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Colleges / University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

La Crosse, WI 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate74%
Acceptance Rate74%

About UW La Crosse

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Overview

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is a public, state school in a small town setting in La Crosse, Wisconsin. UW La Crosse was founded in 1909 and the school presently has around 10,310 students a year, which includes 9,375 undergraduates. UW La Crosse ensures housing for up to 3,093 students. Most students live in off campus housing, and 70% of students spend their weekends on campus.

Student Involvement at UW La Crosse

Interested in music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? UW La Crosse students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Interested in Greek life? UW La Crosse has both fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? UW La Crosse has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at UW La Crosse on the Student Life page.

2022 UW La Crosse Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 74%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.6
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 1%
In-State Tuition $7,587
Out-of-State $16,405
Percent of Need Met 78%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $7,850

Is UW La Crosse a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" can mean different things for different people. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is.

Let's take a closer look at these factors to get a better sense of what UW La Crosse offers and if the college might be a good fit for you.

UW La Crosse Acceptance Rate 2022

It is moderately difficult to get into UW La Crosse. The university admitted 74% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 7,117 applications received in 2022, 5,259 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at UW La Crosse

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It is a way to measure how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Approximately 84% of first-year, full-time undergrads who start at UW La Crossecome back the next year. UW La Crossehas a six year graduation rate of 73 for undergrads. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for UW La Crosse Grads

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school.

Check with UW La Crosse directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2022, the total market value of University of Wisconsin-La Crosse's endowment was $38.1 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. The school spends $7,192 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at UW La Crosse

Tuition cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

UW La Crosse meets 78% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend UW La Crosse full-time are awarded $7,850 a year in financial aid, on average.

Graduates in the class of 2022 had an average of $26,188 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at UW La Crosse.

Based on this information, how does UW La Crosse sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is UW La Crosse a good school for you?

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Where is University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Located?

UW La Crosse is located in the small town setting of La Crosse, Wisconsin.

If you would like to see UW La Crosse for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 90 to La Crosse, or book a flight to the nearest airport, La Crosse Municipal (LSE).

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what UW La Crosse and La Crosse are like without leaving home.

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College Info

1725 State Street La Crosse, WI 54601-3742

Campus Setting: Small Town

UW La Crosse Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to UW La Crosse is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to UW La Crosse is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

UW La Crosse ACT Scores


ACT Range

21 - 26

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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UW La Crosse SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1128 - 1310


Math SAT Range

548 - 633


Reading SAT Range

568 - 663

UW La Crosse Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at UW La Crosse is like? There are approximately 10,310 students enrolled at UW La Crosse, including 9,375 undergraduate students and 935 graduate students. 94% percent of students attend school full-time, 81% percent are from WI and 19% percent of students are from other states.


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