Northland College
Year established: 1892
Type of school: college, private (nonprofit)
Programs: 4-year undergraduate
Religious affiliation: yes, United Church of Christ
Campus enrollment: 739 students
Coeducational information: coeducational institution, founded as coeducational institution
Location description: in or near a rural community (pop. under 5,000)
Application fee: $25

Street address: Northland College
1411 Ellis Avenue
Ashland, WI 54806
Mailing address: Northland College
1411 Ellis Avenue
Ashland, WI 54806
Main telephone numbers: 715 682-1699
715 682-1308 (fax)

Northland College
Main homepage:

SAT number: 1561
ACT number: 4624
FAFSA number: 003875
FICE number: 3875

Northland College was founded in 1892. In 1971, the College added a distinctive environmental dimension to its existing liberal arts programs. The 100+ acre campus is in the city of Ashland, which is on the shore of Lake Superior's Chequamegon Bay. The region offers abundant opportunities for recreation and field study. The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, 7 downhill ski resorts, hundreds of lakes and streams and the Chequamegon National Forest are all within a short drive from campus. The college's programs take advantage of this natural laboratory by offering opportunities for field study. Our students come from 45 states and 13 countries, contributing to a diverse campus experience.

Northland offers a liberal arts curriculum with environmental dimensions. Our 26 majors include traditional offerings in the humanities, social and natural sciences and distinctive programs in environmental studies,environmental science meteorology, outdoor education, natural resources, conflict and peacemaking, and Native American studies. New facilities offer state-of-the-art learning opportunities. The 70,000 sq. ft. Larson-Juhl Center for Science and the Environment opened September 2000 and a new Campus Center opened in April 2002.

The admissions information below is valid for the 2007-08 academic year.

Northland College
Admissions officer: Katie Gellatly,
Director of Admission
Contacting the office: 715 682-1224
800 753-1840 (toll free)
715 682-1258 (fax)

Is there an application deadline for fall? yes
Priority filing date for fall: May 1
Final filing date for fall: August 15
Freshmen are accepted for terms other than fall: yes
Percent of freshmen who enter in terms other than fall: 15%
Application fee: $25
Can the application fee be waived? yes
Are refunds available on the application fee? no
Is the Common Application form accepted? yes
Supplemental forms required for those using Common Application: no
High school graduation is: required, GED is accepted
A general college preparatory program is: required
Campus visit is: recommended
Interview is: recommended
Off-campus interview: can be arranged with admissions representative
Visit for interview by: spring
Standardized test requirements: SAT I considered if submitted, ACT considered if submitted, SAT I or ACT required, SAT II recommended
School's test preference: no preference
Aside from admissions, test scores are used for: counseling
Dates test scores should be received: August 15 for SAT I/ACT, August 15 for SAT II
High school units required or recommended:
English: 4 required, 4 recommended
Foreign language: 2 recommended
Lab: 2 required, 2 recommended
Math: 3 required, 3 recommended
Science: 3 required, 3 recommended
Social studies: 3 required, 3 recommended
Academic electives: 3 required, 4 recommended
Total: 18 required, 21 recommended
Special requirements for admission to specific programs:
  • Portfolio required of art program applicants.
  • Audition required of music program applicants.
Special programs/policies for applicants not normally admissible: conditional admission
School has formalized early decision program: no
School has early action program: no
School has concurrent enrollment program for high school: no

Academic criteria:
  • secondary school report very important
  • class rank important
  • recommendations important
  • standardized test scores important
  • essay important
Nonacademic criteria:
  • interview considered
  • extracurricular activities considered
  • particular talent/ability considered
  • character/personal qualities considered
  • alumni/ae relationship considered
  • geographical residence not considered
  • state residency considered
  • religious affiliation/commitment considered
  • minority affiliation considered
  • volunteer work considered
  • work experience considered
Admissions is need blind: yes
Average secondary school GPA: 3.35
Percent of freshmen who submitted GPA: 99%
Percent of student body in each high school class rank: Top tenth: 27%
Top quarter: 50%
Top half: 80%
Average SAT I: 1164 combined
Average ACT: 24 composite
Combined ACT middle 50% range: 21 - 27
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted SAT I scores: 19%
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted ACT score: 86%

Notification of admission: on a rolling basis, by January 1
Acceptance of admission: must accept by May 1 or within 3 weeks if notified thereafter

Number of applicants offered admission: 883
Number of applicants offered admission who enrolled: 180
School has a waiting list policy: no
Tuition deposit amount: $200, nonrefundable
Admission may be deferred: yes, up to 1 semester

Semester/term begin dates: in September, January, and June.
Calendar system: 4-1-4 system (two semesters & one-month January interterm)
Month(s) in which new student orientation is held: Orientation for new students held in August and September.
Number and length of summer sessions: One summer session of five weeks.

Majors with the highest enrollment: biology, environmental studies, outdoor education
Average freshman GPA: 2.8 on a 4.0 scale
Percent of full-time freshman students who returned for sophomore year: 87%
Student:Faculty ratio: 13:1
Total faculty: 52 men, 29 women, 81 total
Full-time faculty: 31 men, 9 women, 40 total
Part-time faculty: 21 men, 20 women, 41 total

Northland College
General education/core curriculum is required: yes
Minor requirements: not required for graduation
Physical education is required: yes
There are religious requirements for graduation: yes

Special programs offered:
student-designed majors, double majors, dual degrees, independent study, accelerated program, honors program, pass/fail grading option, internships, external degree program
Minors and other miscellaneous programs offered:
Minors offered in geographic information sciences, geoscience, outdoor education/adventure education, and peace and global studies.
Preprofessional programs offered:
pre-law, pre-medicine, pre-veterinary science, pre-theology
Education certifications:
elementary, middle/junior high, secondary
Cooperative education programs:
engineering, natural science
Combined 3-2 programs available:
3-2 engineering, forestry, and natural resources management programs with Michigan Tech U.
Graduate schools/programs are offered: no
Qualified undergraduates may take graduate-level classes: no
Schools with which domestic exchange programs are offered: Exchange programs with Allegheny Coll and Beloit Coll.
Study abroad opportunities:
Exchange program abroad in Japan (Hagoromo Coll). Study abroad also in Chile, Costa Rica, Greece, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Mexico, and the former Soviet Republics.
Other special or unique academic programs:
Evening Degree Completion Program is for adult learners who have completed two years of college. The program is accelerated. Bachelor degree in nursing. Northland offers the last two years of the BSN.
Army ROTC: not offered
Navy ROTC: not offered
Air Force ROTC: not offered

Bachelor's Degrees

  • American Indian/Native American Studies
  • Animal Behavior
  • Art
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Sciences
  • Biology
  • Business/Economics
  • Chemistry
  • Ecology
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • English Creative Writing
  • English Writing
  • Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Science/Biology
  • Environmental Science/Conservation Biology
  • Environmental Science/Geology
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Environmental Studies
  • Fine Arts
  • Geoscience
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Meteorology
  • Native American Studies
  • Natural Resources
  • Outdoor Education
  • Paralegal
  • Peace/Global Studies
  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Engineering
  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medical
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine
  • Psychology
  • Religion/Philosophy
  • Secondary Education
  • Sociology
  • Veterinarian Life Science
  • Veterinary Science
  • Water Resources
  • Water Science
  • Writing

Credit placement options:
  • placement for CEEB Advanced Placement (scores of 3 or higher)
  • placement for CLEP general
  • placement for CLEP subject
  • neither credit nor placement for Regents College Exams (RCE)
  • neither credit nor placement for ACT PEP
  • neither credit nor placement for DANTES
  • credit and/or placement for school's own challenge exams
  • credit for relevant military experience
  • credit for relevant life experience
  • credit for international baccalaureate

The financial aid information below is valid for the 2007-08 academic year.

Financial aid officer: Deb Milanowski,
Interim Director of Financial Aid
Contacting the office: 715 682-1255
FAFSA number: 003875

Comprehensive tuition/room/board fees: $28,061
Tuition notes: comprehensive tuition/room/board fees, in-state tuition based on per credit hour, out-of-state tuition based on per credit hour


Required form Priority date Rolling? Closing date
FAFSAMarch 15yesN/A

Date award notification begins: March 1
Applied for financial aid:
93% of first-year students
94% of full-time undergraduates
Determined to have financial need:
91% of first-year students
90% of full-time undergraduates
Students determined to have financial need who received any financial aid:
100% of first-year students
100% of full-time undergraduates
Students determined to have financial need who received any need-based gift aid:
98% of first-year students
98% of full-time undergraduates
Students receiving financial aid who received need-based self-help aid:
100% of first-year students
95% of full-time undergraduates
Students receiving financial aid who received any non-need-based gift aid:
2% of first-year students
2% of full-time undergraduates
Students receiving financial aid whose need was fully met (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
13% of first-year students
15% of full-time undergraduates
Average percent of need that was met of students who received any need-based aid (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
87% for first-year students
82% for full-time undergraduates
0% for part-time undergraduates
Average financial aid package (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
$20,812 for first-year students
$18,081 for full-time undergraduates
$0 for part-time undergraduates
Average need-based gift award:
$15,049 for first-year students
$12,618 for full-time undergraduates
$0 for part-time undergraduates
Average need-based self-help award (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
$5,234 for first-year students
$5,743 for full-time undergraduates
$0 for part-time undergraduates
Average need-based loan (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
$3,995 for first-year students
$4,296 for full-time undergraduates
$0 for part-time undergraduates
Students who had no financial aid need and who received non-need-based aid (excluding athletic awards and tuition benefits):
15% of first-year students
14% of full-time undergraduates
Average award to students who had no financial aid need and who received non-need-based aid (excluding athletic awards and tuition benefits):
$9,309 for first-year students
$8,318 for full-time undergraduates
$0 for part-time undergraduates
Students who received a non-need-based athletic award:
0% of first-year students
0% of full-time undergraduates
Average non-need-based athletic award:
$0 for first-year students
$0 for full-time undergraduates
$0 for part-time undergraduates
School participates in Federal Work-Study Program: yes

Types of loans available:
  • FFEL Subsidized Stafford Loans
  • FFEL Unsubsidized Stafford Loans
  • FFEL PLUS Loans
  • Federal Perkins Loans
Parent loans packaged to meet need: no
Types of payment plans:
  • Tuition Management Systems
Need-based scholarships/grants available:
  • need-based (general)
  • Federal Pell Grants
  • SEOG
  • state scholarships/grants
  • college/university scholarships/grants (institutional funds)
  • private scholarships/grants
  • Bureau Of Indian Affairs
Non-need-based scholarships/grants available:
  • non-need-based (general)
  • academic merit scholarships/grants
  • creative arts/performance
  • special achievements/activities
  • special characteristics

Total undergraduates: 312 men, 427 women, 739 total
Full-time undergraduates: 285 men, 364 women, 649 total
Part-time undergraduates: 27 men, 63 women, 90 total
Average age of full-time undergraduates: 21
U.S. region where majority of students come from: Midwest
Percent of full-time U.S. undergraduates from out of state: 76%
First-year student breakdown:
2.8% Black (non-Hispanic)
1.1% American Indian or Alaskan Native
2.2% Asian or Pacific Islander
3.3% Hispanic
86.1% White (non-Hispanic)
4.4% race/ethnicity unreported/unknown
Undergraduate breakdown:
1.9% Black (non-Hispanic)
2.6% American Indian or Alaskan Native
1.3% Asian or Pacific Islander
1.9% Hispanic
88.1% White (non-Hispanic)
1.4% total international (nonresident aliens)
2.8% race/ethnicity unreported/unknown

City or town school is located in: Ashland
Population of city/town: 9,000
Nearest major city: Duluth
Distance of nearest major city: 60 miles
Population of nearest major city: 80,000

Institution offers housing: yes
Campus housing available to all unmarried students regardless of year: yes
Housing types (% in housing type, if given):
  • coed dorms (85%)
  • women's dorms (14%)
  • single-student apartments
  • cooperative housing (1%)
  • other housing including Townhouses
Percent of freshmen who live in school housing: 95%
Percent of students who live in school housing: 65%
Percent of students who live off campus: 35%
Percent of all students who have cars on campus: 60%
Student conduct policies:
class attendance policies set by individual instructors, hazing prohibited
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age: yes

Every student is required to lease or own a computer: no
Every student is required to take a computer course: no
Computer equipment is provided in: residence halls, library, computer center/lab(s)
Total number of microcomputers available to students: 400
Other computer facilities/services: The Bridge - an online portal for students to check courses, financial aid, billing, and other events. Online office hours and course discussions can occur on the bridge as well.
Internet access provided to all students: yes
E-mail services/accounts provided to all students: yes
School has a library on campus: yes

Remedial learning services:
reading, writing, math, study skills
Additional services offered:
nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, women's center, health insurance
Counseling services:
minority student, birth control, career, personal, academic, psychological, religious
Career placement services:
co-op education, internships, career/job search classes, interest inventory, on-campus job interviews, resumé assistance, alumni services, interview training
Services for students with disabilities:
note-taking services, tape recorders, tutors, reader services, interpreters for hearing-impaired, adaptive equipment
Amount of campus that is accessible to physically handicapped: 75%

Number of social fraternities on campus: 0
Number of social sororities on campus: 0
Student activities:
student government, student newspaper, literary magazine, yearbook, radio station, television station
School newspaper(s): Drifts (once per month); Wedge (once per year); Mosaic (once per year)
Total number of registered organizations: 50
Campus-based religious organizations:
Newman Club
Minority student organizations:
Native American Student Association
Other student organizations, musical groups, activities, and committees:
jazz band, orchestra, choir, drama club, business administration group, Campus Scouts, environmental action group, outing club, ecology club

School has an athletic program: yes
Athletic director: Steve Wammer,
Director of Athletics and Recreation
Director of women's athletics: shelly roiger,
Athletic department's mailing address: Director of Athletics
Northland College
1411 Ellis Avenue
Ashland, WI 54806
School mascot: Lumberjacks/Lumberjills

Sports offered Scholarships? Athletic Assoc.
Men's baseballnoNAIA III, NCAA Div. 3
Men's baseballno 
Men's basketballno 
Men's cross-countryno 
Men's cross-countrynoNAIA III, NCAA Div. 3
Men's ice hockeyno 
Men's soccerno 
Women's basketballno 
Women's cross-countrynoNAIA III, NCAA Div. 3
Women's cross-countryno 
Women's soccerno 
Women's softballno 
Women's softballnoNAIA III, NCAA Div. 3
Women's volleyballno 

Percent of students in varsity/club intercollegiate sports: 12%

Public transportation serves campus: yes
Nearest international airport: Duluth (60 miles)
Nearest other airport: Duluth (60 miles)
Nearest passenger train service: Superior (55 miles)
Nearest passenger bus service: Ashland (1 mile)

Institutional employment is available: yes
Percent of full-time undergraduates working on campus: 60%
Off-campus employment opportunities for undergraduates are: good
Freshmen are discouraged from working for first term: no

Percent of graduates who pursue further study: 25% within 5 years of graduation
List of graduate schools most often selected by recent graduates:
University of Wisconsin Madison Vermont Law School Temple UM Twin Cities Michigan State Harvard University University Nevada Reno Colorado State University of Minnesota Duluth University of Vermont University of Montana University of Wisconsin Eau Claire University of Wisconsin Superior University of Wisconsin Stout University of Virginia University of Colorado
Percent of graduates who enter job market in field related to major: 95% within six months of graduation
List of firms that most frequently hire graduates:
DNR Parks and Recreation Center Abbott Laboratories Peace Corps National Forest Service Americorp National Weather Service USGS Northland College Green Peace Sierra Club REI Student Conservation Association Conservation Corp
List of most prominent alumni/ae:
  • Jambling Norgay - son of Tenzig Norgay, first to climb Mount Everest with Hilary.

The transfer admissions information below is valid for the 2005 academic year.

Transfer applicants are accepted: yes
Number of transfer applications received: 159
Number of transfer applicants offered admission: 92 (58%)
Number of transfer applicants offered admission who enrolled: 52 (57%)
Percent of all new students who were transfers: 23%

Terms for which transfers may enroll: fall, winter
Minimum number of credits applicant needs to apply as a transfer student: 0
Items required of transfer students to apply for admission:
  • high school transcript recommended of some
  • college transcript(s) required of all
  • essay or personal statement required of all
  • interview required of some
  • standardized test scores recommended of some
  • statement(s) of good standing from prior institution(s) not required
Minimum college GPA required for transfer applicants: 2.00 using a 4.0 scale
Closing date for transfer applicants: August 1 for fall, December 1 for spring
Notification date for transfer applicants: rolling for fall, rolling for spring
Lowest course grade that may be transferred for credit: 2.0
Maximum number of credits that may be transferred: 65 credits from a two-year institution
Minimum number of credits that must be earned at school: 30 to receive a bachelor's degree

International student contact: Michele Meyer,
Director of Student Success
Contacting the office: 715 682-1674

Most represented countries: Canada, China, India, Japan, Mexico, Nepal

Preapplication form is required of foreign applicants: no
A separate international application form is required: yes
Application closing dates: August 15 for fall, December 1 for winter
Advance deposit is required of foreign applicants: yes
Test requirements: TOEFL required, SAT I or ACT considered if submitted
Test preference: none
Minimum TOEFL score: 525 paper
Special services offered for international applicants: special counselors/advisors, international student center, special orientation, United Cultures of Northland Support Club

Nonfederal aid is offered to international students: yes
Number of international applicants who received aid: 10


Required form Priority date Rolling? Closing date
Foreign Student's Certification of FinancesN/AnoN/A

Learning disabled program contact: Judi Holevatz,
Campus Nurse
Contacting the office: 715 682-1230

According to the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities, "learning disabilities" is a "general term that refers to a heterogeneous group of disorders manifested by significant difficulties in the acquisition and use of listening, speaking, reading, writing, reasoning, or mathematical abilities." A learning disability is presumably due to central nervous system dysfunction, and is not primarily due to other handicapping conditions, environmental, or cultural influences. It is not a form of mental retardation, or an emotional disorder.
Institution accepts students according to the above definition: yes
Learning disabled program available: support services but no program
Services available to LD students:
remedial math, remedial English, remedial reading, note-taking services, oral tests, readers, tutors, talking books, tape recorders, videotaped classes, extended time for tests
LD students are tutored: individually
A lighter course load is allowed for LD students: no
Additional time to complete degree is allowed for LD students: no
There are additional costs for LD students: no

An essay is required: yes
Untimed tests are accepted: yes
GED is accepted: yes


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