Northland College

Northland College is a private liberal arts college with a progressive focus on the environment and sustainability. Our innovative curriculum and distinguished faculty draw students from across the country who come to be a part of a powerful educational community.



Northland College was established in 1906—the offspring of an institutional ancestor, the North Wisconsin Academy, which was founded in 1892. The founders of the Academy were eager to provide an educational opportunity for residents of the region, but more than this, they sought to provide an environment for learning that would emphasize Christian moral and spiritual values.


We have over 40 academic programs, each combining a distinct liberal arts education with critical “green skills” that employers and graduate schools are looking for. 

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Library services

Dexter Library is here to assist you with with gaining access to resources and services that further your studies and research. We serve students, faculty, staff, and the broader Chequamegon Bay community. In addition to books, periodicals, microfilms, and microfiche, we have a variety of electronic resources and are a member in the Wisconsin Interlibrary Loan Service.

Medical services

The Health Center assists you in taking responsibility for your own health, and to create a full and balanced lifestyle as well as a healthy community. The Health Center is located in the Ponzio Campus Center and staffed by a registered nurse.

Student Life

Campus life

The Northland campus culture is laid-back and friendly. We like to think of ourselves as a big family that looks out for one another. Professors, staff, peers, and community members are quick to welcome Northland students into the fold of our north woods community. Campus is an easy walk to downtown Ashland where students often hang out at the Black Cat Coffeehouse, the Bay Theater, or the food co-op and farmer’s market.

Sports facilities

The Northland College fitness and recreation center is an 8,000 square foot, open floor space for recreation, conditioning, physical training, and wellness programs. Newly renovated in 2014, the facility is open to students, faculty, and staff. Features:

  • bouldering wall
  • strength machines, spin bikes, treadmills, and elliptical trainers
  • free weights and core equipment
  • exercise studio for yoga, dance, and group fitness classes
  • building-wide wi-fi access
  • television monitors
  • stereo system

Student clubs

Northland Nordic Club, Sailing Club, The Northland College Student Association


Northland College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. 

Ashland, Wisconsin, United States


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