Returning Adult Students Handbook




Welcome to the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse! Whether this is your first time as a university student or you are returning to campus, it is hoped that your time here will be fruitful. Please take the time to read through this handbook and familiarize yourself with the services that are available to you on this campus.

This handbook has been compiled by the Returning Adult Student Advisors in the Student Life Office with information provided by the university offices listed herein and is intended for the use of Returning Adult Students at the UW - La Crosse. Questions regarding the information should be referred to the respective office or agency under which it is presented. Suggested changes or recommendations for improvements or additions are actively solicited and should be provided to the Student Life Office, 149 Graff Main Hall. This handbook provides information that is most relevant and important to returning adult students who are new to this campus.

This guide should be used in combination with the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Student Catalog, the Eagle Eye student handbook, and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Timetable of Classes. These sites contain information regarding the university that is important for you to know.

UW-L Telephone Numbers: The area code for La Crosse is 608. The telephone numbers reported in this book are to be used when calling from an off-campus location. If you are using a campus telephone, you need only dial the last five numbers.

Student Life Office

The Student Life Office (SLO) staff are the primary advocates for students, and the office, as a referral agent, is the initial point of contact for nearly all problems related to students and student issues. All student disciplinary actions and withdrawals from the University, coordination of new student orientations, and administration of the Campus Child Center  program are through the SLO.

If you have a problem, question, or concern and are uncertain where to start, the Returning Adult Student Advisor in the Student Life Office is the best person to contact. Angie Lee is on staff in the office, and they also serve as the advisor for the Returning Adult Student Organization (RASO).

Free legal advice, by appointment, is also available in the Student Life Office through the services of attorneys retained for that purpose by the UW-L Student Association. The attorneys are generally available on Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and Wednesdays, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Please call 785-8062 to make a 15-minute appointment.

The Student Life Office offers several other services such as: emergency absence notification to instructors; contact in case of emergency; conflict resolution; investigation of student complaints; and response to incidents of sexual assault and sexual/racial harassment against students.


Advisor: Angie Lee, 608-785-8066,
Student Senate Representative:

The Returning Adult Student Organization (RASO) is organized to assist adult students throughout their university experience. The purpose is to promote the interests of returning adult students at UW-L. Membership is open and free of charge. Those who consider themselves "returning adults" are welcome to participate in this organization.  RASO is also represented on the Student Senate. If you have concerns or questions regarding student issues, please contact one of the advisors, the RASO President, or the RASO Senator.


Faculty advisers are assigned to each undergraduate student basked on chosen major. Students who have not declared a major are assigned to a faculty advisor in one of the colleges or to an adviser in the Academic Advising Center.  Academic advising plays an important role in helping students achieve their educational goals.  It is a process that encompasses student development along with the delivery of accurate, up-to-date information regarding career options, educational programs, courses of instruction, resources, and policies and procedures, to most effectively aid the student in pursuing their educational goals.

It is important fro students to consult their advisers regarding program development, major and career choices and concerns, course sequencing and course selection. Students are encouraged to make a connection with their adviser early in their college career. Students should schedule a minimum of one meeting with their adviser each semester.

Assistants to the Deans (listed below) are also available to assist students, and appointments may be scheduled through the respective Dean’s office. They are also especially useful in conducting "Degree Audits" to assure completion of all requirements, usually at the beginning of the student’s junior year and just prior to graduation. The Assistants are the best source of information concerning academic requirements and may be helpful if a faculty advisor does not have an answer or satisfactory response. Students who are dissatisfied with their faculty advisor should discuss this with the department chair or their respective Dean’s office for reassignment.

College of Liberal Studies (includes School of Arts & Communication and School of Education)
Sandra Keller, Room 260 Morris Hall, 785-5454
Troy Richter, Room 260 Morris Hall, 785-5454
Tim Walls, Room 260 Morris Hall, 785-5454

College of Science and Health
Carla Burkhardt, Room 228 Graff Main Hall, 785-8156 - Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geography, Health Professions, Mathematics, Microbiology, and Physics
Guy Herling, Room 228 Graff Main Hall, 785-8156 - Exercise & Sport Science, Health Education and Health Promotion, Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation

College of Business Administration
Amelia Dittman, Room 138 Wimberly Hall, 785-8090


Suite 1140, Centennial Hall, 785-6950
Director: Karla Stanek

UW-L’s Academic Advising Center (AAC) exists to help all students make effective, informed decisions about their academic work. Whether the issue you’re facing seems big or small, the Academic Advising Center is here to help you.

The Academic Advising Center can assist you in the following ways:

  • Identify a major that is consistent with your interests, abilities, and talents
  • Identify career possibilities within your chosen field of study
  • Understand the General Education program and its importance
  • Use WINGS, the university catalog, and course timetable
  • Help you explore your options for graduate school education

The AAC’s professional advisers, graduate student advisers, and undergraduate peer advisers work hand-in-hand with the faculty to help you set and reach your academic goals.  The AAC staff also provides students with information about available resources and services on campus. 

Please stop by the Academic Advising Center any time we can be of assistance.  Our goal is academic success for every UW-L student! Visit our web site for additional information.


Cleary Center, 785-8939
Director: Corey Sjoquist

If you entered the University as a transfer student and/or have questions related to transfer credit policies as they pertain to UW La Crosse, you can contact the Admissions Office.  Questions regarding the acceptance of transfer credits to fulfill General Education requirements or those of a specific college or program should be referred to your academic advisor.


Opportunities for Credit by Examination and Retroactive Credit

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse offers many opportunities for students to earn academic credit for what has been learned through education, study, or professional development.


Credit by Examination can save time and money by shortening the time in school and reducing tuition spending.  Several options are available, including:

·         Advanced Placement Program (AP)
College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
Departmental Credit by Examination
International Baccalaureate Examinations (IB)
Retroactive Credit
For more information on credit by exam opportunities, visit our web page at:

Advanced Placement Program (AP)
Students who have participated in the Advanced Placement Program (AP) in high school and have received scores of 3, 4, or 5 will receive academic credit.  Official transcripts of AP work must be submitted to the Admissions Office for evaluation to determine how academic credit will be awarded.  You can contact the AP Testing Center at or by calling (888) 225-5427.  UW-La Crosse’s AP school code is 1914. 

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a national program administered through the College Board.  UW-L will use the American Council on Education (ACE) guidelines and recommendations to award credit for subject examinations.  You should contact the Counseling and Testing Center (608/785-8073) for information about CLEP and to register for the exam.  If you have taken exams at other sites, you may submit the results to the Admissions Office for evaluation to determine if academic credit will be awarded.

Departmental Credit by Examination

Academic departments have on file an examination for credit for each course the department determines to be introductory, including courses applicable to the Skills Component of the General Education Program.  Please check with the departments and their Dean’s office to make arrangements for taking the test on campus.  A non-refundable fee will be charged for each examination and is payable at the Cashiers Office, 121 Graff Main Hall.  

International Baccalaureate (IB)
UW-L will accept all International Baccalaureate (IB) “HIGHER LEVEL” examinations with a score of 4 or greater.  Official IB transcripts should be submitted to the Admissions Office for evaluation.

Retroactive Credit
Students who enter with advanced preparation in foreign languages and mathematics may receive credit for that preparation by passing an advanced-level UW-L course with a grade of “B” or better.

For specifics, please contact the specific academic department or refer to the information provided by the department in the undergraduate catalog


Recreational Eagle Center, 785-8813
Director: Susan Wrobel

The Campus Child Center is a state licensed and nationally accredited early childhood program serving 
children ages 1 through 12.  The Center is open from 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. in the preschool area and 
7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. in the toddler area, Monday through Friday.  The Center is generally open the 
last week in August through the first week in June and is closed during the summer.

Campus Child Center reaches enrollment capacity each semester. It is recommended that families interested in receiving care place their name on the registration list as soon as possible. Please contact Sue Wrobel, 785-8813, for more information.



Suite 1140, Centennial Hall, 785-8514
Director: Karla Stanek

The mission of Career Services is to assist each student, including returning adults, in finding a meaningful career. Students are encouraged to stop by the office early to learn more about how they can be assisted. We offer the following services.

Individual Career Advising Appointments: Learn about the job market and employment trends in your field. Explore post-graduation options. Discuss job search strategies and career planning that matches your career and life goals.

Cooperative Education and Internship Program: Gain experience related to your academic and occupational goals. Planning for an internship begins early, often in your sophomore year. Attend an information session to learn more about applying for positions.

Eagle Opportunities: Register online to search for positions in your field and to share your resume with prospective employers. Interview on campus with employers from business, industry, government, and education.

Job Search Tools: Create and perfect your resume, cover letter and interviewing skills. We offer resume and cover letter critiques and mock interviews.

Graduate School Assistance: Meet with a career advisor for assistance with graduate school searches. We can provide assistance with the graduate school application process, personal statements and graduate school essays.

Career Events: Several major events are planned throughout the year to assist you with seeking internships, jobs and graduate school information.  

Presentations: Career Services staff speaks regularly to classes and student groups about career topics including resumes, cover letters, internships and job search strategies.


Dianne Hamann
121 Graff Main Hall, 785-8719 (if using e-mail, please include student ID#)

The Cashier’s Office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Student fee payments (tuition, residence hall fees, and meal plans) are processed in this office.  An e-mail that their student bill is available to view will be sent to the students' university e-mail account approximately 30 days prior to the due date of the bill.  It is the responsibility of the students to check their university e-mail account on a regular basis. Current charges may also be viewed on WINGS student center at (click on View My Bill).  No paper bill is mailed to students.

Payments may be made at the Cashier's Office window or placed in the drop box outside the Cashiers' Office during and after hours. Be sure your student identification number is on the check. In addition, students may pay their bill and make deposits electronically, via credit/debit card or electronic check (ACH withdrawal from a bank account). Electronic payments can be made through WINGS Student Center (click on Make a Deposit/Payment link and have all pop-up blockers turned off). 

There is a 2.75% convenience fee on all debit and credit card transactions. There are no fees for e-check transactions.  We currently accept MasterCard, Discover and American Express.  Unfortunately, we cannot accept VISA due to their convenience fee structure.  Credit/Debit cards are accepted on-line only; they are not accepted over the telephone or at the Cashiers’ Office window. If you have a debit card, you can do an e-check from the bank account the card is linked to and avoid all convenience fees. 

All students need to electronically sign the Terms and Conditions of Financial Responsibility. New students have a checklist (to-do) item in their WINGS Student Center for signing this agreement. By signing the agreement students agree to pay in full the amount of any fees, tuition, housing and meal plan costs and any other miscellaneous charges incurred in connection with the attendance at UW-L on the dates indicated by UW-L for each semester.  This agreement allows students to make payment in monthly installments and requires payment in full prior to registration for future terms.  A 1% finance charge will be assessed on any amounts not paid by the due date indicated on each student bill.  Due dates are approximately 30 days after charges are billed.  Students will be required to electronically sign this agreement at the time of registration for each term.  A copy of the Terms and Conditions of Financial Responsibility is available on the Cashier’s website:

Financial aid begins disbursing on the first day of classes for that term.  If financial aid funds applied to the student’s bill are more than the balance due; the balance is paid back to the student.  Overpayments are disbursed to students based on the refund preference chosen when a student activates their university ID card, the Tower Card. Please be sure to activate your card as soon as you receive it in the mail. Students’ refund preferences are: funds deposited into student’s One Account; ACH to a designated bank account; or a paper check mailed to the student.


Suite 2106, Centennial Hall, 785-8073
Director: Bridgette Hensley

The UW-L Counseling and Testing services are designed to help the college student adjust to the university environment, cope with the academic and social pressures, and prevent more serious problems from developing. The professional staff consists of psychologists and counselors who have considerable experience in helping students be more effective in their academic work, personal life, and their relationships with people. Counseling Center services are available free of charge to currently enrolled students.

Information shared in counseling sessions is confidential in accordance with Wisconsin statutes. Counseling records, tests, and related information do not become part of the official university record. The UW-L transcript does not reflect that a student received assistance from the Counseling and Testing Center.

Students may schedule an appointment with the receptionist at the Counseling Center in suite 2106 Centennial Hall. Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Time is reserved each day for walk-in appointments for students who need immediate assistance. Our campus telephone is 785-8073.

Some of the services most commonly used include the following:

Crisis Intervention: Students who are experiencing a personal crisis or tragedy should contact the Counseling Center for help in obtaining emergency services. After hours assistance is available at either area hospital or by calling the Great Rivers 2-1-1 a 24-hour telephone helping service at (800) 362-8255.

Individual Counseling: Individual counseling provides an opportunity to talk with a professional counselor about any topic or personal concern. Although each situation is unique, students often discuss family problems, stress and anxiety, loneliness, relationships, choosing a major, handling crisis situations, making decisions, coping skills, and study problems. Students are occasionally referred off-campus to appropriate community resources.

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs: If you are concerned about your own or a friend's/family member's alcohol or drug use, you may receive consultation, assessments, short-term counseling, or referrals to a number of community resources to help address these concerns.

Test Anxiety and Study Skills Assistance: Each semester the Counseling Center offers workshops and individual sessions on test-taking skills and managing test anxiety. The Center is also a place where you may receive assistance with note taking, time management, speed-reading, and textbook study.

Career Testing: Several times during the semester, the Campbell Interest and Skill Survey and Myers Briggs Type Indicator are administered to students who want to use the results to help select a major and explore different careers. This testing complements the information available to students who use the DISCOVER program. Contact the Counseling and Testing Center for information about career testing.

National Testing: National testing programs are administered for UW-L students and others in the local community. These tests include the ACT, Wisconsin Regional Placement Test, CLEP Test, Graduate Records Exam, PPST, Medical College Admission Test, Graduate Management Admission Test, and the Miller Analogies Test. Applications and information on dates, fees, and locations for these tests are available at the Counseling and Testing Center. A Computer Based Testing Site is also located in the Center. Call (608) 785-8968 for more information about the various tests that are offered via the computer based format. 


Penny Tiedt, Director
Room 205 Morris Hall, 785-6500

The Office of Continuing Education and Extension (CEE) works with faculty and departments to extend the instructional, research, and public service resources of UW-La Crosse to individuals and organizations in western Wisconsin communities and in other parts of the state. Some programs attract national and international audiences. Returning adult students attempting to cope with the time constraints of family and job demands may find the unconventional scheduling and delivery of credit courses helpful.

You and your families are welcome to participate in continuing and extension programs. Most non-credit programs have a registration fee. Some professional conferences offer a discounted student fee. The office staff can provide additional information and help students register in any of these programs. Call for a copy of Life Times, the semester schedule of Continuing Education programs.

Credit Outreach Courses: Graduate and undergraduate courses are offered off-campus for part-time students, primarily K-12 educators and health and human service professionals. CEE also administers the Learning Community program within the Master of Education Professional Development (MEPD) program in partnership with the School of Education.

Distance Education Courses: UW-Extension offers a variety of credit and non-credit correspondence courses. UW-L and other UW institutions also offer a growing number of mediated courses, which utilize the internet, two-way interactive television, public television, audiotapes, videotapes, and other technologies.

Non-Credit Instructional Programs: Conferences and workshops and other non-credit instructional programs are conducted for selected professional audiences, as well as the general public. Non-credit certificate programs are offered in the areas of gerontology and autism. Learning in Retirement programs are offered specifically for older adults. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or health education continuing education contact hours are awarded when appropriate


165 Murphy Library, 785-6900
Director: Barbara Stewart

The University is committed to providing equal educational opportunities for all students. The Disability Resource Services Office provides services to students identified with disabilities.  Students who request accommodations that are disability-related are required to contact this office.  Documentation of their disability will be required in order to receive accommodations.  Students with a physical, sensory, diagnosed learning disability, AD/HS or a psychological disability are provided a variety of services from which to choose through Disability Resource Services.

Services available for students with disabilities may include, but are not limited to: disability advising, note-taking, lecture/textbook taping, test-taking accommodations, readers, interpreters, tutoring, pre-registration, accessible computers, and support groups. Some students with disabilities may also  qualify for services from the Student Support Services Grant on campus, but they first need to register through the Disability Resource Services Office. Even those students who have a mild disability, one that does not usually interfere with academic work, may find it beneficial to discuss their adjustment to campus life with a staff member.


Room 215 Graff Main Hall, 785-8604
Director: Louise Janke

The Student Financial Aid Office (FAO) awards approximately $40 million dollars in the form of state and federal grants, loans, and jobs to about 7000 students each year. All financial aid applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at File the FAFSA by March 15 for priority consideration, although applications are accepted throughout the academic year. Other documents may also be required.

Information about UW-L scholarships is available at

Students may want to search for private scholarships at This site has information on many searchable scholarship databases that are available free of charge.

The UW-L FAO participates in the Federal Job Locator Program. Information about on-campus and off-campus jobs is posted on the FAO website,

The FAO is open 7:45 to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Lower Level, Health Science Center, 785-8558
1300 Badger Street
Director: Dr. Brian Allen

The Student Health Center provides student-centered primary health care to students registered at UW-L. The staff consists of a Director, Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Medical Assistants, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Medical Lab Technologists, Health Information Manager, and office staff who are experienced in working with the health care needs of college students.

All UW-L students are eligible to use the Student Health Center. The fee is automatically included in the tuition statement for students who are registered for a minimum of 7 credits during the fall and spring semesters or a minimum of 3 credits during summer session. Students who are not enrolled for the minimum credits may also use the Health Center after they pay the Student Health Fee. Please visit our website for more information on fees:

You can access the health center by scheduled appointments, same day appointment and an urgent care clinic for emergent needs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Scheduled appointments are available on Wednesday evenings from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Appointments can be scheduled by calling 785-8558.  If you need emergency medical care when the Health Center is closed, you should go to either local hospital's emergency room or walk-in clinic. You are required to show your UW-L picture ID every time you visit the Health Center.

Services provided by the Student Health Center include:

· Primary Care
The Health Center provides all the services of a primary care clinic. Some of the services provided are physical exams, asthma care, acute illness, dietary counseling and mental health. The center is open between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays during the fall and spring semesters. A limited number of appointments are available on Wednesday evenings. Students may call 785-8558 to schedule an appointment. Please note that a $10 charge is assessed for missing an appointment without sufficient notification.

· Urgent Care
Students can call 785-8558 to make same day appointments for acute illnesses. The Health Center has same day appointments available each day the clinic is open. An urgent care clinic is available during office hours for assessments of urgent medical needs and injuries.  After hours urgent care is available at one of the local hospitals or clinics (Gundersen Lutheran, Mayo Clinic Health System). Costs for care at other hospitals or clinics are not covered by the student health fee and are the responsibility of the student.

· Minor Surgical Procedures
Procedures requiring only local anesthesia can be preformed at the Student Health Center.  These include treatment of ingrown toe nails, wart removal, incision and draining of abscesses, and mole removal.

· Minor Injury Care
The Student Health Center provides care for sprains, strains, lacerations requiring stitches, burns, and fractures. The Health Center has x-ray services available fro a nominal fee (~$30) which includes reading by a radiologist.  Students needing injury care after Health Center hours or on weekends should utilize one of the local emergency rooms or Urgent Care walk-in clincs (see Urgent Care above).

· Gynecological & Reproductive Services
The Student Health Center provides reproductive services including annual gynecological exams, PAP testing, contraceptive services, genitourinary care, STD testing, and colposcopy.

· Laboratory Services
The Student Health Center Laboratory provides a wide variety of services, both in-house and through contracted laboratories.  The Health Center Laboratory also offers routine blood counts, Strep, Mono testing, and urinalysis.  A laboratory utilization fee of $4.00 is charged for each visit to the laboratory regardless of how many tests are done.  Some laboratory tests have a nominal fee and students will be informed of this charge prior to the testing.  Laboratory testing from outside physicians can also be done here at the Student Health Center along with a $10.00 administrative charge for supplies, faxing, or mailings.

· Allergy Injections
Allergy injections can be arranged at the Student Health Center for a fee of $5.00 per visit, regardless of the number of allergy injections received during the visit.   

· HIV Testing and Counseling
Confidential HIV testing is provided at the Student Health Center. Counseling referrals are available to help students make healthy lifestyle decisions.

· Immunizations
The clinic offers a variety of immunizations to help you meet program requirements and to prepare for international travel.

· Physical Therapy Services
The Health Center Physical Therapy Department provides a wide range of evaluation and non-operative treatment services for different musculoskeletal conditions including sport-related injuries and back and neck pain. The PT Department also provides comprehensive rehabilitation for students who have undergone orthopedic surgeries. The state-of-the-art PT facility features selectorized and inertial equipment, as well as a Swim-Ex therapeutic pool.  PT evaluations and re-evaluations are covered by the student health fee-there is no additional charge for these.  A rehabilitation fee (currently $10) is charged for each course of in-house treatment each semester. (

· Web Page
The Health Center provides students with a web page for medical information. The web address is

 · Consultation & Referral
With a student’s written permission, consultations and referrals occur with several on/off campus offices, e.g. Dean of Students, Counseling and Testing Center, Disability Resource Services, Athletics, International Education, Residence Life, County Health Department, local hospitals/clinics.

Students are not required to have insurance to receive care at the Health Center. Payment of student fees covers this cost. However, you are strongly encouraged to obtain supplemental hospital-accident insurance to cover such expenses as hospitalization, emergency services, specialist care, X-rays, pharmacy, and ambulance transport. These costs are not covered by the Student Health Fee. If coverage is available through an insurance plan, you are urged to have the name of the carrier and policy/subscriber numbers available on campus. If you are not covered under a policy, a supplemental insurance plan is available through the University. Extra brochures and applications are available a the Health Center and on our website:

General Information
All information in your student health record is entirely confidential and is not released to anyone without your written consent. You may schedule an appointment with the Health Information Manager to review your medical records.


UW-L's Inclement Weather Plan is invoked in the most serious times when conditions make travel to and from campus dangerously imprudent or other events cause serious safety concerns.

When inclement weather (dangerous temperature, snow, ice, wind or rain) or other events (electrical failure, chemical spill, etc.) strike, Protective Services will confer with the Chancellor or designee prior to 5:45 a.m. for day and 1:45 p.m. for evening classes and events to determine if classes and events are canceled. Based on changing conditions, the plan can be implemented at any time.


103 Wing Technology Center, 785-8774

Information Technology Services provides computing, network, and educational technology services. A variety of services for students for students available including computer labs, a help des, training, e-mail, file storage, and Web services.

GCA (General Computing Access) Labs and Resources
General computing access labs are available in several locations on campus and are open at least 80 hours per week. Labs can be found in Murphy Library, Wimberly Hall, and Wing Technology Center. Computers in the labs run Windows XP and Macintosh operating systems. A variety of application software including Microsoft Office is also available.  Equipment available in labs includes CD-Rom burners, scanners and laser printers. You can learn more about our labs at:

ITS Support Center
Free computer help is available to students through the ITS Support Center on campus. This help includes assistance with campus e-mail, file storage, Microsoft Office products, other campus-supported software, hardware recommendations and more. The ITS Support Center serves as a first line of contact for technology questions. Call us at (608)785-8774, or stop by 103 Wing Technology Center. More information and hours are available online at:

Free Computer Training
All UW-L students are eligible for free computer training. Training is available on Microsoft Office applications, HTML, electronic portfolios, scanning, and other common technology. A schedule of sessions is published each semester and individual sessions can be scheduled. More information is available at:

UW-L’s Student Technology Fee covers the cost for providing Norton Anti-Virus at no additional charge to full-time students. If you want to install the campus anti-virus software, look at the following:

The UW System, Microsoft, and Adobe allow students to purchase software at reduced prices from the Wisconsin Integrated Software Catalog website. Check out the following website for product information

Eagle Apps Powered by Google
UW-L e-mail is provided by Google and is called EagleApps because it offers more than just e-mail. In addition to Google's e-mail service (gmail) we are also able to provide document sharing and collaboration through Google Docs, calendaring through Google Calendar, and instant messaging using Google Chat.  More information can be found on our getting started  with EagleApps website,  Many forms of official campus communication are sent through campus e-mail addresses, so it is critical that all students use their EagleApps accounts.  Assistance with e-mail is available from the ITS Support Center.  Student e-mail addresses are created following registration and will be located on the WINGS Student Center by early July.

Online File Storage
Online File Storage is provided on a central file server that allows students to store documents and other files in a central location.  Online files are also available to students from home or from any campus computer lab.  The University provides 200MB of storage for each student.  Assistance is available through the ITS Support Center.

 For more information regarding technology support, please either call 608.785.8774, stop in 103 Wing Technology Center, or visit the ITS website at:


130 Recreational Eagle Center, 785-5225

UW-L students study hard, work hard, and play hard. Once you put down your books check out the Rec Sports Department. We have programs and facilities designed to help you stay active, meet new friends, and reduce your stress levels.

Recreational Eagle Center

*Climbing Wall * 200 meter Elevated Track
* 2 Racquetball Courts * 4 Basketball Courts
* 6 Volleyball Courts * 2 Badminton Courts

* Computer Kiosk for student e-mail

* Baseball/Softball Batting Cage
* Club Sport Office * Outdoor Connection ( equipment rental)

* Aerobics Studio

* Martial Arts Room
* First Aid Room * Vending Machines
* Vending Machines * Courtesy Phone/Pay Phones
* TV Lounge/Other Lounge Areas * Locker Rooms and Day Lockers
* Shower Rooms * Campus Child Center

Mitchell Hall

* Swimming Pool * Climbing Wall
* 200 Meter Elevated Track * 3 Racquetball Courts
* 3 Basketball Courts * 6 Tennis Courts
* Indoor Ropes Course * Strength & Fitness Center
* Dance Studio * Multi Purpose Room
* Wrestling Room * Vending Machines
* Locker Rooms and Day Lockers  

Outdoor Connection Gear Rental: With rugged bluffs, scenic valleys, and the majestic Mississippi flowing through, the La Crosse area has many opportunities for you to begin your first or next outdoor adventure. UW-L offers programs that will teach you new skills before you start that outdoor activity. There are also many opportunities to take part in group excursions and earn certification in different activities. with state of the art training facilities and a wide variety of equipment for rental use, you'll have all of the tools you'll need to start exploring.

Group X Classes: UW-L offers a variety of exercise classes that meet all different types of interests, fitness levels, and schedules. For everything from kickboxing and step aerobics to power yoga, the fitness program offers it all.

Intramurals: The Intramural Sports Program is one of the most popular UW-L extracurricular activities on campus. The program provides a great way to meet new people and continue playing the sports you have grown to love. Intramurals offers team, dual, and individual sport leagues where participants compete for the coveted intramural champion t-shirt. You can organize your own team or utilize the free agent list. The Rec Sports staff organizes the leagues, supervises play, monitors and tracks league standings, and organizes the tournaments; all you have to do is be a good sport and have a great time.

Special Events: The Recreational Sports Program and Student Activities and Centers offer a variety of unique recreation/sport events throughout the year. there is something for everyone and activities include: tournaments, skill competitions, road races, endurance challenges and mini festivals held in the R.E.C.

Climbing Wall: The sport of rock climbing is a great alternative to traditional exercise; it develops strength, improves endurance and increases self-confidence. Whether you are a beginner or experienced climber, UW-L's climbing wall has something for you. This state of the art facility simulates a variety of rock formations and utilizes hundreds of moveable hand and foot holds to provide participants a fun mental and physical challenge. The climbing wall is located in the Recreational Eagle Center and all essential climbing gear is available to UW-L students at no charge (includes: harnesses, belay devices, climbing ropes, and shoes).

Club Sports: Travel, camaraderie and good times are a few hallmarks of the UW-LK Club Sport Program. Club Sports provide support and leadership to sport and recreation oriented student organizations. Each club is organized and led by students for students. Active clubs include: Akido, Alpine Ski Team, Bowling, Lacrosse, Martial Arts, Men's Rugby, Men's Soccer, Men's Volleyball, Snowboarding, Trekker Outdoor Ski Club, Ultimate Frisbee, Water Ski and Wakeboard, Women's Hockey, and Women's Rugby.



Director: Anita Evans
Main Office: 785-8520
Reference Desk: 785-8508

Murphy Library provides services, facilities, and programs designed to support the needs of UW-L students. While school is in session, the facility is open every day of the week with hours posted at the entrance (or check:  The library also has a coffee shop, Murphy’s Mug, which serves Caribou Coffee products, sandwiches, and light snacks.

The library website ( is the campus gateway to a multitude of licensed and proprietary electronic materials including 192 professional information databases, sophisticated search and retrieval tools, help resources, and interactive online reference services.

The online catalog provides access to the library’s 546,766 volumes and includes links to e-books and credible Internet sites. Books and documents may be checked out for 30 days by undergraduates and 60 days by graduate students, both with two renewals allowed. The online catalog also allows users to find and request materials from other UW-System libraries.

The periodicals collection consists of more than 25,424 full text journals available electronically through subscription databases, hundreds of current print subscriptions, over 300 current electronic subscriptions, and a bound backfile of more than 57,979 volumes. A searchable periodicals holdings database provides specific location and linking information for all print and electronic periodicals available to Murphy Library users.

Computer facilities include dozens of desktop computers, laptops available for checkout, and wireless access throughout the library. Electronic library materials are available campus-wide, and in most cases from off campus.

Staff members are available to provide assistance at the Reference Desk on the main floor and at other service points throughout the building. The Reference Department offers individual consultations as well as email reference service, both of which may be initiated through the library website. Tours and integrated library instruction sessions are also offered throughout each semester.


525 East Avenue, 789-9000
Chief: Scott Rohde

The University maintains a full-time 24-hour law enforcement service staffed by fully certified law enforcement officers.  They provide the normal range of assistance, investigation, and law enforcement services generally required on a college campus.

Parking permits for commuter lots may be purchased at the University Police Department and $160/semester, $224 per academic year, and $96 ($32 per session) for summer session. There are parking meters conveniently located around campus and daily permits can be obtained for $5/day.  Meters on campus are provided for short-term parking. Payment for the use of a metered space is required even if the vehicle displays a university permit. The current charge is $.75 for 60 minutes. Enforcement hours for gray conventional university meters are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday (Saturdays, Sunday, and legal holidays are exceptions, unless otherwise marked). Parking regulations on campus are strictly enforced, and fines ($10-$65) may be paid at the University Police Department.  If not received within ten days, the fine is doubled. Tickets issued by the La Crosse Police Department must be paid by mail or at the City Municipal Building.  Both agencies participate in the Vehicle Registration Program as a means of ensuring payment.  For more information regarding University parking, please refer to


Room 117 Graff Main Hall, 785-8576
Registrar: Chris Bakkum

This office provides a variety of services pertaining to enrollment and student academic records.  The major functions include class registration, class drop and add, transcript services, and  enrollment verification.  The staff is also assigned responsibility for Veterans’ Affairs (GI Bill).  Students needing information on any of these services should feel free to stop by the office or call.

Registration Procedures: Registration is held in November/December for Winter Intersession and spring term and in April/May for the summer and fall terms. Each student is given a specified time to register based on the number of credits earned. Appointment times are listed in the WINGS Student Center at Please consult the current semester Class Timetable on the Web for more information. The basic steps of registration are as follows:

1.  See your faculty adviser prior to your registration time to discuss your academic program. You and your advisor will have access to your advisement report through the WINGS Student Center.

2.  Pay your $100 deposit. (You can do this on the Web with your credit card.)

3.  Check open classes on the Web timetable or on WINGS Student Center at The WINGS class search is searchable by a variety of criteria.

4.  Prepare several alternative schedules.

5.  Check the Class Timetable on the Web for instructions for registration. You will need to log into WINGS with your password to register.

Late registration takes place at the beginning of each semester if the enrollment limits of the University have not been met. Students in degree programs should make every attempt to register during the regular registration period. 

Drop and Add Procedures: You may change your schedule using WINGS Student Center prior to the beginning of the semester and during the first five days of each semester. You may drop classes until one week after mid-semester without affecting your grade point average.  Drops are not permitted after that time. Drops after the first five days of the semester require the instructor or adviser’s signature. These timelines refer to full-semester courses. Specific details and dates may be found in the Class Timetable on the Web. 


Fee Payments: A $100 deposit is due before you register.  You will not be able to register until this deposit is paid as well as any past bills. Payments may be made on the Web. 

Transcript Services: An official copy of a student’s academic record will be released to you or your designee (by written consent only) at any time.  A fee of $8.00 is charged for each official transcript. You may not obtain official transcripts if you owe the University money.  Students with an active UW-L e-mail account can access an unofficial enrollment record through WINGS Student Center at any time.


Students may obtain an advisement report on-line at any time via WINGS Student Center  “What-If” searches may be done to determine how completed courses would fit into a different major. 


Enrollment Verification: You may obtain verification of your enrollment through WINGS Student Center, which will connect you to the self-service verification site.


Grades: Grades are not mailed to students at the end of the term. You may access them via your WINGS Student Center.


Veterans' Benefits: All students who intend to use veterans' benefits should report to the Records and Registration Office each semester. Students who receive tuition reimbursement through state programs must pre-apply within 30 days of the start of each semester. Two Web sites that are particularly helpful for students collecting benefits are the State VA Web site at and the Federal site at


212 Cartwright Center, 785-8888
Director: Larry Ringgenberg

University Centers is responsible for the facilities of Cartwright and Whitney Centers, which include the University Dining Service, facility reservations, event support services, campus programming, student organizations, and involvement opportunities both on campus and within the community. The administrative offices are located in 212 Cartwright Center for individuals needing assistance or wishing to provide feedback on various services and programs. Some specific areas of interest to returning adult students include:

Facilities: Cartwright Center serves as a focal point for students on campus. Some of the services available include dining areas, study rooms, vending machines, and lockers. Also available are copy machines, two ATM machines, a computer lab, television lounges, and a Returning Adult Student Lounge located in 230 Cartwright Center. You may use this lounge to study, to hang out, or to relax between classes.

Dining Areas:

Tower Tender:  Tower Tender is like cash; it is convenient and allows for flexibility. It also provides a cost savings since sales tax is not charged on food items.  It may be used in all food locations on campus, the UW-L Bookstore, selected soda machines, and selected copy machines. It can be used to purchase tickets for university events at the Cartwright Information Counter. Tower Tender may be purchased at the Cartwright Information Counter, first floor of Cartwright Center, at the Tower Card Office, Room 223 Cartwright Center, or on-line at Minimum deposit is $10.00 to open the account; the amount can be billed to your university account. Please note that Tower Tender can be transferred from fall to spring semester and spring to summer but not from spring to fall semesters. Students can add Tower Tender to their university account using a credit card at the following website:

Involvement:  A focus of University Centers is student involvement, both on campus and within the community. Even short-term involvement helps an individual feel more included in campus life. You can explore student organizations by visiting the following website: or by checking out volunteer opportunities at

Programming:  University Centers is responsible for programming Campus Activities Board events, Distinguished Lecture Series, Celebrating UW-L:  Family, Friends, & Alumni Weekend, and other social activities. Participation in campus events and activities is strongly encouraged.

University Reservations and Event Support Services:  University Reservations and Event Support Services schedules all rooms in Cartwright Center and several rooms in academic buildings. This office assists students, university and community groups with event planning, including conferences, workshops, concerts, entertainment, speakers, meetings, and non-scheduled academic functions. You may reserve rooms to work on class group projects or to study, when rooms are available. You can reach University Reservations and Event Support Services by phone at 785-8892, or stopping by Room 223 Cartwright Center. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.



Suite 2131 Centennial Hall, 785-8535
Director: Mary Coady

This office administers a federally funded program that provides academic assistance. To qualify you must meet one of the following requirements: first generation college student (neither parent graduated from a four-year college), financially disadvantaged, or physically and/or learning disabled.

Intensive academic advising is one of the components of this program. In addition, as a participant you are eligible for comprehensive academic assistance in reading, writing, study skills, and math. Because there is a limit on the number of students that Student Support Services can accommodate, enrollment is offered on a "first-come, first-served" basis.