Lake Superior State University

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School Overview

Lake Superior State University, also referred to locally as Lake Superior State, Lake State or LSSU, is a public university located in the northeastern end of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in the city of Sault Ste. With a total annual enrollment of roughly 3,000 students, it’s Michigan’s smallest public university. Given its promixity to the city of Ontario, Canada, many of its students are Canadian. Due to its close relationship with its neighbor to the north, LSSU flies both the American and Canadian flags.

LSSU offer several popular academic programs but some of its most popular include engineering, fisheries and wildlife management, environmental sciences, chemistry, geology, teacher education, nursing, business administration, criminal justice and fire science. LSSU is also the only school in the state to offer an accredited degree in environmental health. Other popular undergraduate degree programs at LSSU include legal and paralegal studies, recreation management, forensic sciences, and business management.

While LSSU offers master’s degree programs and certificates, it is primarily an undergraduate institution that grants associate’s and bachelor’s degrees. LSSU also offers several educational programs through a joint partnership with Algoma University and Sault College, both located in Sault Ste. Maria, Ontario. In addition to its main campus in Sault Ste. Michigan, LSSU has satellite campuses and learning centers in Escanaba, Gaylord, Petoskey, and most recently in Dearborn.

General Information

Admission Office

650 West Easterday Avenue

Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783-1699

(906) 635-2231

(888) 800-5778

Fax: (906) 635-6696

Contact: Susan Camp

Director of Admissions
Main Address

650 West Easterday Avenue

Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783-1699

(906) 632-6841

Total undergrads: 2,564

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 512

Degree-seeking undergrads: 2,528

Graduate enrollment: 18


Suburban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $35

Online application fee: Reduced fee (not specified)
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 88%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 68%

College Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Fine/Studio Arts B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business – General A,B
Business Administration/Management A,B
Business/Managerial Economics B
Information Processing/Data Entry A
Management Information Systems A
Office Management A

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Support Specialist C
Computer/Information Sciences – General A,B
Information processing C


Early Childhood Education A,B
Elementary Education B
Secondary Education B
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels B


Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Engineering – General A
Mechanical Engineering B

Engineering Technologies

Electrical Engineering Technologies A,B
Engineering/Industrial Management B
Manufacturing Technologies B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

French B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Clinical Laboratory Science B
Emergency Medical Technology C
Nursing (RN) B
Nursing – Practical C
Recreational Therapy B
Substance Abuse Counseling A


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Paralegal/Legal Assistance A,B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences A,B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Mathematics/Computer Science B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B
Fishing/Fisheries B
Natural Resources & Conservation – General A,B
Natural Resources Management/Policy A,B
Wildlife/Wilderness Management B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B
Health/Physical Fitness A
Parks/Leisure Facilities Management B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry A,B
Forensic Chemistry B
Geology B


Psychology – General B

Security & Protective Services

Fire Protection/Safety Technology A,B
Law Enforcement Administration A,B

Social Sciences

International Relations C
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Lake Superior State University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (906) 632-6841
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 650 W Easterday Ave, Sault Ste Marie, MI 49783
Setting: Town: Remote
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 1,984
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 46%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 14 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 1,651 (83% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $12,255
Out-of-state Tuition: $12,255
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 96%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $10,539

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Lake Superior State University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Lake Superior State University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 3
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 27
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 22
Education 14
Engineering 3
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 32
English Language and Literature/Letters 2
Health Professions and Related Programs 134
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 146
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 21
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1
Natural Resources and Conservation 12
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 13
Physical Sciences 13
Psychology 1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1
Social Sciences 13
Grand total 32151

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Lake Superior State University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $12,255
Out-of-state $12,255
Books and supplies $1,200

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $0
Out-of-state $0

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 392 96%
Grant or scholarship aid 374 91% $10,539
Student loan aid 249 61% $6,320

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 1,500 75% $9,113
Federal student loans 1,091 55% $6,286

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Lake Superior State University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Lake Superior State University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 1,702 634 1,068
Percent admitted 100% 62% 54%
Percent admitted who enrolled 19% 24% 16%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Lake Superior State University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 1,984
Undergraduate enrollment 1,984
Graduate enrollment 0

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Lake Superior State University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
  • Teacher Education Accreditation Council, Accreditation Committee
    • Baccalaureate Teacher Education Accreditation Council (BTEAC) - Baccalaureate programs
    • Graduate Teacher Education Accreditation Council (GTEAC) - Graduate programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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