University of Wisconsin Superior
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University of Wisconsin Superior

Superior, Wisconsin

A Strong and Well-Rounded Approach

University of Wisconsin-Superior offers a challenging liberal arts education that enables students to set and meet higher expectations for their futures. Small classes, active learning and one-on-one contact with professors creates an environment where students learn to analyze, to question and to develop the skills needed for lifelong learning. A residential campus set in a quiet neighborhood, the university is just minutes away from the resources of a metro area and the beauty of Lake Superior.


Student Profile

2,700 undergraduate students (40% male, 60% female); 35 states, 37 countries; 10% minority, 5.6% international.

Faculty Profile

82 of 112 full-time faculty members hold the highest degree available in their field. 14:1 student/faculty ratio. Average class size is 17.

Residence Life

On-campus housing is available for 1,100 students. Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus unless they live within 35 miles of campus or meet other exemptions.

School Location

Superior, Wisconsin – a city of 27,000, is located at the western tip of Lake Superior. It’s part of the Superior-Duluth metro area with over 250,000 people including 15,000 college students.


NCAA Division III; Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference; Northern Collegiate Hockey Association; varsity sports: (Men: baseball, basketball, cross country, hockey, soccer, track. Women: basketball, cross country, hockey, soccer, softball, track, volleyball); intramurals sports.

Other Information

The University of Wisconsin-Superior offers a wide range of undergraduate, graduate and online programs that combine a liberal education with top-rate professional training. 

Academic Programs

Accounting; Aerospace Studies/Air Force ROTC Minor; Anthropology Minor; Art (Art Education, Art History, Art Therapy, Studio Art, Photography Minor); Biology (Cell/Molecular Biology, Ecology, Aquatic Biology & Fishery Science, Plant Sciences); Business Administration (Finance, International Business, Management, Marketing); Chemistry (Forensic Chemistry); Chinese Minor, Communicating Arts (Media Studies, Journalism, Digital Cinema, Interactive Media, Media Communication Minor, Journalism Minor) ; Computer Science; Economics; Elementary Education; English; First Nations Studies Minor; Geographic Information Systems Minor; Geography Minor; German Minor; Global Studies Minor; History; Individually Designed Major; Information Technology Minor; Legal Studies (Criminal Justice); Library Science Minor; Mathematics (Discrete Applied Mathematics); Music (Performance); Music Education (Choral Music, General Music, Instrumental); Philosophy Minor; Physical Education (Community Health Promotion, Exercise Science, Wellness/Fitness Management, Coaching Minor, Health Minor, Health & Human Performance Minor, Sports Management Minor); Physical Environmental Science Minor; Physics Minor; Political Science (International Peace Studies); Psychology; Secondary Education; Social Work; Sociology; Spanish Minor; Theatre; Transportation & Logistics Management; Women’s & Gender Studies Minor.

More Distinctions

  •  UW-Superior is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. The university has been continuously accredited since 1916.

  • UW-Superior is a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC).

  • University of Wisconsin-Superior has been named a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine.


The university currently enrolls 2,600 undergraduate and two hundred graduate students. Transportation and logistics management majors benefit from Superior’s role as a hub for water, rail, truck, pipeline, and air transportation, but also hold internships across the country.

All social-work majors work at least 450 hours in a professional setting. Science students can work alongside scientists at the Lake Superior Research Institute on campus or at state and federal research labs in the Superior-Duluth metro area. Teacher education majors begin working with children on campus and then move into tutoring programs and student teaching in community schools. Music students perform with campus ensembles as well as with the local professional symphony or as freelance musicians.

Each year, students travel to Bosnia to study the effects of war. Study-abroad opportunities include travel to Scotland, Korea, Costa Rica, China, France, Germany, and other countries. UW-Superior is a member of the National Student Exchange (NSE), enabling students to enroll for up to a year at NSE-member institutions across the United States and Canada.


  • The most popular programs at UW-Superior are teacher education, business, sciences, psychology, and the visual arts. On average, 75 percent of the classes enroll fewer than twenty-five students. UW-Superior prides itself on the personal attention afforded to students, and most professors make sure they know each of their students by name. There are no classes taught by graduate students; all are taught by professors. In many programs, such as biology, chemistry, mathematics, and communicating arts, students have opportunities to work closely with professors on research or special projects. In English, award-winning authors teach advanced writing courses as well as freshman English classes.
  • Students in the health and human performance program use the Kessler Exercise Physiology Lab, which provides graduate-school-level equipment to undergraduate students. Students in the legal studies and criminal justice programs often take part in UW-Superior’s mock trial teams, which compete in local, regional, and national tournaments.
  • Student support services provides help with computer software, advice on choosing and scheduling classes, and one-on-one and small-group tutoring in courses at all levels. The writing center is staffed by faculty, staff, and students to help students on individual assignments and to improve their writing skills. Academics are a focus at UW-Superior, which boasts an impressive 88 percent retention rate for varsity athletes.
  • The Senior Experience enables every student to engage in a significant scholarly or creative work. Students in all majors may present their research projects at the statewide University of Wisconsin System Research Symposium. Science students conducting research projects have the opportunity to present their work at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium held on campus.


  • Located in Superior, Wisconsin, at the western tip of Lake Superior, UW-Superior boasts the best of both worlds: its campus is situated in a quiet neighborhood, but it’s part of the Superior-Duluth metro area, with plenty of internships, jobs, entertainment, and cultural events. Within a twenty-minute drive from campus, students can attend concerts, a professional ballet, and a symphony, as well as enjoy coffeehouses, movie theaters, shopping, Lake Superior beaches, waterfront trails, cross-country and alpine skiing, and a state park.
  • For students who like the outdoors, UW-Superior is a good fit. The Superior Outdoor Adventure Program (SOAP) offers guided trips in kayaking, canoeing, skiing, and snowboarding. SOAP helps students enjoy the winter with guided snowshoe trips to the ice caves on Lake Superior near the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and ice-climbing trips to the cliffs of Lake Superior’s North Shore. Each year SOAP organizes a spring-break  adventure trip. UW-Superior’s campus is just ten minutes from alpine skiing, snowboarding, and cross-country skiing at the Spirit Mountain ski area. Outdoor equipment is available to rent seven days a week, and SOAP provides students with a cross-country ski and bike-repair shop. Some outdoor activities that are popular among students are kayaking, cross-country skiing, and mountain biking. The state-of-the-art Health & Wellness Center offers fitness, athletic, and academic facilities that include an indoor track, swimming pool, fitness center, weight room, climbing wall, physiology lab, and training facilities.
  • UW-Superior has a number of new state-of-the-art buildings on campus. They  include the Marcovich Wellness Center where students have access to the field house, free weight room, and fitness center; the newly renovated Jim Dan Hill Library complete with two fireplaces and quiet study rooms; and the Yellowjacket Union which is our most recent addition to campus and is the center for student activity on campus. In Spring of 2011, there will also be another addition – the Swenson Academic Building – which will house classrooms and faculty offices.
  • Students volunteer in the community by working at children’s centers, painting houses, and picking up trash. Each year, the alternative spring break program provides students with the opportunity to travel to a distant area to help local communities build homes or to assist the elderly. Student athletes volunteer at camps and clinics, tutor in local schools, and host Kids’ Day Out events.
  • The UW-Superior campus is fully wired and has wireless network access in many buildings and outdoor areas. Students enjoy online access to the library, course registration, grades, financial accounts, and course management information. Free Internet and cable TV access is available in all residence hall rooms. Students can bring their own computers to connect to the campus network or use the student computer labs found in most academic buildings and all residence halls. All students get a university computer account that includes e-mail and network storage. Specialized labs are available for computer science and geographic information systems, and the technology help desk is available to help students with technical problems.


Because of the close connection with professors at UW-Superior, students are likely to have a good idea of where they will fit in the real world. Alumni stay involved by coming back to speak to students and often hire graduates of UW-Superior. UW-Superior students enjoy a great deal of success in finding jobs after college, and in gaining enrollment to graduate school, medical school, and law school.

Notable alumni include World War II fighter ace Richard Bong; photojournalist Esther Bubley; research psychologist Dr. Oscar Krisen Buros; David DiFrancesco, inventor of some of the processes used in creating animated movies; Donald Schmidt, inventor of the carbon-carbon material that protects spacecraft reentering the earth’s atmosphere; outdoors writer Gordon MacQuarrie; Air Force general Charles McDonald; nationally known artist Fritz Scholder; and the current governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger. 


Estimated Full-time Undergraduate Tuition/Fees per year (Fall 2014-Spring 2015):
Wisconsin Resident: $8,136
Minnesota Resident: $8,394
Nonresident* $15,708
*May be eligible for a NTW Waiver

Estimated Residence Hall costs per year (Fall 2014-Spring 2015):

Estimated Meal Plan costs per semester (Fall 2014-Spring 2015):

$6.5 million. (June 2009)


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The admission process at University of Wisconsin-Superior is holistic and  considers class rank, high school course selection, and ACT/SAT scores, as well as non-acdemic factors including leadership, community service, unique talents, and personal characteristics that contribute to the diversity of the university.


Students applying to enter UW-Superior as freshmen should submit the following items to our Admissions Office after September 15 but preferably before April 1:

1. A completed UW System application for admission. Apply online at

2. A $44 nonrefundable application fee payable to UW-Superior.

3. An official transcript of all high school credit completed. Students who have not graduated at the time of application should arrange to have their high school forward a final transcript to UW-Superior.

4. Scores from the American College Test (ACT) or from the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Submission of ACT/SAT results is optional for applicants age 20 or older.

5. Applicants who wish to be admitted on the basis of high school equivalency must submit official documents such as the Certificate of General Education Development (GED) or other appropriate certificate. Include an official transcript of GED scores.


UW-Superior offers a variety of merit-based scholarships, and need-based financial assistance to students who are admitted to the university. More than 90 percent of students receive some type of financial aid.

The Tuition Award Program (TAP) provides funding to non-residents students. It significantly reduces the cost of out of sate tuition, making UW-Superior an affordable option. Students must apply for the TAP funding.
A combination of need-based grants, student employment and college loan programs may be awarded to help students meet the cost of college. Enrolling freshmen are eligible for scholarships ranging up to four years of full tuition. UW-Superior offers tuition reciprocity for students from Minnesota and an opportunity to receive out-of-state tuition waivers for students from other states. Continuing students are eligible for UW-Superior Foundation Scholarships through their academic programs

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