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La Crosse, WI : Overlook from Granddad Bluff


About the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse 

Welcome to the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, a vibrant learning community rich with multi-talented students, faculty, and staff.  La Crosse is situated between towering bluffs and the mighty Mississippi River.  The natural beauty of the 7 Rivers Region on the Upper Mississippi makes this one of the most scenic areas in the country.  We take great pride in the fact that Kiplinger's and U.S. News & World Report rank UW-L as one of the finest public comprehensive universities in the country.        


Founded in 1909, UW-L is one of 13 four-year institutions in the University of Wisconsin System with approximately 9,000 students.  UW-L offers a wide array of undergraduate programs and a variety of graduate programs in three colleges:  Liberal Studies (including the School of Arts & Communication); Science and Health; and Business Administration, as well as the School of Education.  The university is consistently rated first among the UW System comprehensives in terms of first year student ACT scores, class rankings and retention rates.


We are an inclusive learning community that values the varying perspectives that come with diverse faculty, staff and student populations.  We strongly encourage our students to broaden their perspectives through international experiences and diversity-related courses and programming, and support faculty and staff in international teaching, research, and service.


We are proud of our diversity and believe students, faculty, and staff all are enriched by our exposure to differing ideas, opinions and cultures.  We strive to be a leader in Wisconsin’s movement toward increased diversity and inclusiveness.  For example, we routinely assess the campus climate and have conducted an equity study to explore how diverse students, faculty, and staff experience UW-L.  We believe that employees from diverse backgrounds are critical to achieving excellence as a nationally recognized institution of higher education.  We seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.  We strongly encourage applications from persons with diverse backgrounds and experiences.


The campus embraces diversity, a commitment that has increased minority and international students, faculty and staff.  Students take part in an array of organizations and community service.  In addition we have a lively arts community and one of the finest NCAA Division III programs in the country.  Intercollegiate teams compete in 19 sports and have produced 21 national championships since 1990.


Employees at the UW-La Crosse share in the loyalty and pride in being part of the important work done on this campus. UW-La Crosse provides opportunities to enhance the quality of life and promotes a healthy work life/family life and safe, drug-free environment while accommodating employees' special needs.


All of this makes UW-L a wonderful place to explore your passions and pursue your dreams. 



The city of La Crosse (pop. 52,000) combines the beauty of the winding Mississippi River and scenic, towering bluffs with a diversified economy and educated populace. Three colleges, two world class medical institutions, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, a restored nineteenth century downtown business district, and a number of galleries and art centers have made La Crosse a regional center for culture, entertainment, medical care, shopping, sports and four season recreation.  With Minneapolis 2 1/2 hours to the northwest and Madison, Wisconsin, 2 hours to the southeast, La Crosse enjoys small-town charm with larger city benefits.  Densely-wooded coulees (gorges between bluffs), three rivers, and lush marsh provide prime locales for running, skiing, hunting, fishing, skating, boating, camping, biking and other outdoor pursuits. 


The university offers much to the region - cultural events, regional and national conferences, prominent speakers, applied research, professionals with varying expertise, a large workforce, and numerous faculty, staff and student community volunteers.  UW-La Crosse works cooperatively with the city's other higher education institutions and area elementary and secondary schools.  Also, the university led development of a consortium among the city's higher education institutions and major health care organizations to bring cutting-edge health care to the region, along with a state-of-the-art health research and education facility.


For the past century UW-La Crosse has been the prominent intellectual engine that educates a high quality workforce for the region.  The university remains proud of its regional heritage and looks forward to retaining its prominence in the area's economic vitality.


La Crosse has been voted one of the ten best cities in the U.S. in which to live.





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Last Updated: 03/28/14