Northland College


Highest Degree Offered: Bachelors

College Type: Private

Campus Type:

Academic Calendar: Four-one-four

State: Wisconsin


Northland College describes itself as an "environmental liberal arts college," an apt label for this unusual little college in Ashland, Wisconsin. The college's interdisciplinary core curriculum is made up of nine courses that ask students to explore the relationships between the liberal arts, the environment, and our planet's future. Students who complete the general education requirements earn an environmental studies minor to complement whatever major they select. Students can expect a lot of interaction with the faculty, and one-third of classes have fewer than ten students. The school has earned many accolades for its sustainability efforts. Northland also does well with financial aid, and nearly all students receive some form of grant aid. Northland College is a member of the Eco League with four other small colleges that focus on sustainability: Alaska Pacific University, Prescott College, Green Mountain College, and College of the Atlantic. Students can easily take a semester or two at one of these other schools. In athletics, Northland competes in the NCAA Division III Midwest Athletic Conference. The college is affiliated with the United Church of Christ.

Most Popular Majors

Biology, Business Administration, Education, Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 677
Total Grad Students:
Undergraduate Students: 677
Faculty: 38

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 18:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 18:1

Percent Male: 47%
Percent Female: 53%

Financial Resources


Alumni Giving Rate: %

Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 51%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 60%

Transfer-Out Rate

Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

1411 Ellis Avenue
Ashland Wisconsin 54806


Main Email:

Main Phone: 800-753-1840

Additional Campuses:

Admissions Contact:
Cassie Stewart
Associate Director of Admissions for Transfers, Office of Admission

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Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

Common App Used?

High School Transcript Required?

Minimum GPA for Applying:
A grade of C- or better must have been earned in a course for transfer credit.

Minimum Grades for Transfer:
Northland does not publish a minimum grade requirement for transfer.

Credits (Min/Max):
A max of 65 credits will be accepted from all junior or 2-year colleges, and no limit on transferable credits from a 4-year college. A min of 30 credits must be earned at Northland to earn a degree.

Test Scores for Applying:
ACT or SAT test scores are generally not needed for applicants who have been out of high school more than one year or who transfer in a significant amount of credits.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
A letter of recommendation from a teacher or someone who can speak to your ability to perform college level work is required.

Essay(s) required:
Northland does not publish a requirement for the submission of an essay.

Application Fee:
There is no application fee.

Other Requirements:

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 20 27
English 20 28
Math 20 26
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading 435 578
Math 423 568
Writing 443 575

Standardized Testing Notes:

Transfer Statistics

Transfers Applied:

Transfers Accepted:

Transfer Percentage Accepted: %

Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 73%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: -73%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2010


Books: 800

Other Expenses: 2650

Room and Board: 7210

Tuition and Fees: 26566

Total Cost: 37226

Note on Costs:

Costs Data From: 2011-12

Financial Aid

General Financial Aid Information:
Transfer Academic Scholarships from $5,000 - $10,000. Transfer applicants from two and four year colleges are eligible for this award based on their cumulative academic record.

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Own Financial Aid Form?

Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 7074

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 99%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 99%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 76%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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