Lake Superior College

Building S on the Lake Superior College campus.

Overlooking the beautiful Lake Superior harbor in Duluth, the Lake Superior College campus is located in a natural setting that includes an urban forest, nature trails, a city-operated disc golf course and a trout stream. LSC offers more than 70 technical majors and programs for transfer, with many provided online including dialysis patient care, accounting, business administration, fire science and administration associate degree and an Associate in Arts transfer degree.

Lake Superior College
2101 Trinity Road
Duluth, MN 55811

Toll-Free: (800) 432-2884
Local: (218) 733-7601

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City: Duluth
Population: 86,003

School highlights

Lake Superior College is situated on a wooded campus 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 has a natural setting that includes an urban forest, award-winning nature trails, a city-operated disc golf course and a designated trout stream. In 2014, a new Downtown Center for Integrated Manufacturing opened, featuring top-of-the-line machining, welding and CAD/CAM training laboratories.

  • Lake Superior College offers more than 70 technical majors, programs for transfer, continuing education and customized training for business and industry.
  • A new FAA-certificated Aviation Maintenance Technician 103-credit A.A.S. degree or 83-credit diploma program is now offered
  • New 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
  • A long-time provider of online education, the college operates one of the largest and most comprehensive online instructional programs in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities 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 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: 9,138
  • Full-time students: 39.7%
  • Part-time students: 60.3%
  • Percent female: 51.2%
  • Percent male: 44.6%
  • Percent students of color: 10.8%

Largest programs

Associate in Arts degree; Radiologic Technology; Associate Degree Nurse; Dental Hygiene; Fire Technology and Administration; Practical Nursing

Unique programs

Professional Pilot; Paralegal Studies; Dialysis Patient Care Technician; Fire Technology and Administration


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Admissions 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.


Opportunity, choice, excellence
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 TitleAward
Administrative Office SpecialistAAS
Administrative Support-Legal SecretaryDIP
Advanced Inventor (CAD)CERT
Architectural TechnologyDIP
Architectural TechnologyAAS
Auto Body and Chassis TechnicianDIP
Auto Body TechnologyDIP
Auto Service TechnologyDIP
Auto Service TechnologyAAS
Aviation Maintenance TechnologyDIP
Aviation Maintenance TechnologyAAS
Basic ElectronicsCERT
Brake and Suspension TechnicianCERT
Building Construction TechnologyDIP
Building Construction TechnologyAAS
Business AdministrationAS
Business and TechnologyAS
CISCO Network AssociateCERT
Civil Engineering TechnologyDIP
Civil Engineering TechnologyAAS
Commercial and Residential WiringDIP
Commercial and Residential WiringAAS
Computer and Web ProgrammingCERT
Computer and Web ProgrammingDIP
Computer and Web ProgrammingAAS
Computer TechnologyAS
Dental HygieneAAS
Dialysis Patient Care Technician - Clinical and TheoryCERT
Dialysis Patient Care Technician - TheoryCERT
Electronic Engineering Technology - Industrial ControlsAAS
Electronic TechnologyDIP
Engineering CAD TechnicianCERT
Fire TechnologyAAS
Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Production WelderCERT
General Construction WorkerCERT
Health Insurance and BillingCERT
Health Sciences Broad FieldAS
Individualized StudiesAAS
Individualized StudiesAS
Individualized StudiesDIP
Information Processing AssistantDIP
Integrated Manufacturing - Engineering CAD TechnologyDIP
Integrated Manufacturing - Engineering CAD TechnologyAAS
Integrated Manufacturing Technology - Automated MachiningCERT
Integrated Manufacturing Technology - CNC Machine ProgrammerAAS
Integrated Manufacturing Technology - CNC Machine ProgrammerDIP
Integrated Manufacturing Technology - CNC OperatorDIP
Integrated Manufacturing Technology - Manual MachinistCERT
Integrated Manufacturing Technology - Rapid Prototyping and DesignCERT
Integrated Manufacturing Technology - WeldingDIP
Integrated Manufacturing Technology-WeldingCERT
IT Specialist: Network AdministrationAAS
IT Specialist: Network AdministrationDIP
IT Specialist: Network AdministrationCERT
Legal SecretaryCERT
Liberal Arts and SciencesAA
Massage TherapistDIP
Media Studies and ProductionDIP
Medical Administrative SecretaryAAS
Medical AssistingDIP
Medical Laboratory TechnicianAAS
Medical ReceptionistCERT
Medical SecretaryDIP
Medical TranscriptionistCERT
Microsoft Server AdministratorCERT
Nursing AssistantCERT
Nursing Assistant/Home Health AideCERT
Office AssistantCERT
Paralegal StudiesCERT
Paralegal StudiesAAS
Paralegal StudiesAS
Paraprofessional EducatorCERT
PC Support TechnicianCERT
Performance ImprovementCERT
Personal TrainingCERT
Physical Therapist AssistantAAS
Power Limited TechnicianCERT
Practical NursingDIP
Professional PilotAAS
Professional PilotDIP
Professional Sales RepresentativeCERT
Radiologic TechnologyAAS
Respiratory TherapyAAS
Sheet Metal TechnologyAAS
Solidworks (CAD)CERT
Supervisory ManagementAAS
Surgical TechnologyAAS
Surgical TechnologyDIP
Truck DrivingCERT
Wildland FirefightingCERT
Program TitleAward
Business AdministrationAS
Business and TechnologyAS
CISCO Network AssociateCERT
Dialysis Patient Care Technician - Clinical and TheoryCERT
Dialysis Patient Care Technician - TheoryCERT
IT Specialist: Network AdministrationAAS
IT Specialist: Network AdministrationDIP
Liberal Arts and SciencesAA
Microsoft Server AdministratorCERT
Paralegal StudiesCERT
Paralegal StudiesAAS
Paralegal StudiesAS
The following degrees are available from this school:
  • Associate in Applied Science
  • Associate in Arts
  • Associate in Science
  • Associate of Fine Arts
  • Certificate
  • Diploma
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Tuition & finance

Tuition and Fees (2012-2013): $5,107

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. Find the form online at or pick up the form at your school counselor’s office. 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 guidance counselor 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. And 26 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 the 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 new 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.

  • Bookstore
  • Career Services
  • Child Care Resources
  • Counseling Center
  • Disability Services
  • Diversity and Multiculturalism Center
  • Financial Aid
  • Fitness Center
  • Food Service/Dining Services
  • International Student Services
  • Library
  • Scholarship Foundation
  • Security
  • Student Advising
  • Student Employment Services
  • Technology Center
  • The Learning Center
  • Transfer Assistance
  • TRIO Student Support Services
  • Veterans Services
  • Business Professionals of America
  • Phi Theta Kappa
Arts and literature
  • Art Club
  • Literary League
  • Photo Club
Career and professional
  • American Dental Hygiene Association
  • Auto Service Technology Club
  • Aviation Club
  • Computer Technology Club
  • Fire Technology Club
  • Machine Technology SKills Club
  • Massage Therapy Club
  • Medical Lab Technology Club
  • Nursing Club
  • Physical Therapist Assistant Club
  • Rad Tech Club
  • Respiratory Care Club
  • Surgical Technology Club
Ethnicity, language and culture
  • Spanish Club
  • United Students Club
Health and fitness
  • Resisitance Training
  • Ski/Snowboard Club
  • Ultimate Frisbee
Nature and environment
  • Environmental Club
  • Outdoor Club
Personal development
  • Knitting Club
  • Parent Club
  • Unity/GLBT
Politics and society
  • College Democrats
  • College Republicants
Religious and spiritual
  • Campus Crusade for Christ
  • Grace Christian Fellowship
  • Vineyard Campus Fellowship
Special interest
  • Veterans Club
Theater, dance, music
  • Choir
  • Gus Gus Players (Theatre Club)