Lake Superior State University

Lake Superior State University

Lake Superior State University, also known as Lake Superior State or Lake State or LSSU, is located in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, United States. It was founded in the year 194. It objectives were to offer education to the residents of the Eastern Upper Peninsula and to address the needs of veterans returning from World War II. The campus occupies more than 100 acres of land space. The university is divided into four degree-granting colleges which are:

  • College of Business and Professional Studies
  • College of Health Professions
  • College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  • College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities

LSSU's students participate in a wide variety of sports including cross country, volleyball, tennis, track and field, ice hockey, basketball, and softball. The athletic teams of LSSU are nicknamed the Lakers.

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Contacting Lake Superior State

Lake Superior State University
650 W Easterday Ave
Sault Ste Marie , MI 49783
General Phone: (906) 632-6841

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Lake Superior State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Security and Law Enforcement116criminal justice and administration, forensic science, corrections and criminal justice, fire protection tech
Business and Management85accounting and computer science, business, accounting, accounting technology, accounting and management, accounting and related services, managerial economics, finance, international business, ...
Nursing and Emergency Medicine76EMT paramedic, registered nursing, health aide
Education and Teaching66educational supervision, elementary school teaching, early childhood education, business teaching, English teaching, math teaching, social studies teaching, computer teaching, French language teaching, ...
Liberal Arts48French studies, French language, English, English language and literature, liberal arts and sciences, interdisciplinary studies, social services, political science, sociology, ...
Science37biology, biological and physical sciences, chemistry, chemistry courses, geology
Conservation and Resource Management30environmental studies, environmental science, wildlife management
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy29parks and recreation studies, parks and recreation management, health and physical education, sports and fitness management, exercise science, athletic trainer, recreational therapy
Computer Science and Engineering24computer and info science, computer and info science courses, computer programming, computer science, computer networking, network management, computer engineering, computer engineering courses
Engineering16engineering, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, various engineering courses
Therapy and Counseling12psychology, substance abuse counseling
Family and Social Work11human services, social work
Law8legal secretary
Engineering Technician8electronics tech, electrical/electronic tech, water quality and recycling tech, manufacturing tech, mechanical engineering tech, construction engineering tech, computer engineering tech
Media7organizational communications
Mathematics7mathematics, mathematics and computer science
Office and Administration3office management, administrative assistant
Construction Trades3construction trades
Medical Support and Technology2clinical lab tech
Medical Administration2environmental health
Fine Arts2fine arts studies
Production Trades0machinist
Science and Laboratory Technician0chemical tech

Number of programs and degrees for Lake Superior State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Associate's degree10930
Bachelor's degree45669
Master's degree41
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years234

Lake Superior State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Lake Superior State had a total enrollment of 2,819 students (2,411 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 50%
Women 50%
Full-Time 93%
Part-Time 7%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 99%
Graduate 1%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 74%
Black 7%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 0%
American Indian 7%
Unknown 1%
(Foreign Students) 9%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 10%
18-19 22%
20-21 25%
22-24 23%
25-29 9%
30-34 4%
35-39 3%
40-49 4%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Lake Superior State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 64 %
Part-Time 32 %

Lake Superior State Room and Board (2007)

Lake Superior State offers campus housing for 1,014 of its 2,411 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Michigan Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Lake Superior State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal450540
SAT Math440620
SAT Writing435502
ACT Verbal1723
ACT Math1824
ACT Composite1924

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT2%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT89%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)not required

Lake Superior State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 7,894
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 15,718
Room and board $ 7,567
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 2,150

Financial Aid:
Lake Superior State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 229300)

Lake Superior State Faculty

Lake Superior State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2219

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year17$71,56110$65,648
Associate professoracademic year18$54,33311$50,159
Assistant professoracademic year22$51,22216$46,674
Instructoracademic year3$41,6677$44,294
All faculty totalacademic year60$57,44044$51,479

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Lake Superior State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Track Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports5914

Lake Superior State Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping
Accounting and Business/Management
Accounting and Computer Science
Accounting and Related Services, Other
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other
Business/Commerce, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Finance, General
Information Resources Management/CIO Training
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems and Services, Other
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Engineering, Other
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer Science
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Computer and Information Sciences, Other
System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management

Construction Trades
Construction Trades, Other

Education And Teaching
Business Teacher Education
Computer Teacher Education
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
French Language Teacher Education
History Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education

Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering, General
Engineering, Other
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Technician
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Manufacturing Technology/Technician
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician
Water Quality & Wastewater Treatment Mgmt & Recycling Tech

Family And Social Work
Human Services, General
Social Work

Fine Arts
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other

Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary

Liberal Arts
American History (United States)
English Language and Literature, General
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
French Language and Literature
French Studies
History, General
History, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General

Mathematics and Computer Science
Mathematics, General

Organizational Communication, General

Medical Administration
Environmental Health

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Health Aide
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Health and Physical Education, General
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General
Office Management and Supervision

Production Trades
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist

Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Chemistry, Other
Geology/Earth Science, General

Science And Laboratory Technician
Chemical Technology/Technician

Security And Law Enforcement
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Fire Protection and Safety Technology/Technician
Forensic Science and Technology

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

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Lake Superior State Highlights

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What Sets Lake Superior State Apart:

% of degrees in security and law enforcement
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Top 6%Lake Superior State % of degrees in security and law enforcement
% of degrees in conservation and resource management
(vs. all colleges)
Top 7%Lake Superior State % of degrees in conservation and resource management
Number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 8%Lake Superior State Number of degree programs
% of full-time faculty on tenure track
(vs. all colleges)
Top 13%Lake Superior State % of full-time faculty on tenure track
Dorm rooms per full-time student
(vs. all colleges)
Top 13%Lake Superior State Dorm rooms per full-time student
% of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
(vs. all colleges)
Top 15%Lake Superior State % of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
% of freshmen enrolled part-time
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 15%Lake Superior State % of freshmen enrolled part-time
Male % of student body
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 18%Lake Superior State Male % of student body

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checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Offers athletic scholarships
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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