University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (often referred to as UW-La Crosse or locally as UW-L) is a four-year public coeducational university the belongs to the University of Wisconsin System. This public university is primarily an undergraduate institution, but it does offer an array of master's degrees, and one doctoral degree.

UW-L offers bachelor's degrees in roughly 90 fields of study and academic disciplines and master's degree programs with concentrations in 8 fields of study. Two of the most popular programs at UW-L include Exercise and Sport Science and Microbiology–both of which have be nationally recognized for their excellence. Other top programs include Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation–the only two nationally-accredited degrees of their kind in Wisconsin. UW-La Crosse also is the only school within the University of Wisconsin System to offer undergraduate archaeology and nuclear medicine technology degree programs.

U.S. News & World Report has ranked the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse 4th among public universities in the Midwest and first among comprehensive UW System institutions. UW-L athletic teams and student athletes compete in NCAA Division III sports and belong to the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC).

General Information

Admission Office

1725 State Street, 115 Graff Main Hall

La Crosse, WI 54601

(608) 785-8939

Fax: (608) 785-8940

Contact: Kathryn Kiefer

Associate Director of Admissions
Main Address

1725 State Street

La Crosse, WI 54601

(608) 785-8000

Total undergrads: 8,634

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,784

Degree-seeking undergrads: 8,426

Graduate enrollment: 1,142


Urban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $44

Online application fee: $44
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 66%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 87%

College Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B
Microbiology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
International Business B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Elementary Education B
Health Teacher Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

French B
German B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Clinical Laboratory Science B
Community Health/Preventative Medicine B
Nuclear Medical Technology B
Physician Assistance B
Recreational Therapy B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

General Studies A


Mathematics – General B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B
Parks/Leisure Facilities Management B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

Archaeology B
Economics B
Geography B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(608) 785-8000
Type of School:4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address:1725 State St, La Crosse, WI 54601-9959
Setting:Not available
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:10,637
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):67%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:19 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:8,232 (77% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$9,091
Out-of-state Tuition:$17,612
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:83%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$2,920

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences31
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services61
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services1
English Language and Literature/Letters1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics3
Health Professions and Related Programs75
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities1
Mathematics and Statistics2
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies22
Philosophy and Religious Studies1
Physical Sciences2
Public Administration and Social Service Professions1
Social Sciences5
Visual and Performing Arts3
Grand total14518

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services1
Health Professions and Related Programs11
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies1
Grand total15

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$120

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid1,72183%
Grant or scholarship aid1,26161%$2,920
Student loan aid1,18357%$6,539

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid4,19043%$4,449
Federal student loans5,42356%$6,060

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled University of Wisconsin-La Crosse students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants6,5882,6833,905
Percent admitted100%70%77%
Percent admitted who enrolled32%32%31%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment10,637
Undergraduate enrollment9,751
Graduate enrollment886

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Accreditation

This institution is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
    • Occupational Therapy (OT) - Professional Programs (4049 Health Science Center)
    • Occupational Therapy (OTM) - Programs leading to a Master's Degree
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
  • Council on Education for Public Health
    • Public Health Programs (PHPB) - Baccalaureate and Graduate level programs offered outside a school of public health
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
    • Medical Dosimetry (MD) - Programs for medical dosimetrists
    • Radiologic Technology (RADTT) - Programs for radiation therapists
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
    • Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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