Student Success

Student Success Top of Page

The Student Success initiative is a student-centered approach to helping students succeed during their time at UW-Superior.  It is made up of five departments, dedicated to empowering students and providing opportunities for academic and personal success through a variety of services.

Career Services Top of Page

Career Services, in partnership with faculty, staff and employers, provides students and alumni with opportunities and resources to identify career goals and develop life-long career management skills.

Services Offered Top of Page

Career Services provides students and alumni career exploration and implementation services.  Counseling for students choosing a major and/or career path including interest, skills, strengths and abilities assessment interpretations.

Professional events are offered such as mock interviews, etiquette dinners, networking socials and job and internship fairs to assist in the transition from college to career.

Job Seeking Assistance

Career Services  provides services in résumé and cover letter writing; interview preparation ; and internship and job search assistance,


We provide job and internship postings through Handshake including all on-campus employment opportunities.

Learning Objectives

To develop life-long career management skills, students and alumni will:

  1. Identify their skills, abilities and strengths and how they relate to appropriate career paths.
  2. Recognize the connection between their chosen major, careers and employers.
  3. Set goals, create an action plan and make knowledgeable decisions to reach their goals.
  4. Prepare professional application materials and practice interviewing techniques to confidently promote their skills and abilities.
  5. Articulate the value of their liberal arts education to employers.
  6. Organize and conduct a job search.

We meet these learning objectives by providing the services listed above.

Multicultural Affairs Top of Page

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) staff serve as advocates and liaisons for African American, Native American, Asian American and Hispanic/Latino American students. Underrepresented students also receive assistance on matters including financial aid, counseling, and academic advisement.  OMA is also closely connected to other programs and offices on campus so that students can find the answers they need.  Students will find a "home away from home" atmosphere in the Office of Multicultural Affairs and in the Multicultural Center (MCC). Located on the second floor of Old Main, this 2,600-square-foot Center provides the campus with student computers, a lounge, break area, individual and group meeting spaces, and student organization conference areas. All students are welcome. OMA also provides the campus with cultural and diversity awareness programming and training. 

Center for Academic Advising Top of Page

The Center for Academic Advising provides comprehensive advising services to students who:

  • Have not yet declared a major
  • Are in transition between majors and/or minors
  • Are otherwise undecided about their academic and/or career path

The office also serves as an academic advising information clearinghouse, general referral source, academic advisor development center, and academic policies and procedures consultant for UW-Superior campus advisors and administrators.

First Year Experience Top of Page

First Year Experience exists to support a diverse group of students in their academic and social transition into the university by fostering community building, personal growth, and life-long learning through a variety of beneficial courses, programs and services.


New Student Orientation includes:

  • Summer Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) sessions
  • Weekend of Welcome (WoW)
  • Online Transfer Orientation
  • Transfer Welcome Conversations

Tutoring: Small Group, One-to-One, and OnlineServices labs Top of Page

The Mathematics Lab in Swenson Hall 1024 utilizes peer tutors who provide math tutoring in a variety of math courses offered at the university from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m on Friday. Tutoring in the residence halls is available Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. in mathematics through calculus, and other specialty topics. Check the Student Support Services website for residence hall locations.

Academic Support Center in Swenson Hall 1025 is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. Peer tutors assist students in the following areas:

  • Study Skills Instruction: Students learn strategies to improve reading efficiency and comprehension, memory, note taking, listening, test taking and time management.
  • Tutoring/Study Groups: Staffed by specially trained students who have demonstrated academic proficiency and a strong desire to help other students.
  • Peer mentorship/advising
  • Nontraditional student assistance/support
  • Placement testing, PPST/PRAXIS, ACT, SAT, CLEP, DANTES and Disability testing services
  • Word processing/internet peer instruction
  • Miscellaneous tutoring/study groups

Online Tutoring is available through Students can get assistance 24/7 in most subjects. Visit our Online Tutoring website to access this service and for additional information.

ACCESS and BRIDGE Programs Top of Page

The ACCESS Program, scheduled for the summer and fall, offers a college experience with classes taught by UW-Barron County, on the UW-Superior campus. The program courses are transferable and meet UW-Superior general education requirements. Students who successfully complete their ACCESS courses through UW-Barron County (2.0 GPA or better) are invited to continue their studies full time at UW-Superior within the BRIDGE Program.

The BRIDGE Program consists of a required study skills course, focused advising, and a semester of academic monitoring. The biggest bonus for ACCESS students is that they have established a network and begin their career at UW-Superior 6 to 12 credits ahead of other new students.

Early Warning Program - ASSIST Top of Page

The ASSIST/Early Warning Program provides special assistance and guidance to any student who has been identified by faculty, staff and advisors to be experiencing some sort of difficulty. The ASSIST/Early Warning Program Coordinator provides students with early guidance that either refers them to the correct office or helps them work through their problem, in order to succeed academically. A one or two credit section of IDS 095 Collegiate Study Skills is also offered through this program each semester.

Advisement Top of Page

Staff with the Center for Academic Advising begin working with students from the moment they have completed the application process through graduation and beyond.  Students entering the Center are seen by professional advisors who are able to provide academic advisement services.  The Center's advising staff provides support to all undergraduates and alumni.  The Center seeks to be a location where students and alumni may feel safe and comfortable to talk about their academic and/or personal goals regardless of major or career level.

Academic advising is a collaborative educational process whereby students and their advisors are partners in meeting the essential learning outcomes, ensuring student academic success, and outlining the steps for achievement of the students' personal, academic, and career goals.  Undergraduate degree-seeking students are assigned an academic advisor by Center staff based on their major preferences.  Students who have not declared a major are assigned to advisors who have a commitment toward helping students develop appropriate academic plans.  The Advisor's role, in part, includes assisting students with goal-setting, understanding degree and graduation requirements, and long-term career options.  Students are required to meet with their advisors each semester before registering for classes.

The Center also serves as an academic advising information clearinghouse, general referral source, academic advisor development center, and academic policies and procedures consultant for UW-Superior campus advisors and administrators.  For questions related to undergraduate academic advisement, email

Disability Support Services Top of Page

Disability Support Services  (DSS) staff are committed to provide reasonable accommodations for students covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability against persons in any program or activity receiving or benefiting from federal funds. Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act also require these institutions to make reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. These mandates apply to documented learning, physical, sensory, and psychiatric disabilities.

The Disability Support Services officer serves as a liaison for students with disabilities, and coordinates reasonable accommodation requests. To become eligible for accommodations, interested students must: 

  1. Identify themselves to Disability Support Services and provide appropriate documentation of the disability;
  2. Schedule an appointment to review the information and develop an accommodation plan with DSS;
  3. Inform instructors of accommodation needs at the beginning of each semester by giving them a Faculty Accommodation Form; and 
  4. Meet with Disability Support Services to update the accommodation plan and to arrange timely services. For questions related to services for students with disabilities, e-mail or call (715) 394-8019 .

Declaring a Major/Minor Top of Page

Each year, up to 1/3 of the new students arriving on campus enter the university as "undeclared."  Other students declare a major and later change it - some change majors more than once.  At UW-Superior that's OK!  The Undeclared major is the ideal place to explore topics, ideas and professions that may be new to you - all while earning credits toward your degree and being connected to the campus community.  As your knowledge and experience grows, you will find a major that fits your needs and interests and continue to build your connections.  When you are ready to declare your major, or if you wish to change your major, do so online or visit the staff in the Center for Academic Advising (Old Main 134).

Electronic Advising Holds Top of Page

The University places enrollment holds each semester to ensure that all undergraduate students discuss their course selections with their advisors before registration.  Once the student has met with the advisor and had the course selection approved, the advisor will lift the enrollment hold.  This allows the student to register for classes after the enrollment appointment time listed in the student's center.

Placement Testing and Other Testing Programs Top of Page

The UW-Superior Testing Center, located in Swenson Hall 1025, offers UW-Placement exams, Disability testing, CLEP and DSST exams, PRAXIS I and II exams, ACT/SAT Exams. Visit the Testing Center webpage for additional information, or call 715-394-8087 to schedule an exam.

Placement Testing: UW-Superior policy dictates the following:

  • Math Placement Test: Required for all students
  • English Placement Test: Optional - we place students based upon their ACT English score (we recommend that students take this exam if their ACT English score is 18 or below)
  • Foreign Language Tests (French, German, or Spanish): Required for all students who have taken a language in high school, prior to registering for any language at UW-Superior. Foreign language is required for students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree as well as for students in some academic programs.
  • Please note: Students with Youth Options credit, Advanced Placement credit, or transfer credit who believe they might satisfy the English, Mathematics, or Foreign Language requirement, please contact us to determine whether your credits will exempt you from any of these testing requirements.
  • All new freshmen should complete testing during the spring Regional Testing Program, and are required to submit the results of the Wisconsin Placement Tests prior to registration for classes.
  • Visit the Placement Testing webpage for additional information.

CLEP-DANTES (DSST) Examinations

  • Students at UW-Superior may receive college credit for passing scores on certain examinations offered by the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and the Defense Activity for Nontraditional Educational Support (DANTES or DSST). These examinations are offered by appointment only. CLEP and DANTES tests are offered online only. The following policies and procedures must be followed in receiving credit for CLEP or DANTES:
  • CLEP or DANTES examination credit is awarded only for course exams approved by UW-Superior faculty.
  • Only students enrolled at UW-Superior may receive credit for CLEP or DANTES examinations. Students who take examinations before actual enrollment at UW-Superior will receive college credit only after enrolling.
  • Students may acquire up to 32 semester credits by examination, whether by departmental examination or CLEP/DANTES examination.
  • Credits awarded at UW-Superior for CLEP/DANTES may or may not be transferable to other institutions. Transfer of credit is at the discretion of the institution to which students are transferring.
  • When successful on a particular examination, students are awarded credit for the course (no grades are awarded). Failure on an exam is not recorded on student records. Students can repeat the examinations six months after the initial examination.
  • Normally, students will not be allowed to gain credit by examination for courses in which they already have earned a grade.
  • Visit the CLEP-DANTES (DSST) webpage for additional information.

TRiO Programs Top of Page

Student Support Services Top of Page

Mission Statement

The Student Support Services (SSS) mission is to provide educational access, skill development, personal support, and a level playing field for all in our University community. SSS houses a number of campus programs and activities: The programs that provide these services are both federally and university-funded. The federally funded programs serve students who are qualified according to the following federal guidelines: low income, first-generation college students (neither parent has a baccalaureate degree,) or students with a disability. The University funded programs and activities include developmental math skill building, a study skills course, tutoring, academic advising, campus wide testing, an academic early warning system called ASSIST, Disability Support Services, and mentoring, and are all open to the entire University Community. Student Support Services offices and labs are located in Swenson Hall 1024.


Fundamentals of Mathematics -- 3.00 credits
Collegiate Study Skills -- 1.00 - 3.00 credits
Collegiate Relationships -- 3.00 credits
Tutoring Practicum -- 1.00 - 3.00 credits

Upward Bound Top of Page

Upward Bound is a federally funded program created in 1964 to identify and assist promising high school students who face barriers to completing high school and enrolling in a post-secondary institution. Over the past 45 years, more than 778 Upward Bound programs across the nation have helped hundreds of thousands of young people. The University of Wisconsin-Superior is one of 11 Upward Bound programs in Wisconsin providing support services to high potential students who would be unlikely to pursue higher education without extra support. Upward Bound provides that support at no cost to the families or the school district.

SOAR (Summer Orientation, Advisement and Registration) Top of Page

SOAR (Summer Orientation Advisement and Registration) is your introduction to the University of Wisconsin-Superior.  Each SOAR session is 1 1/2 days.  During SOAR you will have a chance to connect with current students, staff and faculty as you learn about UW-Superior and its services.  In addition, you will plan out and register for your fall semester courses.  As a SOAR student participant you will not only take part in the scheduled sessions, but you will have the opportunity to stay in the residence halls, and take part in some exciting evening activities as part of your experience.  All freshmen and transfer students coming in with 21 or fewer post high school credits are required to attend SOAR and WoW.  *Students entering in spring semester will attend Winter WoW which is a combination program that includes components of SOAR and WoW.

WoW (Weekend of Welcome) Top of Page

This is students' crash course introduction to all things UW-Superior.  During this event, you will find your niche on campus.  Through your WoW group, you will meet new people, make friends and connect with upper-classmen who will serve as your Team Leader.  These friends will be with you as you find your way around campus, attend educational sessions, and explore who you are at UW-Superior.  All freshmen and transfer students coming with 21 or fewer post high school credits are required to attend SOAR and WoW.  *Students entering in spring semester will attend Winter WoW which is a combination program that includes components of SOAR and WoW.

Transfer Orientation (on line) Top of Page

Online Transfer Orientation is a requirement of all incoming transfer students with 22 or more post high school credits.  The Online Orientation component contains important information regarding student policies, advising and university resources.  Online Orientation content is broken up into several sections, which students must master prior to being allowed to receiving their advisor assignment, attend the Transfer Advisement and Registration program and register for classes.

Transfer Welcome Conversations Top of Page

The Transfer Welcome Conversation provides students with student-specific information necessary for proper academic advisement and follow-up regarding their results from the Online Transfer Orientation.  These are scheduled upon completion of the on-line orientation.

FYS (First Year Seminars) Top of Page

The First Year Seminar is designed to introduce first year students to the liberal arts through active and collaborative learning, critical thinking, and reflective judgment.  Students can choose from an array of unique and diverse topics selected to challenge and engage and which are limited in size to 15 students.  All new students entering with 20 credits or less are required to take a First Year Seminar within their first year.

Wisconsin Covenant Top of Page

The Wisconsin Covenant is a unique partnership representing the support of the State, our K-12 schools, public and private university and technical college systems, and the community all working together to help students do their best.  The Wisconsin Covenant was created to inspire young people to plan early for a successful high-school career that will lead to higher education.  UW-Superior is committed to supporting our Wisconsin Covenant Scholars in their educational journey.

McNair Scholars Program Top of Page

The McNair Scholars Program prepares income eligible, first generation college students and students from groups underrepresented in graduate education for doctoral study.  Each year, 25 students are chosen to participate in the program's activities, which include seminars, cultural events, graduate school visits, and more.  During the summer, 12 scholars participate in a paid individual research experience, working collaboratively with a faculty mentor on a project of interest to the student.  Program participants also receive GRE preparation instruction and help in the graduate school application process.