Student Support Services

Mission Statement Top of Page

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

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 is also available at the Yellowjacket Union and residence halls.  Please check with Student Support Services for YU hours and 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.

BRIDGE Program Top of Page

The BRIDGE Program on the UW-Superior campus is scheduled for the fall and spring semesters. In UW-Superior's BRIDGE program, each student takes a full-time load (12-14 credits) with relevant courses that meet university requirements, but with all the support necessary to insure a strong first semester. In this program you will have the advantage of a supportive learning community that includes structured academic support services individualized to meet your needs. As any other student on campus, you will be able to take advantage of the full array of programs and services offered by UW-Superior. Unlike other students, you will be required by the BRIDGE program to take our Collegiate Study Skills, and attend regularly-scheduled peer advisement appointments, study sessions, and seminars that support courses being taught.

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.

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 .

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

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.

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.

Educational Success Center Contact Information Top of Page

Educational Success Center
University of Wisconsin - Superior
Swenson Hall 1024
Belknap and Catlin Ave.
P.O. Box 2000
Superior, WI 54880
Phone: 715-394-8090