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University of Wisconsin-Superior

Superior, WI

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  1. Known for Biology, Art, Transportation & Logistics, Social Work, & Elementary Ed
  2. 14:1 student-faculty ratio allows time to engage, challenge and mentor students
  3. Amazing opportunities through the prestigious Lake Superior Research Institute

About This Campus

UW-Superior is Wisconsin’s Public Liberal Arts College with a history of educational innovation dating to its founding in 1893. Today, UWS supports a wide variety of academic programs. While we are proud of each of our academic departments, some of our notable programs include Aquatic Biology, Elementary Education, Business Administration, Social Work, Transportation and Logistics Management, Art Therapy, and Legal Studies. Alongside academics, we are committed to inclusive excellence; creating a space for all students regardless of background, economic status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability, identity or spirituality to thrive and reach their fullest academic and personal potential. We are as focused on supporting our greater community as we are our students. Academic Service-Learning allows community-based learning embedded within a credit-bearing course, enhancing students' understanding of the course's learning objectives and of their sense of civic responsibility.

Location Information

Superior overlooks the western tip of the magnificent Lake Superior and neighbors Duluth, Minnesota, to provide a rich metro setting with vibrant music, art, theater, dining, shopping, and nightlife. For those who enjoy the great outdoors, Superior is surrounded by miles of hiking trails and waterfront, with the greatest of the Great Lakes just minutes from campus. Opportunities for boating, fishing, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, and countless other activities are right at your doorstep!

2022/2023 Placement

Home Payment

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and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Superior
Population | 27,244
Enrollment | 2,603
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home Payment
Term Dates
Fall | 09/08-12/20
Spring | 1/19-5/13

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 2%
Asian | 1%
Black | 2%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Hispanic/Latino | 3%
Two or more | 3%
White | 78%
Other | 11%
International | 10%


  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: According to class standing
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
Notable Academic Programs
  • Legal Studies
  • Transportation Management
  • Aquatic Biology
  • Music Performance - Three performance tracks are offered: Vocal, Instrumental and Keyboard.
  • Business Administration

Unique Academic Programs

  • First Nation Studies
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Art Therapy - 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 - Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve Lake Superior Research Institute Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

  • Accounting
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Aquatic Biology
  • Art
  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Art Therapy
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Botany/Plant Sciences
  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Choral Music
  • Coaching
  • Communication
  • Communication Studies
  • Community Health
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Exercise Science
  • Finance/Banking
  • First Nation Studies
  • Geography
  • Global Studies
  • Health Education
  • Health Services/Hospital Administration and Management
  • History
  • International Business
  • International Studies
  • Journalism
  • Junior High/Middle School Education
  • Logistics
  • Marketing
  • Mass Communication
  • Mathematics
  • Merchandising and Buying Operations
  • Molecular Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Native American/American Indian Studies
  • Neurobiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Ojibwe
  • Painting
  • Performing Arts: Voice
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Plant Science
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health
  • Public Policy Studies
  • Public Relations
  • Radio and Television Studies
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Speech/Rhetoric/Public Address
  • Sports Management/Administration
  • Studio Art
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Sustainable Resource Management
  • Teacher Education
  • Theater Arts/Drama/Acting
  • Visual Arts


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 500.00 paper, N/A computer or 61.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.00
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Home Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 06/14/21

  • Campus Budget
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment 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 students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Home Payment: 18 ($957.02 per additional hour)

Financial Aid - Home Payment
For eligible Home Payment students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

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

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
NSE Program Fee $100.00 Semester Home Mandatory
Parking Fee $107 Semester Home Optional
Orientation Fee $150.00 Year Home Mandatory
Natural Science course Fee $12.00 Credit Hour Home Mandatory

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 06/14/21

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 30% living on campus
  • Double: $3565 (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
  • Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate 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

Notes About Meal Plans
Superior Plan - $1565 -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.


Figures per Semester are current as of 06/14/21

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


  • Health / accident insurance (encouraged)

Comments on Problems or Conditions for Access
The local airport is the Duluth International Airport. Jefferson Bus Lines has a terminal in Duluth. There is no passenger train service to Duluth or Superior.

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