Located in the heart of Fremont, Midland is surrounded by charming shops and a historic downtown, and is only 25 minutes from Omaha!
Rich in History
Founded in 1883, Midland is a private liberal arts college affiliated with the ELCA.
About 1,200 students from across the map and overseas attend Midland University. Nearly 60% of students reside on campus, creating a thick campus community. With a 10:1 student to faculty ratio, and an average class size of 18, students have full access to professors who know them by name. Midland provides opportunities for a close knit community for faculty, staff, students, and alumni!
Students are gaining personal attention from their advisor, hands-on experience in their major, not to mention the edge in job and graduate school placement. Midland has over 25 majors and pre-professional programs, and is known as a leader in four thriving fields: education, business, nursing / medical sciences, and human performance.
Midland University inspires people to learn and lead in the world with purpose.
Statement of Core Institutional Values
Midland University is a liberal arts college of 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.
More about our History
Founded in 1883, Midland University is the product of college and church mergers. Midland College was established at Atchison, Kansas, by the General Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church on September 15, 1887. The name Midland College was selected because of its central location in the United States.
In 1919, the college moved to Fremont, Nebraska. The Fremont property had previously been called Fremont Normal School and Business College. In 1962, Midland merged with Luther Junior College (founded in Wahoo, Nebraska, in 1883). Midland College then became Midland Lutheran College, and finally, in 2010, Midland Lutheran College became Midland University.
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 Spartan Warrior more recently.
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 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, however, remains the same. The heart of a Warrior is present in all who call Midland their own.
Midland University Notice of Non-Discrimination
Applicants for admission and employment, students, employees, sources of referral of applicants for admission and employment, and all unions or professional organizations holding collective bargaining or professional agreements with Midland University are hereby notified that this institution does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion or disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities. For any questions or concerns related to the University’s policy on non-discrimination, please contact us at 402-941-6048.