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Midway College

Midway, KY 40347-1120
United States

About Midway College

Midway College, 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, and finally Midway College. Today, Midway College is a leader in providing educational opportunities for men and women who wish to continue their education. Many programs are offered in an accelerated format where students attend classes one evening per week or online anytime. The main campus day program still operates as Kentucky’s only women’s college and provides a unique learning and living opportunity for women seeking their associate or bachelor degrees. Midway College is known for its excellence throughout Kentucky and beyond in four pillar program areas - Business, Equine Studies, Nursing, and Teacher Education. The College is approved to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

Mission Statement

Midway College shapes and inspires the lives of students in Kentucky’s only college for women and in coeducational undergraduate and graduate programs through a student-centered, global education that leads to rewarding careers and responsible citizenship. (Adopted November 2013)


In support of its mission, Midway College aims to:

1. Create and maintain a student-centered liberal arts intellectual environment.

2. Integrate diversity into the general curriculum so that students will confront, intellectually and critically, some of the key issues concerning gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, religion, socioeconomic and ADA.

3. Prepare graduates with knowledge and experiential learning for their profession and/or advanced study.

4. Enhance the communication skills, analytical perspectives, and critical thinking abilities.

5. Administer student development and support programs to enhance the self-sufficiency of students.

6. Encourage development of faculty members as teachers and scholars.

7. Provide financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, and loans to qualified students, while responsibly managing the resources of the institution.

Quick Facts / At a Glance

History: Midway College is a private college and was established in 1847 by Dr. Lewis L. Pinkerton, a Christian minister and physician. Originally named the Kentucky Female Orphan School, the original purpose of the institution was to educate female orphans to become teachers. Through the years the school evolved and became Pinkerton High School, Midway Junior College, and finally Midway College. Today Midway College is known for excellence in its Business, Equine, Nursing, and Teacher Education programs throughout Kentucky and beyond.

Location: Midway College's main campus is located in the heart of the Bluegrass Region in Midway, Kentucky (USA) on a scenic 200-acre campus. It's a short 10-minute drive to Lexington, Frankfort, Georgetown and Versailles. Louisville, Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio are just a one hour drive away. Midway College also offers programs at an off-site location in Lexington in addition to providing many programs online.

Campus size: 200 acres

President: Dr. John P. Marsden

Number of buildings: 13: Anne Hart Raymond Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology; Ashland Stable; Belle Wisdom Residence Hall; Buster Residence Hall; Equine Education Center; Keeneland Stable; Little Memorial Library; Lucy Peterson House; Marrs Hall; McManis Student Center (includes Piper Dining Hall and Marshall Gymnasium); Patterson Building; Pinkerton Hall; Learning Resource Center

Other campus landmarks: Altrusa Bridge, the entrance to the college; Graves Amphitheater; the Path of Opportunity and Starks Bridge

Affiliation: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Enrollment: 1,362 from 29 states and nine foreign countries (92% undergraduate, 65.5% full-time)

Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:1

Degrees granted and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS): Associate, Bachelor, Master

Schools: Private, Women’s, liberal arts, residential college (Kentucky’s only Women’s College) offering co-education through the School for Career Development, Online College, and the Graduate School

Pillar Programs: Business, Equine Studies, Nursing, and Teacher Education

Women’s Athletics: NAIA Division II, Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletics Conference

School Colors: Blue and Gold

Mascot: Eagles

Varsity Athletic Teams: Archery, Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track, Volleyball

Equestrian Riding Teams: Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Hunt Seat, Western, and Dressage


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