"An opportunity like this never would have come available to me if I had not taken the program in the Sault College/LSSU International Division," Hornblower said. "My employer was very impressed with the fact that I not only had a degree in computer networking, but the hands-on knowledge, as well. This is the main reason that I was hired."
Andrea Hornblower, '06
Brac Informatics Centre,
Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands
International Student Admissions
At Lake Superior State University, we know that the best way to really learn about something is to jump in and take action. Our students Redefine the Classroom by going beyond books in order to prepare themselves for careers in a competitive and global landscape.
As an international student at LSSU, you'll find that our unique programs, small size and personal attention give you the edge that you need to have success in today's world. The strength of our programs resides in our high-quality faculty and, as a student, you work with them from day one at LSSU.
We invite you to join international students of the past as representatives of the future at LSSU. Come experience the opportunities to be part of a research team, to compete nationally and internationally in competitions, make presentations at conferences, work directly with faculty, and join a community dedicated to your undergraduate success. Grab hold of your future at LSSU!
Applying to LSSU
Your application will be processed when we receive ALL of the following documents.
We recommend you submit all application materials for Fall Semester by July 15, and for Spring Semester by November 15.
Note: If you apply online, you can pay by credit card. Otherwise, please send a check or money order payable to Lake Superior State University.
ACT or SAT scores (Optional)
The ACT and SAT are standardized college entrance exams offered primarily in the U.S., but additional testing locations can be found internationally. LSSU does not require international students to submit test scores from either the ACT or SAT. Students may wish to submit test scores in order to strengthen their application for admission.
When registering for the ACT and SAT you can choose to have your scores sent directly to LSSU.
All international students (F-1 Visa) attending Lake Superior State University are required to carry health and accident insurance as a condition of enrollment. Students must furnish proof annually that they have purchased health and accident insurance which meets the requirements of Lake Superior State University. Proof of insurance is documented by providing a copy of the health and accident insurance card (both sides if applicable) along with a copy of the insurance benefit summary in English. Both the health and accident insurance card and the copy of the insurance benefit summary must be submitted along with the LSSU Health and Accident Insurance Form (pdf). One option available for purchase is an accident and sickness plan through Student Assurance Services. LSSU does not endorse this plan, but simply makes it available for students. Information on SAS is available at www.sas-mn.com.
In order to enroll at Lake Superior State University, students must be issued a Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant (F-1) Student Status (I-20) which will allow for application of the F-1 Student Visa. To be eligible for I-20 you must verify the ability to pay for tuition, books, fees and living expenses for one academic year. You must be prepared to pay the full cost of attendance and advise your sponsor, should the funds come from someone other than yourself, well in advance of fee payment dates to ensure timely delivery. Note: We would like to emphasize that the educational and living costs at LSSU are less than most U.S. universities. LSSU does not have financial assistance, such as loans or grants for international students; however, the University does offer scholarships to qualified individuals. In order to obtain the I-20, the U.S. Student Exchange and Visitor Information System (SEVIS) requires that LSSU have your verification of ability to pay the specified amount (see Declaration of Finances Form below for amounts) with recent financial information—no more than 90 days previous. The ability to pay must be in one of the following formats:
A notarized financial statement, in English, from your bank account, or from the account of whomever will be responsible for your tuition/books expenses. This can be in the form of:
A notarized letter from an officer at a financial institution listing the amount of tuition/books and expenses required for the upcoming year and verifying the account holder’s ability to pay this amount, and/or
A notarized bank statement showing a savings equal to this year’s tuition/books and expenses, and/or
Notarized verification of loan approvals and/or scholarships received.
If the funds are coming from someone other than yourself, your “sponsor” will also need to supply a signed letter stating that the monies available in the bank account/loan, etc. will be used to pay for your tuition/books and expenses, plus room/board if applicable.
You should also indicate how the remaining years will be supported.
Exceptions to the I-20 Requirements
If you are a Permanent Resident or able to be in the US with another form of documentation, we will need a copy of this documentation for our records.
Official forms allowing you to demonstrate financial ability to pay tuition, books, fees, and living expenses are available for download or may be requested by contacting the Admissions Office.
Each student that receives a form I-20 will receive a unique SEVIS ID number assigned to him/her. The ID number and the I-20 form itself are used to obtain an F-1 Visa from a U.S. Consulate or Embassy abroad. Please check with the U.S. Consulate or Embassy for which you wish to apply in advance as often times specific appointments and arrangements must be made well in advance of the issuance of the F-1 Visa. The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has implemented a rule requiring F-1 Visa applicants to pay a fee of $200 USD to supplement the administration and maintenance costs of the SEVIS program. Because LSSU will be issuing you an initial I-20 form, you will be required to pay this SEVIS fee. Information about payment of the $200 USD fee will be mailed to you along with your I-20. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Admissions Office at
Vision of 1st Place
First Place Lake Superior State University
Automated Assembly of Seat Indexing Mechanisms
Other award recipients: Carnegie Mellon University, and a team comprised of students from University of Kentucky, University of Florida, and the Colorado School of Mines
1999 Robotics Industries Association: Robotics & Vision Show
May 11, 1999
International Scholarship Competition