About University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Founded in 1909, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. is a Public college. Located in Wisconsin, which is a city setting in Wisconsin, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 9,751 full time undergraduate students, and 886 full time graduate students.

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 19:1. There are 486 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate74%
Application Deadline
Application Fee50
SAT Range
ACT Range23-27

Admissions at UW-L are considered Selective, with ,116% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 32 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

98% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 70% were in the top quarter, and 24% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

2%
“We”re apathetic”
38%
“We know about current events and vote”
57%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
2%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
4%
“We save it for the classroom”
20%
“Sometimes, but not often”
59%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
17%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
6%
“I only go out in groups”
38%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
56%
“I feel extremely safe”
54%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
27%
“We bought the gear”
19%
“We live for the big game”
17%
“It”s not really our thing”
23%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
53%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
6%
“We”re a very artistic group”
1%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
67%
“They keep regular office hours”
32%
“They”re always available”
6%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
64%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
30%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
1%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
9%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
35%
“We only party on weekends”
56%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
6%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
57%
“There might be people who do”
33%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
4%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
2%
“We”re apathetic”
38%
“We know about current events and vote”
57%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
2%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
4%
“We save it for the classroom”
20%
“Sometimes, but not often”
59%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
17%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
6%
“I only go out in groups”
38%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
56%
“I feel extremely safe”
54%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
27%
“We bought the gear”
19%
“We live for the big game”
17%
“It”s not really our thing”
23%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
53%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
6%
“We”re a very artistic group”
1%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
67%
“They keep regular office hours”
32%
“They”re always available”
6%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
64%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
30%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
1%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
9%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
35%
“We only party on weekends”
56%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
6%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
57%
“There might be people who do”
33%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
4%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    214 Students rated on-campus housing 3.6 stars. 16 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    171 Students rated off-campus housing 3.7 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    219 Students rated campus food 3 stars. 6 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    227 Students rated campus facilities 4.2 stars. 42 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    227 Students rated class size 4.4 stars. 53 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    227 Students rated school activities 4.4 stars. 51 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    227 Students rated local services 4 stars. 41 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    227 Students rated academics 4.3 stars. 52 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of University of Wisconsin-La Crosse?

98 Students rated University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Nicholas - 01/14/2022

The campus itself is one of the most beautiful places on earth. The entire campus has no public roads running through it and is also walking space. The campus is full of "green space" which helps create a more "relaxed" feeling on campus. Every class is taught by the professor, not by T.A.'s. The professors are super easy to get ahold of, and respond in a reasonable amount of time. While the on-campus food is slightly disappointing, the dorms were a fun place to be last year despite COVID.

Madison - 07/22/2021

It is a well run school, but needs new head administrators. Absolutely love this campus

Mirra - 07/21/2021

I love the university because it is a very focused area. The campus has no commercial roads running through it, and all of the buildings are within 15 a minute walking distance from each other. The campus is very green and the grounds are kept very well maintained. Currently, they are working on renovating all of the original buildings one at a time to bring them up to speed with current structural expectations for comfort and efficiency. There is a new recreational building they are building in order to have more space for intramural sports and other fitness activities. Another aspect I love about the campus is how active it is, there are always people running or biking or playing a sport together in the open green spaces. I am very happy with my decision to attend here, and I have no regrets choosing La Crosse over the flagship school for the state.

Grace - 01/27/2021

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is a great community and campus to start my new adult life. I have met great friends, students, professors, and people in general. The buildings are great for classes, studying, or finding someone new to talk to. There are new opportunities all of the time to get involved around campus. I have gotten involved with some clubs and group fitness classes at the rec.

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is 74%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    The advice I will give myself will be that college isn't what the teacher in highschool tell you and that the professor in college are more lenient. Do your homework even though the professor doesn't assign it and study for exams. Take advantage of the services the college provides for the students, also try to make as many new friends along the way so that later on you can ask them for help when needed.

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  3. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    My school is a lot of fun people are friendly and the faculty makes it fun to learn. It is also very competitive

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  4. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    that when you transfer in they reset your GPA to 0.

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  5. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The worst aspect of UW-La Crosse are the program changes. The head departments have recently mandated that students take certain classes towards their major, and then they change the requirements for those classes. Students often take classes that later on do not count toward their major, so they have to pay tuition and stay for extra semesters to make up for those classes that were lost.

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  6. Describe the students at your school.

    My classmates are all driven, with the strong ability to succeed in whatever they set their hearts on.

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  7. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    One who shouln't attend UW La Crosse would be somone who doesn't like to get involved in extra curricular activities. Also, students are generally very active and fit on campus so if working out or recreational activities are not enjoyable to you, you may want to consider a different campus. UW La Crosse is a very highly ranked in academics so if you are not willing to work hard and keep up with school work to get a quality education then do not come to UWL. And finally, do not come here in search of a large campus.

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  8. What's unique about your campus?

    The best thing about my school is the textbook rental system. We pay to rent our textbooks for the semester, return them at the end, and our bookstore will buy back any other materials you had to buy additionally. This rental system is substantially cheaper than buying textbooks nowadays, plus you do not have to worry about what to do with all your old textbooks after the class ends!

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  9. What kind of person should attend this school?

    I think this school is great for anyone. UW La Crosse has a very friendly environment and the professors are ready to help whenever needed. If you want to be successful in college I believe this school is the one you should attend. There are tons of activities for one to get involved and be an active student here on campus.

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  10. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    My school is small and in a beauiful city. It only takes ten minutes to walk across campus, which is wonderful in the winter. Most people on campus are happy and will smile at you as you walk to class.

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  11. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    I am a new student to this school as a junior, so the most frustrating part is feeling overwhelmed with trying to figure out where to find information about anything and everything.

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  12. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    I tell everyone how beautiful it is in La Crosse and how wonderful the people are.

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  13. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    UW-La Crosse is best known for it's active campus. No matter the weather there are always people running or exercising. Once the snow melts and the temperature raises, everyone on campus is outside. People are always playing games like frisbee or football. We are also active in our thoughts and emotions. If someone sees something on campus that they believe reflects our campus poorly, they feel comfortable doing something to stop it. At UW-La Crosse we do not believe in letting live pass you by, we are active and jump right into life.

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  14. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    UW-L is a nice school in a really scenic area of Wisconsin. It's relatively small compared with other UW-campuses such as Madison, Whitewater, or Eau Claire, but students have smaller class sizes are more than likely going to get to know their professors personally. Top majors here are biology, pre-physical therapy (pre-anything medical, really), and teaching, although there are plenty of other majors personally. School spirit is definitely lacking-- although pretty much all students are athletic (i.e. club sports, itramurals, working out at the REC), being a Division III school, competitive athletics are not a big deal here. For nature lovers, La Crosse has plenty of trees, lots of trails and parks, and of course, the bluffs. Downtown La Crosse has lots to see and do-- the Rivoli Theatre plays movies at a very low cost, the Pearl ice cream shop is not to be missed, and the Root Note coffee shop is a great place to listen to jazz or just be a college hipster in general.

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  15. What's the Greek scene like?

    Although I am not the most reliable source, as I am not a member of any kind of sorority, Greek life is generally regarded as unimportant at UW La Crosse. I'm not even sure how many social sororities or fraternities there are, but I am pretty certain it's one, maybe two each. I do know a number of people who've "gone Greek", but it's a pretty small portion of the students on campus. It does seem like those who choose to join sororities/fraternities have fun, but again, if you're looking for a campus with super involved Greek life, La Crosse isn't it.

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  16. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    Popular student groups include Student Association (the student governance organization), various REC sport activities (intramurals, the rock climbing wall, working out, ZUMBA, yoga, etc.), CRU (campus crusade for Christ), College Democrats & College Republicans, Environmental Council, Newmann Center (for Catholic Students), and RHAC (the Residence hall council).

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Student Body

Students

56%

female

44%

male

9,751

Total Undergrad Enrollment

886

Total Grad Students

19%

Out-Of-State

80%

In-State

1%

International

Organizations

185

Student Organizations

4

Fraternities

2

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

30%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
2%
% Black or African-American
1%
% Hispanic/Latino
4%
% White or Caucasian
89%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

83% of students attending University of Wisconsin-La Crosse receive some sort of financial aid. 21% were awarded federal grants. While 57% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$17,612

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$120

Books and Supplies

$6,155

Room and Board

23,887

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$9,233
$30 - $48K
$10,639
$48 - $75K
$14,121
$75 - $110K
$16,793
$110K & UP
$17,296

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