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UW La Crosse Admissions

If you want to apply to UW La Crosse, the application fee is $25.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.

UW La Crosse Admissions Stats at a Glance

UW La Crosse 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 23%
Mean SAT Score 1175
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 3%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 98%
Waitlist Yes

Applying Early to UW La Crosse?

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse does not offer early decision or early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How To Get Into University of Wisconsin-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 82% of all applicants, around 4,550 of the 5,563 students who applied.

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.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

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

What's Most Important to Get In to UW La Crosse?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are they consider most important 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 choose schools that put the most emphasis the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at UW La Crosse

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Very Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Important
Application Essay Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Important

UW La Crosse 2021-2022 Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

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, 66% submitted a class rank. At UW La Crosse 23% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 60% were in the top 25% and 96% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 66%
3.75 and 3.99 34.81%
3.50 and 3.74 28.62%
3.25 and 3.49 20.81%
3.00 and 3.24 8.52%
2.50 and 2.9 2.86%
2.00 and 2.49 0.33%

UW La Crosse considers 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 2021, 3% of UW La Crosse's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 98% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for UW La Crosse?

To be competitive with other UW La Crosse applicants, you should strive to earn between 1085 and 1250 (or higher!) on the SAT. At UW La Crosse 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1250 and 25% of scored lower than 1085, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a UW La Crosse student is 1175.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of UW La Crosse students scored 635 or higher and 75% of students scored 540 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of UW La Crosse students scored 635 or higher, and 75% scored a 540 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for UW La Crosse?

To be most competitive at UW La Crosse, you should strive to earn between 22 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 22 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for UW La Crosse students. Only one out of every four students scored below 22.

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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
  • ACE recommendations for credit

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 you can make the call whether to send your test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application..

What is UW La Crosse's acceptance rate?

UW La Crosse's acceptance rate is 82%.

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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 82%. This means that the institution accepts 81 out of every 100 applicants.



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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

22 - 26

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

26 and Above


22 to 26


22 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 24. Students with an ACT score of 26 and above have a good chance of getting into UW La Crosse. Students with an ACT score that falls between 22 and 26 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 22 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

UW La Crosse SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1085 - 1250


Math SAT Range

540 - 635


Reading SAT Range

540 - 635

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SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1250 and Above


1085 to 1250


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for UW La Crosse students is 1175. Applicants with SAT scores of 1250 and above have a good chance of being admitted to UW La Crosse, while applicants with SAT scores between 1085 to 1250 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1085 have a low chance of being offered a spot at UW La Crosse.

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.

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