Redefining the Classroom
  • Redefining the Classroom

    At LSSU, we’re preparing students for a world where the only constant is change. Students at LSSU go beyond the traditional classroom experience with real-world, handson, engaged learning.

    Lots of schools emphasize student-faculty interaction. At LSSU, we’ve mastered it. With an emphasis on undergraduate education and no teacher assistants, our professors truly know our students. We build relationships that go beyond the bachelor’s degree. Our students and faculty create a foundation for a lifelong educational experience.

    "LSSU students compete and are very successful. When I moved to Seattle and into a much larger office environment, I realized I was competing with graduates from very large universities. It was a bit intimidating. With the right attitude and hard work, and leveraging the quality education from Lake State, I was able to effectively compete. The guidance and perspective students receive at LSSU is great for its graduates."

    Victor Breed, CFO
    Genoa HealthCare and LSSU Alumnus

    About Lake Superior State University

    LSSU is located in the picturesque Upper Peninsula - also known as the U.P. - overlooking Lake Superior and just minutes away from a seemingly endless list of outdoor recreational opportunities. Near campus, the area offers golf courses, bike trails, and places for fishing, boating, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and so much more. Just across the river is our sister city, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, which adds a unique international sense of place to our campus - and plenty more to do, both outside and inside. Fast Facts

    • Highly qualified faculty
    • All classes taught by faculty, not assistants
    • All faculty have office hours
    • 70% of classes have 30 or fewer students
    • Undergraduate research opportunities
    • Internships, co-ops and experiential learning
    • Access to campus-wide wireless internet
    • Rich academic resources
    • Safe campus and surrounding areas

    Lake Superior State University has once again been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the #7 Best College in the Midwest amongst regional public colleges.

    Admissions & Transfers

    If you are a prospective undergraduate student and would like to have information about applying to Lake Superior State University, please visit the Admissions Office website.

    If you have already been admitted and are transferring to LSSU from another U.S. university, college or high School, please read the information below.

    For New International Students: Welcome to LSSU!

    Congratulations on your acceptance to the Lake Superior State University! You have made a wise decision to further your education at LSSU. The education you receive, the personal attention you get from your professors, out-of-class opportunities you seek, and relationships you form will benefit you for the rest of your life!

    This website provides information on the issues that international students commonly encounter. We invite you to visit the website for information that will help your life at LSSU easier and more enjoyable.

    On-Campus Housing, Dining & Campus Life

    Immerse Yourself in the University Experience Living on campus at Lake Superior State University.

    Living on campus at Lake Superior State University, you'll have the chance to make long-lasting friendships and to become involved in a wide variety of University activities. Freshmen and sophomore students are required to live on campus. Though not required, juniors and seniors may choose to live on campus, too.

    All international students are offered the option of living on-campus at LSSU. You will receive on-campus housing information from the Campus Life and Housing Office. Detailed information is available on the University Housing website.

    When should I submit my application for on-campus housing?

    On-campus housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Housing packets are sent to admitted students about two weeks after Admission to students applying after December. Complete and return your form with a deposit as early as possible to receive priority housing based on your preferences. Visit the Housing and Residential Life homepage for more information on housing options available at LSSU. Application deadlines are set by the on campus Housing Office, so please check their website.

    The housing application can be found here: Housing Application.

    What is the cost of living in on-campus Residence Halls or Apartments?

    Room and Board costs for the 2013-2014 academic year are as follows:


    Fall Semester

    Spring Semester
    Regular room
    $ 4,503.00
    $ 4,225.00
    $ 8,728.00
    Private room or semi-private apartment
    $ 5,234.00
    $ 4,909.00
    $ 10,143.00
    Private room in 2 bdrm, 3 bdrm, or townhouse
    $ 5,450.00
    $ 5,113.00
    $ 10,563.00
    Private apartment
    $ 5,727.00
    $ 5,371.00
    $ 11,098.00

    The full costs of tuition as well as information on other required fees are listed here: Tuition and Fees

    If I choose to live on-campus, can I change my mind in the middle of the year?

    Residence Hall housing contracts expire at the end of the academic year in May. This means that students moving into the residence halls in August must reside in the residence halls until May. Contracts beginning in January also end in May.

    Students who reside in on-campus apartments should refer to their contracts for specific start and end dates.

    Housing Check-in Times:

      Fall Semester 2014:
    • New Student Check In: August 20, 2014, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    • First Meal: Sunday, August 24, 2015 - Dinner

      Spring Semester 2015:
    • Campus Housing Opens: Friday, January 9, 2015, 12:00 p.m.
    • First Meal: Sunday, January 11, 2015 - Dinner

    For more information regarding living on-campus please visit the following links:

    International Student Orientation for Fall 2014

    All new students at LSSU are required to attend an orientation. An International Student Orientation program for newly admitted students for the fall 2014 semester is scheduled for August 22, 2014 (The date for Spring 2015 Orientation is TBA.). For details of the program, please view our schedule (coming soon).

    During the orientation, you will be

    • Taking language tests (if required)
    • Registering for classes
    • Get important information on the following:
      • University rules, regulations and academic procedures
      • Maintaining proper immigration status as an international student
      • Using the University library, computing, health and recreation services
      • Academic resources
      • LSSU student life and student organizations.

    Immigration & University Police Session

    All international students must attend the Immigration and University Police Sessions before registering for classes. Make-up sessions will be offered, but you are strongly advised to attend this session during the Orientation.

    Please note: You will not be able to register for classes until you have taken any required tests and attended the Orientation.

    To sign up for the Orientation and for more information, please visit the LSSU Orientation website.

    Get Involved in Campus Life

    Student Assembly and Organizations

    At LSSU, we are fortunate to have many vibrant student organizations, which are a wonderful resource for new students. All possess a wealth of information about academic programs, campus resources, social opportunities and life in Sault Ste. Marie. It is easy to get involved with any club or organization in which you have an interest, regardless of your own affiliation. All you need is a desire to get involved and to learn. Be sure to check the following link and join a few!

    Student Organizations

    Important Phone Numbers

    Emergency phone number nationwide: 911

    Campus Security:
    Phone: 1-906-635-2100 (from campus: x 2100)
    Location: Administration Building
    (Public Safety Officers are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.)
    More frequently used phone numbers are at: LSSU Phone Directory

    Banking & ATM Access

    There are two ATMs on campus: One is operated by Soo Co-op Credit Union in the Norris Center and and the other by Central Savings Bank in the Walker Cisler Center. There are also several banks and credit unions in the area that can assist students with their finances, e.g.:

    Huntington Bank
    511 Ashmun Street

    Soo Co-op Credit Union
    536 Bingham Ave.

    F-1 Student Employment

    Instructions for the student--the rules and process (pdf)

    Click here for more information on F-1 Students working in the U.S.

    Driver's License

    Michigan Secretary of State

    Tax Information

    Did you earn income in the US during the calendar year 2013? If so, the US government requires you to file income tax statements no later than April 15, 2014. You may have already received W-2 income statements from your employer to use during the tax filing process.

    Filing taxes is not the same as paying taxes; you may even receive money back from the government when you file taxes. The tax forms simply describe your income and the tax you have already paid on that income. The goal is to determine if you have paid the correct amount of tax.

    Things You Should Know

    1. Do not e-file your income tax return if you are an F-1 student who has been in the U.S. for five years or less. E-filing does not exist for "nonresident aliens", which is your income tax filing status. If you e-file, you will have to file an amended income tax return, which will entail hiring a professional tax preparer to ensure that it is done correctly.
    2. Avoid getting advice from American friends. If you do, you will likely receive advice for U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents, not non-immigrants.

    You can find more information from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service here

    Getting to LSSU from the Airport

    It is very likely that international students will arrive in Sault Ste. Marie (Chippewa International Airport code: CIU) via the Detroit Airport (airport code: DTW). There are two direct round-trip flights between Detroit and Sault Ste. Marie every day and the flight takes about 90 minutes between Detroit and Sault Ste. Marie.

    After you retrieve your luggage at Chippewa International Airport, you may take a taxi to campus. Tel. (906) 632-5555. The airport is about 21 miles (34 kilometers) from LSSU and should take about 22 minutes to reach LSSU. The taxi fare is approximately $42.

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    Academic Resources

    Here are a few of our resources to help our students succeed...

    • Library: There is more to the Library than books…Check it out!
    • The Learning Center: The Learning Center provides free academic support services and strategies for success for all enrolled students.
    • The Writing Center: The ability to speak and write in a clear, organized and effective way is vital to your academic success on campus as well as for any field of work you plan to pursue when you leave college. The primary goal of the Writing Center is to help all students improve their writing, revising and proofreading skills by working with a trained coach on their own writing. When you make an appointment at the Writing Center, our friendly and talented staff will work with you one-on-one at any stage of the writing process. Writing Coaches will not fix your drafts, but they will carefully read then offer suggestions and instruction about how you can make your writing more clear, concise and interesting.

    Health and Safety

    • International Student Health Insurance: All international students at LSSU are required to carry health insurance and the insurance premium for student coverage is included on the tuition and fee statement every fall and spring semester. Please refer to Health and Accident Insurance Requirement for International Students (pdf)
    • 2014-2015 Health and Accident Insurance Waiver for Canadian students (pdf)
    • 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.
    • Campus Public Safety: The LSSU Public Safety officers are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the year.

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