Lakeland University

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Lakeland University
Former names
Mission House College
Lakeland College
TypePrivate university
Established1862; 162 years ago (1862)
AffiliationUnited Church of Christ
Endowment$17.5 million (2020)[1]
PresidentBeth Borgen[2]
Academic staff
41 Full-time & 181 Part-time[3]
Students2,511 [4]
Undergraduates1,787 [5]
Location, ,
United States
Campus240 acres (97 ha)
Colors   [7][8]
Sporting affiliations
The front of Lakeland University from South Drive

Lakeland University is a private university with its main campus in Herman, Wisconsin.[9] Lakeland University is affiliated with the United Church of Christ.[10] 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 four-year international campus in Tokyo.[11]


Lakeland traces its beginnings to German immigrants who, seeking a new life, traveled to America and settled in the Sheboygan area.[12] Milestones in the college's history include:

  • In 1862, the founders built Missionshaus (Mission House), a combined academy-college-seminary.[12] The school was called Mission House College and Seminary until 1956 when it adopted the name Lakeland College.[13]
  • In 1956, the college adopted the name Lakeland and began focusing on a liberal arts education.[11] The seminary combined with the Yankton Theological School to become United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and relocated to Minneapolis/St. Paul in 1962.[14]
  • In 1978, Lakeland launched the state’s first degree-completion program for working adults by offering evening classes.[15] Today, Lakeland’s Evening, Weekend & Online program enrolls more than 2,000 graduate and undergraduate students.[16]
  • In 1991, Lakeland founded a campus in Tokyo, Japan and in 2005 it was recognized as an overseas campus, allowing it to sponsor visas for students.[11]
  • On July 1, 2016, Lakeland College became Lakeland University. This change resulted in the creation of three schools, a School of Business & Entrepreneurship; a School of Science, Technology & Education; and a School of Humanities and Fine Arts as well as new academic offerings. The change was fueled by many factors, including desire to increase international recruitment and clear up confusion with Lakeshore Technical College, a neighboring institution.[17]
  • 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.[18]


Lakeland University is a bachelor's and master's degree-granting university related to (though not controlled by) 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.[19]

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.


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.[20] Lakeland's official colors are navy blue and gold.[21]


In addition to the main campus in Plymouth, Lakeland has seven evening, weekend and online centers, located in Milwaukee, Madison, Wisconsin Rapids (Central Wisconsin), Chippewa Falls, Fox Cities, Green Bay, Sheboygan.[22] The university also has an international campus in Tokyo, Japan.


The university has centers located throughout Wisconsin:[23]

  • 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]

See also[edit]

Japan Campus of Foreign Universities


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  18. ^ "Cooperative Education Program". Lakeland University. Retrieved 2017-10-10.
  19. ^ "Quick Facts". Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  20. ^ "The Official Athletic Website Of Lakeland College". Retrieved 2017-02-10.
  21. ^ "Lakeland University Muskies". Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference. Retrieved 2017-02-14.
  22. ^ "BlendEd". Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  23. ^ "Campus Center Locations". Retrieved 2017-10-10.
  24. ^ "Sam Alvey UFC Profile Bio". 14 September 2018.
  25. ^ Meronek, Josh. "Pat Curran elected to NAIA Hall of Fame". The Lakeland Mirror. Retrieved 2016-11-03.
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  28. ^ "Kristy Yang". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2021-12-17.

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