Our purposes as a college are to foster rigorous and independent scholarship by our faculty and their students, encourage free inquiry in the pursuit of truth, and offer our objective findings to the larger community. Northland College fulfills these purposes by safeguarding scientific inquiry and intellectual discourse so all voices can be heard in the pursuit of a deeper truth.
Our purpose as a liberal arts college is to teach students how to think, not what to think. Our purpose as a liberal arts college with a unique focus on the environment and sustainability is to teach students how to apply the great insights of the arts and sciences to the specific challenges faced by our local communities, region, and world.
We hold the conviction that our unique approach to liberal arts education provides our students and other interested individuals with the understanding of complex systems, holistic analysis, and critical thinking required to create the pathways of healing and enlightened stewardship necessary for our security and survival.
As an institution of higher education, Northland College actively engages in both examination and discourse regarding the contentious and difficult issues of our society today, tomorrow, and in the past. We encourage our faculty, students, and other interested individuals to actively and productively engage in the issues that confront us.