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WAVE TV Interview with Dr. Marsden
December 2, 2020

WAVE TV in Louisville, KY interviewed Dr. Marsden about Midway University’s continued enrollment growth.

Midway University Welcomes 700 Students Back to Campus
Woodford Sun
August 19, 2020

Students returned to Midway University’s campus for classes Monday. Currently, 700 traditional undergraduate students are taking classes on campus, according to Ellen Gregory of Midway University. She said 320 or those students moved into on-campus housing beginning last Friday.

Nothing Halfway About MidwayU
Keeneland Magazine
Summer 2020

For students at the forerunner of Midway University, campus life in the early 20th century combined academics with such menial tasks as milking cows and cleaning floors. The all-female school expected discipline and decorum, even from its faculty. Instructor Lucy Peterson, who chronicled life at what was then the Kentucky Female Orphan School, suffered a scolding from the school’s superintendent, also a woman. Her offense: lifting her skirt too high above her shoe tops to keep the hem from touching Midway’s dusty Main Street.

Midway Univ. ranked among Top 75 regional universities in South, No. 3 in the region in students’ social mobility
The Midway Messenger
September 18, 2019

Midway University is excited about new regional rankings, and dealing with the pains of growth that helped it get recognition.

After opening its doors to a record class of 274 new undergraduates this fall, the university learned that has made U.S. News and World Report’s list of Top 75 Regional Universities in the South, at No. 73. Among such schools, the university is ranked No. 3 in a category new to the rankings: social mobility, which reflects how it helps students with lower incomes.

Midway University jumps in U.S. News and World Report rankings
The Lane Report
September 12, 2019

Midway University has jumped into the top 75 in the most recent U.S. News and World Report rankings. While still celebrating its record enrollment growth this fall, the institution received notice this week it had moved up in the U.S. News & World Report rankings to 73rd on the Top Regional Universities-South ranking.

Midway University has record undergraduate enrollment for 4th straight year
The Lane Report
September 3, 2019

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.

Midway University welcomes over 600 students to campus
Woodford Sun
August 28, 2019

Midway University’s student population has “grown much more rapidly” than anticipated as approximately 645 “traditional daytime” students were welcomed to its campus when the 2019-20 academic year began last week, President Dr. John Marsden said.

“In my 20-year career in higher education (at four private institutions) I have never seen such rapid growth in such a short period of time,” said Marsden, who came to Midway University in February 2013.

‘We can’t forget’: Kentucky is (slowly) recognizing the role of slaves in bourbon’s legacy
Courier Journal
June 27, 2019

“African American consumers are underrepresented as bourbon consumers,” said Tim Knittel, an adjunct professor of bourbon studies at Midway University. “… I believe bringing African Americans into the bourbon category as consumers needs to coincide with restoring African American history.”

Spotlight Awards at Midway University draws record attendance and amount of money for scholarships
The Midway Messenger
May 31, 2019

Midway University’s sixth annual Spotlight Awards dinner Thursday night drew 275 people, the most ever, and raised a little over $100,000 for scholarships, also a record, Vice President for Marketing and Communications Ellen Gregory said. Last year’s attendance was just under 200, she said.

Live with Lee & Hayley: Lee and Hayley Get Schooled in Bourbon
LEX18 News
April 15, 2019

Lee and Hayley learn more about the Kentucky bourbon industry and the Bourbon Studies Minor at Midway University.

New Course
Kentucky Monthly
February 1, 2019

Midway, the storybook-pretty town where railroad tracks run right down the center of Main Street, is home to Midway University, which has undergone huge revisions in its 169-year history. Some of the biggest changes have occurred in just the last five years.

The Sky’s the limit at Midway University
January 9, 2019

Whether you want to become a nurse, get into sports management, run a horse farm or study bourbon, Midway University has lots of educational options, tucked into the heart of central Kentucky.

Live with Lee & Hayley: Horsin’ Around the Equine Program
LEX18 News
December 12, 2018

Lee and Hayley explore the Midway University equine program.

Sunrise Spotlight – Midway University, Bourbon Studies Minor
WNKY Television
November 30, 2018

Dr. John P. Marsden, President of Midway University, appears on WAVE Country
WAVE Country
November 29, 2018

Dr. John Marsden made an appearance on WAVE 3 in Louisville to share all the exciting things happening at Midway University.

Midway University hosts groundbreaking for new field house
The Woodford Sun
November 15, 2018

A ceremonial groundbreaking for Midway University’s new Hunter Field House was also an opportunity to celebrate its transformation from a women’s college to a coeducational university with a growing enrollment.

Groundbreaking ceremony held for Hunter Field House at Midway University
The Lane Report
November 8, 2018

Midway University has broken ground for a new 20,000 s.f. recreational facility on its campus. Members of the board of trustees and honored guests were on hand for the official ceremony for what will be known as the Hunter Field House.

Now you can minor in bourbon – in Kentucky. Where else?
NBC News
October 26, 2018

While some may be tempted to say they minored in alcohol while in college, a new course in Bourbon Studies at Midway University in Kentucky can now make that boozy claim legitimate.

Admitting Men Boosted Midway Univ., and Changed Its Culture; Some Women Weren’t Happy, but Have Adjusted
The Midway Messenger
May 31, 2018

Midway University’s decision to become completely coeducational two years ago has settled in, turned around the school’s finances, and brought several improvements to the campus. But it was fully implemented earlier than initially planned, and was met with some skepticism from female students, who now seem to have adjusted.

Smart Strategies at Midway University
The Lane Report
May 14, 2018

Despite a long career in higher education, five years ago Dr. John Marsden may have been seriously questioning not only his intelligence but his judgment a few months after becoming president of what was then Midway College, a 165-year-old all-girls school in Central Kentucky.

On Derby Day, visiting A College Where You Can Major in Horses
May 5, 2018

Today brings the familiar excitement of the Kentucky Derby. Television-ready, mint juleps and perhaps one of the few horse races many of us will watch all year.

But an hour’s drive from Churchill Downs, students and staff at Midway University may not find time to watch, because they’re taking care of their own horses.

Midway University President John P. Marsden Awarded the Excellence in Education Vision Award by Bluegrass Tomorrow
Midway University
February 6, 2018

At a ceremony last week, Midway University President Dr. John P. Marsden, received the Excellence in Education Vision Award from Bluegrass Tomorrow. The annual Vision Awards pays tribute to individuals and businesses in the 18-county Bluegrass Region related to improving quality of life and place – the Bluegrass Tomorrow’s mission.

Midway University Experiencing Growth
Woodford Sun
August 23, 2017

Many changes have occurred at Midway University under the guidance of its 10th president, Dr. John P. Marsden, since he began his tenure on Feb. 1, 2013.

Perhaps the most notable change during his four-and-a-half years on campus occurred last fall, when Midway University began admitting men into all of its undergraduate programs. Men’s athletics were also launched in the 2016-17 academic year.

Transition from College to University in Midway
August 13, 2015

The former Midway College became Midway University earlier this summer. The school’s president outlined the conversion process for Lexington Rotarians Thursday.

The Woodford County school was called the Kentucky Female Orphan School when it opened in the fall of 1849. The equine program began in the 1970’s, and the school became Midway College in 1978. Then on July 1 of this year, the institution changed its name again to Midway University. President John Marsden says the term ‘university’ captures the complexity of Midway’s mission. “We serve many different students,” said Marsden. “We have Kentucky’s only women’s college, but then we also have co-education programs at the undergraduate and graduate level that are for working adults, both in seat and online.”

Midway College Becomes Midway University
LEX18 News
August 6, 2015

Dr. Marsden visits with LEX18 to discuss the many changes happening on the Midway campus, including the recent name change.

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