• Laying the cornerstone of Wheeler Hall

Northland College is a private liberal arts college with a progressive focus on the environment and sustainability. Our innovative curriculum and distinguished faculty draw students from across the country who come to be a part of a powerful educational community.


Northland College integrates liberal arts studies with an environmental emphasis, enabling those it serves to address the challenges of the future.


Northland College will be the nation’s preeminent liberal arts college focused on the environment, preparing students and other stakeholders to lead us toward a more sustainable, just, and prosperous future.

Northland College History

Northland College was established in 1906—the offspring of an institutional ancestor, the North Wisconsin Academy, which was founded in 1892. The founders of the Academy were eager to provide an educational opportunity for residents of the region, but more than this, they sought to provide an environment for learning that would emphasize Christian moral and spiritual values.

The Wisconsin residents who established the College were active in the Congregational Church and, to this day, a relationship exists between Northland and the Congregational Church’s successor, the United Church of Christ (UCC).

The College cherishes its connection with the UCC and the value that the denomination places on free inquiry and recognition of each individual’s intrinsic worth. Northland’s heritage also reinforces the conviction that education is for all who desire it, and the College’s doors are open to people of all faiths and backgrounds.

Northland’s past is an integral part of the College’s character. Wheeler Hall, built in 1892, is an original campus building that was renovated in 1993 and 1994 to preserve its historical character and is still the centerpiece of campus.

It houses faculty offices and classrooms for the humanities and social sciences and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Northland College continues to examine itself—to look forward, to consider innovations, and to expand opportunities. It does so by recognizing its traditions and distinctive environmental mission. The students, faculty, staff, and all those who support the educational mission of the school, continue to strive for educational excellence in a unique natural setting as have generations before them and as will generations to come.