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Located in the U.S. state of Wisconsin, Lakeland College is a liberal arts college related to the United Church of Christ. The school is highly committed to educating men and women of diverse backgrounds, ultimately enabling them to earn a living, to make ethical decisions, and to lead purposeful and fulfilling lives distinguished by intellectual, moral and spiritual growth.

Lakeland College is located in a very peaceful, scenic rural location, happily tucked away in a close-knit community that welcomes the presence of international students studying abroad.  The school is situated less than 10 miles from the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan and just 12 miles outside the thriving, business-friendly, family-oriented city of Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

The Values of Lakeland College

Lakeland College boasts an educational community where students and faculty share academic goals and join in a common intellectual effort. Teaching and learning, the search for knowledge and understanding, and the critical examination of ideas, values and actions are the central activities of the college.

Lakeland College is an honorable community where the sacredness of each person is preserved and where courtesy and honesty are practiced on a daily basis. The college engages in the humane enterprise of educating by helping students make a connection between what they learn and how they live.

Lakeland is a covenantal community, affirming with the United Church of Christ the centrality of religious truth and the promise of Jesus that "one who seeks, finds." The concern for humankind exemplified in the life of Christ is reflected in the core curriculum of the college.

Lakeland College is a global community, drawing students of varied ages, religious backgrounds and cultural traditions, from areas around the world, building a community out of the rich diversity of its members in a climate of civility, respect and free expression.

History of Lakeland College

The roots of Lakeland College can be traced to German immigrants who, fleeing from the troubling religious controversy in Europe, traveled to North America and eventually to the Sheboygan area of Wisconsin, where they settled in 1847. Even as they struggled for food, shelter and other necessities, these brave pioneers thought in terms of higher education for their children.

In 1862, the new residents 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.

As time went on, and the needs of its students changed, Mission House gradually broadened its purpose. By the end of the 19th century, enrollment was no longer limited to pre-theological students and the college had developed strong programs of study in a wider 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. Known simply as Mission House for 95 years, the college adopted the name Lakeland in 1956 and the seminary moved to Minneapolis/St. Paul in 1962 to become United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. The era of Mission House had ended, but Lakeland became heir to its campus, tradition and educational mission.

Lakeland College and Its Liberal Arts Curriculum

Employers value well-rounded job applicants with a liberal arts education, according to a recent survey of 318 decision-makers at U.S. companies. According to those polled, a liberal arts education, one that focuses on broad knowledge in a variety of areas as well as knowledge in a specific field of interest, is critically important,

Lakeland College has valued the tenets of a liberal arts education for more than 150 years. Lakeland’s curriculum stresses critical thinking, hands-on learning, internships, extracurricular activities, community involvement, professor-student interaction and broad knowledge.

Lakeland College President Dan Eck said Lakeland strives to provide its students with those types of skills sets with its liberal arts education platform.

“No matter the major—business, art, computer science, or criminal justice—all of our programs are built upon a traditional liberal arts foundation,” Eck said.

Lakeland College’s commitment to the liberal arts enhances students’ critical thinking and communication skills, teaches them how to be inquisitive and well-informed citizens, and makes their graduates stand out from the rest. Moreover, the college challenges students to think deeply about the questions they will face as professionals and community members.

All Programs Available:
  • Arts, Design and Crafts
    • Fine Arts
  • Business
    • Business Administration
  • Computing
    • Information Technology
  • Economics
    • Economics
  • Education
    • Education
  • Hospitality, Leisure, Tourism and Travel
    • Tourism
  • Human Studies and Services
    • Social Work
  • Humanities
    • History
  • Philology, Languages, Literature
    • Philology and Linguistics
  • Sciences
    • Biology
    • Psychology
    • Chemistry
    • Sociology
Language of instruction


Type of school

Private University


+(920) 565-1337


P. O. Box 359, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, The United States, 53082-0359


North Central Assocication of Colleges and Schools