About Midland University
Midland is a four-year, private, coeducational university of liberal arts and sciences, offering undergraduate education and select graduate programs of the highest quality. Our goal is to prepare every student for satisfaction and success in a selected vocation and to advance the Christian view of life.
Character and History
Midland University owns a rich history of more than 130 years of service in higher education. Our institution was first founded in 1883 as Luther College and was then established as Midland College in Atchison, Kansas in 1887. Midland is a product of several college and church mergers. In 1919, the institution settled on its current location of Fremont, Nebraska. In 1962, Luther College merged with The Luther Junior College of Wahoo and was renamed Midland Lutheran College. The college was refounded in 2010 and was renamed Midland University. Midland is affiliated with the Nebraska Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Location and Campus
Fremont is a community of approximately 25,000 people situated about 25 miles northwest of Omaha and 50 miles from Lincoln, the capital of Nebraska. Midland is a 33-acre campus in the heart of Fremont. The campus contains 18 buildings, including the 26,000 square-foot Kimmel Theatre, the repurposed Olson Student Center, and the 44,000 square-foot Wikert Event Center for athletics and special events. Midland has an additional location in Omaha. This 10,000 square-foot facility, located in the Old Mill business district, contains classrooms, collaborative space where students can work, café areas for community events, and office space. The Omaha location is home to the Midland MBA, MED, and Teacher Career Ladder programs.
900 North Clarkson Street
Fremont, NE 68025
Midland University: Omaha Location
11213 Davenport Street, #100
Omaha, NE 68154
Midland has over 1,400 students from more than 30 states and international locations, most of who graduated in the top one-third of their high school classes. The majority of our students live on campus (60%) and are between the ages of 18 and 22. Although the majority of students on campus register as traditional students, the University also provides educational opportunities for nontraditional, online, and part-time students.
The University offers five bachelor’s degrees along with four graduate degree programs. Within the 4 Schools and Colleges, Midland offers 50 full and compressed majors, 23 minors, 19 education endorsements, and 11 undergraduate certificates, in addition to independent study, pre-professional fields of study, and interdisciplinary concentrations. Many Midland students have set their career goals upon entering the University; others who enroll are undecided about a career path. With the help of an academic advisor, students may choose to take a variety of courses during the first two years at Midland University; this gives students the opportunity to examine several academic and career options to make informed educational and career choices.
Midland University inspires people to learn and lead in the world with purpose.
Statement of Core Institutional Values
Midland University is a liberal arts university 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 university 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.
Learning: We believe that learning is best based on open inquiry and the liberal arts. We believe that an appreciation of empirical, theoretic, and aesthetic forms of knowledge is critical to the development of citizens who can respond to an ever-changing world.
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 university. 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, global society. In this endeavor, we are guided by the ideas of service, integrity, and mutual respect.
Statement of Faith, Learning, and Intellectual Engagement
For more than 130 years, Midland University has supported liberal arts and Lutheran higher education traditions. These traditions encourage open inquiry and consideration of ideas critical to understanding both the human condition and human potential. Reflecting the University’s mission and core values of faith and learning, we are guided by a theology that pursues truth and learning through open inquiry of ideas and structured environments.
Beyond promoting understanding, our core value of respect requires that we demonstrate civility and tolerance in discussing differences. The presentation of any specific idea on the campus or within the community does not indicate University advocacy, acceptance, or commitment to it. Rather, it reflects the University’s strong commitment to learning from others and ideas through dialogue. As a community, we share a common ground that we are to love and serve all of God’s creation. The New Testament messages of forgiveness and love are fundamental to our core beliefs and practices.
Midland promotes and teaches in community its five core values supportive of the University’s mission statement “to inspire to learn and lead in the world with purpose.” Each core value - faith, learning, quality, respect, and stewardship - reinforces the others. All members of our shared educational community try to live up to them to the best of their individual human abilities.