Midway also offers undergraduate and graduate programs in an accelerated format where students attend classes in the evening or online.

Midway University has long been known for its excellence throughout Kentucky and beyond in the program areas of Business, Equine Studies, Nursing/Healthcare, and Teacher Education. With more than 30 majors and areas of concentrations, our programs are matched with the workforce needs of the region and are applicable to many business segments.

The University is approved to award associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degrees.

We are 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 surrounded by some of the top Thoroughbred farms in the world.

Midway, Kentucky is a quaint, historic town that 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 hosts events on campus each semester for our students and many are open to the Midway community. Each summer Midway University and Renaissance Midway, a nonprofit community organization, hosts Francisco’s Farm Arts Festival, which is a juried arts festival. Annually more than 5,000 visitors come to campus over the two-day festival.

Mission Statement

Midway University engages and challenges students to achieve individual growth, responsible citizenship, and meaningful careers through personalized educational experiences. (Adopted November 8, 2018)

Vision Statement

Midway University is a vibrant and diverse institution committed to academic excellence and individual growth.


Midway University fosters core values shared by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and reflects the beliefs of our founder, Dr. L.L. Pinkerton. These values include:

  • Valuing the dignity of all people
  • Acting with integrity and responsibility
  • Viewing self as part of the community
  • Living life within a global context
  • Providing service to others
  • Pursuing life-long learning


Midway University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, and master degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of Midway University. (Revised Feb. 2013)

Program accreditation is as follows:

Nursing Programs

The ADN, BSN, and MSN nursing programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, Phone 404.975.5000, Fax 404.975.5020 (www.acenursing.org)
Midway University’s ADN program is approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN), 312 Whittington Parkway, Louisville, KY 40222, Phone 800.305.2042, Fax 502.696.5762 (www.kbn.ky.gov)

Education Programs

Kentucky Educational and Professional Standards Board (EPSB), 100 Airport Road, 3rd Floor, Frankfort, KY 40601, Phone 502.564.4606, Fax 502.564.7080 (www.kyepsb.net).

Campus Life

Students at Midway have an opportunity to experience a unique college experience. Living on campus or even commuting our students have access to small classes and great academics but they also gain a network of friends and a real sense of community. The closeness that our students experience becomes a foundation of lasting friendships as well as the bonds they form with faculty and staff members.

Residence Life

Midway’s Residence Life Department is focused on creating a strong and involved community of learners. By living on campus, it is our sincere hope that you fully embrace your development inside and outside of the classroom. Living in community can come with unique challenges, but amazing rewards of friendship, growth, and connection. During your years living with us, we will strive to support you academically, socially, personally, and spiritually.

There are three residence halls available to students for campus housing- Buster Hall, Belle Wisdom, and Pinkerton Hall. In order to support you, we have Resident Assistants who live on every floor. These undergraduate Midway Leaders are dedicated to connecting you to other residents and to campus through engaging and creative activities. A professional Resident Director also lives in each building and works to get to know each student through building events and individual conversations. Your Resident Assistant and Resident Director are here for you.



Midway University,
512 E. Stephens St.

KY 40347 Midway, Kentucky, USA

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