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Founded in 1892, Northland College. is a Private college. Located in Wisconsin, which is a city setting in Wisconsin, the campus itself is Town. The campus is home to 582 full time undergraduate students, and 0 full time graduate students.
The Northland College Academic calendar runs on a Four-one-four plan basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 10:1. There are 54 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Northland College include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at are considered Selective, with ,13% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 13 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
76% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 34% were in the top quarter, and 20% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Northland College.
32 Students rated on-campus housing 3.6 stars. 3 % gave the school a 5.0.
18 Students rated off-campus housing 3.6 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
34 Students rated campus food 3.4 stars. 24 % gave the school a 5.0.
35 Students rated campus facilities 3.7 stars. 23 % gave the school a 5.0.
35 Students rated class size 4.6 stars. 69 % gave the school a 5.0.
35 Students rated school activities 3.9 stars. 37 % gave the school a 5.0.
35 Students rated local services 4 stars. 34 % gave the school a 5.0.
35 Students rated academics 3.6 stars. 26 % gave the school a 5.0.
4 Students rated Northland College
Northland is a place where any student can have intelligent conversations with not only students but with the professors as well. Small environment so everyone knows everyone. The overall environment on campus is positive, loving, and heartwarming.
I transferred from Northland a year ago. I'm currently a 4th / rising 5th year senior at a the flagship state school, and, as a Firstyear, I attended a community college.
Overall, Northland is pretty good. Briefly, I'll talk about what makes it good, then I'll mention why I transferred.
I had plenty of time to explore academic areas of interest and peers to talk about that exploration with. Students here often have "intellectual conversations", and a lot of it is about environmentalism. However, the heterogeneity of discourse is sparse (and level is due to age -- its all good, ppl are smart and have big hearts).
The funding here is A GOOD DEAL! They were very generous with my financial aid, and my family and I are very greatful. In high school, I was a student with middling grades, but showed passion in other areas and got good funding. So can you! Compared to other places, if you feel like Northland is the right fit, even for the time being, the economics are, on average, worth it.
Northland was a good fit for two years, and, I ended up transferring because of the below. These are more things Freshppl should look out for, and shouldn't scare anyone away necessarily, but pay attention to these things when you visit (crucial):
- the town was too small (I'm a city kid at heart and missed "the heat" of a city - as Don DeLilo once said, pretentiously, but beautifully). You'll end up spending a lot of time in the surrounding area. Two coffee shops, one highway, one mainstreet. Keep this in mind if you are a city kid.
- I figured out I wasn't much of a nature kid. I LOVED walking in the paths on the campus grounds, the college owns many acres and that satisfied me, but I guess not a lot of people wanted to walk those paths. Maybe I'm wrong though. It probably was on me. You don't need to be a camper by any means, but a lot of people bond around it, especially men(???) maybe. Again, it could just be me.
- If you are in the humanities, there are sort of slim pickings-- There is a countable amount of top-notch profs in History, English/Creative Writing (my program), and Sustainable Com. Dev. -- and, if you don't love one of the profs, you will probably have to take another class with them.
-There wasn't a great advising system. I got lost in the advising process and that's 100% on me. Just CARE about what classes you take. This goes for all colleges, especially Northland, where the responsibility to graduate is mostly in your hands.
- Do research around blocks and connections requirements. General Ed here was kind of a hassle for me, because of blocks (NOTE: I don't know if this is still the curricula-- please check or ask yourself). imo, it was basically bs if you don't follow the rules properly (which I didn't).
Ultimately, I loved Northland for what it was and is. They were generous, and, I guess I just never found my people. That's alright though. It can happen anywhere. Give it a couple years and you might come to love it. I'll never forget the northern lights, the stars, the lake, the paths, and the place. It's also SUUUper safe. 9/10 would do over agian. :)
btw, academics at my current place are, like, suuuuuper difficult. Compared to a Research One, the humanities rigor at Northland is fairly do-able. (I can't say for science, but the courses I did take were darn good)
Remember, College is not the huge important big deal admissions make it out to be. Colleges (EVERY college) compete and pay a lot of money on optics and recruitment because that's just how things are rn. Honestly, you will be fine wherever you end up. Its about creating a community-- /that/ you can find and create anywhere! I promise!!!
OK, now I need to study for a midterm.
It is just as big as my high school campus, I just feel at home. Everyone knows everyone and its just amazing. Class sizes are small and perfect to get into the class. I wish the dorms were a bit bigger but who don't wish that. The dorms have a home feeling to it. I just feel like I'm at home at college!
Northland College is a very close, tight knit community that encourages students to express individuality and be intentional in everyday choices when it comes to the environment specifically. This college is great for prospective students who know they want to go into science or environmental studies, and although the professors are passionate and attentive, the humanities and department at this university proves to be lackluster without much options. There is also a big party, drinking, and drug scene, but little to no peer pressure--everyone respects everyone elses choices. Though, if you need recreation and hate small towns, don't go here, you will get bored.
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Northland College is 54%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
By far, the most difficult thing you will deal with in college is communication. You were a quiet person throughout high school, but you will grow and learn to talk with people on a different level sooner than you think. Do not be hesitant to speak up about interpersonal problems you encounter; if these issues are left alone, they WILL come back and trouble you far worse than before. This applies to everyone: your future roommates and residence hall neighbors (especially), co-workers, student association members, every new friend you make... You’ll find that your fellow Northlanders are more open-minded and empathetic than any old high school student. If you have a problem, I guarantee it can be solved by simply talking with them. No more of this passive compliance of yours. These are real-world problems that you cannot avoid by taking the bus home. Northland College is your new home, and it’s where your new family is. So talk with them. Ask them questions, tell them stories, laugh with them. Life will be easier when you speak up.
Within the city of Ashland, Northland College is well-known for being a green, liberal oasis within a rather conservative region. Despite a political contrast, students are known as outgoing, friendly, and engenged in the surrounding communities, which includes other regional towns and Native American reservations. Beyond the northwoods, Northland is an iconic environmental school, which is the first thing that attracts prospective students' attention.
The worst thing is that they do not offer much majors outside of biology. I personally would like psychology to be a major here but they removed it. Other than that this school is a home away from home.
The most frustrating thing about Northland College, is that it is a private collegel. Private colleges have their advantages and disadvantages. For Northland, the disadvantage is that it is more expensive to attend. Tuition is around five to ten thousand dollars more than a public university.
Northland College has a very big variety of the people that go there. You can find about any type of person at Northland, which is surprising for how small of a school it is. People come to Northland from all around the United States, and I even know a student who came all the way from England. If you find a major that you would enjoy Northland is the place for you.
I was super nervous before I came to school thinking that it would be hard to make new friends and fit in. The first day on campus, everyone was so nice and accepting of everyone. Since it’s a small community, the students are all about being a family and helping one another and making sure the freshmen are adjusting well. I also wish I new how many school events are held by the students., there is always something fun to do on campus. Also, a lot of volunteering opportunities to make a difference in the community and the world.
Anyone that doesn't want to be surrounded by upper-middle class white kids.
The diversity of Northland College students is large, as we encompass students with many different perspectives from all backgrounds and areas, each with great potential to lead, inspire, and initiate environmental stewardship.
My school is unique because it
The fact that no one is judged. Students tend to be more liberal but do not oppose conservatives. You can be gay, straight, bi, whatever. No one questions you, no one wonders what you're problem is, they see past the general sterotypes. Everyone I have met have been fantastic people, good through and through. My friends always have my back, helping me wherever or whenever I need it, but also helping me grow as a person. They aren't trying to protect me from the world, but they are there for support. We are a close tight community.
The freedom that is given to me here at Northland College. The choices of friends and classes that are very interactive with one another. Its an experience you'd never forget!
Northland has become home and it's people are my second family.
People her do smell bad or at least most of them do. There is a small population of hippies but, most people here do care about the environment. People here are very laid back.
All of my professors know my name. My favorite professors were in the sciences. There are some really unique courses here like ecopsychology and ecofeminism. I'd say that most of the education here is based on learning for its own sake.
The groups on campus almost never meet besides the faith and fencing groups. Athletic events aren't very popular and the teams here aren't very good.
A lot of people became friends through their Outdoor Orientation trip which are usually pretty far into the wilderness and... really fun.
People here smell bad. Everyone is a hippie. Everyone is lazy or really laid back. People here really care about the environment.
The best thing about Northland is its really homey feel. Everyone wears their sweats and pajamas all the time. The food is good and buffet style. The water is always warm for showers. People here are considerate and really do listen to you. The school is smaller than the numbers on their website. It felt like there were approximately 400 students at Northland. I was amazed when I first got here. I didn't take a tour and realized that this place was smaller than I imagined.I've spent most of my time in my room but, a lot of people spend time in other residence halls, the theme houses, and the "ponz."
Northland's admin is really helpful do everything they can for you. They might not be quick about it though.
There's not very much school pride here but there are some people that get really into it.
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98% of students
attending Northland College receive some sort of financial aid.
36% were awarded federal grants.
While 71% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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