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Ben Mitchell

Ben Mitchell
Mechanical Engineering '06

Ben Mitchell grew up in a devout household in the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan where emphasis was placed on helping others. He traveled with his father to places such as Kenya and Peru on short-term medical missions. When he was in Kenya, a missionary explained that engineers have the greatest potential to influence the largest number of people. During high school, Ben participated in a youth mission trip to Tijuana. A result of the mission trips, his family decided to adopt three Vietnamese children when he was a junior.

All of these experiences had a great influence on Ben’s outlook on life. He decided to major in mechanical engineering and enrolled at Lake Superior State University. Near the end of his senior year, he decided to volunteer for the Peace Corps to help others.

His two-year commitment began in the fall of 2007 and took Ben to Burkina Faso in western Africa. He resides in the village of Tansila, population 3,000, approximately 10 km from the Mali border. His host organization is the local cotton growers union. It works cooperatively with other villages to improve and expand their production techniques. He serves as an agribusiness advisor as a part of the Small Enterprise Development program which helps create market linkages and assists with the advancement of business skills.


Transfer Student Application Information

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

We're excited that you wish to grab hold of your future and are considering transferring to Lake Superior State University! We believe that LSSU has so much to offer you, and we hope to work closely with you throughout your admission process. Our Transfer Specialist is always available to answer any questions you may have and to help you with unofficial transfer credit evaluations. Come up! Work in! Move ahead!

A transfer student is defined as a student who enrolls and attends in a post-secondary institution anytime after the summer following high school graduation, and then applies to Lake Superior State University.

Former full-time LSSU students who miss one or more semesters (not including summer) and attend another college/ university must apply for re-admission before the semester of re-entry. There is no application fee, but to meet our admissions policy, you must submit an official transcript from any other institution you attended since leaving LSSU.

Transfer students must possess a minimum 2.0 cumulative college GPA and be eligible to return to your former college(s). Transfer students with fewer than 19 transferable credits/29 quarter hours will be reviewed on the basis of courses completed as well as the trend of most recent grades, your high school record, and ACT/SAT scores.

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Applying to LSSU

Apply using our online application.
Although there is no application deadline, applying early will allow us more time to work with you and your transfer credits. Official transcripts from each institution attended are required.


List of scholarships

The eligible transfer student must be entering LSSU for the first time directly from another college (students sitting out more than one semester are not eligible for scholarship consideration) with a minimum of 24 earned and maximum of 90 college credits. Merit based awards are based on the cumulative GPA earned at all schools prior to start of the first LSSU semester - official transcripts are required before awards are finalized.

Eligibility is determined by the Financial Aid Office for all students admitted by April 15 for the following fall semester, or December 01 for spring semester.

Transfer scholarships are normally renewable for a second year, providing the recipient meets LSSU scholarship renewal criteria.

Evaluation of Transfer Credit

Official evaluation of transfer credit is made as quickly as possible after you are admitted. Credits are evaluated from each institution individually. An official transfer credit evaluation will be completed and mailed to you once we’ve received your completed application and official transcripts, may be sent to you electronically with directions to Anchor Access.

The MACRAO agreement was designed to facilitate transfer credit from community colleges to four-year colleges and universities. It allows for as many as 30 credit hours of general education requirements to be transferred.

Michigan community college students admitted to LSSU who have the MACRAO stamp on their transcripts are recognized as having completed the general education requirements at LSSU - - without provisos.

Sault College Agreement
Sault College of Applied Arts and Technology students admitted to LSSU who have the GECERT stamp (liberal studies degree) on their transcript are recognized as having completed the general education requirements at LSSU.

Earned Credit Limitations
There is no limit to the number of transfer credits allowed from other institutions.

Bachelor’s degree candidates must earn at least 32 credits and at least 50% of their department-required 300/400 level credits in LSSU courses.

Associate’s degree and certificate candidates must earn 16 of their final 20 credits in LSSU courses.

If a course that was taken at another institution is not offered at LSSU, general transfer credit may be granted for that course.* Elective credits may be applied toward degree requirements, but may not be used to satisfy any specific course requirements.

If a course that was taken at another institution is not offered at LSSU, elective credit may be granted for that course.* Elective credits may be applied toward degree requirements but may not be used to satisfy any specific course requirement.

Grades less than C- will not transfer and typically a C or higher for math courses is required.

* Course descriptions and syllabi may be submitted for faculty evaluation and equivalency determination.

Provisional Credit
Credit earned at an institution not listed in the American Council of Education’s publication, Accredited Institutions of Post-Secondary Education, is granted provisionally. You must complete at least 15 semester hours of credit with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 at LSSU before provisional credits will become part of your permanent record.

Credit Appeals
The Admissions Office completes transfer credit evaluations. The decision on courses and transfer credit granted may be appealed first to the academic dean and then to the provost.

Transfer of Grades
Grades from other accredited colleges and universities are used only to determine eligibility to enter LSSU. GPA’s earned at other institutions are not calculated as part of your LSSU GPA.

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Transfer Equivalencies

Note: Please keep in mind that, while the Course Equivalencies website is a valuable resource, this information is unofficial and is intended to be used as a guide only.

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Transfer Guides

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At LSSU, you can also transfer directly into a degree program . We work closely with area community colleges to develop specific program transfer guides to assist you in earning your degree.

Our guides list courses students could take at their local community college, and which apply toward specific LSSU degree requirements.

Transfer Navigator

The LSSU Transfer Navigator is a printable (pdf) guide to assist you through the steps in the transfer process at LSSU.  Inside the guide, you will find basic information on how to begin the transfer process as well as an FAQ section to assist you with all of your needs. 

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First Place
Lake Superior State University

Tied with: Eastern Michigan University

Second Place
Lawrence Technological University

Third Place
Western Michigan University

Other participants included: University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Ferris State University

2000 Society of Manufacturing Engineers Region 6 Conference

Student Design and Build Competition

March 25, 2000
Lansing, Mich.

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