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Undergrad Profile

Trade city lights for northern lights.

Located at the northern tip of Wisconsin, next to the largest freshwater lake in the world and nearly one million acres of national forest, Northland College provides unique experiential learning opportunities you won’t find anywhere else. We are a private liberal arts college that’s been around since 1892. With a progressive focus on the environment and sustainability, Northland College prepares 600 students from across the United States and around the world.

Our outstanding faculty coupled with small class sizes will support your academic success, including graduate-level research few other institutions can offer. Our stellar staff will ensure you get the experience, skills, and opportunities necessary for success beyond college. In fact, more than 90% of our recent alumni are working or in graduate school.

Like nowhere else on Earth
Location is one of the most important factors in a college selection. And Northland has a location like nowhere else on Earth. We are surrounded by a million acres of forest and the largest freshwater lake in the world. Both of these amazing natural resources are right outside our doors and serve as open-air classrooms, living laboratories, and natural playgrounds.

A pioneer in green education
Northland adopted its environment-focused mission in 1971, making it one of the first colleges or universities in the country to do so. We are dedicated to energy efficiency, sustainability, and reuse standards in our facilities and operations. We respond thoughtfully, comprehensively, and more rapidly than many colleges and universities to changing demands resulting from new academic, economic, and societal findings and insights.

Northland’s visionary approach to academics has helped thousands of graduates make a difference in the world. In 2008 we again took a bold step, building on our innovative mission and creating a distinctive general education program—the Connections curricula—that redefines environmental liberal arts education.

The Connections curricula
Natural Connections, Growing Connections, and Superior Connections integrate different approaches to common issues, and through them students explore the relationships among the liberal arts, the environment, and the future of our planet and society. The 21st-century careers demand professionals who can successfully incorporate multiple perspectives to achieve imaginative outcomes, especially regarding environmental issues.

Connections allows students to complete their general education courses more rapidly, providing more time for courses dedicated to their majors, minors, or electives. In addition, due to the intentional integration of sustainability concepts in the curriculum, all students completing the Connections program also receive a minor in environmental studies.




Academic Majors
• Art
• Biology
• Business Management
• Chemistry
• Ecological Restoration
• Education
• Engineering Dual Degree
• English
• Environmental Geosciences
• Fisheries & Wildlife Ecology
• Forestry
• Gender & Women’s Studies
• Geology
• Graphic Design
• History
• Humanities
• Humanity & Nature Studies
• Mathematical Science
• Meteorology
• Native American Studies
• Natural Resources
• Outdoor Education
• Pre-professional Programs:
- Pre-health Care
- Pre-law
- Pre-ministry
Pre-veterinary Medicine
• Psychology
• Religious Studies
• Sociology & Social Justice
• Studio Art
• Sustainable Community Development
• Water Science
• Writing

We offer 21 minors.