Northland College

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1411 Ellis Avenue

Ashland, WI 54806

Phone: (715) 682-1699
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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#180 Overall Score: 35 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Northland College is a private institution that was founded in 1892. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 590, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 130 acres. Northland College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 180. Its tuition and fees are $29,990 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Northland College is a traditional liberal arts and sciences college with a unique focus on the environment and sustainability. Northland College and its Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute are located in Ashland, Wis., near the shores of Lake Superior. The College has been recognized as one of the top colleges in the nation for science and mathematics, as a model environmental campus for the Lake Superior Basin, and as one of Wisconsin's true liberal arts colleges. Founded in 1892, Northland now enrolls 600 students from across the nation and around the world. For more information about Northland College and its Institute, visit our website at

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1892
Religious affiliation United Church of Christ
Academic calendar 4-4-1
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $18,093,256


When applying to Northland College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due May 1. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 66.3 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 66.3%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by May 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Northland College is 11:1, and the school has 62 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Northland College include: Natural Resources and Conservation; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Physical Sciences; Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies; and Education. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 71 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 48%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Natural Resources and Conservation 23%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 20%
Physical Sciences 16%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 9%
Education 8%

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Student Life

Northland College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 590, with a gender distribution of 44.9 percent male students and 55.1 percent female students. At this school, 77 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 23 percent of students live off campus. Northland College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 600
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Northland College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Northland College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Northland College.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Northland College, 88.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $19,286.

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Tuition and fees $29,990 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,510 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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