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Colleges / University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

La Crosse, WI 4-Year Public

About UW La Crosse

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is a public, state school located in the small town setting of La Crosse, WI

Founded in 1909, UW La Crosse currently enrolls around 10,457 students a year, including 9,479 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

UW La Crosse's endowment was valued at $32,889,850 in 2021. The school spends $7,471 for each full-time student enrolled.

2021 Admissions Facts About UW La Crosse

Acceptance rate: 82%

Average GPA: 3.6

Mean ACT score: 24

Mean SAT score: 1175

Early Decision or Early Action: No/No

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date:

What's the acceptance rate at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2021?

It is moderately difficult to get into University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Around 82 percent of all applicants are admitted to UW La Crosse each year.

The average high school GPA for a student at UW La Crosse is 3.6 on a 4.0 scale. The mean composite SAT score is 1175. The mean ACT scores is 24.

In 2021, 0 applicants were waitlisted and 0 students were ultimating offered a spot off the waitlist.

Is UW La Crosse a good school?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at UW La Crosse, around 86 percent return for their sophomore year. Out of the 1,985 students who started at UW La Crosse as first-time freshman, 872 graduate within four years.

UW La Crosse's six-year graduation for undergrads is 71 percent. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61 percent for public schools and 67 percent for private.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. In 2020, students graduated with an average of $26,066 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

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 the real question to ask yourself: is UW La Crosse a good school for YOU?

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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

Continuous processing

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

23 - 27

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

27 and Above


23 to 27


23 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to UW La Crosse is 25. Students with an ACT score of 27 and above have a good chance of getting into UW La Crosse. Students with an ACT score that falls between 23 and 27 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 23 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

UW La Crosse SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1130 - 1300


Math SAT Range

560 - 645


Reading SAT Range

560 - 645

UW La Crosse Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees


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Cost Breakdown
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State Tuition

Student Life

Wondering what life at UW La Crosse is like? There are approximately 10,558 students enrolled at UW La Crosse, including 9,595 undergraduate students and 963 graduate students. 94% percent of students attend school full-time, 82% percent are from WI and 18% percent of students are from other states.


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