Redefining the Classroom

The Lukenda School of Business is full of opportunities for students to succeed in the areas of Accounting, Economics & Finance, International Business, Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Management.

Why You Should Choose LSSU

  • 94% of LSSU graduates employed within one year - We understand that a top expectation of students and parents is superior preparation for a career or graduate school. At LSSU, our Career Services office offers numerous career-focused events and services, including: job fairs, oncampus interviews, career week, career exploration workshops, career counseling, resume and cover letter writing, and interview preparation.
  • Student to faculty ratio of 16:1 - 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 is one of the most affordable universities in Michigan - In fact, LSSU offers the lowest average net-tuition of any Michigan public university
  • We Help You Succeed!

  • Accreditation

    The Lukenda School of Business at Lake Superior State University has been granted initial accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), a leading accreditation association in business education. ACBSP accreditation certifies that the teaching and learning processes within LSSU’s School of Business meet the rigorous educational standards established by ACBSP. The programs accredited are LSSU’s Bachelor of Science programs for accounting, business administration-entrepreneurship, business administration-international business, business administration-management, and business administration-marketing.


    The Lukenda School of Business provides opportunities for students to prepare for and obtain the following certifications while enrolled at LSSU:

    • Certified Management Accountant
    • Certified Financial Analyst
    • Society for Human Resource Management Assurance of Learning

  • Small, Personal, Superior!

    • The Lukenda School of Business (LSB) offers seven bachelor degree programs and three associate degree programs. LSB students comprise approximately 15% of LSSU’s total enrollment. The LSB is proud of the high-quality instruction and personal attention it provides students through small class sizes and interaction between students and faculty. The LSB also provides opportunities outside of the classroom for students to grow academically and professionally through capstone projects, student organizations, internships and community outreach.

      • LSSU is located in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan and borders Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario - for a combined population of 100,000.
      • Small class sizes allow a personal learning experience.
      • The rigorous business curriculum meets the educational requirements of various professional certifications and prepares students for graduate study as well.
      • Opportunities abound for student and faculty interaction and collaboration.
      • Courses are taught by professors who are experts in their fields of study and are dedicated to teaching excellence.
      • Professors bring their business experience into the classroom and focus on practical application.
      • Faculty members serve as academic advisors and help students obtain rewarding jobs upon graduation.
      • LSB graduates ranked in the 95th percentile of the Major Field Test (MFAT) - LSSU scores in top 40 schools in the nation.
      • LSB has strong links to SmartZone (SSMart) and the Product Development Center.
      • LSB offers multiple scholarships.

    Opening Fall 2016!

    • With dynamic instruction comes the need for dynamic facilities. The South Hall (SoHO) project does just that by creating a facility that will serve as a destination point for students, scholars, leaders and executives-in-training. South Hall, which has been renamed Considine Hall after longtime Laker supporter, Robert Considine, will provide a new home for the Lukenda School of Business to collaborate on joint ventures and partnerships for important strategic initiatives.
    • The R.W. Considine Hall, the new home for the Lukenda School of Business.

      Dr. David Finley, dean of the LSSU College of Business and Engineering, agreed. “This is a very exciting time for the Lukenda School of Business. We’re now firmly poised to take our already strong program to the next level, with a high-tech, state-of-the-art facility to support our efforts,” he said. “With so many of our graduates garnering leadership positions in northern Michigan and Ontario companies, the completed R.W. Considine Hall will support sustainable economic development throughout the region for many years to come.”

    Our Type of Students

    • Shyla Jones is a senior majoring in Business Administration (Secondary Education) with minors in Biology and Chemistry. She currently maintains a 3.747 GPA. "I have enjoyed every moment at Lake Superior State University", she said. "Our small campus is inviting and really allows you to get to know other students as well as professors. All of my professors know who I am and care about my education just as much as I do."

      She is very much involved on campus.

      "I'm the president and project team leader for Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE). I am the treasurer, education chair, rush co-chair, and ritual chair for Alpha Theta Omega Sorority. I am also a member of Student Alumni Involved for Lake State and hold the Laker Lotto Chair for the Great Lake State Week and Weekend Committee. I am the Supplemental Instruction Leader for Business Laws I and II. I also tutor for general chemistry and business law."

      Shyla intends to start her student teaching internship after graduation


      "SIFE students have tremendous impact on the children they teach," says SIFE Chairman Mike Merriman, who is president and chief executive officer of Royal Appliance/Dirt Devil, Inc. "They show them new ways to look at and understand the role of business in their communities and the world. In some cases, they light a spark of enthusiasm that will make an impact on a child's future."

    Employers who have recently provided internship opportunities for Lukenda School of Business students include the following:

    • Blumark Financial
    • Essar Steel Algoma
    • Glamour Magazine
    • Home Depot
    • Nordstrom
    • Precision Edge Surgical Products – Photo available in Google Drive
    • Sault Ste. Marie Downtown Development Authority
    • UP North Nutrition
    • Vegas Kewadin Casino
    • Walt Disney World

    Engaged Faculty

    • Lake Superior State University marketing students Ron Neal, Jr., and Summers Captain pose with LSSU marketing professor Valerie Philips, left, in front of a three-on-three basketball tournament they planned, organized, executed, and evaluated for Philips' sports and events marketing course. The second-annual "Hoops for Hope" event, held on April 14 in LSSU's Arbuckle Student Activities Center, registered 32 teams and raised $2,600 for the oncology department at War Memorial Hospital and the Boys and Girls Club of Brimley. The two tourneys combined have raised more than $6,000 for area charities, entirely through voluntary registration fees.

    "LSSU gave me the educational and organizational tools to be able to succeed at those endeavors after college." --Scott Shackleton '83; Former State House of Representative

    Student Business Clubs

      • Globally-recognized organization
      • Get recruited by corporate sponsors for internships and jobs upon graduation
      • LSSU’s program is one of the region’s most highly regarded
    • Learn more about our Business Clubs

    Alumni Profiles

    • Meaghan Parker

      Graduation date: May 2012

      Major: Marketing

      Current Place of employment: Jack Links Beef Jerky, Minneapolis, MN Retail Account Manager

      About your employer: I work for an awesome company that is still privately owned. So working here, its like working for family. Everyone knows everyone.

      How did Lake Superior State University help you succeed: Lake State gave me the confidence to succeed! I found this job through LSSU SIFE in Chicago, and what I learned was to never stop trying. I actually called the Jack Link's office 6 times before they gave me an interview.

      Your advice to new students: Be persistent, but respectful. Go after what you want and be patient. The food industry is not where I want to end up, I will gradually be back in the fashion world, but I have to succeed here first.

    • For more of Meaghan's story, read about her internship with Glamour magazine.

    • Michael Barrett

      Graduation date: May 2012

      Major: International Business & Management

      Current Place of employment: Sam's Club Novi, MI Manager

      About your employer: Managing at Sam's Club offers me the opportunity to learn merchandising strategies, gives me managerial experience to keep a $100M business's operations running soundly on a strong foundation, grants me marketing experience to grow our membership base by developing business relationships with entrepreneurs and family members, while giving me endless opportunities for career advancement.

      How did Lake Superior State University help you succeed: Lake Superior State University taught me to be a life-long learner.

      Your advice to new students:  LSSU is a toolbox filled with every tool you need to succeed. Classes are the wrenches, organizations are the bolts, and the people are the nuts that hold everything together. You need ALL of them to build a strong foundation to a successful career after graduation.

    "I'm very excited to start my new position! Not only has LSSU provided me with the education but also the confidence and professional etiquette to take the next step in my life and professional career." -- Ashleigh Young '15 BS Accounting and Business Administration-Management; Staff Accountant, Anderson & Tackman, Escanaba, Mich.