Northland College

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School Overview

Northland College is founded in 1892 as North Wisconsin Academy and re-established as Northland College in 1906. Northland is a private undergraduate liberal arts college that was originally affiliated with the Congregational churches, denominations within the Protestant Christian religion that run autonomously of one another yet maintain a common faith. Today the college still maintains relationships with the United Church of Christ, a modern day version of the Congregational churches.

Total annual enrollment at Northland is roughly 600 students and the college has a staff of about 160 (composed of about 60 faculty and 100 staff). Northland College is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities to award bachelor’s degrees. The college has close ties to several Native American communities in neighboring cities and offers courses in Native American language, history and culture.

General Information

Admission Office

1411 Ellis Avenue

Ashland, WI 54806

(715) 682-1224

(800) 753-1840

Fax: (715) 682-1258

Contact: Susan Greenwald

Director of Admission
Main Address

1411 Ellis Avenue

Ashland, WI 54806

(715) 682-1699

Total undergrads: 669

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 133

Degree-seeking undergrads: 624


Rural setting

Small town (2,500 – 9,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $25

Online application fee: Free
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 74%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 76%

College Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

Native American Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B
Music History/Literature B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Aquatic Biology/Limnology B
Biology B
Conservation Biology B
Ecology B
Environmental Biology B
Fisheries biology B
Wildlife Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Business Administration/Management B
Management Science B
Management and leadership B


Education – General B
Elementary Education B
Secondary Education B
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels B


Engineering – General B

English Language & Literature

Creative Writing B
English Composition B
English Language & Literature – General B
Writing B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Health System Administration B
Predentistry B
Premedicine B
Prepharmacy B
Preveterinary Medicine B
Recreational Therapy B


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Prelaw B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Humanities B
Humanity and nature studies B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Behavioral Sciences B
Biological/Physical Sciences B
Global Studies B
History of ideas B
Mathematics/Computer Science B
Natural Sciences B
Natural resources B
Sustainable community development B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Fishing/Fisheries B
Natural Resources Management/Policy B
Wildlife/Wilderness Management B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Outdoor education B

Philosophy & Religion

Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Atmospheric Sciences B
Chemistry B
Environmental chemistry B
Environmental geosciences B
Geology B
HydrologyWater Resources B
Meteorology B
Physical Sciences – General B


Ecopsychology B
Environmental Psychology B
Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Community Organization/Advocacy B
Public Administration B
Public Policy Analysis B

Social Sciences

Social Sciences – General B
Social justice B
Sociology B

Theological Studies & Religious Vocations

Pre-Ministerial Studies B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Northland College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (715) 682-1699
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:
Address: 1411 Ellis Avenue, Ashland, WI 54806-3999
Setting: Town: Remote
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 609
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 64%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 11 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:
Distance Learning Students*: 609 (100% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $37,516
Out-of-state Tuition: $37,516
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 99%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $28,667

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Northland College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Northland College.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Architecture and Related Services 1
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 2
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 2
Education 4
Engineering 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 2
History 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1
Natural Resources and Conservation 5
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 1
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Physical Sciences 4
Psychology 1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1
Social Sciences 2
Visual and Performing Arts 3
Grand total 35

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Northland College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $37,516
Out-of-state $37,516
Books and supplies $800

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $0
Out-of-state $0

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 144 99%
Grant or scholarship aid 144 99% $28,667
Student loan aid 112 77% $7,308

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 550 94% $25,859
Federal student loans 389 67% $8,237

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Northland College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Northland College students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 1,442 524 918
Percent admitted 100% 68% 66%
Percent admitted who enrolled 11% 15% 9%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Northland College Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 609
Undergraduate enrollment 609
Graduate enrollment 0

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Northland College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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