#10 Best Public Universities in Michigan

Lake Superior State University

Sault Ste Marie, Michigan

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Lake Superior State University overview
Location Sault Ste Marie, Michigan
Online lssu.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Remote Town
Lake Superior State University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Lake Superior State University, founded in 1946 as an extension of Michigan College of Mining and Technology, is a public institution located in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, at the nexus of the United States and Canada. This niche university, primarily known for its natural sciences, environmental studies, fisheries and wildlife management programs, and engineering, situates students in a rural, lakeside campus ambiance imbued with Upper Peninsula character. While not in close proximity to a major city, this location offers a distinctive cross-border cultural experience against the backdrop of the Great Lakes. Academically, Lake Superior State University is an institution with moderate selective admissions. It provides a full residential experience with on-campus housing options. The university's Lakers athletic teams, while not distinguished for widespread athletic dominance, engage in NCAA Division II sports, with a particular tradition in men's ice hockey within the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

In the most recent statistical year 2,408 prospective students applied, and 1,852 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 279 enrolled in the school.  1,295 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 360 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $13,440 plus fees of $288. Lake Superior State University is ranked 745 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Lake Superior State University is rated within the lower 43% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Lake Superior State University overview
SAT 1000/1225
ACT 19/26
GPA 3.2

Applications Accepted

Lake Superior State University overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Lake Superior State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$900
Other Fees$288
Room and Board $11,016
Budget for Other Expenses$2,050
Total One Year Cost$27,694

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$40,300 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

35% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Lake Superior State University students
Subject Percent of Class
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting 21%
Health Professions 18%
Business 14%
Education 8%
Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 5%

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