Home of 10,000…Colleges?


Ok, ok, you got me: the title is clearly a bit of an exaggeration, and a transparent play on words referencing Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes. But in all seriousness, if you’re looking to further your education, Duluth is a great place to be.

Between Duluth and our next-door neighbor of Superior, Wisconsin, this community offers many post-secondary possibilities. And, there are plenty of options for non-traditional students who are also juggling a career and family, too.

Whether your goals are to earn a technical certificate, master’s degree, or even attend beauty school while living in Duluth, you’re in luck!


Superior’s Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC) offers programs covering everything from Broadband Installer to Dairy Herd Management. WITC offers more than 70 career programs, including career-focused associate degree programs, technical diplomas, short-term certificates, customized training, and a wide array of courses for personal or career enhancement.


Lake Superior College (LSC) in Duluth offers more than 80 technical degrees, along with liberal arts and science degrees. Students can save money by first doing their generals at LSC, and then transferring to a four-year college. LSC also offers the third-lowest tuition rates in the Minnesota State college system.

LSC offers unique programs in cutting-edge fields such as cyber security and 3-D printing. LSC has the distinction of being designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

A Rapid Prototyping and Design certificate to learn 3-D design and printing is one career track available through LSC. The Downtown Duluth Center's specialized facility offers state-of-the-art, high-tech training equipment including computerized machines, 3D printers and scanners, robotic welders, waterjet and plasma cutting, and CAD design software.


If you’re interested in a career in beauty, Cosmetology Careers Unlimited (CCU) has a convenient campus downtown, and they are locally owned and operated.


The College of St. Scholastica (CSS) is an independent private college with locations across Minnesota, including their original campus in Duluth. The Duluth campus is also home to the St. Scholastica Monastery and the Benedictine Living Community of Duluth. CSS offers undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs both online and on campus across a variety of disciplines.


The University of Wisconsin-Superior (UWS) is another great choice for your undergrad or graduate studies. Their top programs include:

  • Elementary Education
  • Communicating Arts
  • Business Administration
  • Biology
  • Physical Education
  • Psychology
  • Legal Studies
  • Social Work


Undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) can choose from fifteen bachelor degrees in 84 majors and 72 minors, as well as four certificates. UMD also offers graduate programs.

The University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus, and the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, Duluth, both have programs on the UMD campus. In addition to offering the EdD, UMD participates in two all-university PhD programs (one of which is located primarily on the UMD campus) and cooperates significantly in the delivery of a number of Twin Cities-based PhD programs.

Dedication to Non-Traditional Students

Although we’re certain that most, if not all, of the schools outlined here offer some sort of program dedicated to non-traditional students, space limitations restricted us to highlighting just two. So, we selected one from both sides of the bridge: LSC and UWS.

LSC’s popular eCampus offers more than 135 online courses along with a number of complete degrees available online, including associate of arts, accounting, paralegal, and web and computer programming. "Many of our students appreciate the scheduling flexibility because they’re taking classes while they’re also working a job or two, raising a family, and/or have other commitments in addition to college" said Daniel Fanning, LSC's Director of Institutional Advancement. "That is why Lake Superior College strives to offer many evening and online course and degree options to accommodate our busy students."

And, UWS is another institution who is proud of their programs for non-traditional students. “From transition in the first semester, all the way through graduation, UW-Superior is committed to ensuring our nontraditional students are able to integrate into the UWS culture as they are an integral part of our campus climate,” shares Monte Stewart, Veteran and Nontraditional Student Center (VNSC) Coordinator. “We understand the multiple life roles our nontraditional students have, so we make sure we are there to assist them in managing these roles, helping to eliminate barriers to success.”

Parting Words

No matter what your educational goals, one of our post-secondary institutions is bound to offer a program to fit your needs. And, with plenty of options for folks who also have a full life beyond school, your educational dreams can come true.

As John Keating, Robin Williams’ character in Dead Poets Society, would say: “Carpe Diem!” Seize the day...in Duluth!

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