Northland College was established in 1906 at Ashland, Wisconsin. It was formed from North Wisconsin Academy, which was founded in 1892. The college is the nation’s leading environmental liberal arts college. The campus has on its grounds the historic building, Wheeler Hall built in 1892, which is still a centerpiece of the campus. The building, listed as one of the historical places in the state, was renovated in 1993 and 1994 to preserve its historical character. Today it houses faculty offices and classrooms for the humanities and social science students. Northland College offers bachelors programs in various disciplines including Physics and Atmospheric Science, Outdoor Education, Geo-science, Fine Arts and Visual Arts, and Education. The college is one in which the natural world and humanity’s place are recognized as essential factors to success in all aspects of human existence. Northland College focuses on the classic idea of liberal arts study, educating students to understanding and applying them, in addition to the in-depth study in at least one of the fields. It also offers pre-professional degree programs such as pre-dentistry, pre-engineering, pre-law, and pre-medicine. Evening degree and summer programs are other educational programs in the college curriculum. The college has about 110 full-time and 12 part-time employees. It has an extension center, Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, which provides outreach and educational information on the Lake Superior region. Northland College is accredited by Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It is also affiliated with United Church of Christ.