Redefining the Classroom

Frequently Asked Questions


If your questions weren’t answered on these pages, then feel free to contact us. Phone, write, or email us with your concerns and we promise to do all that we can to assist you. Our doors are always open, and we look forward to hearing from you soon!

Admissions Questions

Q: What qualifications do I have to meet to be admitted to the University?
The primary factors used to determine admission are cumulative grade point average (GPA), high school curriculum, and ACT or SAT results.  The middle fifty percent of our entering freshman class typically have high school GPAs ranging from 2.9 to 3.6 and ACT scores ranging from 22-25.  Students should feel free to submit any additional materials which may aid the Admissions Office in reviewing unusual circumstances which may have affected high school performance.  *ACT or SAT scores will not be used in the admissions process if you graduated from high school two or more years ago.

Q: I am a homeschooled student. Do I have separate admissions requirements?
Lake Superior State University does not have separate requirements for home schooled applicants. Like all applicants, home schooled students will need to provide a transcript of their high school coursework as well as ACT or SAT scores. Admis­sion will be determined on the basis of your high school grade point average, coursework completed, and ACT or SAT scores.

Q: How is the academic calendar set up?
Semester system: fall and spring, Summer session: May, June and July

Fall 2013

Spring 2014

Summer 2014

08/26/13 (begins)

01/13/14 (begins)

May-June 6 week session

12/13/13 (ends)

05/02/14 (ends)

June-July 6 week session

Check for the latest academic calendar information.

Q: Can I receive a campus tour? Sit in a classroom? Have lunch on campus? Stay overnight in a residence hall?
We would love for you to visit and we definitely encourage it! While you are on campus, you will receive a guided tour and have the opportunity to meet with an admissions advisor. With advance notice (minimum of 2 weeks), we can arrange for you to sit-in on a class and meet with a professor (during the regular academic year).  We would also treat you and your guests to lunch or dinner at the Quarterdeck, our main campus dining hall, when in season. You can also receive complementary tickets to a Laker sporting event, when in season.

Since the majority of our students do not commute, our residence halls are often filled to the capacity during the academic year, so we are unable to house visitors. However, Sault Ste. Marie is a wonderful place and sports a variety of accommodations for you and your family. Staying locally will give you an opportunity to discover more of what the area has to offer.

Q: When is the application deadline?
We do not have an application deadline. We suggest that you submit your application during the fall of your senior year of high school. We encourage all students to submit all of their application materials by March 1st, which is the LSSU deadline for scholarship consideration.

Q: Is there an application fee?
There is a $25 non-refundable application fee for online applicants; for paper applicants, the fee is $35.

Q: What classes are needed/suggested for acceptance into college?
Basic college prep courses are required. They are 4 years of English, 3 years of Math, 3 years of Science, and 3 years of Social Studies. Taking a foreign language is not required, but it is encouraged. Some of our degrees require 1-4 years of a foreign language at the University level.

Use high school as an opportunity to get a head start in your discipline of choice.

If you know what you want to major in, check out our programs and see what you will have to take. The more you do to prepare academically for college the easier time you’ll have once you get here.

General University Questions

Q: What is the University’s overall placement rate?
Within six months of commencement, 94 percent of our graduates are either working full-time or attending graduate school. Some of our departments, such as Robotics and Nursing, report 100 percent placement rates.

Q: Can I have a car on campus while I attend school at LSSU?
Yes, students are allowed to have a vehicle on campus. Depending on class (freshmen, sophomore, etc.), and residence hall arrangements, you will be designated a specific lot. A parking fee is required at the beginning of the academic year. More information about parking can be accessed by contacting the Public Safety or the Fletcher Center for Student Services.

Q: What percentage of students are from other states/countries?
Ninety-one percent of our students are Michigan residents, with students from every county. Seven percent of our students are from Ontario and 2 percent are non-residents (out of state/international).

Q: What is your total enrollment?
Currently, LSSU’s student enrollment is 2,348. LSSU is the smallest public university in the State of Michigan. Our class environment is similar to what you’ll find at a private school.

Q: What is your acceptance rate?
The University’s applicant acceptance rate is 63 percent.

Q: What is the male/female ratio at the University?
Forty-seven percent of students are male and 53 percent are female.

Q: What is it about Lake State that makes people want to attend?
The individual attention. Once you become a Laker you will always be a Laker. College is the time to prepare for the great deeds of the future. We realize that you become part of the University that you attend. There are traditions that get passed along and legacies that get left behind. Every generation that sets foot in the historical buildings of our campus or walks the ground where many have before, leaves something of themselves for others to find. You only have to walk around and read the names of buildings, plaques on wall, view pictures in the libraries or even the used textbooks to know that you are becoming, when you go to University, something bigger than yourself. Here at Lake State we call that the Laker Family. And we invite you to join our family and study here, we will greet you with open arms and embrace you and your contributions to our legacy long after graduation.

Q: Who is LSSU accredited by?
See website

Cost & Financial Aid Questions

Q: What types of financial aid programs are available?
Rewarding the scholar and meeting the needs of those who apply for financial assistance is a high priority at Lake Superior State University. The doors of opportunity are seldom closed because of a financial condition. You may qualify for a combination of University, state and federal programs—a financial aid package—which may include a combination of scholarship, grant, loan, and/or work assistance. Full-time undergraduates take priority in aid awards.

Q: What forms should I fill out?
Carefully consider the full cost of your education, parental support, and savings—including summer employment—to determine your need for financial aid. If you possess excellent high school or community college grades, you are encouraged to apply for scholarships regardless of need. Those with need are considered for grants, loans and/or employment based on need established from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

You can obtain information on all financial aid programs from the financial Aid staff. Staff are available to advise you and your parents about the costs of attending the University, availability of financial aid and application procedures.

Applying: You can apply for financial aid by obtaining a FAFSA form from your high school counselor or contacting the Financial Aid Office, Lake Superior State University, 650 W. Easterday Ave., Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783. You may also file your FAFSA online at

Q: What is the Deadline?
If your application and FAFSA are received by March 1, you receive priority consideration for financial aid.

Q: Are there any special scholarships offered by the school?
There are many scholarships available to students; some that are University-wide and others are departmental. Eligibility is automatically evaluated by the Financial Aid Office for all students admitted by March 1st for the following academic year. Scholarships are awarded based on a point scale that is approved annually by the Financial Aid Committee. Fifty percent weight is given to the overall high school GPA and 50 percent is based on the highest ACT score received by March 1st. Click here for a complete list of scholarships.

Q:What is the yearly cost for tuition/room and board, books and supplies?
Visit our costs page for this information

Campus Life Questions

Q: What extra-curricular activities are available?
Getting involved on campus – discovering our passions and making a difference – is a great way to enhance your academic experience. With 24 professional and Academic Organizations, 8 Greek Life Organizations, 18 Social Activity Clubs, 5 Governing Boards, and 2 media outlets, you’re bound to find something that you like to do. Joining a club or organization, whether social or academic, will build upon your leadership and teamwork skills and provide you with various opportunities to network with students, faculty and professionals in your field. For a complete list of Organizations, click here

The Norris Center, is home to LSSU Athletics and Intramurals. The Arbuckle Student Activity Center (SAC) boasts of four multi-purpose courts, weight and aerobic equipment and a six-lane indoor track. If you’re looking to fuel the competitive spirit or just want to work off some stress, the intramural program includes the basics like basketball, volleyball and the not so basic like broomball and underwater hockey. For Intramural information, click here

Q: What Varsity Sports are offered?

Women’s NCAA Division II

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Men’s NCAA Division II

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field

Highlights: Women’s basketball perenially contend for conference titles and recently won four consecutive GLIAC North titles as well as made four straight appearances at the NCAA II Regional Tournament. Men's basketball had it's most historical season in 2008-2009, with a GLIAC North title and an exciting NCAA Tournament run.  For three consecutive years, the men's and women's track and field teams have boasted high rankings with recognition as all-academic teams in Division II. 


Men’s NCAA Division I

  • Ice Hockey


The Laker Ice Hockey team has won five national championships (including two at the NAIA level) and competes in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. More than a dozen Lakers have gone on to play in the National Hockey League.


Living on Campus Questions

Q: What type of housing is available at the University?
On-campus living options include traditional residence halls, suites, furnished apartments, two-story townhouses and historic houses. Each wired for cable and high-speed internet.

Brady Hall is home to freshman and sophomore male students. This residence hall offers private, two-person, and four person fully-furnished rooms.

Osborn Hall is home to freshman and sophomore female students. This residence hall offers private and two-person rooms.

Upperclassmen occupy the Townhouses. These are fully-furnished two-level apartments that include two bedrooms, private bath, cooking and laundry facilities.

Our one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments are reserved for single, upper-class students.

The Student Village is primarily for students of sophomore status. It is a co-ed unit containing 36 suites consisting of four bedrooms, a commons area and a bathroom. The Village alternates male and female floors.

Note: Unmarried students enrolled for 12 or more credit hours and who are within 27 calendar months of their high school graduation at the beginning of the academic year must reside in a University residence hall.

The exceptions are:

  • if you live with parents within a 60-mile radius of the three-county (Luce, Chippewa, and Mackinac) service area of the University campus. An exception application, available in the Housing Office, must be approved by the Housing Director.
  • if you are exempted in writing by the Housing director when residence hall space is filled.
  • if you face unusual financial or health problems and are exempted by the Director of Housing and Residential Life.

Q: What is the surrounding community like?
Here are links that connect to pages of community topics that may be of interest:

Curriculum and Instruction Questions

Q: What is the student/faculty ratio?
Here at LSSU there is approximately 1 faculty member for every 16 students.

Q:What is the average class size?
Typically introductory courses (100-200 level) will have more students in them, than will upper- level courses (300-400 level) because the general education requirements that every student must fulfill are taken at the 100-200 course level.

Our English, Communication, and Math courses all have a maximum of 25-30 people. An Introductory Biology class has a maximum of 95 people. The 95 people are for the lecture portion of the class. A lab section is required for many of the science classes and the maximum lab size is 24 students. Overall 70 percent of our classes have fewer than 30 students in them. After you get past the introductory courses and start on major and minor requirements, you can look forward to having classes with 15-20 people.

Q: Are the classes taught by professors or teaching assistants?
There are no teaching assistants at LSSU. All of the classes are taught by professors. You will develop relationships with faculty and staff who will help you connect ideas, think creatively and develop a wellspring of knowledge from which you will draw you entire life.

Q: What percentage of the faculty have their Ph.D.?
Sixty-five percent.

Q: Is there an Honor’s Program?
Yes! Highly motivated students at LSSU have the opportunity to develop their abilities and skills in the University Honors Program. The program seeks to create a community of scholars characterized by strong student and faculty interaction around an abundance of ideas. Honors students get priority in scheduling, additional advising, their own hall for housing, membership in the honors student organization, and Alpha Chi National Honors Society. When you graduate as an honors student, your course transcripts and diploma will reflect the designation and you will be recognized during the commencement and academic awards ceremonies.

Honors students are invited to become members by a pre-selection process that requires one of the following:

  • 3.0 or GPA and composite ACT of 27
  • Personal interview or faculty recommendation


Health and Safety Questions

Q: What should I know about the weather conditions in Sault Ste. Marie?
The average high temperature in the Summer is 76° F, and 22°F in the winter. Average snowfall is 116 inches, excellent for outdoor activities such as skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, fishing and sledding.

Q: Can my friend use the athletic facilities?
Students are allowed to bring one guest to use of the Norris Center facilities for free. For more information contact the Norris Center General Information Desk at (906) 635-2602.

Q: Are there alcohol and sexual harassment policies established on campus?
Yes, Alcohol Policy

Q: What is the legal drinking age in Canada?
19 years old.

Q: What is resident hall security like?
In Osborn Hall and Brady Hall the entrance doors are locked from 9pm-6am. Anyone who does not live in these halls is required to have an escort of someone who does.

Q: Is there a security escort service on campus?
Our Public Safety office offers escort service for any reason, you can call the Public Safety office and make the arrangements. Public Safety phone: (906) 635-2210 or (906) 635-3121.

Q: Is there health insurance available?
Health care services are available for students who maintain three or more credit hours and attend classes on campus. Once enrolled, you will receive information outlining coverage. Plan information is also available at the Health CARE Center. You are encouraged to review this plan and services. The majority of onsite services are provided at no additional cost to students. For more information contact the Health CARE Center at (906) 635-2110.

Note: All students from countries other than the United States are required to carry health insurance as a condition of enrollment. Students must furnish proof they have purchased an equivalent insurance plan that will cover their health care while in the United States. In either case, proof of insurance shall be required before registration is permitted.

Q: Where can I get prescriptions filled?
There are many pharmacies near campus:

  • Arfstrom Pharmacy, 415 Ashmun, (906) 632-9661
  • Glen's Pharmacy, I-75 Business Spur, (906) 635-5267
  • Sault Community Pharmacy, 601 Osborn Blvd, (906) 632-2122
  • Rite Aid Pharmacies, 1025 Ashmun, (906) 632-6874
  • Walgreen's Pharmacy, 2101 Ashmun, (906) 632-5135
  • Wal-Mart Pharmacy, (906) 632-0582

Q: What immunizations would you suggest I receive before going to school?
Everyone entering Lake State for the first time should complete an Immunization Record and Health History Questionnaire. The form is mailed to admitted students. These questionnaires are not considered for admission to the University. The information helps the University’s Health Service better serve your student’s needs.

The immunization that are strongly recommended for incoming freshmen are:

  • Hepatitis B (series of three)
  • Meningitis (if your student will be staying in the residence halls)

Q: What is the Student Health CARE Service about? Who can use the services?
Health care services are available on campus at the LSSU Health Care Center. The Health Care Center offers a wide range of services to our students including treatment of illness, injury, annual physical examinations, immunizations, and allergy injections. The Health Care Center is staffed by a certified nurse practitioner, physician assistant and a consulting physician. Our providers have prescriptive authority to order a wide range of prescriptions. Services are available Monday through Friday from 8a.m. – 5p.m. Hours of operation are reduced during the summer semester and University breaks.

Learn more by visiting the Health CARE Center website.

Student Resources & Opportunities Questions

Q: Are there resources available if I’m having problems with my courses?
There are several different options to choose from if you are feeling overwhelmed in your classes. First and foremost are the professors. If you’re having a problem with a class, stop by your professor’s office and they will be more than happy to assist you. However, if you don’t want to talk to your professor, then LSSU comes equipped with a Learning Center.

The Learning Center (LC), located in the KJS Library Building, offers free academic support services to all enrolled students, at all levels of learning (freshman through senior). Here are some aspects of the Learning Center:

  • Peer tutoring and supplemental instruction (also known as organized study groups) are available for many preparatory, 100-and 200-level courses across the disciplines.
  • IPASS and Student First for entering freshmen as well as returning students.
  • The LC’s Writing Lab staff can assist you with all types of writing at all levels for all disciplines.
  • You can enhance your academic performance by using our computers equipped with tutorial software for many LSSU courses, as well Corel and MS Office. With more than 80 programs to choose from, the LC has something for everyone.
  • Our student success seminars (on topics such as study skills, test preparation, test anxiety and time management) are available each semester on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Study space, tutorial video and audio libraries, and a book-lending library are also available.

Our friendly staff will be happy to assist you in reaching your academic goals. Please contact us at 906-635-2849 or visit our Website at for the latest information on hours and services provided.

Q: What type of career services do you provide?
Lake Superior State University offers career planning and placement service for students and alumni. Our staff will assist you in locating suitable and desirable employment as a student and as a graduate. We can also help you make career choices that suit your skills and interests. If you are seeking part-or full-time work during the academic year or summer, we also maintain a listing of positions available for students.

Licensed professional counselors are available to discuss the career counseling needs of all currently enrolled students. Through our vocational counseling program, which may include comprehensive testing with follow-up career exploration activities, assistance can be provided to those needing help with career decision-making. They are a great resource for assisting in your decision making when choosing a career and helping you find a job. Visit the career services website at

Q: Are jobs available on campus for students?
If you are interested in working on campus, but do not qualify for work study, you may apply at the Office of Human Resources. There are more than 500 positions open on campus for full-time students.

Every effort is made to employ students in areas of study providing a “learn while you earn” situation. On-campus jobs include work in laboratories, libraries, maintenance, offices, switchboard and food service areas. You can earn approximately $1,700 during the school year and up to $4,000 in the summer with an on campus job.

Federal Work Study
If you have demonstrated financial need, you may be eligible for employment by LSSU under the federally supported Work-Study Program. You must file a FAFSA to be considered for this program and have financial need.

Students may work up to 19 hours weekly while attending classes more than half time. During the summer or other vacation periods when you do not have classes, you may work full time (40 hours per week) under this program. In four months of summer employment under the Work Study Program an eligible student can earn up to $3,500.

Q: Are there opportunities to study abroad?
LSSU students may participate in study abroad programs to meet their individual study objectives. The Provost’s Office will provide information about current LSSU-sponsored programs upon request. A study abroad packet is available to facilitate the transfer of credit from another institution, either U.S. or foreign, provide information about health and travel insurance, and provide guidance about the use of institutional financial aid in study abroad programs. Federal financial aid may be applied to the cost of the study abroad programs officially arranged through LSSU. Some opportunities may include:

  • Studying French culture in France
  • Studying Spanish in Spain or Mexico
  • Studying environmental science courses in Japan
  • Studying history and culture in England
  • Studying recreation management in South Africa

These are only a few of the options. Please contact the Provost’s office for more information.

Q: How many libraries/computers are there on campus?
We have one main library on campus, the Kenneth J. Shouldice Library. It features wireless capabilities, high speed internet access, more than 132,000 books, 17,500 bound volumes of periodicals, 265,000 microforms, more than 72,000 government documents, and 900 annual subscription titles.

LSSU Information Technology offers a variety of services and programs for students. Classroom laboratories provide for instruction that involves computers and/or software. During non-class hours, general access labs provide copies of the software used in classes, open Internet access to students, as well as word processing software. Help for students utilizing software in the classroom or labs is available in the Learning Center. PCs enhance the research ability of the KJS Library and many databases. The University maintains a 10:1 student-to-computer ratio whenever possible.

Note: The residence halls are all equipped for computers. If you have a computer at home, feel free to bring it to school with you.