Academic Catalog


Welcome to UW-Superior

The General Catalog describes the university's undergraduate and graduate academic programs, courses and procedures. It provides information you need to apply for admission, financial aid and campus housing, pay tuition and fees, and take full advantage of the student services we provide.

Our Mission

The University of Wisconsin-Superior fosters intellectual growth and career preparation within a liberal arts tradition that emphasizes individual attention, embodies respect for diverse cultures and multiple voices, and engages the community and region. To accomplish these ends, the university will:

  1. Provide students with a carefully articulated and comprehensive foundation in liberal studies as a base for all degree programs.
  2. Award associate and baccalaureate degrees in selected fields in education, arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences, business, and pre-professional programs.
  3. Offer graduate programs in areas associated with its undergraduate emphases and strengths.
  4. Extend its undergraduate and graduate resources beyond the boundaries of the campus through alternative delivery of programs.
  5. Expect scholarly activity, including research, scholarship and creative endeavor, that supports its programs at the associate and baccalaureate degree levels, its selected graduate programs, and its special mission.
  6. Maintain an inclusive campus community that challenges students to develop their intellectual, personal, cultural, and social competencies.
  7. Engage in appropriate inter-institutional relationships and community partnerships to enhance educational and service opportunities.
  8. Foster, with the University of Wisconsin-Extension, the development of cooperative and general outreach programming and the integration of the Extension function with that of this institution.

Arrange a Campus Visit

If you're considering applying to UW-Superior, we urge you to visit us. An admissions counselor will meet with you and your family to answer all your questions. You can learn more about financial aid, tour campus, talk to current students, sit in on a class, talk to professors, or meet with an athletic coach.

To arrange a guided campus visit, contact our Admissions Office by calling 715-394-8230, e-mailing, or online at  Additional admissions information for undergraduate and graduate students is available online at

Our University

The University of Wisconsin-Superior helps students attain the knowledge, skills and experiences to succeed in their careers and beyond. We do that by focusing on our strengths: small classes, world-class research facilities, renowned performing arts centers, one-on-one contact with professors, an emphasis on active learning, and a supportive environment. The university is one of 13 comprehensive universities in the University of Wisconsin System and it shares in the UW System mission. UW-Superior is designated Wisconsin's Public Liberal Arts College by the University of Wisconsin System's Board of Regents and is a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges.

Our Community

Superior offers the convenience of city living and the year-round recreational opportunities of the Northland.

Situated in the northwest corner of Wisconsin, Superior overlooks the western tip of Lake Superior. This historic city of 27,000 remains an important Great Lakes port and transportation hub while also providing jobs in manufacturing, retail and education. The city combines with neighboring Duluth, Minnesota, to provide a rich metro setting with live entertainment and shopping as well as numerous opportunities for internships and careers.

The city is located just five minutes from Duluth and Lake Superior, and just a short drive from fishing, hiking, skiing, biking and other outdoor activities.