Students Say

Northland College, a self-described “environmental liberal arts school,” is an educational bastion for students with a green bent. Not surprisingly, Northland offers an array of popular programs in environmental and natural resource studies. While students appreciate the curricular options, they’re most ecstatic about the people who lead the classes. “The professors are very passionate [about] what they teach,” promises an undergrad. Another adds, “Not only do they care about the subject they are teaching, but also they care about the students and their needs.”

Overview

Applicants
1,020
Acceptance Rate
63%
Average HS GPA
3.40

GPA Breakdown

25%
Over 3.75
17%
3.50 - 3.74
23%
3.25 - 3.49
21%
3.00 - 3.24
13%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
488 - 600
SAT Math
460 - 580
SAT Writing
430 - 570
ACT Composite
21 - 26

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record

Overall

Students Say

Northland College, a self-described “environmental liberal arts school,” is an educational bastion for students with a green bent. Not surprisingly, Northland offers an array of popular programs in environmental and natural resource studies. While students appreciate the curricular options, they’re most ecstatic about the people who lead the classes. “The professors are very passionate [about] what they teach,” promises an undergrad. Another adds, “Not only do they care about the subject they are teaching, but also they care about the students and their needs.” With fewer than 700 undergraduates, Northland ensures that each student receives plenty of professorial attention. Upper-level administrators strive to interact with the student body too. A senior tells us, “The president of the college connects with students regularly, eating lunch with students in the cafeteria to get to know them [and] having students over to her house for dinner or for events.” Some sectors of the administration, however, do not receive such fond reviews. A junior grumbles, “Don’t try to get anything accomplished with the Business Office or Financial Aid. You have to hound them to get even the smallest tasks accomplished.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
12:1
Total Faculty
54
with Terminal Degree
42

32
Men
22
Women
5
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
41%
Graduate in 5 years
46%
Graduate in 6 years
46%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • American Indian/Native American Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies

  • Education

  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels

  • Engineering

  • Engineering, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies
  • Forestry, Other
  • Natural Resources and Conservation, Other
  • Natural Resources Conservation and Research, Other

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Outdoor Education

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Hydrology and Water Resources Science
  • Meteorology

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Community Organization and Advocacy

  • Social Sciences

  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art/Art Studies, General


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Jambling Norgay
Mt. Everest

Anita Burke
Founded the Catalyst Institute

Charlie Maguire
Musician

John Allen
President, CEO of Industrial Equities, LLP

James Hoecker
Nationally recognized energy advisor

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
77
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$24,150

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$21,714

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,939

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$30,637

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
82%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$23,618

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$30,450
Required Fees
$1,030
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$800

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$4,390
Transportation for Commuters
$1,000

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

At Northland College, you’ll discover “hippies and hunters side by side, with a dash of intellectualism---if you know where to find it.” The characteristic that links all members of this student body is a high awareness “of the environment and the issues surrounding it.” (As one undergrad puts it, the typical student is “an environmentalist tree-hugger who is friendly and loves people.”) Look hard enough, though, and you’ll find a range of lifestyles, backgrounds, and beliefs represented on campus. One student says, “We have gays, lesbians, hippies, jocks, girly-girls, slackers, druggies, hunters, social activists, and nature enthusiasts.” “We have an eclectic mix,” agrees a junior. “It is wonderful to meet them and find out who they are.” However, you may want to find out who they are from a few feet away, says a geoscience major: “The hippie atmosphere runs deep, and sometimes ‘running deep’ means that body odor will invade your personal space.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
584
Out of State
50%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
4

Demographics

49% female
51% male
50% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

Overview

Students Say

As you might expect at “a liberal environmental college” like Northland, “The focus is on changing current situations to make Northland a more sustainable college community. This includes [creating] community gardening, bike programs, and renewable energy systems on campus.” Aside from establishing environment-friendly programs, conducting petitions, and organizing peaceful protests, many people “join some of the dozens of organizations on campus, from Student Government to outdoor pursuits, from Wolf-Tracking Team to the Mycological Society, to the Weather Club, to theater/drama, to band.” One student promises, “There will be something for you to get involved [in], I guarantee.” In any season, outdoor activities such as “hunting, fishing, camping, skiing, or hiking” are popular off-campus pursuits. This leads one undergrad to advise, “If you enjoy the conveniences of the city then this isn’t the place to be.” It’s true, you’re not likely to find a bumping club scene in Ashland, Wisconsin, but this doesn’t mean that these students don’t enjoy some old-fashioned college-style partying. “People are pretty passionate about their drinking and ability to consume liquor,” says one student. Whatever these undergrads choose to do in their free hours, “Everyone just tries to have a good time.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
74%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
76
First-Year Students living on campus
95%

Campus Environment
Village
Fire safety rating
72

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Cooperative
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies
1

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Lumberjacks)
6 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Ice Hockey
Soccer
Women's Sports (Lumberjills)
6 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Volleyball


Sustainability

Northland College isn’t just meeting sustainability standards—it’s setting them. A Silver STARS rated institution, Northland recently became a member of the Founding Circle for the “Billion Dollar Green Challenge,” which encourages the college and university community to invest a total of $1 billion in self-managed revolving funds that finance energy efficiency improvements. After becoming an ACUPCC signatory, the college formally committed to obtaining LEED Silver on all new buildings on campus. In 1971, the college built a commitment to green into the curriculum when it added an environmental focus to its liberal arts mission. Students can take classes in subjects ranging from Sustainable Business to Sustainable Agriculture. The faculty emphasizes experiential learning opportunities through student-organized conferences on organic farming and initiatives to promote locally grown food in the dining halls. Northland has taken aggressive steps to reduce energy consumption on campus. The college has a wind tower, geothermal heat in the campus center and library, and furniture made from recycled materials. Solar panels are visible around campus, including a student-installed panel at the presidents’ house. The college's student-run bike shop is housed in a straw bale building, powered by a solar photovoltaic array, and heated mostly by the sun. Revamped bike-sharing services, along with free student bus passes, have helped mitigate the high vehicle emissions most rural universities emit. Northland’s dining services is a model of green eating. It offers sustainably harvested seafood, organic and fair-trade options, free range meat, and plenty of non-meat options for hungry vegetarians and vegans. Dining services also purchases produce from Northland's on-campus garden and greenhouse. Work-study students compost food scraps for use in the campus garden.

Green Rating
97
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
33%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
10

Average Number of PC's per Lab
11

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
No

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
HP, Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Alicia Potivin
Campus Visit Coordinator

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

Phone
715-682-1839

Email
visit@northland.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Campus Center
Science Center
The Fire Ring
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
St. Peter's Dome
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
9-3:00
715-682-1839

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: M-F 9-3:00 and Sat. mornings 10am by appointment only
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Open House in Oct., Nov., Feb.

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
visit@northland.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Only during school year; Monday-Thursday; students only

Transportation

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.
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Key Stats

1,020
Applicants
584
Size
63%
Acceptance Rate
1060
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