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Founded in 1995, Lake Superior College (LSC) is a two-year community and technical college located in Duluth, Minnesota. The institute was formed with the merger of Duluth Technical College and Duluth Community College Center. The LSC campus, built in 1968, covers an area of 97 acres and overlooks the western tract of the Duluth harbor and the St. Louis River.


Lake Superior College is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System and is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which accredits the colleges, universities, and other organizations of higher learning in the north central region of the US.

LSC offers a variety of academic programs that prepare students for different careers including business, transportation, health, computer, public safety / emergency, trade and industry. The diverse areas of study include health insurance and billing, information processing assistant, legal secretary, medical administrative secretary, medical transcriptionist, office assistant, paralegal studies, physical therapist assistant, practical nursing, electronic technology, and engineering CAD technician.

LSC presents the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MTC), a 40-credit package designed to meet the general education requirements at all institutes in Minnesota. The Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) division prepares the students to succeed in a range of academic disciplines by equipping them with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to lead productive, conscientious, and successful lives. LSC offers liberal arts and science courses that prepare the students for transfer to a four year university. The degree programs include Associate in Arts, Associate in Fine Arts, and Associate in Science.

LSC Online

Lake Superior College identifies and understands the needs of students who wish to further their education but are unable to attend a traditional college for various reasons. Thus, LSC offers the provision of earning the Associate of Arts degree completely online. Students can access the e-Campus website, which offers more than 130 online classes each semester. Students can choose from the following disciplines: anthropology, arts, astronomy, economics, English, health, humanities, music, Spanish, and theatre.

Most Popular Fields of Study


Freshman students seeking admission to Lake Superior College must send their completed application form along with a nominal non-refundable application fee. Official transcripts from high school, General Equivalency Diploma (GED), or High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) are also required. Though LSC does not require students to submit ACT or SAT scores for admission, applicants can send their scores to possibly be exempt from the Accuplacer Placement test.

International students are encouraged to apply for admission to Lake Superior College. Applicants from non-English speaking countries must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) to prove their proficiency in the language.

Financial Aid

Lake Superior College believes in providing equal educational opportunities for all and therefore provides financial aid programs to help students pay for college. Financial assistance is offered through programs including grants, scholarships, loans and student employment services. Students seeking financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Federal and state grants are gift aid that do not require any repayment. Some of the grants offered at LSC are the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Minnesota State Grant, Minnesota “Achieve” Scholarship Program, Alliss Grant, CNA Ordean, Phlebotomy Ordean, and Ordean Grant.

Lake Superior College also presents a variety of Foundation Scholarships and the Essential Health St Mary’s Auxiliary Scholarship. The foundation scholarships include the Alumni Scholarship and the Dennis Godfrey Automotive Service Technology, Kim Chapman Memorial, Harold P. Erickson Memorial, Linda Sillanpa Memorial, and the Patricia & Edward Nelson Northern Water scholarships.

Students may also be eligible for student loans offered at LSC. However, this type of financial aid must be returned with interest. Loans offered to the students are Direct Stafford Loan, Federal PLUS Loans, and Alternative Loans.

LSC also offers federal work-study programs through which students can take up part-time employment to meet their college education expenses. The institute has an online portal that helps students find jobs in their field of interest. Apart from helping students earn money, this program also helps them gain valuable work experience. Some of the other financial aid programs include child care grant application, veterans’ resources – GI bill, Minnesota Indian scholarship, and Minnesota Chippewa tribe.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3592nd for the average student loan amount.
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Lake Superior College boasts a vibrant campus life that offers multiple opportunities for students to become actively involved in meaningful activities which compliment the academic programs and service offered at the college. The student life center acts as the meeting place where the students come together to relax and have fun. LSC presents diverse opportunities for students to enrich their lives through the extracurricular activities.

Students are encouraged to get involved in the academic events, cultural programs, campus clubs, student government, health and fitness programs offered on campus. The Student Senate acts as the official representative of the student government at LSC. It is comprised of elected student representatives that work together to improve the quality of campus life. The Student Senate also organizes a variety of events and programs on campus.

LSC is home to a variety of clubs and organizations based on the diverse interests of the students. Some of the popular student clubs include Art Club, Chess Club, Phi Theta Kappa, Photo Club, Environment Club, United Students, Teachers of Tomorrow, and Veteran’s Club. Students can also participate in program-based organizations including Aviation Club, Dental Hygiene, Radiological Technicians, Medical Lab, Surgical Technology, Fire Technology, Nursing Club, and Wielding Club.

Campus Facilities

The Harold P. Erickson library houses a collection of print materials, computer-based resources, journals, magazines, and audio and visual resources. It also provides access to the various electronic information systems of LSC. This includes online CD ROM databases and other Internet resources. The learning center at LSC offers tutoring and computer based instruction to the students without any cost. The services include tutoring in areas of study skills, writing, reading, math, science and English.

Lake Superior College offers counseling services to the students who face career un-decidedness, mental health issues and psychological complications. The counselors provide personal and professional counseling services to students that seek help. The institute also provides career counseling and assessment services for students. The career services representatives help students choose the right career decisions and work toward achieving their academic goals.

LSC’s disability services center aims to provide equal opportunities for education to the students having documented disabilities. The services offered to the students include handicapped parking lots, reasonable accommodations, provision of sign language interpreters, note taking and early registration.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Additional School Information

According to an annual survey conducted by the Center for Digital Education and Converge magazine in 2008 and 2009, LSC was ranked among the nation’s most technically advanced community colleges.


  • Lake Superior College. 2010.
  • Schwartz, Jill. Two-Year Colleges 2011. Peterson’s, 2010. Print.

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Ranks 77th in Minnesota and 3052nd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 164 0.19
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 82 0.09
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 756 0.87
Larceny 3,424 3.94
Vehicle theft 166 0.19

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Duluth, MN 55811-3399
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population25,294 (18,770 urban / 6,524 rural)
Households8,993 (2.42 people per house)
Median Household Income$45,768
Families6,044 (2.90 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Large
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAt least 2, but less than 4 academic yrs
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2708

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3604th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,418 $4,418 $8,835
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $669 $669 $669
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $147 $147 $295
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $6,587 $6,587 $11,004
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $18,511 $18,511 $22,928
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $12,788 $12,788 $17,205

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $4,872 $5,083 $4,872 $5,083 $9,119 $9,500
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,500(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $5,837 $5,708
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $6,581 $6,436
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $6,581 $6,436

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2030th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $62,407 ($61,996 male / $62,094 female)
Number of FT Faculty 91 (40 male / 51 female)
Number of PT Faculty 242
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $3,520,000

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