• Welcome to Northland. 

Explore. Engage. Enrich Your Life.

Founded in 1892, Northland College has offered generations of students a pathway to success. Our career-focused, liberal arts curriculum is specially geared towards exploration. It is the culmination of the diverse expertise and life experiences of our faculty, and it’s designed to help you explore your options, find your purpose, and prepare you to address the real-world problems you’ll face in your personal and professional life.

Our arts, sciences, and humanities courses are designed to provide you with the tools and confidence you need to be successful, all while providing you with a clear vision of what you want to do and who you want to be. Our general education courses integrate liberal arts with an environmental studies emphasis, preparing you to be a leader in environmental issues and in working to address societal dynamics.

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“Northland taught me how to be independent and make my own adventures.” Jane Kittaka ’18, Education Major

Undergraduate Programs

  • Explore Your Passion

    40+ diverse areas of study allow you to explore a variety of career options. You can create an undergraduate experience that is unique to you.

  • Engage With Others

    600 total students means small class sizes, which cultivates an intimate education experience and allows you to deeply engage with your fellow students.

  • Enrich Your Life

    The Northland community is committed to environmental sustainability, diversity and inclusion, and a lifestyle that enriches your worldview and your life, both during and after college.

Why Northland?

Experiential Learning

An education at Northland involves more than just sitting in lecture halls. We combine classroom learning with immersive field studies and opportunities within the community to create a one-of-a-kind learning experience. Our career-focused curriculum will provide you with the tools and confidence to succeed in anything you do.

Access to Financial Aid

Think all private colleges are expensive? Think again. With 100% of all Northland College students receiving some form of financial aid, you can receive a private school education at a public school price.

Proven Outcomes

A degree from Northland is your pathway to opportunity. Our 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio allows our professors to personally invest in your success, and the results of this approach speak for themselves. 92% of our recent graduates are employed or in graduate school.

Full-Spectrum Sustainability

At Northland, we live our sustainability mission every day. Going green is a part of everything we do as an institution and everything you’ll do as a student—from how you’ll live, to what you’ll learn, and ways you can contribute.

Live & Learn in a Natural World

Our location in Ashland, WI, a small, safe community of just over 8,000 tucked along the south shore of Lake Superior near the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and over a million acres of national forest, creates truly unique educational and recreational experiences.

Work with the Best & Brightest

Our faculty are passionate about learning—and not just student learning. They are dedicated learners and scholars, and that shines through in the classroom and in the field. And they’re more than just teachers. They are mentors who often establish life-long relationships with students.

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Ready to take the Next Step?

Get in touch to learn more and start planning your journey at Northland College.