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Loralei Premo

Loralei Premo '07
Biology Major

Communications and SPC Administrator, Drinking Source Water Protection Division of the Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority (Ontario)

"Most natural science classes at LSSU offer students as much hands-on experience (lab hours) as lecture hours, which ensures that the university experience prepares us for the real world careers, whether you work at a desk or out in the field, or both. There are endless advantages and opportunities available to LSSU students due to its location on an international border.

I found my career path on campus when my advisor posted a job for the Bi-national Public Advisory Council (BPAC), a group dedicated to and overseeing the clean-up the St. Mary's River. I was able to gain experience and network on both sides of the border, ultimately finding full-time employment before I graduated with my biology degree."

About Lake Superior State University

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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 2,500 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: 16:1.

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 Softball
    • 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.

  • Higher Learning Commission Mark of AffiliationThe Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, 230 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1413. Phone: 312-263-0456; 800-621-7440. Fax: 312-263-7462.

Individual academic programs may be accredited by disciplinary based organizations when those programs meet the criteria and performance standards of that organization.  Program accreditation is a reflection of a program's integrity and alignment with recognized quality standards.  Periodic review and reaccreditation of individual programs occurs independently from, but contingent upon, the regional accreditation of the institution.  LSSU participates with the program accreditation organizations listed below.

  • The Athletic Training Education Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 2201 Double Creek Drive, Suite 5006, Round Rock, TX 78864. Phone: 512-733-9700. Fax: 512-733-9701.

  • The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry is approved by The American Chemical Society Committee on Professional Training, 1155 Sixteenth Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036. Phone: 202-872-4589. Fax: 202-872-6066. Email:

  • The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health is accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC), 8620 Roosevelt Way NE Suite A, Seattle, WA 98115. Phone: 206-522-5272. Email:

  • The Bachelor of Science in Fire Science is approved by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress, 1700 West Tyler, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078. Phone: 405-744-8303.

  • The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Evaluation in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326. Phone: 404-975-5000. Fax: 404-975-5020.

  • The bachelor's program in Manufacturing Engineering Technology is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012. Phone: 410-347-7700.

  • The computer, electrical and mechanical engineering bachelor's programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012. Phone: 410-347-7700.

  • The Educator Preparation Programs at Lake Superior State University are accredited by the Inquiry Brief Commission of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). 2010 Massachusetts Ave., NW Suite 500 Washington, DC 20036. Phone: 202-223-0077.

1st Place in Robotics!


First Place
Lake Superior State University

Windshield adhesive inspection robotic work cell

2003 Cognex On-Campus Competition

May 9, 2003
Natec, Mass.

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