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University of Wisconsin-Superior

Superior, WI

About This Campus

Superior, Wisconsin, the home of UW-Superior, offers the convenience of city living and the year-round recreational opportunities of the North Woods. The city overlooks the western tip of Lake Superior, and combines with neighboring Duluth, Minnesota, to provide a rich metro setting with live entertainment, shopping, the arts, great dining, and night clubs -- everything you want out of city life. Yet it's just minutes away from canoeing, fishing, hiking, sailing, skiing, snowboarding and the great outdoors. That means you can attend performances of a professional ballet troupe and a professional orchestra, or you can walk miles of sandy beaches along Lake Superior, all within a 10-minute drive of campus. UW-Superior is Wisconsin’s Public Liberal Arts College, with a history of educational innovation dating to its founding in 1893. Hallmarks include a 17:1 faculty:student ratio. The campus is profiled in Colleges of Distinction http://www.collegesofdistinction.com

Location Information

Surrounded by miles of hiking trails and waterfront, hundreds of restaurants and shops, art, music and theatre options year-round, the University of Wisconsin-Superior integrates its small, welcoming campus within the larger Superior-Duluth community. For those who enjoy the splendor of the great outdoors, the beauty of Lake Superior is only minutes away from campus.The Superior and Duluth area offer plenty of choices for restaurants, shopping and indoor recreation.

Chance of Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

Fast Facts

Location | Superior
Population | 26,869
Enrollment | 2,487
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home (B)
Term Dates
Fall | 09/05-12/22
Spring | 01/22-05/18

Campus Diversity

White | 76%
Black | 2%
Hispanic/Latino | 2%
Asian | 1%
Native/1st Nation | 1%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Two or more | 6%
Other | 12%


-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • According to class standing
Notable Academic Programs
  • Peace Studies - Specialized short-term faculty led programs such as War & Peace in Bosnia and War & Peace in Northern Ireland are available to exchange students.
  • Transportation Management - Efficient movement of products within a factory or around the world plays a vital role in a nation's economy. The on-time arrival of parts for assembly can mean the difference between keeping or losing a high-profile contract. Transporting natural gas for distribution ensures warm homes throughout a cold snap without heating lapses. At UW-Superior, you'll learn the business of efficiently moving and managing people, materials, and products by air, road, rail, pipeline or water. Superior's role as a Midwest transportation hub, located on one of the largest shipping ports on the Great Lakes, provides unique opportunities for students to gain first-hand experience.
  • Aquatic Biology - Students have the opportunity to learn about fresh water biology on Lake Superior as well as smaller local lakes and rivers.
  • Music Performance - Performing is your passion. You have a musical gift, and you want to share it with the world. Whether your dreams include being involved in the local arts scene or diving into an international performing career, you can begin pursuing them at UW-Superior. Our long-standing reputation for training excellent musicians enables graduates to gain admission to leading graduate schools and to hold positions as performers, teachers and professors throughout the U.S. and abroad. Three performance tracks are offered: Vocal, Instrumental and Keyboard.
  • Legal Studies - Since UW-Superior started its legal studies program in 1997, its graduates have had an impressive record of gaining admission to law school and finding employment. An impressive 95-percent of UW-Superior graduates that enter law school complete their degree. UW-Superior's Mock Trial team has regularly been asked to compete in regional and national competitions at the highest level of forensic skill and ability. Students can join UW-Superior's Mock Trial team or the Pre-Law Society as extracurricular activities.

Unique Academic Programs

  • Social Work - As a social worker, you can create policy programs, research social issues, ignite and support social movements, counsel people, or connect them to needed social services. Whether you're on-the-ground assisting people or effecting change through policy and implementation, your dream is to see a just society where people thrive and have access to the support and resources they need. Through UW-Superior's accredited social work program, you will be ready to assume professional responsibilities, while promoting social justice and development during your time as an undergraduate.
  • Forensic Chemistry - Our world demands evidence, whether in a TV conviction or a real-world crime. Forensic chemists analyze the puzzle of evidence, explain what it means and help uncover the truth. Through UW-Superior's forensic chemistry program, you will be prepared for a career as a forensic chemist as you understand criminal investigations and your unique role and learn new lab experiments in infrared analysis, fluorescence, and DNA analysis
  • Art Therapy - The psychology of how art engages the brain and facilitates expression spikes your curiosity. Helping people to understand their emotions and themselves and heal is your calling. As you combine art and psychology into art therapy, you see how the creative use of art materials and experiences aids emotionally hurt people or those with physical disabilities in making better contact with reality and raising self-esteem. Study art therapy through our undergraduate or graduate programs and be trained to use both art and therapy to help people who experience illness, trauma, or challenges in living, and people who seek personal development.
  • Environmental Sciences - UW-Superior’s program in Environmental Science provides an excellent education into ways humans interact with land, water and air, and enables students to delve into some of the most pressing issues of our time. The program emphasizes environmental issues of regional importance of the Lake Superior region, where there is excellent access to forests, wetlands, lakes and other natural resources. Students typically gain practical experience with a research project or internship working in collaboration with faculty and regional environmental agencies including: Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve Lake Superior Research Institute Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • First Nation Studies - UW-Superior's minor in First Nations Studies provides an opportunity for all students to learn about Native Americans in terms of history, culture and philosophy. A minor in First Nations Studies is a valuable complement to any major, especially for students who will live and work in areas with Native American populations. As you pursue a First Nations minor, you'll learn Ojibwa language and culture and also survey Native American culture generally through legends, religion, poetry, music, design, dance, law and oratory. Explore counseling theory and application techniques from a First Nations perspective and use basic social science techniques in relation to a First Nations community. Stereotypes are addressed through history courses, with the goal of students gaining an appreciation of Native Americans and their contributions to the world. Other courses provide an opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding of the role of Native Americans in the cultural development of the world.

RA Exchange: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Agriculture: Plant Science

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Art Education, Art History, Art Therapy, Studio Art, Visual Arts

Athletics: Exercise Science, Fitness Management, Health and Fitness Teaching, Physical Education

Biological Sciences: Aquatic Biology, Biology/Life Science, Botany/Plant Sciences, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology

Business: Accounting, Business, Business Administration, Finance/Banking, International Business, Management, Marketing, Supply and Logistics Management, Transportation Management

Chemistry: Chemistry, Forensic Chemistry

Communications: Communication, Journalism, Journalism and Contemporary Media, Mass Communication, Radio and Television Studies, Speech/Rhetoric/Public Address, Television

Criminal Justice: Criminal Justice, Legal Studies

Economics: Economics

Education: Adapted Physical Education, Athletic Training Education, Early Childhood, Elementary Education, English, Exceptional Children, Health Education, Junior High/Middle School, Junior High/Middle School Mathematics, Kindergarten Education, Language and Literacy, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Preschool Education, Reading, Science, Secondary Education, Social Science Education, Special Education

English: English, Writing

Environmental Studies: Ecology, Environmental Sciences, Fisheries Science

General Studies: Individualized Degree Program, Interdisciplinary Studies

Health and Safety Sciences: Community Health, Exercise Science, Health Promotion

History: History

Information Studies: Computer Science

Mathematics: Applied Mathematics, Discrete Mathematics, Mathematics

Music: Choral Music

Performing Arts: Choral Music, Music, Music Education, Music Performance, Music Theory and Composition, Performance, Theater Arts/Drama

Political Science: Peace Studies, Political Science

Psychology: Behavioral Science, Psychology

Sociology/Social Work: Social Work, Sociology



Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.50 GPA
  • None.
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
  • Prefer students who will live on campus
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 500 paper, N/A computer or 61 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6
Summer Exchange
  • Plan B with full-term enrollment
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan B

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 18 ($957.02 per additional hour)
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 06/02/17.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
NSE Program Fee $75.00 Year Plan B Mandatory
Parking Fee $101 Semester Plan B Optional
Orientation Fee $150.00 Year Plan B Mandatory
Natural Science course Fee $12.00 Credit Hour Plan B Mandatory

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $1,486 per semester.

Financial Aid

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 06/02/17

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 33% living on campus
  • Double: $3365 (includes meals)
  • Full-year contract required for a full-year exchange
  • On campus living encouraged
  • Maximum housing reserved for women: 3
  • Maximum housing reserved for men: 3
  • Maximum unrestricted housing reserved: 6
Off-Campus Housing
  • Appoximate monthly cost: $600
  • Proximity to campus: 2 blocks
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
Residence halls have varying rates for single double, and suite style rooms. All registered students may use the local DTA bus at no charge.

Meal Plans Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is not required for on campus living.
Notes About Meal Plans
Superior Plan - $1800 -Unlimited Meals & $50 of Jacket Cash included. Black and Gold - $1325 - 135 Meals & $225 of Jacket Cash included. Jacket cash are declining dollars that act like a debit account.

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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