The University of Wisconsin-Superior or UW-Superior is a leading public liberal arts college located in Superior, Wisconsin. It was founded in 1893 by Wisconsin legislators as the Superior Normal School with a mission to train teachers. In 1926, the school changed its name to Superior State Teachers College after it was granted the authority to offer Bachelor’s degrees in communication. Eventually allowed to offer graduate degrees, the college changed its name to Wisconsin State College-Superior in 1951 to reflect its expanding role and then finally to University of Wisconsin-Superior in 1971 after it became part of the University of Wisconsin System.
Today, UW-Superior continues to pursue its mission to “foster intellectual growth among its students while preparing them for careers that exist today and those that will be created in the future.” It offers over 300 undergraduate majors in such fields as accounting, teacher education and biology, legal studies, art therapy, and transportation and logistics management. It also grants master’s and specialist’s degrees in teacher education and administration, counseling, visual arts, and communicating arts.
UW-Superior also has degree programs for non-traditional students who are too tied up with work or family but who nonetheless are interested to either continue their degree or pursue higher education. It has a Center for Continuing Education/Extension and a Distance Learning program that offers online courses that allow students to pursue their education without leaving their home or office. These courses include Communicating Arts, Elementary Education, Individually Designed Major, and Sustainable Management.
Financial aid is extended via loans, grants and scholarships.