Applications for admission to Northland College are evaluated individually to assess each student's preparedness for both academic success and the ability to become a contributing member of the Northland College learning community.
Admission Criteria for First Year Students
Applications for admission are accepted on a rolling basis. Each is evaluated on the basis of high school curriculum, cumulative grade-point average, class rank (when available), and ACT or SAT test scores. Before individual admissibility can be determined by the Office of Admissions, applicants must submit the following:
- a Northland College Application for Admission or the Common Application;
- An unofficial or official copy of high school transcripts;
- An unofficial or official copy of ACT or SAT test scores. (If your cumulative, unweighted high school grade-point average is above a 3.0 on a scale of 4.0, you do not have to submit test scores.)
Applicants for admission to Northland College should have a minimum cumulative, unweighted high school grade-point average of 2.0 to be considered for admission. Students with college aptitude test scores and academic records below the median for high school seniors may be considered for admission if other factors indicate their potential for academic success in college. Letters of recommendation may be required for these students.
Admission Criteria for Transfer Students
Applications for admission from students with previous college experience are welcomed. Transfer students may begin enrollment at Northland in either the fall (early September) or winter (early January) terms.
Applications for transfer admission are evaluated on the basis of college curriculum, college credit accumulation, and cumulative college grade-point average. Before individual admissibility can be determined by the Office of Admissions, applicants must submit the following:
- A Northland College Application for Admission;
- An official college transcript from all institutions previously attended (these must be sent directly to the Office of Admission from the college of origin);
Applicants for transfer admission should have a minimum of 17 earned credits. Any college credits completed with a C- (70%) or better are considered for credit transfer. While there is no minimum GPA for transfer students, a 2.0 is recommended. Students with college academic records below these standards may be considered for admission if other factors indicate their potential for academic success in college. Letters of recommendation as well as high school transcripts and test scores may be required for these students.
A non-refundable $200 enrollment deposit fee must be received by the College once a student is accepted and decides to enroll. The tuition deposit portion of $100 will be applied to the student's account after the add/drop date. The room deposit portion of $100 will be kept by the College to defray the cost of wear and tear to residential facilities. A student who pays their deposit and then decides to defer entry to a later term must pay another $200 fee to recommit. Likewise, a student who leaves Northland and later decides to reenroll must pay another $200.
Letter of Commitment
If unable to pay the $200 enrollment deposit fee, students who have filed their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and are Pell Grant-eligible have the option to submit a letter of commitment instead. Students unable to submit the FAFSA and unable to pay the $200 deposit fee may also be eligible to submit a letter of commitment. A student who submits their letter of commitment and then decides to defer entry to a later term will be required to pay the $200 enrollment deposit fee to recommit.