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The prestigious U.S. News & World Report has named its Best National Liberal Arts Colleges of 2011. Of these competitive schools, Northland College was ranked into the first tier. Northland was part of 266 national liberal arts colleges to be recognized. To qualify, each liberal arts institution must emphasize undergraduate education and award at least 50 percent of their degrees in the liberal arts. Check out more about the US News Report.
The 2011 College Guide by Washington Monthly lists Northland College among the top 250 liberal arts colleges in the United States. The magazine says it attempt to offer an alternative to other college guides by evaluating schools' contribution to the public good in the categories of social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.s), and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).
The student-managed Renewable Energy Fund contributes over $40,000 to
campus sustainability initiatives each year. Past projects have included
funding a geothermal heating installation, developing solar hot water
systems and purchasing a Toyota Prius for the Office of Admissions.
Northland College has established a goal of using 20% local foods on
campus for the 2012-2013 school year, with the ultimate goal of 80%
local food over time. Northland, in partnership with its food service
provider Chartwells, has been working with the UW-Extension, Chequamegon
Food Co-op, Bayfield Regional Food Producers Cooperative (BRFPC) and
other local farms to meet the demand of hungry students with locally
produced food. At Northland, a new station in the Baldwin
Dining Commons, hosts a local protein,
starch, and vegetable each day.
Last semester nearly 900 pounds of goods were cycled through the Reuse Room on campus.
19 major buildings, 100 acres main campus and 120 acres off-campus, valued at $36.5 million
All students that file for Financial Aid at Northland are guaranteed a work study position.
To be the nation's leading environmental liberal arts college.
The approximate cost of attendance for 2014-2015:
- Tuition: $30,450
- Fees: $1,030
- Room & Board: $7,865
- Total direct costs $39,345
Sierra magazine announced its annual top 20 "coolest" schools for their efforts to stop global warming and operate sustainably. Northland College placed 7th on the list. The magazine's September/October cover story spotlights the schools that are making a true difference for the planet, and marks Sierra's fourth annual listing of America's greenest universities and colleges. Institutions ranked by the listing were evaluated based on an extensive survey submitted to Sierra magazine by each college or university.
Last semester, over 3500 pounds of food waste from the cafeteria and dorms were diverted from landfills and into Northland’s composting system.
The Princeton Review named Northland College and 17 others to its "2011 Green Rating Honor Roll" - a list of colleges that received the highest possible score (99) in its Green Rating tallies this year. Northland has two wind towers, numerous solar panels, geothermal heat in the campus center and library, and furniture made from recycled materials. Students have even built a campus building that is entirely off the grid, using locally-produced materials.
76% of incoming Northland students ranked in the upper half of their high school class.
We are a recognized leader in campus sustainability. The Sustainable Endowments Institute named Northland College a winner of the 2009 Sustainability Innovators Award and the Sierra Club calls us a Shining Star.
Northland College was named the #4 Most Bike-Friendly Campus of 2011 by onlineuniversities.com. Northland continues to push for more environmentally-friendly actions today, and these are typically spearheaded by the students themselves. The NCSA set up a bike rental system where students can rent bicycles with ease, provided that they also return them. The Northland Bike Shoppe maintains a fleet of free-to-borrow bikes for the campus community.
The wildlife at Northland College includes visits by bear and moose. You can see photos of the moose on the soccer field in our photo gallery.
Grants and scholarship budget: $5.2 million. 99% of students receive some type of financial aid. 86% are employed through campus employment.
The Mino Aki Garden provides fresh produce to the campus cafeteria, Everybody Party and Outdoor Orientation program.
Northland’s distinctive environmental liberal arts program, passionate faculty, and beautiful natural location create a community of engaged learners who develop the skills and experience to prepare for advanced studies and meaningful lives.
Choose from Pre-dentistry, Pre-engineering, Pre-law, Pre-ministry, Pre-Veterinary, or Pre-Medicine.
- The average ACT of incoming students is 24
- 6% are age 25 or older
- Ethnicities: 77% white/caucasian, 1% are African American, 1% are Asian American, 5% are Hispanic American, 2% are American Indian/Alaska Native, 2% are non-resident aliens, 2% are multi-racial
Northland College integrates liberal arts studies with an environmental emphasis, enabling those it serves to address the challenges of the future.
Northland’s NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletic program competes in the tough Upper Midwest Athletic Conference. Sports include: soccer, hockey, basketball, baseball, cross country, volleyball, and softball. Starting in the fall of 2013, Northland will offer men's and women's golf. Visit the athletics Website for more information.
The Princeton Review has named Northland College one of the Best of the Midwest schools of 2011.
Northland College enrolls 600 students from 32 different states and 5 different countries including Canada, Ghana, Great Britain, New Zealand, South Korea and Sweden.
95% of our fulltime faculty hold doctorate or other terminal degrees.
Northland is affiliated with the United Church of Christ, and has an on-campus chapel located in the Craig A. Ponzio Campus Center.
The Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute provides outreach and educational information to the Lake Superior region.
Northland College was founded in 1892 and went green in 1971.
Northland is accredited with the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Average class size for Fall 2012 is 16.5 students.
In 2008, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) named Northland College as one of the winners of its annual Campus Sustainability Leadership Award. For more information, visit www.aashe.org.
99% of Northland Students receive financial assistance.
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