MIDWAY, Ky. — Midway University has announced record enrollment in its undergraduate class for the fourth consecutive year. This year Midway welcomed its largest-ever incoming class of 274 undergraduates (topping last year’s record class of 267), with total undergraduate daytime enrollment now at 643 students. The University’s total enrollment at census including all undergraduate and graduate students along with dual credit students was 1,702 compared to 1,668 in 2018 and 1,217 in 2017.
“This type of rapid growth is unusual in higher education, especially at this time,” said Dr. John P. Marsden, president, Midway University. “There is a new excitement on campus, and students want to be part of that energy. Although we are growing, our University is still able to provide what students are looking for – a small nurturing campus atmosphere, great location – rural but easy access to larger cities, career-focused degree programs, the ability to work closely with faculty and coaches, and our built-in support system from advising to financial aid counseling to tutoring to career services to help them succeed. In addition, we have kept our tuition at an affordable level and remain competitive.”
To accommodate this explosive growth, the university worked quickly over the spring and summer months to convert its most historic building, Pinkerton Hall, back to a residence hall to house 58 additional students. Pinkerton Hall was the original building of the Kentucky Female Orphan School where the students both lived and attended classes. Over the years, Pinkerton Hall had transitioned to office space.
“There is something special about renovating Pinkerton Hall as housing because it reconnects our modern-day campus and students with our historic roots,” said Marsden.
There are several other signs of the growing campus including a new parking area, construction of an athletic field house to open during the Spring semester, and a baseball field which will be ready for practice this fall.
“Our Strategic Plan includes a goal of enrollment of 1,300 by Fall 2019 (not including dual credit enrollment), said Marsden. “I want to congratulate our enrollment leaders Rusty Kennedy and Dr. Salah Shakir, their staff, and our coaches and faculty members who worked together to help us exceed this goal.” Enrollment, not including dual credit, was 1,343, up from 1,259 last year.