University of Wisconsin--La Crosse

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1725 State Street

La Crosse, WI 54601

Phone: (608) 785-8000
2013-2014 Tuition
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rolling admission

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#26 Overall Score: 62 out of 100. Regional Universities (Midwest)

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University of Wisconsin--La Crosse is a public institution that was founded in 1909. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 9,441, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 120 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Wisconsin--La Crosse's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 26. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,769 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $16,342 (2013-14).

The University of Wisconsin—La Crosse, known for short as UW—L, is a member campus of the Madison-based state university system. There are close to 90 undergraduate majors, and a variety of study-abroad options that about 20 percent of students utilize. Students have more than 180 clubs and organizations to join, as well as Division III sports teams, the UW—L Eagles, which compete in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and are supported by school mascot Colbert the Eagle.

For graduate students, UW—La Crosse grants degrees through its occupational therapy program, the Department of Physical therapy, and the College of Science and Allied Health; the business school; among others. Notable alumni of the University of Wisconsin—La Crosse include MLB catcher Vinny Rottino and former NFL player Bill Schroeder.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Founded as the La Crosse Normal School in 1909 with a focus on physical education and teaching, UW-La Crosse has grown to serve approximately 10,000 students. One of the 13 four-year campuses in the prestigious University of Wisconsin System, UW-L offers 90 undergraduate and 26 graduate degree programs, concentrations, and emphases. The university has three colleges: Business Administration, Science and Health, and Liberal Studies. In recent years, UW-L has positioned itself as one of the countrys best public universities. In 2011, US News & World Report ranked UW-La Crosse No. 2 among public universities offering bachelors and masters degrees in the Midwest, the highest ranking of any UW institution in its category. The university continues to be ranked in the Top 50 of the nations best value public colleges and universities by Kiplingers financial magazine. A commitment to excellence weaves throughout campus. It is the common thread that connects students, faculty and staff. UW-L has become the prominent intellectual engine that educates a high quality workforce for the region, and beyond. Many of the universitys accredited degree programs have earned distinction for excellence. Microbiology and exercise and sport science are designated as UW System Centers of Excellence. The College of Business Administration holds national accreditation. The 128-acre campus offers Wisconsins only nationally-accredited degrees in recreation management and therapeutic recreation, the UW Systems only nuclear medicine technology program, and the Midwest's only undergraduate archaeology major. UW-L added its first doctoral program, in physical therapy, in 2007. Through the La Crosse Medical Health Science Consortium, UW-L and its partners bring leading-edge health care to the 7 Rivers Region, along with a state-of-the-art health research and education facility. The universitys growing international efforts are gaining recognition: UW-L received the 2009 U.S. Department of Commerce Export Award for its impressive international student recruiting and programs.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1909
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $19,049,970


When applying to University of Wisconsin--La Crosse, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. The application fee at University of Wisconsin--La Crosse is $44. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 71 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 71.0%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Wisconsin--La Crosse is 20:1, and the school has 31.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Wisconsin--La Crosse include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Health Professions and Related Programs; Education; and Social Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 85.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 20:1
4-year graduation rate 36%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 20%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 13%
Health Professions and Related Programs 12%
Education 10%
Social Sciences 8%

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Student Life

University of Wisconsin--La Crosse has a total undergraduate enrollment of 9,441, with a gender distribution of 42.4 percent male students and 57.6 percent female students. At this school, 37 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 63 percent of students live off campus. University of Wisconsin--La Crosse is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 10,227
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

University of Wisconsin--La Crosse offers a number of student services including women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of Wisconsin--La Crosse also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of Wisconsin--La Crosse, 20 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of Wisconsin--La Crosse.

Students who have cars on campus 20%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Wisconsin--La Crosse, 50.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,185.

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In-state tuition and fees $8,769 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $16,342 (2013-14)
Room and board $5,950 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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