Redefining the Classroom

Information for Prospective Students

Entrepreneurial Opportunities

Through the Product Development Center (PDC), many students have the opportunity to work on entrepreneurial projects during their undergraduate education. Past projects include work for larger companies such as Energizer, Marble Arms and Skate Fenders as well as innovative product ideas from local entrepreneurs.

Community Involvement

The Sault SmartZone was established in order to foster collaborations between industry and the university aimed at the commercialization of research. It is supported by LSSU and officials from the City of Sault Ste. Marie. Eric Becks was recently named the president and CEO of the Sault SmartZone.

Renewable Energy

A small solar system and wind turbine installed on the roof of the CASET building are highly visible to students and the community. They serve as educational instruments in the School's degree programs. It is one of several steps being taken to become more involved in renewable energy education, including the development of a new option for our engineering students.

What do you get with LSSU Engineering?

  • Affordability: We have that "private university" atmosphere at a public university price. Approximately 75% of our full-time students receive financial aid.
  • Individualized Attention: At LSSU, you're not a number. Get to know your professors in your engineering courses, where the average class size is 14.
  • Robots: LSSU is one of only two public universities in the U.S. with a robotics specialization at the undergraduate level and a $1,000,000 robotics and automation lab.
  • Knowledge and Experience: We have lab activities in over 75% of our engineering courses. And you can choose from three options for your senior project experience: co-op, industrial, or applied research.
  • A Job: Our graduates have a nearly 100% placement rate and high, competitive starting salaries, typically over $50,000.

Admission Policies

Electrical & Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Departments

Policies for first-time college students
(For those with 19 credits or less of university or college coursework)

The academic background of the applicant must demonstrate an ability to meet the requirements of an engineering program at LSSU. For those students entering directly from high school, admission to the engineering programs is based on high school grade point average or ACT or SAT scores. Either a high school GPA of 2.75 or above, an ACT composite score of 24 or above, or SAT score of at least 1110 is required for admittance directly into computer, electrical or mechanical engineering. Those students with a high school GPA between 2.5 and 2.75 may be admitted into computer, electrical or mechanical engineering if their GPA in all English, mathematics, and science courses is at least 2.75. Applicants not meeting this requirement but meeting admission requirements for the University will be admitted into the general engineering program. 

To Transfer from General Engineering to Engineering Degree of Choice
(For those wishing to select computer, electrical or mechanical engineering)

Freshmen must attain a C or better in freshman composition (ENGL110), C or better in College Algebra (MATH111) and College Trigonometry (MATH131), completion of all development requirements, and overall GPA of 2.0.

Transfer Students

Policies for Transfer Students and Transfer Courses
(For students applying with more than 19 credits of university or college coursework)

A student who plans to attend another college or university and transfer to LSSU should contact the coordinator of the program that he/she plans to elect in the School of Engineering and Technology. The chair will assist the student in selecting courses that will transfer directly into an LSSU program. Current LSSU students who wish to take courses at another college or university for credit toward an LSSU degree should obtain approval from their program chair. 

Admission of Transfer Students

Official university or college transcript(s) should be sent to the Registrar's Office. The results of any advanced placement or aptitude tests taken in high school or college should also be sent to the Admissions office.

The academic background of the applicant must demonstrate an ability to meet the requirements of an engineering program at LSSU. A minimum GPA of 2.20 on all college level coursework and eligibility to return to the former college are required for admittance into an engineering program. Students with grade point averages of less than 2.20 will be admitted into the general engineering program.

To Transfer from General Engineering to Engineering Degree of Choice
(For those wishing to select computer, electrical or mechanical engineering)

Transfer students may change after completion of 15 credits of LSSU engineering curriculum coursework including six (6) credits of engineering courses (CS, EE, EG, EM, ME, or RS) with an overall GPA of 2.0.

Transfer of courses

For repeated courses, the grade for the most recent course will be used. Generally, a chemistry course, English composition courses, a computer course with "C" as the preferred language, and some elective courses in social sciences and humanities transfer into the engineering programs. Mathematics courses in differential and integral calculus, differential equations, probability and statistics, along with calculus-based general physics also transfer into the engineering programs. Sophomore engineering courses may transfer directly into engineering programs if they have similar content and prerequisites as LSSU engineering courses. The appropriate chair, or dean, determines if a course is transferable into an engineering program. Engineering chairs will be furnished a copy of the student’s transcripts.

Student Organizations

LSSU currently has several student engineering and technology-related

  • ASME - American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • SAE - Society for Automotive Engineers
  • SME - Society of Manufacturing Engineers
  • SWE - Society of Women Engineers
  • Engineering Living & Learning Community - comprised of the residents of Chippewa Hall (Engineering House)
  • Engineering Honor Society - membership is based on academic standing.

We are also a member of the Order of the Engineer, Link #190, and hold an annual ring ceremony in April. For more information, contact Laura Bofinger in the School office.