University of Wisconsin Superior

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The University of Wisconsin–Superior, often referred to by its nicknames UW–Superior, UWS or just Superior, is a coeducational, four-year, accredited public university in Superior, Wisconsin. UW–Superior is a regionally accredited institution that offers bachelor’s, master’s and specialist degrees in a wide array of disciplines and academic fields of study. Total enrollment at UW–Superior is approximately 2,800, composed of 2,500 undergraduate and 300 graduate students. Even though the university offers graduate programs, it’s considered primarily an undergraduate institution.

The university was founded in 1893 as Superior Normal School, an institution established with the primary purpose of training teachers. In 1926, the school’s name was changed to Superior State Teachers College–more in line with its primary mission of educating teachers. In 1964, the college was reclassified as a university and its name was changed once more–this time to Wisconsin State University–Superior. Today, the university has been designated as a liberal arts institution and is a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), a consortium of 26 public higher education institutions dedicated to promoting awareness of the value of public liberal arts education.

UW–Superior awards bachelor’s and master’s degees in a variety of disciplines and academic fields of study, including art, music, biology, botony, ecology, business, communications, education, computer science, art therapy, physical sciences, psychology, public administration, social sciences and liberal arts. The university accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

General Information

Admission Office

Belknap and Catlin, PO Box 2000

Superior, WI 54880

(715) 394-8230

Fax: (715) 394-8407

Contact: Tonya Roth

Director of Admission
Main Address

Belknap and Catlin, PO Box 2000

Superior, WI 54880

(715) 394-8101

Total undergrads: 2,439

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 312

Degree-seeking undergrads: 2,353

Graduate enrollment: 249


Suburban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $44

Online application fee: $44
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 70%

College Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Arts – General B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Aquatic Biology/Limnology B
Biology B
Botany B
Cellular Biology/Histology B
Ecology B
Environmental Biology B
Molecular Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
International Business B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Broadcast Journalism B
Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B
Mass Communications/Media Studies B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B


Art Teacher Education B
Biology Teacher Education B
Chemistry Teacher Education B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
History Teacher Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Social Science Teacher Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Art Therapy B


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Law & Legal Studies – General B
Paralegal/Legal Assistance C
Prelaw B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences A,B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Biological/Physical Sciences B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Public Administration B
Public Policy Analysis B
Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B
Police Science B

Social Sciences

Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

Transportation & Materials Moving

Transportation & Materials Moving – General 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.

University of Wisconsin-Superior Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (715) 394-8101
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 1605 Catlin Ave, Superior, WI 54880-4500
Setting: Suburb: Midsize
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 2,614
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 43%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 17 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 1,383 (53% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $8,132
Out-of-state Tuition: $15,705
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 76%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $4,261

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

University of Wisconsin-Superior Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at University of Wisconsin-Superior.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 3
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 11
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 11
Education 225
English Language and Literature/Letters 2
Health Professions and Related Programs 11
History 1
Legal Professions and Studies 21
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 32
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Physical Sciences 1
Psychology 1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1
Social Sciences 4
Visual and Performing Arts 31
Grand total 612810

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at University of Wisconsin-Superior 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 $8,132
Out-of-state $15,705
Books and supplies $970

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $9,237
Out-of-state $18,368

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 244 76%
Grant or scholarship aid 206 64% $4,261
Student loan aid 173 54% $6,560

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 1,232 54% $5,296
Federal student loans 1,297 56% $6,771

Admissions & Enrollment

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

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 1,166 471 695
Percent admitted 100% 83% 81%
Percent admitted who enrolled 28% 33% 25%

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

University of Wisconsin-Superior Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 2,614
Undergraduate enrollment 2,263
Graduate enrollment 351

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

University of Wisconsin-Superior Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting 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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