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College Profile: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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The University of Wisconsin–La Crosse (also known as UW–La Crosse, Wisconsin-La Crosse, or UW-L) is a public university located in La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA. It is part of the University of Wisconsin System, and awards Bachelor's, Master's and one Doctoral degree. Originally known for its nationally recognized physical education (dolly) program, UW–La Crosse now offers 87 undergraduate programs in 44 disciplines, and 26 graduate programs and emphases in eight disciplines. Many of the university's accredited degree programs in science and business are now gaining recognition. Microbiology and exercise and sport science are designated as UW System Centers of Excellence, and the College of Business Administration holds national accreditation. UW-La Crosse also offers Wisconsin's only nationally-accredited degrees in recreation management and therapeutic recreation, the UW System's only nuclear medicine technology program, and the Midwest's only undergraduate archaeology major. UW-L regularly receives national recognition as a leading public university. U.S. News & World Report ranked UW-L second among Midwestern public universities offering bachelor's and master's degrees in 2005 and 2006, and again in 2007 and 2008 as third. The university is also recognized as a “best value” among the nation’s public colleges by Kiplinger's Personal Finance. UW-L is ranked 31st (out-of-state) and 33rd (in-state) nationally in the February 2007 edition of the magazine. The Princeton Review named UW-La Crosse as one of America's "Best Midwestern Colleges" and a "America's Best Value College" and Men's Health magazine ranked UW-L the 10th fittest campus in the country in 2005 and 12 fittest in 2006. The UW-La Crosse athletic teams compete in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, which is in the NCAA's Division III. They have won 51 NCAA national titles in nine different sports, including 34 since 1991. UW-L is one only of six institutions in NCAA Division III history to finish in the top 20 all 10 years of the Director's Cup, which includes all 433 NCAA Division III schools.
1725 State St
La Crosse, WI
608-785-8000 (general)
608-785-8604 (financial aid)
608-785-8067 (admissions)


General Information
Other Names
Type Public, 4-year or above
Control Public
Size 10,000 - 19,999
Campus Setting City: Small
Calendar System Semester
Title IV Eligibility Participates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Relgious Affiliation Not applicable

College Student Services Offered
Yes Remedial ServicesYes Academic/career counseling service
Yes Employment services for studentsYes Placement services for completers
Yes On-campus day care for students' children   

College Special Learning Opportunities
Yes ROTCYes Distance learning opportunities
Yes ROTC: ArmyYes Study abroad
No ROTC: NavyNo Weekend/evening college
No ROTC: Air Force   

Sources: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
More info

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Website

Admissions Considerations & Recommendations
Open admission policy No
Admission test scores Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language Required

Applicants (most recent fall period)
Admissions (most recent fall period)
Percentage of Students Submitting Test Scores
SAT Percentile Scores
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ACT Percentile Scores
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Percentage Receiving Financial Aid
Average Amount of Financial Aid Received
Average Tuition for Full-Time Undergraduates
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Average Tuition for Full-Time Graduates
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Comprehensive Fee for Full-Time Undergraduates
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Per Credit Hour Charge for Part-Time Undergraduates
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Per Credit Hour Charge for Part-Time Graduates
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Student Body
11,197 Student Body SizeYes On-Campus Housing
6,477 Fall Applicants3,394 Total Dormitory Capacity
4,953 Fall Admissions

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College Levels Offered
No Less than one year certificateYes One but less than two years certificate
Yes Associate's degreeNo Two but less than 4 years certificate
Yes Bachelor's degreeNo Postbaccalaureate certificate
Yes Master's degreeNo Post-master's certificate
No Doctor's degreeNo First-professional degree
No First-professional certificate

All Academic Programs
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