Lake Superior College began in 1995 when Duluth Technical College and Duluth Community College Center merged in a collaborative agreement to expand two-year degrees to students seeking career and technical education opportunities. Courses are offered in the traditional campus format, but more than 150 courses are also available online through Lake Superior College’s e-campus. U.S. News & World Report ranked Lake Superior College No. 65 in Regional Colleges (Midwest) in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges. Seventy-five percent of the full-time undergraduates enrolled in Lake Superior College’s programs receive some kind of needs-based financial aid; the average award amount is $6,119. Currently, more than 5,000 students are enrolled in the associate degree programs at the college.
Lake Superior College provides a handful of fully-online programs in areas of study that include computer careers, liberal arts & sciences, business, and health. Online students will have access to a variety of helpful resources for the duration of their programs, including an online library, technical support, and a tutoring service. Certain programs are also offered at an accelerated eight-week pace for faster degree completion. In general, the entire online course will be completed at the student’s discretion, although there are certain expectations in place to ensure students are actively participating in the required elements of their programs for successful completion. Though the course materials are delivered online, the programs reflect and maintain the same education standards of quality as the traditional versions.
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC, NCACS) has awarded Lake Superior College accreditation to grant associate degrees. Additional accreditation was awarded for specific programs by four other accrediting organizations.
Lake Superior College offers only associate degrees and expects all applicants to be entering at the undergraduate level. Candidates can apply online for admission or submit a paper application with all the required documentation and the $20 application fee. Transcripts from high school, GED certificate, or HSED must be submitted unless the student graduated from high school more than five years ago. Any previously earned college credits must be supported with official transcripts as well, submitted to the admissions office. Though not necessarily a requirement, Lake Superior College recommends students include ACT/SAT scores with the rest of their application materials as it may exempt a student from portions of the Accuplacer Placement Test.