Midway sets another enrollment record, improvements continue
MIDWAY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Midway University’s overall enrollment this fall has reached 1,827, marking the sixth straight year of enrollment growth.
Once again the University has seen record enrollment in its undergraduate class for the sixth consecutive year with its largest ever incoming class of 292 undergraduates (topping last year’s record class of 283).
“As many institutions across the nation have seen enrollment declines both in incoming students and with their retention, I am pleased to share the news that Midway University is continuing our growth trajectory,” said Midway President Dr. John P. Marsden.
“We attribute a lot of our continued growth to our efforts to remain one of the state’s most affordable private institutions, not having raised our tuition in several years,” added Rusty Kennedy, Vice President of Admissions and Athletics. “Another factor is our strong retention rate which shows we are providing an academic setting that is appealing to students.”
Marsden also noted that the university’s discount rate has remained consistent even with an increase in enrollment, which bucks the national trend.
“Thanks to our generous donors, we are able to award competitive financial packages for our students while not impacting the sustainability of the discount rate and net revenue for the University,” he added.
Total traditional undergraduate enrollment is now at 735 students. The University’s total enrollment of 1,827 includes all evening and online undergraduate and graduate students along with dual credit students.
The incoming undergraduate class of 292 is split 60% female and 40% male. The class average GPA is 3.41. The in-state students make up 61.9% of the class with 33.6% from out-of-state and 4.5% international.
“We continue our trend of making significant campus improvements over the summer months and doing so without incurring any new debt,” added Marsden. “This summer, Buster Residence Hall underwent renovations on each floor replacing community style bathrooms with pod-style, individual bathrooms and adding a new laundry facility on the ground floor. Additionally, we completely rebuilt the tennis court complex by replacing the existing playing surface, fencing and lights as well as making some locker room renovations in the McManis Student Center. We also learned during the previous year and dealing with COVID, that we needed additional outdoor seating areas, so new furniture has been placed all around campus.”
Over the last three years, Midway University has made many other improvements without incurring any debt.
These include new construction of the Tracy Farmer – Don Ball Stadium and the Hunter Field House as well as major renovation projects converting Pinkerton Hall to a residence hall, renovating Marrs Hall which includes the new Ann J. Bowling Welcome Center, and renovating bathrooms throughout Belle Wisdom Residence Hall.