Lakeland University

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Lakeland University
Lakeland University seal.svg
Former names
Mission House College
Lakeland College
Established 1862
Affiliation United Church of Christ
Endowment $18.5 million[1]
President David Black[2]
Students 3,973[3]
Undergraduates 3,138[4]
Postgraduates 835[5]
Location Plymouth, Wisconsin, USA
Nickname Muskies
Lakeland University logo.svg

Lakeland University is a liberal arts college with its main campus located in Plymouth, Wisconsin. Lakeland University is affiliated with the United Church of Christ and offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Lakeland also has seven evening, weekend, and online centers located throughout the state of Wisconsin—in Milwaukee, Madison, Wisconsin Rapids, Chippewa Falls, Neenah, Green Bay, and Sheboygan—and a two-year international campus in Tokyo.


Lakeland traces its beginnings to German immigrants who, seeking a new life, traveled to America and eventually to the Sheboygan area where they settled in 1847. Even as they struggled for food and shelter, these pioneers thought in terms of higher education for their children. Here are some key milestones in the college’s history:

  • In 1862, the founders built Missionshaus (Mission House), a combined academy-college-seminary. The school provided training in the liberal arts followed by a traditional seminary curriculum, as most of the early students were destined to become ministers.
  • By the end of the 1800s, enrollment was no longer limited to pre-theological students and the college had developed strong programs of study in a wide number of disciplines. A talented, scholarly faculty set high standards for the college early in its existence, standards which have been maintained to this day.
  • In 1956, education had evolved and the college adopted the name Lakeland and the seminary moved to Minneapolis/St. Paul in 1962 to become United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.
  • In 1978, Lakeland launched the state’s first degree-completion program for working adults by offering evening classes designed to fit around their busy schedules. Today, Lakeland’s Evening, Weekend & Online program enrolls more than 2,000 graduate and undergraduate students at seven centers around Wisconsin.
  • In 1990, Lakeland formed its two-year campus in Tokyo, Japan, a sign of the institution’s strong commitment to a global education, which continues today.
  • On July 1, 2016, Lakeland College became Lakeland University, citing its number of program offerings and desire to discern itself from the local Lakeshore Technical College.[6]
  • More than 150 years ago, German immigrants cut trees, cleared the land and built the first buildings on Lakeland's campus. There was no electricity, no running water and no football team - just total dedication to higher-level education. The commitment and spirit of these persistent people live on at Lakeland in a vital and growing campus of academic excellence and in an electric spirit that drives programs to higher and higher levels.

About Lakeland[edit]

Lakeland University is a bachelor's and master's degree-granting liberal arts institution related to the United Church of Christ with nearly 3,500 students (850 traditional undergraduate students and 2,600 evening, weekend and online students) from 24 countries, 10 on-campus residence halls and more than 30 majors.[7]

In addition Lakeland has seven evening, weekend and online centers, located in Milwaukee, Madison, Wisconsin Rapids, Chippewa Valley, Fox Cities, Green Bay, Sheboygan and a two-year international campus in Tokyo, Japan.

In the fall of 2017, Lakeland launched a cooperative education model which allows Lakeland students to gain 12-18 months of professional work experience with local companies, along with the ability to earn more than $100,000 to minimize post-graduate student debt.[8]

Men's and women's teams and individuals compete in NCAA Division III baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, volleyball and wrestling.


Lakeland University teams participate in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. The Muskies are a member of the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC). Lakeland was a former member of the Lake Michigan Conference until the spring of 2006. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, track & field, volleyball and wrestling. Women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field, volleyball, and Wisconsin's first intercollegiate women's wrestling team.[9] Lakeland's official colors are navy blue and gold.[10]

Evening, Weekend & Online[edit]

Lakeland University offers 10 undergraduate majors and three graduate degrees. Courses typically meet once per week during evening hours, over 14-week semesters in the fall and spring and over 10-week semesters in the summer.

With its BlendEd format, students always have the option of attending classes in person or accessing courses and completing their work entirely online.

Center Locations:[11]

  • Central Wisconsin Center (Wisconsin Rapids, WI)
  • Chippewa Valley Center (Chippewa Falls, WI)
  • Fox Cities Center (Neenah, WI)
  • Green Bay Center (Green Bay, WI)
  • Madison Center (Madison, WI)
  • Milwaukee Center (Milwaukee, WI)
  • Sheboygan Center (Plymouth, WI)

Notable alumni[edit]


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  3. ^ As of December, 2016 "Lakeland University - About Us". January 2017. 
  4. ^ As of December, 2016 "Lakeland University - About Us". January 2017. 
  5. ^ As of December, 2016 "Lakeland University - About Us". January 2017. 
  6. ^ "Lakeland College to become Lakeland University on July 1". Retrieved 2018-03-18. 
  7. ^ "Quick Facts". Retrieved 2018-05-01. 
  8. ^ "Cooperative Education Program". Lakeland University. Retrieved 2017-10-10. 
  9. ^ "The Official Athletic Website Of Lakeland College". Retrieved 2017-02-10. 
  10. ^ "Lakeland University Muskies". Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference. Retrieved 2017-02-14. 
  11. ^ "Campus Center Locations". Retrieved 2017-10-10. 
  12. ^ "Sam Alvey UFC Profile Bio". 
  13. ^ Meronek, Josh. "Pat Curran elected to NAIA Hall of Fame". The Lakeland Mirror. Retrieved 2016-11-03. 
  14. ^ 'Wisconsin Blue Book 193-1994,' Biographical Sketch of Calvin Potter, pg. 38

Coordinates: 43°50′32″N 87°53′01″W / 43.84213°N 87.88372°W / 43.84213; -87.88372