University of Wisconsin-Superior

Welcome to UW-Superior. The General Catalog 2010-2012 describes the University's undergraduate and graduate academic programs, courses and procedures. It provides the information you need to apply for admission, financial aid and campus housing, pay tuition and fees, and take full advantage of the student services we provide.

If you're considering applying to UW-Superior, we urge you to visit us. An admissions counselor will meet with you and your family to answer all your questions. You can learn more about financial aid. We'll take you on a tour of classrooms, labs and athletic facilities. You can sit in on a class, talk to professors in any program that interests you, or meet with an athletic coach. To arrange a guided campus visit, contact our Admissions Office by calling (715) 394-8230 or by e-mailing Additional admissions information for undergraduate and graduate students is available online at

Our University

UW-Superior is a four-year university that fosters intellectual growth and career preparation within a liberal arts tradition that emphasizes individual attention and embodies respect for diverse cultures and multiple voices. We do that by focusing on our strengths: small classes, one-on-one contact with professors, an emphasis on active learning, and a supportive environment. The university is one of 13 comprehensive universities in the University of Wisconsin System and it shares in the UW System mission.

UW-Superior is designated Wisconsin's Public Liberal Arts College by the University of Wisconsin System's Board of Regents. The University is a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges.

Accreditations and Approvals

University of Wisconsin-Superior is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504, 312-263-0456 . The University has been continuously accredited since 1916 - the longest of any public university in Wisconsin.

In addition, individual academic programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education; and National Association of Schools of Music. The Chemistry Department is approved by the American Chemical Society.



A Proud History

UW-Superior traces its roots to 1893, when state legislators established Superior Normal School to train teachers. The institution grew steadily, becoming Superior State Teachers College in 1926 and granting its first bachelor's degree. Graduate programs were added following World War II. In 1971 the college became part of the University of Wisconsin System and assumed its present name. In 1998, UW-Superior was designated Wisconsin's Pubic Liberal Arts College by the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents.

Today’s University

Today, the University continues to be known for its outstanding teacher education programs, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition, it has built a reputation for academic excellence through such programs as business, biology, computer science, psychology, social work, communications, transportation and logistics, music, health and other fields.

UW-Superior's enrollment is approximately 2,800 students. Most come from cities throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota, but the campus community also includes students from many other states as well as countries around the world. They enjoy a student-to-faculty ratio of approximately 18:1. About 90 percent of our faculty and teaching staff hold the highest degree available in their fields.

Along with traditional campus programs, UW-Superior offers a variety of learning programs to meet the varied needs of people in Wisconsin and around the country. Our Online Learning Center enables people to complete a bachelor's degree from their homes. Distance learning technology also enables the university to telecast courses throughout Wisconsin by live, interactive video. The Office of Continuing Education/Extension offers a wide array of courses and certificate programs that make university expertise available to people throughout the region.

Our community

Superior offers the convenience of city living and the year-round recreational opportunities of the Northland.

Located in the northwest corner of Wisconsin, Superior overlooks the western tip of Lake Superior. This historic city of 27,000 remains an important Great Lakes port and railroad hub while also providing jobs in manufacturing, retail and education. The city combines with neighboring Duluth, Minnesota, to provide a rich metro setting with live entertainment and shopping as well as numerous opportunities for internships and jobs. Yet, it's just a short drive from fishing, hiking, skiing, snowmobiling and other outdoor activities.


Traveling to Superior is fast and easy on four-lane highways U.S. 53 and Interstate 35 as well as major highways U.S. 2 and Wisconsin 35. Airline service is available to Duluth International Airport.