See what students say:


Northland College near Lake Superior in Wisconsin is, a "green school with a passion for the environment and fun" and a magnet for environmentally-minded students. Northland's enrollment of about 550 students, and its small class sizes lead to close-knit relationships with professors, many of whom "want us to learn and grow, not just pass their class" and "are always ready to help, knowledgeable, kind, and honestly care that [students are] learning." Students do wish there was less faculty turnover and that some departments (meteorology in particular) could be stronger, but for the most part, Northland "[doesn't] have teaching assistants, we have educators who care about their students, and are passionate about their fields of study." The ability for students to gain real-world experience from professors is key, and many praise the school's "many opportunities for leadership roles, research positions with professors, and internships." In keeping with its environmental focus, "Northland has a great hands-on science department that not only gets students in the field to learn, but also connects them to local agencies and private employers that offer opportunity to expand [their] resume and work skills in [their] chosen fields."

Student Body

Northland's "inclusive" campus is "full of curious, forward-thinking, unique individuals." Many Northlanders divide the student body into three general groups: "hippies," athletes, and those interested in "hunting and fishing." But it's a "supportive community, connecting people through a common love for nature." Students say that the small school environment means that most people know each other and while personalities differ, there's a sense that "everyone shares certain values" and "if you are willing to embrace Northland, it hugs you right back." Students report an overall feeling of acceptance in the community: "The alliance on campus is strong and there is nothing you could do or wear to be call weird or strange here."

Campus Life

Along with the highly-touted emphasis on environmentalism, students say that athletics at Northland, a D-3 school, are extremely popular. One student sums it up: "They say sustainability but what they really mean is athletics." What you won't find at Northland: "scary frat parties, fancy dresses and heels, or closed parties (whatever that means)." You will find on-campus events with "bands that come and play" while students "eat and dance together." The school's location in Wisconsin's Northwoods region with close proximity to Lake Superior means plenty of places "to swim, canoe, kayak, sail, hike, hunt, camp, bike, rock climb, fish, ski, [and] snowboard. "If you love the outdoors, Northland is the place to be."

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Savanna Richter
Visit Coordinator

Office of Admissions
1411 Ellis Avenue
Ashland, WI 54806-3999



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Campus Center
Science Center
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute
The Environmental Living and Learning Center
The Ravine

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Lake Superior
The Black Cat Coffee House
Copper Falls
Chequamegon National Forest
Houghton Falls
Campus is surrounded by 850,000 acres of National Forest and is located 1 mile from the largest freshwater lake in the world.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
M-F, and Sat mornings

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: M-F 10-2:00 and Sat. mornings 10am by appointment only
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Open House in July, Aug, Oct, Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

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Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

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Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

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Only during school year; Monday-Thursday; students only


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Duluth International Airport in Duluth, MN is 1 hour and 15 minutes from campus. Rental cars are available. Ironwood Airport is 40 minutes from campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Madison, WI, take 39 North which turns into Highway 51. Turn left on Highway 2 going west. When you enter Ashland turn left (south) at Highway 13 which is also called Ellis Avenue. The campus entrance is about one mile and will be on the right. From Minneapolis, MN take I-35 North to Highway 2 east (in Duluth). When you enter Ashland turn right (south) at Highway 13 which is also called Ellis Avenue. The campus entrance is about one mile and will be on the right.

Local Accommodations
Close to the college (about a mile away) The Hotel Chequamegon (715-682-9095) on Lake Superior. Prices are moderate and higher in the summer. The Lake Aire Motor Inn (715-682-4551) located near Lake Superior, prices are inexpensive. The Americinn Motel (715-682-9950) located about 5 miles from campus, prices are moderate.


Applicants: 1,442
Acceptance Rate: 67%
Average HS GPA: 3.30



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