Lake Superior State

Lake Superior State University
Lake Superior State University's beautiful 115-acre campus overlooks the Michigan and Ontario twin cities of Sault Ste. Marie; the St. Mary's River, along which runs the border between the United States and Canada; and the world-famous Soo Locks. The University strikes an ideal balance between preserving historic beauty and offering students the latest in facilities, equipment and technology.

Sault Ste. Marie (pronounced Soo), founded in 1668, is the second-oldest city in Michigan. The site of the University was originally Fort Brady, which moved to "the hill" in 1893. In 1946, the fort was deactivated and the facilities became home to the Sault Ste. Marie branch of the Michigan College of Mining and Technology (now Michigan Technological University). The Michigan Legislature granted "Sault Tech" autonomy in 1966, creating Lake Superior State College. In 1987, the Legislature changed the name to Lake Superior State University.

As a comprehensive university, LSSU offers more than 60 majors and minors, including programs ranging from one-year certificates to associate and bachelor degrees. A faculty dedicated to teaching and an environment rich in undergraduate research opportunities make our University a truly great place to live and learn.

The many state-of-the-art learning facilities on campus contribute to the academic excellence of LSSU. Among the newest or most-recently renovated facilities on campus are the Crawford Hall of Science, equipped with modern biology, chemistry, geology and physics labs along with a planetarium and greenhouse; the Kenneth J. Shouldice Library, the Robert Arbuckle Student Activity Center, Cooper Gymnasium and Fine Arts Center.

Other outstanding facilities house academic computing centers with an excellent student-to-computer ratio, a fish hatchery and aquatic research laboratory, and criminal justice and fire science classrooms.

The Center for Applied Science and Engineering Technology houses programs for electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, manufacturing engineering technology, mathematics and computer science.

Taffy Abel Ice Arena
Home to three-time NCAA Division 1 champion hockey team the LSSU Lakers, the Taffy Abel Ice Arena is the pride of LSSU. The Ice Arena has a seating capacity of over 3,800 and is the home of Lake Superior State University's NCAA Division 1 hockey team, the Lakers. Beyond providing entertainment to the local community through the games(minimum 18 per year), ice is also scheduled for teams of all ages on the American or Canadian side that are sponsored locally. Their practices and games are hosted in our arena attracting families and friends to come cheer their players on.

The local figure skating club also uses the facility. Other events occur when the ice is not on such as the commencement ceremonies for the University as well as local events and fundraisers such as the annual Chippewa County Spring Show which showcases local businesses.