The Community

The Community

Surrounded by miles of hiking trails and waterfront, hundreds of restaurants and shops, art, music and theatre options year-round, the University of Wisconsin-Superior integrates its small, welcoming campus within the larger Superior-Duluth community. Here our faculty, staff, students and community members live, work and play together.

Outdoor Exploration

For those who enjoy the splendor of the great outdoors, the beauty of Lake Superior is only minutes away from campus. Head down to Wisconsin Point and wander the miles of sandy beach, watch the wildlife and stay long enough to witness one of the best sunsets in the Midwest. Within 15 minutes after your last class of the day, you can be taking in the vistas of the largest freshwater lake in the world from the Osaugie Trail or exploring along the Superior Hiking Trail - often referred to as the Appalachian Trail of the Midwest.

For those who prefer a faster pace, the famous Grandma's Marathon is held every June in Duluth, and many other races and triathlons can be found in the Twin Ports each year. Five state parks, like Amnicon Falls and Pattison, are within 90 minutes of the campus and provide acres for camping, hiking or simply relaxing. For snow lovers, two ski resorts are located in the Twin Ports metro and some of the best skiing in all the Midwest is available at Lutsen Resort just two hours away. The Superior area also is home to wintertime opportunities for snowshoeing, cross country skiing and world-class ice fishing. 

Superior Entertainment

The Superior and Duluth area offer plenty of choices for restaurants, shopping and indoor recreation. For those looking to explore the historic past of Superior, there's Fairlawn Mansion, the SS Meteor Historic Whaleback Ship - which has stood as a landmark in Superior for years and also the exquisite Glensheen Mansion in Duluth.

You can gaze upon the works of amazing local artists at the Superior Division of the Duluth Pottery gallery or treat your ears to our own Music Department, the up-and-coming Twin Ports music scene or the Homegrown Music Festival, which happens each spring. Theater options abound - both from the UW-Superior Theatre Department and local professional theatre companies. 

Visit the newly renovated Tower Avenue for all things Superior. If you're hungry, there's the year-round A&W Restaurant close to campus with its drive-in feel and classic root beer. Aces on 29th offers delicious food in a comfortable and fun atmosphere. You can relax at Red Mug Coffeehouse for organic fair-trade coffee, baked treats and homemade soups, and dozens of other options available to fit any taste. 

Community Focused

UW-Superior students flourish in the community both on and off campus. Our academic programs allow students to build relationships with one another and gain deeper understanding through collaborative learning and teamwork. This understanding leads students to give back to the community that offers them countless opportunities for growth and real world experience. 

Our student-athletes invest in Superior by reading to elementary school children and hosting campus events. Student organizations actively engage the campus and community through service activities. More than 400 students engage in Academic Service-Learning each semester. These students apply skills and knowledge from the classroom in assisting local community organizations and schools. Last year, UW-Superior students worked more than 20,000 community service hours. If you put a price tag on it, that's more than $473,000 donated by our students to the local economy.