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    Admission to UW-La Crosse is Competitive.

    For Fall 2015, we received nearly 7,000 applications for a freshman class of 2,050. Students completing rigorous courses, including senior year, will be stronger candidates for admission.The admission decision is determined by the primary and secondary factors in the application.

    Primary Factors for Admission Consideration
    • Course Rigor See chart below
    • Class Rank*/Cumulative Grade Point Average
    • Official ACT or SAT Scores (ACT code: 4672)

    *If a high school does not provide class rank, then cumulative grade point average will be considered in the admission decision.

    Middle 50% Range of Admitted New Freshmen A total of 25% of students we admit are above this range and 25% of students are below this range.
    ACT composite score: 23-27
    Class rank: 71st - 90th percentile
    Secondary Factors for Admission Consideration:

    While academic preparation is the primary criterion used in the admissions review process, we consider other nonacademic secondary factors that may contribute to the strength of an application, including:

    • Demonstrated leadership 
    • Extracurricular involvement
    • Special talent
    • Personal statement
    • Letters of recommendations (optional)
    • Adding a diverse dimension to our campus community

    Academic Preparation (Course rigor) for UW-La Crosse Applicants


    Course Subject



    Average preparation

    of an admitted applicant


    4 credits

    4 credits


    Algebra 1, Geometry, Advanced Algebra

    3 credits

    4 credits

    Natural Science

    At least 2 credits from biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, 

    or advanced courses in these disciplines

    3 credits

    4 credits

    Social Science/History

    3 credits

    4 credits

    Foreign Language

    No Requirement

    3 credits


    Chosen from the above areas, foreign language, fine arts, computer science, 

    and other academic areas

    4 credits

    2 credits


    17 credits

    21 credits

    Applying for fall term? 

    Apply beginning September 15. All complete applications received by February 1 will receive full consideration for admission. Applications received or completed after February 1 will be considered on a space-available basis.

    Applying for spring term?

    Apply beginning September 1. Applications will be considered on a space-available basis.

    To Apply, You Will Need to Submit:

    • The UW System application, available online at
    • A nonrefundable application fee, which you can pay online during the application or via check to UW-La Crosse. Please discuss with your school counselor if you think you may qualify for an application fee waiver due to family financial hardship.
    • Official ACT or SAT test scores, directly from the testing agency (ACT code: 4672). We cannot accept scores reported on high school transcripts. Applicants who have been out of high school for four years or more may have the ACT requirement waived.
    • Your official high school transcript.
    • Letters of recommendation are not required. 
      • We accept up to two letters maximum. 
      • You can mail, fax (608.785.8940), or email the letters as an attachment to
      • You may submit up to two letters of recommendation if you feel they would enhance the quality of your application.

    When will you receive an admissions decision?

    Once we have received all the materials required for your application, you will receive an admission decision in three to five weeks via USPS. You can also track your application status online through WINGS. Access information will be sent to students after they submit an application.

    Postpone List

    Some applicants may be placed on a postpone list, in which an admission decision is made at a later date. Review of the postponed students begins in early December and continues thereafter, dependent upon the number of applications received and space available in the freshman class. These applicants are typically contacted after the application priority date of February 1 with an update on their status. They will be notified of a final admission decision no later than May 1.

    If you have been admitted to UW-La Crosse, congratulations! Check out our admitted new freshman page to complete your next steps. 


    If you are taking college credit during high school through a UW System or Wisconsin Technical College System campus, determine how your credit will transfer using the  Transfer Information System Credit Wizard.