Redefining the Classroom

Fast Facts

Lake Superior State University is a publicly funded, autonomous state university operated under the control of an eight-member board of trustees, who are appointed to eight-year terms by the governor.


650 W. Easterday Ave. Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783

Sault Ste. Marie (pronounced Soo Saint Marie), in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where we share the international border with Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The two cities combine the advantages of a larger city with the safety and comfort of a smaller town. Between both, the population is about 100,000.


Lake Superior State University is a personal, small-town school that provides a superior blend of liberal and technical studies in the natural setting on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. LSSU offers undergraduate degrees in 45 areas of study that attract students from every county in Michigan, more than a dozen states and provinces, and nine nations. LSSU is Michigan's most personal public university emphasizing an undergraduate experience provided by a fully-qualified faculty and a dedicated staff.

The 115-acre campus is situated on the site of the former U.S. Army's Fort Brady, fourteen of LSSU's buildings are listed on various historic registers, creating a unique campus environment. Also, the campus overlooks Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, the St. Mary's River, and the Soo Locks, the busiest locks in the world.

Life and Learning at LSSU

  • Lake State was the first in the country to offer an accredited four-year Fire Science program and is one of three such programs in the nation.
  • Students working at our aquatic research laboratory maintain one of the few fisheries in North America.
  • Our Athletic Training program has earned accreditation by the Commissions on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
  • Life outside the classroom is wide and varied. Not only do we have one of the world's largest backyards to hunt, fish, bike, ski, snowshoe and just relax, there are more than 60 campus clubs and organizations to get involved with.
  • Our Student Activity Center is perfect for pickup games, intramurals and getting a great work out. The "SAC" has a six-lane track, four multi-purpose courts for basketball, volleyball, and tennis plus their state-of-the-art aerobic workout stations.
  • Leadership in training. Students at LSSU have more opportunities than students at bigger campuses for making a difference. Lake State offers the opportunity to really work closely with senior administration and staff in extracurricular activities. One person can make a difference at Lake Superior State University.
  • Our annual Banished Words List receives world-wide media coverage.


  • Founded: 1946.
  • Faculty: 115 full time.
  • Employment Status of LSSU Graduates: 94.8% - Those seeking and accepting employment within one year of graduation.
  • Academic Calendar: Semester system - Fall and Spring. Summer session - May, June, and July.

Student Body Statistics

  • Total enrollment: More than 2,100 undergraduates.
  • 88% Michigan residents with students from every county.
  • 8.3% Ontario residents.
  • 3.7% non-residents.
  • Class size: 74% have fewer than 30 people.
  • Student/Faculty ratio: 14:1.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

  • More than 90% of full-time students receive aid.
  • Scholarships ranging from $500 to $8,000 are available to high school graduates and Michigan community college graduates. Students must be admitted to LSSU by March 1 for consideration.
  • LSSU participates in most federal and state financial aid programs.


  • NCAA Division I ice hockey team has won five national championships (including two at the NAIA level) and competes in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). More than a dozen LSSU players have gone to play in the National Hockey League.
  • NCAA Division II teams compete in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
    • Men's and Women's Basketball
    • Men's and Women's Tennis
    • Men's and Women's Track and Field
    • Men's and Women's Cross Country
    • Men's and Women's Golf
    • Women's Volleyball


Lake Superior State University has remained fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association since 1968.  This regional accreditation body was established in 1895 and currently oversees more than 1000 higher education institutions from 19 states.