Northland College

Nestled along Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world and home to the Apostle Islands, and surrounded by a million acres of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Northland’s campus features a forested ravine, walking trails, and both historic and new buildings alike. While the surrounding communities of Ashland, Washburn, and Bayfield may be small, students stay busy with the many recreational, artistic and cultural opportunities of the area. The approximately 600 students from 30+ states and several countries are challenged to get involved in internships, work-study opportunities and student-led clubs and organizations during their undergraduate career.

Founded in 1892, Northland College is a four-year liberal arts college that has been a leader in blending an environmental focus with a liberal arts mission since 1971, enabling those it serves to address the challenges of the future. Built on a foundation that emphasizes connections, Northland College’s academic program is distinctive for its integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to general education and for its innovative academic majors. Northland immerses students in real-world complexities that develop the habits of mind and heart required to negotiate these complexities with success.

Understanding that successful, meaningful lives depend on a healthy relationship with the natural world, with one another and with ourselves, Northland College is committed to helping students acquire the skills, knowledge and experiences they need to develop these relationships.

Why EcoLeague? “Northland is progressively committed through our curriculum and every facet of living to preparing students to change the world in ways that make it more sustainable, just, and focused on innovation and solutions. We prioritize problems related to food, water, climate, conflict, societal apathy, and  poverty. On the shores of  the largest body of freshwater in the world, our location is beautiful,  vibrant and extremely well-suited to learning new ways of living. We are a proud and vibrant member of the EcoLeague. EcoLeague offers our students opportunities to broaden and deepen their learning and their ability to adapt and to apply learning to a variety of ecosystems and diverse cultural settings. Beyond these domestic study abroad opportunities, EcoLeague offers shared curricula, shared faculty development, and access to affordable adventures to all of our students. Each campus in the  consortium prioritizes experiential learning, personal faculty advising and mentoring, pervasive opportunities for field study and faculty-student research.” – President Michael Miller, Northland College


Ashland, Wisconsin

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Over 40 programs including Art, Biology, Chemistry, Education, English, Fisheries and Wildlife Ecology, Forestry, Gender and Women’s Studies, Geology, Graphic Design, Humanity and Nature Studies, Meteorology, Native American Studies, Natural Resources, Outdoor Education, Religious Studies, Sociology and Social Justice, Sustainable Community Development and Writing among others.


A 14-week Fall Term and Winter Term followed by a 4-week May Term. During the May Term, students take one intensive course, giving them an opportunity to dive into a field course, travel course or another hands-on experience.


  • Local Foods Initiative – a partnership with Chartwells, UW Extension, Chequamegon Food Co-op, Bayfield Regional Food Producers Cooperative and local farms
  • Mino Aki Garden – produces fresh produce for the cafeteria and campus events
  • Renewable Energy Fund – led by students to support campus sustainability initiatives
  • Renewable energy including wind towers, solar panels and geothermal heat
  • Reuse Room
  • McLean Environmental Learning and Living Center residence hall
  • LEED Gold-certified buildings
  • Native landscaping


  • Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute
  • Applied Research and Environmental Laboratory
  • Center for Rural Communities
  • Food Lab and Composting Facility
  • Indigenous Culture Center
  • Member of Center for Ecological Living and Learning (CELL)
  • Member of Round River Conservation Studies
  • The Outpost – outdoor gear rental
  • Sunshine Bike Shop
  • Northland College community radio station
  • Greenhouse
  • Fitness center, training facility and sports fields