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History

From 1967 to present day, Nicolet shares its history with you.

The Nicolet College District was created in 1967 with classes starting in January of 1968. Shortly after the district was formed, college officials purchased 280 acres just south of Rhinelander to build the Lake Julia Campus. The property, a mix of forest and field, featured 3,000 feet of frontage on Lake Julia. The purchase price: $75,000.

Science CenterThe first building, the Science Center, now the University Transfer Center, was constructed in 1969 and 1970. While that was being built, the college held its first classes in downtown Rhinelander in what is now the Rhinelander Fire Department.

Since its early days, Nicolet has provided superior technical programs and has grown to offer options for pursuing a bachelors degree along with opportunities for personal enrichment. Nicolet has also established outreach centers to extend to all corners of the 4,000-square-mile district, including the three Native American communities.

Nicolet has played a unique role in higher education in the state and the Northwoods and continues this tradition today.


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