Redefining the Classroom

International Student Admissions

At Lake Superior State University, we know that the best way to really learn about something is to jump in and take action.  Our students Redefine the Classroom by going beyond books in order to prepare themselves for careers in a competitive and global landscape.

As an international student at LSSU, you'll find that our unique programs, small size and personal attention give you the edge that you need to have success in today's world.  The strength of our programs resides in our high-quality faculty and, as a student, you work with them from day one at LSSU. 

LSSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Several of our programs also have additional accreditation by independent agencies. LSSU is home to more than 80 programs of study, ranging from graduate degrees to certificates.

We invite you to join international students of the past as representatives of the future at LSSU.  Come experience the opportunities to be part of a research team, to compete nationally and internationally in competitions, make presentations at conferences, work directly with faculty, and join a community dedicated to your undergraduate success.

Applying to LSSU

Your application will be processed when we receive ALL of the following documents.

The deadline to submit all application materials for Fall Semester is July 15, and for Spring Semester is November 15.

Use the following as a checklist:


Apply online and submit the $25 application fee.



ACT or SAT scores (Optional)

The ACT and SAT are standardized college entrance exams offered primarily in the U.S., but additional testing locations can be found internationally. LSSU does not require international students to submit test scores from either the ACT or SAT.  Students may wish to submit test scores in order to strengthen their application for admission.

  • When registering for the ACT and SAT you can choose to have your scores sent directly to LSSU.

    • Our school code for ACT is 2031
    • Our school code for SAT is 1421
  • Already took the ACT or SAT?
    Use these websites to have the results sent to LSSU:


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Proof of English proficiency

English proficiency can be proven in several ways:

  • TOEFL score of 500 for paper-based exam; or 61 for internet-based exam. Please use institutional code 1421 to report scores directly to LSSU.
  • Score of 72 on Michigan English Language Assessment Battery.
  • Completion of Level 112 at any ELS Language Center located in the U.S.
  • Completion of 2 years of study at a school, college, or university located in an English-speaking country.
  • SAT (taken before 3/1/16) critical reading score of 480 or higher, minimum overall score of 965 or higher; ACT composite equivalent of 20.
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 6.0 or higher.
  • English Proficiency Requirement Summary (pdf)


Health Insurance Requirements

All international students (F-1 Visa) attending Lake Superior State University are required to carry health and accident insurance as a condition of enrollment. Students must furnish proof annually, that they have purchased the health and accident insurance through GeoBlue, which meets the requirements of Lake Superior State University. Information on GeoBlue is available at


Immigration Form (I-20)

In order to enroll at Lake Superior State University, students must be issued a Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant (F-1) Student Status (I-20) which will allow for application of the F-1 Student Visa. To be eligible for I-20 you must verify the ability to pay for tuition, books, fees and living expenses for one academic year. You must be prepared to pay the full cost of attendance and advise your sponsor, should the funds come from someone other than yourself, well in advance of fee payment dates to ensure timely delivery. Note: We would like to emphasize that the educational and living costs at LSSU are less than most U.S. universities. LSSU does not have financial assistance, such as loans or grants for international students. In order to obtain the I-20, the U.S. Student Exchange and Visitor Information System (SEVIS) requires that LSSU have your verification of ability to pay the specified amount (see Declaration of Finances Form below for amounts) with recent financial information—no more than 90 days previous. The ability to pay must be in one of the following formats:

  • A notarized financial statement, in English, from your bank account, or from the account of whomever will be responsible for your tuition/books expenses. This can be in the form of:

    • A notarized letter from an officer at a financial institution listing the amount of tuition/books and expenses required for the upcoming year and verifying the account holder’s ability to pay this amount, and/or
    • A notarized bank statement showing a savings equal to this year’s tuition/books and expenses, and/or
    • Notarized verification of loan approvals and/or scholarships received.

  • If the funds are coming from someone other than yourself, your “sponsor” will also need to supply a signed letter stating that the monies available in the bank account/loan, etc. will be used to pay for your tuition/books and expenses, plus room/board if applicable.

  • You should also indicate how the remaining years will be supported.

Exceptions to the I-20 Requirements

  • If you are a Permanent Resident or able to be in the US with another form of documentation, we will need a copy of this documentation for our records.


  • The International Bridge to Ontario Canada is within walking distance from campus! If you a citizen of a country from which Canada will require a VISA, we recommend that you make those arrangements before coming to LSSU. It is highly likely that you will want to travel to Canada while you are studying at LSSU. It will be difficult to obtain the VISA after you have arrived.

Official Forms

Official forms allowing you to demonstrate financial ability to pay tuition, books, fees, and living expenses are available for download or may be requested by contacting the Admissions Office.


Upon Acceptance to Lake Superior State University

Each student that receives a form I-20 will receive a unique SEVIS ID number assigned to him/her. The ID number and the I-20 form itself are used to obtain an F-1 Visa from a U.S. Consulate or Embassy abroad.  Please check with the U.S. Consulate or Embassy for which you wish to apply in advance as often times specific appointments and arrangements must be made well in advance of the issuance of the F-1 Visa. The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has implemented a rule requiring F-1 Visa applicants to pay a fee of $200 USD to supplement the administration and maintenance costs of the SEVIS program. Because LSSU will be issuing you an initial I-20 form, you will be required to pay this SEVIS fee. Information about payment of the $200 USD fee will be mailed to you along with your I-20. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Admissions Office at 1-906-635-2231