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Lakeland University

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Motto  Qui Quaerit Invenit
Endowment  $18.5 million
Undergraduate tuition and fees  24,090 USD (2015)
Total enrollment  3,780 (2010)
Phone  +1 920-565-1000
Established  1862
President  David Black
Acceptance rate  54.7% (2014)
Mascot  Musko
Colors  Blue, Gold
Former names  Mission House College (1862-1956) Lakeland College (1956-2016)
Affiliation  United Church of Christ
Address  W3718 South Dr, Plymouth, WI 53073, USA
Notable alumni  Pat Curran, Jeanna Giese, Victor Paul Wierwille, Dale Kooyenga, Marc Nicholas Rohde
Similar  Concordia University Wisconsin, Wisconsin Lutheran College, Marian University, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Alverno College

Lakeland University is a liberal arts college located east of Howards Grove, Wisconsin in the Town of Herman, and uses a Plymouth mailing address. Lakeland University is affiliated with the United Church of Christ and offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees.


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Lakeland traces its beginnings to German immigrants who, fleeing from religious controversy in Europe, traveled to North America and eventually to the Sheboygan area where they settled in 1847.

In 1862, they 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 the needs of its students changed, Mission House gradually broadened its purpose. By the end of the century, enrollment was no longer limited to pre-theological students and the college had developed programs of study in a wider number of disciplines.

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. Eventually a satellite campus was established in West Allis to serve Milwaukee area students.

A second campus was founded in Shinjuku, Tokyo in 1991 and is known as the "Japan Campus", featuring academics and English for Academic Purposes programs, and is MEXT/Monkashō-accredited as a foreign university/college. Students from that school can obtain an Associate of Arts degree and can choose to attend Lakeland or another American university for extended education.

2012 was Lakeland's sesquicentennial year. In celebration of this anniversary, the college showcased its history in a variety of multi-media approaches surrounding the peak festivities in June 2012.

Lakeland College announced in April 2016 a name change as of July 1, 2016 to Lakeland University due to its expansion of services, classes offered and breadth of reach. Additionally, the college plans to restructure its leadership and academic structure, including merging its seven academic divisions into three schools within the university and adding new programs.


Daniel W. Eck was Lakeland's president since 2013. On December 12, 2016, Eck announced his resignation from Lakeland University. Former Lakeland President David Black has stepped in as interim president.


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). For men's volleyball, the Muskies compete in the Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League. Lakeland was a former member of the Lake Michigan Conference until the spring of 2006. Currently, 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 and volleyball. Lakeland's official colors are navy blue and gold.

Notable Alumni

  • Sam Alvey, professional Mixed martial artist, competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • Pat Curran, NFL player
  • Ron Ferrari, NFL player
  • Jody MacDonald, photographer
  • Paul Thomas Ott, U.S. National Guard Brigadier General
  • Calvin Potter, Wisconsin State Senator
  • References

    Lakeland University Wikipedia