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Lake Superior College

Building S on the Lake Superior College campus.
Overlooking the beautiful Lake Superior in Duluth, the Lake Superior College campus is located in a natural setting that includes an urban forest, access to hiking/biking/snowshoeing trails, a city-operated disc golf course and a trout stream. LSC offers more than 70 technical majors and programs for transfer, with online degrees including accounting, business administration, fire science and administration associate degree and Associate in Arts.

School Highlights

Lake Superior College is situated on a wooded campus of nearly 100 acres that overlooks Duluth’s breath-taking Lake Superior harbor and St. Louis River valley. It features award-winning architecture, comfortable classrooms, and beautiful study and library facilities. The campus's natural setting includes an urban forest, award-winning hiking/snowshoeing trails, connections to mountain-biking trails, a city-operated disc golf course and a designated trout stream. 

  • Lake Superior College offers more than 70 technical majors, programs for transfer, continuing education and customized training for business and industry.
  • A FAA-certificated Aviation Maintenance Technician career track with either 103-credit A.A.S. degree or 83-credit diploma program.
  • Hangar facilities for the college's Center for Advanced Aviation at the Duluth International Airport house both LSC's professional pilot and aviation maintenance technician program
  • LSC's Downtown Center for Integrated Manufacturing features top-of-the-line machining, welding and CAD/CAM training laboratories.
  • The college operates one of the largest and most comprehensive online instructional programs in the Minnesota State system, serving more than 2,200 students and offering more than 165 course sections online. More than 25 percent of the college’s credits are provided online. Online programs include dialysis patient care, accounting, business administration, network administration, fire science and administration associate degree and an Associate in Arts transfer degree.
  • The college’s Emergency Response Training Center provides world-class training for emergency response professionals, including firefighters and emergency medical technicians.
  • The college provides dental hygiene, massage therapy and physical therapy services to students and uninsured residents of the region through faculty-supervised student clinics.

Student Enrollment and Demographics

  • Total number of students served: 8,118
  • Full-time students: 39%
  • Part-time students: 60%
  • Percent female: 51%
  • Percent male: 45%
  • Percent students of color: 11%

Largest Programs

Associate of Arts degree; AAS degree Nursing; Dental Hygiene AAS; Physical Therapist Assistant AAS; Practical Nursing diploma; Integrated Manufacturing

Unique Programs

Professional Pilot; Paralegal Studies; Dialysis Patient Care Technician; Fire Technology and Administration; Aviation Maintenance Technician; Practical Nursing Military Medic; Physical Therapist Assistant/Military Bridge; Cyber Defense and Cyber Security


• Off Campus
Lake Superior College has no on-campus housing but offers a variety of off-campus housing options. LSC has an exclusive housing arrangement with nearby Campus Park Townhomes and Villas for LSC students which includes free shuttle service to the college. LSC also has agreements with the College of St. Scholastica and the University of Wisconsin-Superior for LSC students to stay in on-campus housing at these institutions.


• Bus
Free bus passes for students and free shuttle service for Campus Park residents.


• Off Street


Admission requirements

Lake Superior College has an open admissions policy. This means:

  • You can enroll if you have a high school diploma or a GED. Even without those, you may be admitted if you demonstrate potential for success in college.
  • You don’t have to take a standardized test to be admitted, and your high school grades and class rank are not considered.
  • After you are admitted, you will take a placement test. That will tell you if you need to take remedial or developmental courses, which will not count toward a degree, before you can take college-level courses. Many students need just one developmental course, often in math or English. If you have taken these subjects every year in high school, you are more likely to do well on the placement test.

You can complete your studies in less time and for less total cost if you come well prepared for college-level work, especially by taking math, English, science and social studies classes every year in high school. Also, some programs of study require more math and science, so your high school preparation makes a difference.

Apply early in 12th grade. That increases your chances of being admitted to the specific program you want when you enter college. Some programs are more popular than others and fill early.

Apply online

Using the e-application, you may apply to Lake Superior College and other schools in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.


In-demand Career pathways, low tuition and Duluth's natural playground
You’ll find lots of program choices and the top-quality education you want at an affordable cost. Personal attention from faculty and staff, real-world experiences and outstanding student support services all focus on helping you succeed. Be inspired and challenged as you prepare for your future career.

Program Title Award
Accountant AAS
Administrative Office Specialist AAS
Administrative Support-Legal Secretary DIP
Advanced Machine Production Technologist AAS
Advanced Welding Technologist AAS
Architectural Technology AAS
Auto Body Technology DIP
Auto Body and Chassis Technician DIP
Auto Service Technology AAS
Auto Service Technology DIP
Aviation Maintenance Technology AAS
Aviation Maintenance Technology DIP
Basic Electronics CERT
Biology Transfer Pathway AS
Bookkeeper DIP
Brake and Suspension Technician CERT
Building Construction Technology AAS
Business Administration AS
Business Transfer Pathway AS
Business and Technology AS
CISCO Network Associate CERT
Carpentry DIP
Carpentry CERT
Chemistry Transfer Pathway AS
Civil Engineering Technology AAS
Civil Engineering Technology DIP
Commercial and Residential Wiring AAS
Commercial and Residential Wiring DIP
Communication Studies Transfer Pathway AA
Computer Technology AS
Computer and Web Programming AAS
Computer and Web Programming DIP
Computer and Web Programming CERT
Cyber Defense CERT
Cyber Security CERT
Dental Hygiene AAS
Dialysis Patient Care Technician - Theory CERT
Economics Transfer Pathway AA
Electronic Engineering Technology - Industrial Controls AAS
Electronic Technology DIP
Engineering CAD Technician CERT
English Transfer Pathway AA
Exercise Science Transfer Pathway AS
Fire Fighter CERT
Fire Medic CERT
Fire Science and Administration AS
Fire Technology AAS
Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Production Welder CERT
Health Insurance and Billing DIP
Health Sciences Broad Field AS
History Transfer Pathway AA
Individualized Studies AAS
Individualized Studies AS
Individualized Studies DIP
Information Processing Assistant DIP
Integrated Manufacturing - Engineering CAD Technology AAS
Integrated Manufacturing - Engineering CAD Technology DIP
Integrated Manufacturing Technology - Automated Machining CERT
Integrated Manufacturing Technology - CNC Machine Programmer AAS
Integrated Manufacturing Technology - CNC Machine Programmer DIP
Integrated Manufacturing Technology - Manual Machinist CERT
Integrated Manufacturing Technology - Rapid Prototyping and Design CERT
Integrated Manufacturing Technology - Welding DIP
Integrated Manufacturing Technology-Welding CERT
Leadership CERT
Legal Secretary CERT
Liberal Arts and Sciences AA
Machine Production Technologist DIP
Massage Therapist DIP
Mathematics Transfer Pathway AA
Media Studies and Production DIP
Medical Assisting DIP
Medical Coding and Billing CERT
Medical Laboratory Technician AAS
Medical Office Specialist DIP
Medical Receptionist DIP
Microsoft Server Administrator CERT
Network Administration and Cyber Security AAS
Network Administration and Cyber Security DIP
Network Administration and Security CERT
Nursing AS
Nursing Assistant CERT
Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide CERT
Office Assistant CERT
PC Support Technician CERT
Paralegal Studies AS
Paralegal Studies AAS
Paralegal Studies CERT
Personal Training CERT
Phlebotomy CERT
Physical Therapist Assistant AAS
Power Limited Technician CERT
Practical Nursing DIP
Production Technologist CERT
Professional Pilot AAS
Professional Pilot DIP
Professional Sales Representative CERT
Radiologic Technology AAS
Respiratory Therapy AAS
Robotic & Manufacturing Automation Technology (RMAT) CERT
Sheet Metal Technology AAS
Sociology Transfer Pathway AA
Solidworks (CAD) CERT
Supervisory Management AAS
Surgical Technology AAS
Surgical Technology DIP
Truck Driving CERT
Truck Driving-Advanced CERT
Welding Technologist DIP
Welding Technology CERT
Wildland Firefighting CERT

The following degrees are available from Lake Superior College

  • Associate of Applied Science
  • Associate of Arts
  • Associate of Fine Arts
  • Associate of Science
  • Certificate
  • Diploma

Tuition & finance

Tuition and Fees $5,153.00
FAFSA Code:005757

How to apply for financial aid
Your key to receiving financial aid to help pay your college costs is filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA form. Many students don’t realize they could qualify for grant money and federally guaranteed loans, so be sure to find out by filling out the form.

Complete the FAFSA after Jan. 1 of your senior year of high school. Find the form online at For help with completing the form, go to your high school counselor or the financial aid office at the college or university you plan to attend.

The FAFSA determines your eligibility for one or more of the following types of financial aid:

Scholarships are a great source of aid, and you do not need to pay them back. Many scholarships are available for students with special interests and backgrounds. Talk to your advisor about what kind of scholarships you can get.

You may be eligible to receive federal and state grants of $300 to more than $7,000 per year. You do not need to pay these back.

Work study
Work study programs give you the opportunity to work on campus or with approved off-campus employers to earn money to pay for college. Work study jobs are often very flexible, allowing you to work around your classes and personal schedules.

Student loans
You also may be eligible for student loans, which must be paid back. Student loans usually have a lower interest rate than other kinds of loans.

Other ways to save

Reduced out-of-state tuition
Students from other states don’t always have to pay higher tuition if they want to attend the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. If you live in Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota or Manitoba, Canada, you’re eligible for tuition rates similar to those paid by Minnesota residents. Twenty-six of the state colleges and universities allow students from other states to pay the lower in-state rates, so ask a college or university about its tuition charges.

Tax credits
Some college students also benefit from two federal tax credit programs, the American Opportunity Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning tax credit. These may apply to you or your family, depending on your financial circumstances.

Veterans are welcomed at all Minnesota state colleges and universities. If you’ve served in the armed forces, you might be eligible for help with paying for college. Stop by one of the on-campus veterans centers for information, support and assistance. Also, check with the campus financial aid office about benefits from the Minnesota GI Bill. Or go to

Campus Life

College is more than textbooks, classes, labs and studying. Plenty of clubs and program-related organizations, sports and recreational activities help you meet new friends, develop leadership and team skills, stay fit and share the fun of working together on projects. More than 30 student interest and program-related clubs on campus include: Choir Activities Club, Intercultural Club, Phi Theta Kappa, National Technical Honor Society, Cyber Security, Business Professionals of America, Integrated Manufacturing Skills, Anime, Sustainability, and others. 

The Student Senate and Event Planners Board offer opportunities to get involved in leadership positions. Co-ed recreational sports include volleyball, basketball, soccer, and rock climbing. Outdoor recreation offers kayaking and dog sledding. Collegiate teams include soccer, trap shooting, and mountain biking. The Wellness Center offers fitness classes, aerobic exercise equipment and weight training machines. 

  • Bookstore
  • Career Services
  • Counseling Center
  • Creation Station
  • Disability Services
  • Emergency Contact System
  • Financial Aid
  • Fitness Center
  • Food Service/Dining Services
  • Intercultural Center
  • International Student Services
  • Lake Superior College Foundation
  • Library
  • Security
  • Student Advising
  • Student Employment Services
  • TRIO Student Support Services
  • Technology Center
  • The Learning Center
  • Transfer Assistance
  • Veterans Services
  • Business Professionals of America
  • Cyber Security Club
  • National Technical Honor Society
  • Phi Theta Kappa
Arts and literature
  • Art Club
  • Photo Club
Career and professional
  • Auto Service Technology Club
  • Aviation Club
  • Computer Technology Club
  • Dental Hygiene Club
  • Fire Technology Club
  • Machine Technology Skills Club
  • Medical Lab Technology Club
  • Nursing Club
  • Physical Therapist Assistant Club
  • Rad Tech Club
  • Respiratory Care Club
  • Surgical Technology Club
Ethnicity, language and culture
  • United Students Club
Nature and environment
  • Sustainability Club
Personal development
  • Anime
  • Unity/GLBT
Religious and spiritual
  • Campus Crusade for Christ
Special interest
  • Garden Club
  • Veterans Club
Theater, dance, music
  • Choir
  • Soccer
  • Soccer