Superior - University of Wisconsin - Superior

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The University of Wisconsin-Superior traces its roots to 1893, when Wisconsin legislators established a school in Superior to train teachers. Three years later, with strong support from local residents and businesses, Superior Normal School welcomed its first students. The new school's mission was vital to the region's future. Properly educated teachers trained in the latest classroom methods were desperately needed in the small towns and rural school districts of northern Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan.

Superior Normal School's first class graduated in 1897. Three young men completed the "full course" and nine women and men met the requirements of the shorter "elementary course." These early graduates were pioneers who first brought the benefits of public education to the region's children regardless of their race, social status or economic standing.

Innovation and quality were hallmarks of Superior Normal School from its earliest days. In 1909 the institution became Wisconsin's first normal school to offer a full-scale training program for the then-new idea of kindergarten. It also was the first to offer a four-year program for high school teachers beginning in 1923. In 1916, Superior Normal School earned accreditation for its academic programs. Today, UW-Superior maintains the longest continuous accreditation of any academic institution in Wisconsin.

After training a generation of teachers, Superior Normal School was authorized in 1926 to grant a bachelor's degree in education. A new name, Superior State Teachers College, proclaimed the institution's new role. Reflecting the quality of its programs, the college's new president was a member of its first graduating class of 1897.

More growth followed as the needs of northern Wisconsin changed. After World War II, the institution began to look beyond teacher training and added undergraduate degrees in other academic fields. In 1950 it offered its first graduate program -- a master's degree in school administration. The next year the state board of regents changed the institution's name to Wisconsin State College-Superior to better reflect its expanding role.

The college grew significantly in the 1950s and '60s. Campus boundaries were expanded and numerous buildings erected. Undergraduate offerings continued to expand into areas such as business, science, music and art. Several graduate programs in education were added, including guidance and counseling, reading, and school psychology. A specialist in education degree was added in 1965 to further the professional training of school principals, district superintendents and business managers. This program grew to play a critical role in Wisconsin's educational system. Since 1977, graduates of UW-Superior's educational administration programs have served in school leadership posts in approximately half of the Wisconsin's school districts.

Wisconsin's state colleges eventually were reclassified as universities, so in 1964 the school was renamed Wisconsin State University-Superior. Finally, in 1971 it became part of the University of Wisconsin System and acquired its present name.

In recent years, UW-Superior has continued to focus its academic programs to meet the needs of students and employers. A graduate degree in instruction was added in 1985 followed by a graduate degree in special education three years later. The university also has added innovative undergraduate programs, such as legal studies, art therapy, and transportation and logistics management.

Today, UW-Superior takes pride in its designation as Wisconsin's Leading Public Liberal Arts College, and in providing its 2,900 undergraduate and graduate students with quality academic programs, small classes and a friendly, supportive atmosphere. A solid liberal arts program offers the skills needed to perform on the job and in society. Quality professional training provides specific skills to succeed in teaching, business, science, the arts and in a host of other endeavors.

Just as importantly, students enrolling at the University continue to be impressed not only with the quality of their education, but also that professors take time to learn students' names and understand their needs. That sort of caring and commitment has long been the key to a Superior education.


Nathan Fryzek

Saturday, March 17, 2018
Visited a couple years ago. The campus was too small for my liking and the buildings seemed old and crappy. Some old buildings are cool like at U Chicago, but those are cool because they are built with better materials and are well maintained. I can't say anything about the academics or the community though since I never actually attended the university, and in the end the professors and your classmates are more important than the building you're in.

Maicie Sykes

Monday, April 16, 2018
I had amazing opportunities at UWS in the biology department that helped keep me in science-related careers ever since graduation in 2007. I was never lost in the shuffle, professors were always available, and the department has continued to grow and stay relevant.

2nd Best Reviews

Sunday, April 1, 2018
Contrary to the name I do believe that this is not a superior college. BUT it does have good placed pokestops.

Mindy Papperman

Monday, Feb. 19, 2018
I attended one year before I had to leave and got lost completely lost as I was trying to find my future career path. It is very clear that the program advisors do not care about how much effort you put into trying to get into a program. You can put in all the effort and be way on top of the game, but the feedback is completely about why they shot you down is completely offensive. Highly not recommended. In addition, they keep adding charges and will not notify you about them. I found out the hard way and now around $770, even though I have not been there in almost a year.

Cassie Radunz

Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017
After graduating high school, I served for three years in the Army because I was hesitant to get myself into student debt and I was unsure of what I wanted to major in. When I found UWS, it seemed it would be a perfect fit as it was reasonably priced and offered an incredible list of majors and minors. I was told that I did not need to rush into a major as I had time to explore different courses. That is no longer the case at UWS. The administration at this university has made it incredibly clear that it does not care about its students or faculty, as several programs were suspended without any warning. No feedback was considered from students or faculty prior to this decision being made. It is unfortunate that this administration has now lost the trust of nearly all of its students because of its lack of communication skills.