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.

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