Backpacker Magazine has ranked Northland College second in a list of the nation’s best colleges for hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts.

In its October 2016 issue, the magazine noted the school’s proximity to trails, rivers, and other outdoor recreational opportunities, its outdoor clubs and participation, and the quality and diversity of academics for outdoor-related careers.

In particular, the magazine cites Northland College’s 36-year-old Outdoor Orientation program for incoming students, the outdoor education major, the College’s location near Lake Superior, the Apostle Islands, and the Chequamegon National Forest—and its passionate professors.

“This summer, I went on a whitewater canoeing trip on the Montreal River in eastern Wisconsin,” senior Bronte Goodspeed told the magazine. “I texted my professor about it beforehand and she asked if she could come.”

Last year, College Magazine named Northland College one of the Top 10 Colleges for Outdoor Enthusiasts.

2016 Outdoor Orientation Lake Superior trip


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