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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%

UW La Crosse Admissions

If you are planning on applying to UW La Crosse, the application fee is $25.

UW La Crosse Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of UW La Crosse's admissions stats.

UW La Crosse 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 20%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 1%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 69%
Waitlist Yes

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action No –– ––

Considering Applying Early to UW La Crosse?

UW La Crosse does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ Explore a list of some top colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

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How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to UW La Crosse?

Getting into UW La Crosse is moderately difficult. UW La Crosse evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, UW La Crosse accepted 74% of all applicants, about 5,259 from 7,117 applicants.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like UW La Crosse, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transferring to University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to UW La Crosse

UW La Crosse has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into UW La Crosse?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at UW La Crosse

Curious about the factors that are considered by UW La Crosse during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Class Rank Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Important
Application Essay Important
Volunteer Work Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Work Experience Considered
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered

Make sure to check with UW La Crosse for more information on admission factors.

UW La Crosse 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to UW La Crosse, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with UW La Crosse's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Transcript of High School Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Written Essay or Personal Statement

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into UW La Crosse?

Students admitted to UW La Crosse have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6.

Out of all students that were admitted, 63% submitted a class rank. At UW La Crosse 20% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 55% were in the top 25% and 95% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 3.48%
3.75 and 3.99 34.46%
3.50 and 3.74 30.85%
3.25 and 3.49 20.59%
3.00 and 3.24 8.76%
2.50 and 2.9 1.72%
2.00 and 2.49 0.14%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to UW La Crosse directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

UW La Crosse looks at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

UW La Crosse is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 1% of UW La Crosse's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 69% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for UW La Crosse?

To be competitive with other UW La Crosse applicants, you should strive to score between 1128 and 1310 (or higher!) on the SAT. At UW La Crosse 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1310 and 25% of scored lower than 1128, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of UW La Crosse students scored 633 or higher and 75% of students scored 568 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of UW La Crosse students scored 663 or higher, and 75% scored a 568 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for UW La Crosse?

To be most competitive at UW La Crosse, you should strive to earn between 21 and 26 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 26 means you fall in the 75th percentile for UW La Crosse's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 26, and three out of four students scored lower than 26 on the ACT.

A 21 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for UW La Crosse students. Only one out of every four students scored below 21.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to UW La Crosse. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in UW La Crosse during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

UW La Crosse Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to UW La Crosse?

❌ Students who are admitted to UW La Crosse must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department.

Does UW La Crosse accept transfer credits?

✅ UW La Crosse accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. UW La Crosse accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does UW La Crosse accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ UW La Crosse accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to UW La Crosse?

❌ No, UW La Crosse is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is UW La Crosse's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for UW La Crosse is 74%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at UW La Crosse?

❌ UW La Crosse does not offer early decision.

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UW La Crosse Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into UW La Crosse? UW La Crosse is a somewhat selective institution. The UW La Crosse acceptance rate is 74%. This means that the institution accepts 73 out of every 100 applicants.


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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1128 - 1310


Math SAT Range

548 - 633


Reading SAT Range

568 - 663

UW La Crosse GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At UW La Crosse, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.6. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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