Education Options at UW-Superior

UW-Superior offers many options to accommodate the education needs of traditional and nontraditional students.

Programs leading to a degree

Undergraduate (bachelor’s degree): Academic programs of at least 120 semester credits leading to a bachelor’s degree.

Extended Degree: Residents of Wisconsin, Minnesota and other states who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree from home. Applicants work through the Extended Degree Program and must be admitted to the University.

Graduate Studies: Academic programs leading to a Master of Arts, Master of Science in Education or Specialist in Education degree.

Associate Degree: A 60-semester-credit program leading to an Associate Degree.

Academic Outreach Programs and Other Learning Programs

Continuing Education/Extension: Credit and noncredit classes and workshops for people seeking continuing professional education and lifelong learning.

Distance Learning Center: Complete a bachelor's degree from home through the Extended Degree program or enroll in individual online courses.

Superior English as a Second Language Institute: For international students who have good basic English language skills but need additional practice to achieve the proficiency necessary to pursue international careers or enroll in courses at colleges and universities in the United States.

Special Adult Students: Anyone taking courses at UW-Superior but not seeking a degree.

Pre-College Programs

Youth Options
The Youth Options program enables high school juniors and seniors to enroll in one or more courses at an institution of higher education in Wisconsin. School districts are required to pay the cost of tuition, books and fees and to determine whether the course satisfies state graduation and high school credit requirements. For more information, see the Admissions section of this catalog or contact the UW-Superior Admissions Office at (715) 394-8230 or

Upward Bound
UW-Superior offers the Upward Bound program for eligible students attending Superior Senior High School who face challenges in pursuing higher education without additional support. During the academic year, students receive tutoring, counseling and study skills training to help them improve their grades and self-confidence. They also visit college campuses, attend plays, concerts and lectures; and build relationships through social, recreational and cultural activities. During the summer, Upward Bound students participate in a six-week residency program on the UW-Superior campus. For more information, contact Director Vince Repesh at (715) 394-8219 or

Cybersummer is a one-week summer computer technology camp for students entering grades 6 through 8 in inner-city Milwaukee Public Schools. Students use UW-Superior's computer labs to learn more about computers and information technology. They take daily field trips to see how computers are used in business and government, and they explore computer-related careers. For more information, contact Lee Parker at (715) 394-8217 or

Hmong Youthsummer
The Summer Pre-College Program for Hmong Youth enables Hmong students ages 13 through 17 learn about higher education, explore careers, develop leadership skills, and sample college life. During the two-week program students get to know UW-Superior and participate in projects relating to Hmong culture. Courses in reading and writing in Hmong and English, math, and computers are integrated into the curriculum. Classes are designed to foster students’ verbal and written skills in both Hmong and English as well as their math, science and computer skills. For more information, contact Zoey Hurr at (715) 394-8501 or

Native American Youthsummer
Native American Youthsummer is a career exploration program for Native American students in grades 6 through 10 from the Bad River, Red Cliff and Lac Court Oreilles reservations of Wisconsin. Students take part in field trips, discussions, classes and other activities that enable them explore careers in the arts, sciences and computers and to meet professionals in various career fields. The program is offered free to students through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Food and housing are provided. For more information, contact Ivy Vainio at (715) 394-8415 or

Youthsummer offers young people ages 13 through 17 opportunities to explore careers and academic opportunities, prepare for college and sample university life. Students can take part in one or more of approximately 50 five-day sessions offered in June and July. Each session provides an opportunity for hands-on learning through activities, field trips, workshops, and discussions. No tests or grades are given. Students live in supervised university residence halls and meet people their own age from around the country. Commuter and resident plans are available, with the resident plan offering food and residence hall service. For more information, contact (715) 394-8297 or