The University of Wisconsin–Superior (also known as UW–Superior or UWS) is a public university located in Superior, Wisconsin. UW–Superior grants bachelor's, master's, and specialist's degrees. The university currently enrolls about 2,450 undergraduates and 150 graduate students.
Originally named Superior Normal School, the university was founded by Wisconsin legislators as a school to train teachers in 1893. Superior Normal School's first class graduated in 1897. In 1909, the institution became Wisconsin's first normal school to offer a full-scale training program for the new idea of kindergarten. It also was the first to offer a four-year program for high school teachers beginning in 1923. After authorization to grant bachelor's degrees in education in 1926, the school took on the new name of Superior State Teachers College. Graduate degrees were authorized in 1947 and first offered in 1950. In 1951 the state board of regents changed the institution's name to Wisconsin State College–Superior to better reflect its expanding role. Wisconsin's state colleges eventually were reclassified as universities, resulting in another name change in 1964 to Wisconsin State University–Superior. Finally, in 1971 Superior became part of the University of Wisconsin System and acquired its present name.
Barstow Hall, named for regent Barney Barstow: science programs, Lake Superior Research Institute
Erlanson Hall, named for regent Clarence Erlanson: business programs, Distance Learning Center
Gates Physical Education Building, named for regent Clough Gates: classrooms and labs, Mortorelli Gymnasium
Holden Fine Arts Center, named for campus benefactor Paul Holden: communicating arts, music, and visual arts programs, Wisconsin Public Radio studios (KUWS/WHSA/WHWA/WSSU/WUWS), Manion Theatre, Webb Recital Hall
Jim Dan Hill Library, named for the university's fifth president (1931-1964)
Marcovich Wellness Center, named for regent Toby Marcovich: athletics, health and human performance programs, recreation, Thering Field House
Old Main, the oldest building on campus: Chancellor's Office, Provost's Office, Financial Aid Office, Center for Continuing Education, Bursar's (cashier's) Office, Center for Academic Advising, University Relations, Human Resources, Multicultural Center, Office of International Programs, Veteran & Non-Traditional Student Center, Transportation and Logistics Research Center, Thorpe Langley Auditorium
Swenson Hall, named for campus benefactors James and Susan Swenson: social sciences, education, languages, mathematics and computer science, Technology Services, First Nations Center, Student Support Services, Markwood Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Erlenbach Lecture Hall
Wessman Arena, named for regent Siinto Wessman
Yellowjacket Union: Admissions Office, Jacket Book and Supply, Union Cafe, Union Desk Information and Services, Rothwell Opportunity Center and student organization offices.
UW–Superior’s athletic teams, nicknamed the Yellowjackets, are affiliated with the NCAA’s Division III class and are members of the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC). Men's and women's ice hockey teams compete in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC). The men's hockey team won the NAIA national championship in 1976 and the NCAA Division III national championship in 2002.
The Stinger is the student newspaper for the University of Wisconsin–Superior. It began as The Peptomist, in 1920. Students voted to change the name to Promethean in 1974. The name was changed again at the start of the 2007-2008 academic year, when the publication also changed from a traditional broad-sheet format to tabloid format. In Fall 2009, The Stinger became primarily an online newspaper, publishing a print magazine compilation at the end of each term.