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Princeton Review Names Northland Top Green College

Northland College is one of the 361 environmentally responsible colleges according to The Princeton Review. The education services company known for its test prep and tutoring services, books, and college rankings features Northland College in the 2016 edition of The Princeton Review Guide to 361 Green Colleges. “Northland College isn’t just meeting sustainability standards, it’s…  Read More

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Northland receives $1 million for grad programs

Northland College in Ashland, Wis., recently received $1 million from the Mary Livingston Griggs and Mary Griggs Burke Foundation to establish a graduate degree program. The gift is intended to fund all facets of development until the program can support itself. The College is currently working with a consultant to identify the best structure and…  Read More

Northland College convocation

Class of 2020

Welcoming 222 New Students

Northland College officially welcomed more than two-hundred new students Friday, September 9 with a ceremonial walk, convocation address, and Everybody Party, sponsored by the Northland College Student Association. Drummer Stevie Matier led the Class of 2020, pounding a Lambeg drum from northern Ireland, over Bay City Creek, across the Fenenga bridge, to the campus mall, where students,…  Read More

Joe Fitzgerald and Randy Lehr drive boat to islands

Fitzgerald: From Plankton Guy to Water Resources Policy Economist

By Marie Zhuikov, University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Wisconsin Sea Grant undergraduate student, Joe Fitzgerald, has spent the past two years working with Northland College Professor Randy Lehr collecting plankton. The collection is for Lehr’s research project on the Chequamegon Bay in Lake Superior. Students in the center where Fitzgerald works at the college are…  Read More

Student and professor in wetland

Chasing Dragonflies for Science

Senior Joe Fitzgerald been involved in graduate level research for the last four years at Northland College, leading plankton research in Chequamegon Bay, developing a phytoplankton catalog, and studying silver carp in the in the Mississippi. The first two have earned him the name The Plankton Guy. This past summer he turned his attention to dragonflies.…  Read More

Robin Wall Kimmerer

The Gifts You Bring the World

Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Commencement Speech | May 23, 2015 Bozho Shaapodskae gizhkokwe ndezhnekas Anishinaabe Bodwewadmi kwe ndaw. Migize doodem, minwa mko ddodem. Migwech kine gego gamizhang. Let us begin with gratitude, for we are showered daily with the gifts of the Earth, the air of a sweet spring morning, pure water to drink, food from…  Read More

Loon airs its wings

Protect Loons

There are many action steps we can all take to help protect the symbol of our northern woods and waters. Learn more about what you can do to.

Chemistry student in the lab

Lab Services

ARELab supports applied environmental research and provides service to citizens and professionals throughout the region.



Think differently. Live differently. Northland College is a private, liberal arts college with a progressive focus on the environment and sustainability. We prepare 600 students from across the United States and around the world for meaningful lives and successful careers. Founded in 1892, Northland College is located at the tip of Wisconsin, on the south…  Read More

Northland College student in garden

Nonprofit Partner for Student Internship

Compatible Technology International (CTI), a global non-profit based in St. Paul, MN recently raised $30,000 to start a partnership and internship for students at Northland College in Ashland, Wis. Both institutions initiated the partnership as a way to honor former CTI Executive Director Malcolm McLean, who served CTI from 1991-1995 as well as the president…  Read More