Keystone logo
© Lakeland University
Lakeland University

Lakeland University

Lakeland University


Founded in 1862, Lakeland University is an innovative, affordable, four-year, private university that integrates the liberal arts with experiential learning through its award-winning Cooperative Education program. Lakeland serves approximately 2,000 students, including undergraduates at its residential main campus located in Sheboygan County, Wis, undergraduate and graduate students taking evening and online courses through one of Lakeland’s six centers located throughout Wisconsin and undergraduate students enrolled at its Tokyo, Japan, campus. Learn more at Lakeland is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission


What does it take to get in to Lakeland University? Lakeland is a test-optional institution that prides itself on taking a holistic approach when considering an applicant for admission. While students can elect whether or not their test scores play a role in the admissions process, we understand there are inherent flaws in trying to summarize your academic potential in a single exam. We seek the student who wants to learn and be a member of a community that specializes in individual attention, both academic and interpersonal.

Be a Muskie

Lakeland University accepts students on a continuing basis throughout the year. To maximize your housing selection and financial aid package, we suggest you apply early in your senior year of high school. We recommend the following high school units of college preparatory work:

  • English: 4 years
  • Math: 3-4 years
  • Natural Sciences: 3 years
  • Social Studies: 2 years
  • Foreign Languages: 2 years
  • Any additional courses in college preparatory areas

Scholarships and Funding

Lakeland is committed to providing exceptional value at a manageable cost. That's why we offer a variety of scholarships to help make the cost of your education more affordable.

We also encourage all students applying for scholarships to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

After gaining acceptance to Lakeland, you may begin applying for scholarships through your Future Muskie Portal. You will use the login information you created when you first applied to Lakeland to access the portal site. Each scholarship opportunity will be listed as a "Form" on your checklist.

If you have any questions or would like additional scholarship information, please contact your admissions counselor or the financial aid office!

Why study at Lakeland University

Lakeland University offers innovative ways for students to earn their academic degrees and make their career goals a reality.

Lakeland was recently honored by U.S. News & World Report on its annual rankings lists of Best Colleges for being among the top schools in the Midwest region in advancing social mobility for its students.

A few other reasons why students choose Lakeland:

  • Our award-winning Cooperative Education program
  • Launch: Lakeland Student-Run Businesses
  • Our popular BlendEd and BlendEd Live platforms
  • Maximum transfer credits
  • Six convenient locations around Wisconsin

Awards & Accreditations

Lakeland University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Institutions of higher education must engage in periodic external evaluations in order to maintain their accreditation. Lakeland University's last comprehensive evaluation took place in 2019. Following that visit, upon the recommendation of the visiting team, the University received a ten-year reaffirmation of accreditation. The Higher Learning Commission will conduct Lakeland’s Year 4 review in Summer 2023.

Higher Learning Commission, service mark

Specialized Accreditation:
State Approvals:

Lakeland University's undergraduate teacher education and graduate school counselor preparation programs are approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Lakeland University's graduate program in clinical mental health counseling is approved by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services as a pre-approved professional counseling program under MPSW 14.01.

Lakeland University's graduate program in clinical mental health counseling is also approved as a pre-certification program for substance abuse counselors by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Standards.

Lakeland University participates in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. Lakeland University is a member in good standing of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). As such, Lakeland is authorized to deliver is programs and services to residents of participating states, territories, and protectorates.

SARA seal 2024 participating institution

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


  • Plymouth

    W3718 South Dr, Plymouth, 53073, Plymouth