Lake Superior College

2101 Trinity Rd, Duluth, MN 55811-3399

School Details

Lake Superior College is a two-year public school located in Duluth, Minnesota. The school was created in 1995 when the Duluth Technical College and Duluth Community College merged into one school. Both campuses moved to the new location of Lake Superior College in 1996 and began facility expansion.

Lake Superior College offers pre-baccalaureate majors for students interested in transferring to four-year educational institutions as well as more than 90 certificate, diploma and degree programs in career/technical fields. LSC's Continuing Education/Customized Training division collaborates with area businesses and industry to design specialized opportunities for entry-level and advanced education. Most classes offered are in traditional classroom format but over 150 courses are offered in online format. Online students are expected to have regular and reliable Internet connection and basic computer skills. Majors that can be completed fully online include: paralegal studies, CISCO Network Associate, Microsoft Server Administrator, Associate in Arts, and Dialysis Patient Care Technician.

LSC’s main campus is on 97 acres that overlooks the St. Louis River. The campus has a hiking trail, a trout stream, and access to a golf course.

Lake Superior College has 5,221 undergraduate students and 243 faculty members, giving the university a 24 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio. Of all faculty members, 93 teach full-time and 150 teach part-time. Of all students, about 44% study full-time and about 56% study part-time. The student body contains 56% female students and 44% male students. About 84% of all students are white with the remaining students being black, Asian, American Indian, and Hispanic. About 59% of students are ages 24 and under with 41% of students being ages 25 and above. About 86% of students are from Minnesota and 14% of students are out-of-state students. The retention rate for first-time, full-time students is 55% and the retention rate for first-time, part-time students is 48%. The overall graduation rate is 22% and the overall transfer-out rate is 31%. The overall graduation rate by gender is 18% for males and 28% for females.

Special learning opportunities available to students include: distance learning, study abroad, and weekend/evening classes. Study abroad programs are offered in Mexico and Italy and are semester-long programs.  Students have access to services such as remedial tutoring, academic and career counseling, employment services, on-campus day care for students’ children, and placement services for completers.

Tuition costs $4,872 per year for in-state students and $9,119 per year for out-of-state students. Books and other supplies are estimated to cost  $1,500 per year. Off-campus living is estimated to cost $5,837 per year with $6,581 in additional living expenses. Tuition payment plans are offered. Financial aid is offered in the form of state grants, federal grants, scholarships, and loans. To qualify to receive financial aid, you must complete a FAFSA form and be evaluated to be in financial need. About 80% of all LSC students receive financial aid.

Students applying to Lake Superior College must fill out an application and submit high school/GED transcripts.   The undergraduate application fee costs $20 and is non-refundable. Lake Superior College has an open admission policy. Application deadlines are the Friday before the start of the term at 4 p.m. Admission to the college does not automatically guarantee your spot into a specific program.

Lake Superior College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.




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