The campus is in a residential section of the eastern part of the City of La Crosse (city pop. 51,320; county pop. 114,638). A major point of interest on the “Great River Road” that winds north and south through 10 states along the Mississippi, La Crosse is on the east bank of the river below towering bluffs separated by steep-walled ravines known as coulees. The Seven Rivers Region is famous for its exceptional natural beauty. Abundant water, woodlands and varying terrain provide a year-round invitation to those who enjoy outdoor activities such as skiing, hunting, fishing, skating, riding, camping, and hiking. The community is at the western end of a statewide network of bicycle trails.
La Crosse is on direct transportation routes between Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison, and Minneapolis-St. Paul. It is served by Amtrak from (Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and westward and back) and bus lines. Scenic highways (Interstate 90 in particular) connect La Crosse with Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison, Rochester, and the Twin Cities. American Airlines and Delta Airlines provide regular flights to major Midwestern air terminals.