Northland College Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Northland College

Northland College is an “environmental liberal arts college” located in Ashland, Wisconsin. The institution’s interdisciplinary core curriculum comprises nine classes that ask students to explore the connection between the liberal arts, the environment, and our planet’s future. The institution has a large selection of undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students to choose from. A robust student/faculty ratio backs students, and professors take a personalized approach to the teaching and learning process. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via many clubs and organizations. In athletics, Northland plays in the NCAA Division III Midwest Athletic Conference. The institution is associated with the United Church of Christ.


  • Total Enrollment: 582 (all undergraduate)
  • Gender Breakdown: 46% Male/54% Female
  • 96% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $37,516
  • Books: $800
  • Room and Board: $9,406
  • Other Expenses: $2,650
  • Total Cost: $50,372

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 99%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 99%
    • Loans: 82%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $25,049
    • Loans: $7,144

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Natural Resources and Conservation; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies; Education; and Physical Sciences

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 64%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 51%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 54%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Ice Hockey, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

Overview of Northland College Admissions

Northland College is an accessible school, admitting 51% of applicants in 2019. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside of the mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the application process’s next steps. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data             

  • Northland College Acceptance Rate: 51%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 540/670
    • SAT Math: 520/630
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 20/26
    • ACT English: -/-
    • ACT Math: -/-

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Northland College, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If Northland College is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

Hampton University, Washington State University, University of Texas at San Antonio, East Carolina University, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Texas State University

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Northland College, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

University of Oregon, University of Alabama, Colorado State University, Quinnipiac University, Ohio University, University of North Texas, University of Texas at Arlington

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will Be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Northland College. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, you’ll be a competitive candidate.

Syracuse University, United States Military Academy, Penn State University Park, University of Cincinnati, Hofstra University, Temple University, Seton Hall University

Applying to Northland College

Application Deadline: Rolling

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