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Midway University sees record enrollment this fall

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Midway University is reporting seven years of enrollment growth at the central Kentucky school. Student numbers have gone from just over one thousand in 2015 to a record 1,901 this fall. The private college was the only women’s college in Kentucky until 2016 when it began admitting male undergrads. Dr. John Marsden has been the Midway president for nine years. He said this year’s enrollment figures demonstrate a continuing trend.

“This year’s incoming class was the first time that the percentage of males exceeded the females. Last year it was about 60% female overall and 40% male and this year our incoming class was 59% male,” said Marsden.

Overall, female students still comprise just over 62% of the entire university enrollment. Marsden said the four student populations are daytime on campus, evening online, graduate, and dual credit. Midway University has held the line on tuition for four years.

He noted enrollment growth has caused some growing pains when it comes to parking and housing.

“So, we’re starting to look at that more closely. Just because we have a very high occupancy rate for housing right now on campus. I think some of that has been fueled by rising costs, gas prices, and rental costs off campus. So, we have a greater of students living on campus,” said Marsden.

During his tenure, Marsden said a building has been renovated to create a third residence hall. He noted other capital projects include an athletic fieldhouse, a baseball stadium, an equine barn, and new tennis courts. Marsden added all this was done without incurring new debt.

Stu has been reporting for WEKU for more than 30 years.
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