University of Wisconsin in LA Crosse

Learn about the University of Wisconsin in La Crosse, WI. Read about its admission info, financial aid, and degree programs to make an informed education decision.

About the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

The University of Wisconsin - La Crosse was originally established as the La Crosse Normal School in 1909. The public university, which is often referred to as UW - La Crosse, or UW - L, is a member of the University of Wisconsin System that consists of 13, 4-year educational institutions.

Located in La Crosse, the school is situated on a campus that expands across 119 acres. Students can keep apprised of all the latest news through their weekly, on-campus newspaper, The Racquet. Entertainment and cultural activities include visiting the on-campus Art Gallery and events at both the Toland and Frederick Theatres.


UW - La Crosse has three colleges and two schools. UW - La Crosse's colleges include the College of Business Administration, the College of Science and Health, and the College of Liberal Studies. The two schools include the School of Arts and Communication and the School of Education.

The university offers 88 undergraduate programs with an average class size of 27 and a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1. Popular fields of study at the undergraduate level include marketing management, biology, psychology, elementary education and teaching, and kinesiology.

UW-La Crosse also offers a variety of master's degree programs, as well as a Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Some of the more popular fields of study at the graduate level include teacher education and professional development, school psychology, and kinesiology and exercise science.


Applications for future admission to UW - La Crosse must be sent to the school by February 1 for entry into the fall semester. For the fall 2012 semester, acceptance of applications started on September 15, 2011. Late applications are reviewed for possible acceptance as openings for spaces become available. Students interested in enrolling during the spring semester must submit their applications by September 1.

The process for submitting applications can be completed directly online at the UW-La Crosse's admissions website. Additional materials required include either ACT or SAT scores and an official high school transcript. For the fall 2010 semester, the university had 6,090 applicants of which 78% were admitted and only 39% enrolled.

Students receive credit for qualifying scores on examinations including CLEP (College Level Examination Program), AP (Advanced Placement), and IB (International Baccalaureate). Scores must be sent from the testing centers directly to the admissions office for assessment.

Tuition and Financial Aid

For the 2012-2013 academic year, the tuition rate for in-state and Minnesota students at the undergraduate level was $8,754. Undergraduate students participating in the Midwest Student Exchange Program paid $11,904 in tuition, while nonresident undergraduate students were charged $16,327 in tuition for the 2012-2013 academic year. Room and board was $3,500 for all students, regardless of residency.

Graduate tuition rates for in-state and Minnesota residents for the 2012-2013 academic year were $13,998 for both the occupational therapy and physician assistant programs. Nonresidents were charged $29,369 in tuition. The physical therapy graduate program charged $15,350 in tuition for in-state and Minnesota residents and $32,648 for nonresidents. Tuition rates for other graduate programs at UW - La Crosse were $8,671 for in-state residents, $9,133 for Minnesota residents, and $17,892 for nonresidents.

Students have a variety of payment options available to finance their educations. This includes federal grants and scholarships, federal student loan programs, and scholarships awarded by UW - La Crosse. Scholarships are generally given for academic excellence, though there are scholarships available to military families and an essay contest winner.

School Type 4-year, public**
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, master's, doctorates, certificate programs**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Small city**
Student Body 9,119 undergraduate students and 955 graduate students in fall 2011*
Student Housing 11 residence halls*
Schools and Programs Three colleges, two schools*; 88 undergraduate programs, 12 graduate programs, doctorate in physical therapy**
Student-Faculty Ratio 20 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: Biology (170)
Master's: Teacher Education and Professional Development (152)
Doctorate: Physical Therapy (35)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 34% in four years
69% in six years
71% in eight years**
Admission Rate 78% in 2010**
First-Year Retention Rates 85% (full-time students)
100% (part-time students)**
Entering Class Size Approximately 1,852 in 2010**
Average ACT Scores of Admitted Students In 2010, the middle 50% had an ACT Composite score between 23 and 26**
Undergraduate Application Due Date February 1 for fall enrollment*
Decision Notification Date Decision notifications mailed within 4-6 weeks of receipt of all application materials*
Tuition $14,754 for in-state and Minnesota residents and $22,327 for nonresidents (cost for the 2012-2013 academic year; includes tuition, fees, room and board, and meals)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) 2010-2011: Federal grants (21%), state and local government grants/scholarships (23%), institutional grants/scholarships (16%), federal student loans (58%), other student loans (6%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 74% in 2010-2011**

Sources: * University of Wisconsin La-Crosse, **IES Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Admissions Office, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, Cleary Center, 1725 State Street, La Crosse, WI 54601
  • Phone: (608) 785-8939
  • Website:

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