Visiting campus is a great way to see if UW-La Crosse is the right fit for you!
Please note: Visit options fill quickly during busy campus visit seasons (early-April, late-July, and August) and reservations should be made at least two weeks in advance.
Once you've decided to visit, we encourage you to review the campus map and directions to campus . The La Crosse Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Onalaska Tourism Commission provides additional information about our community and lodging options available to visitors.
Step #1: Identify who are you (as high school sophomore/junior, high school senior, Transfer, or Graduate Student)?
Step #2: Create a username and password
Step #3: Select Visit Option
Step #4: Review Confirmation E-mail
Print Parking Permit
Campus tours, lasting approximately one hour and led by a member of the Vanguard organization, are available at 11:00 a.m. and 2:15 p.m., Monday through Friday, during the school year while classes are in session. During the summer session, tours are offered at 11:00 a.m. only, Monday through Friday. The one hour walking tours include academic buildings, residence halls, dining facilities, recreation facilities and other student life buildings. Admissions counselors are available to answer questions at the conclusion of your tour.
If you are unable to make it to campus for a tour, please explore our virtual campus tour.
Please note: Tours are not offered August 29-September 7.
High School Sophomore/Junior
High School Senior
Campus Close-Ups provide prospective new students and families the opportunity to learn more about UW-La Crosse, including our academic programs, financial aid, and the admissions process. Members of the Vanguard organization lead a panel discussion about campus life, and the day concludes with a one-hour walking tour of campus led by a current student. The only cost to you for attending Campus Close-Up is lunch. View a sample agenda for the day.
Fall 2015 Campus Close-Up Dates
Spring 2016 Campus Close-Up Dates
Group Information Sessions are one-hour presentations by an admissions counselor designed to provide an overview of UWL and the new freshman admissions process. These sessions are followed by a one-hour walking tour of campus, led by a member of the Vanguard organization. Group Information Sessions are available at 10:00 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. on select dates during the fall and spring semesters and summer. Spring Group Information Sessions are for high school sophomores and juniors only. Summer and fall Group Information Sessions are available to all students.
Please note: Visit options fill quickly, and reservations should be made at least two weeks in advance. Once a visit option is full the visit will remain full until someone cancels their visit. The Admissions Office does not have wait list for visitors.
Tours are not offered November 26-29, December 17-January 24, March 12-20 and May 7-June 1, August 27-September 5
2015 Fall Group Information Session Dates and Times:
October 9 - 10:00 AM (FULL) & 1:15 PM
October 10 - 10:00 AM (FULL)
October 12 - 10:00 AM & 1:15 PM
October 14 - 10:00 AM & 1:15 PM
October 15 - 10:00 AM & 1:15 PM (FULL)
October 23 - 10:00 AM & 1:15 PM (FULL)
October 24 - 10:00 AM
November 6 - 10:00 AM & 1:15 PM
November 7 - 10:00 AM
November 20 - 10:00 AM & 1:15 PM
December 4 - 10:00 AM & 1:15 PM
December 11 - 10:00 AM & 1:15 PM
Individual appointments with a transfer admission counselor are recommended for transfer students who have not yet applied for admission. The appointment will include information about the application process and admission guidelines. Please note: If you are an admitted transfer student, please review the next drop down item titled "Individual Appointment for an Admitted Transfer Student".
Prospective Transfer Student
Admitted transfer students who have questions regarding registration and academic advising are encouraged to contact the Dean's Office for the College to which they are assigned. (See your admission letter if you are unsure.)
Please do not schedule an individual appointment to meet with a transfer admission counselor; instead, visit the Admitted Transfer Students webpage (Advising & Registration tab) for a listing of College contacts.
Individual appointments with admissions counselors are available from September through June and are designed for prospective students who are unable to attend a Campus Close-Up or a Group Information Session. We also encourage you to make a reservation for a campus tour. Please note: Tours are not offered March 16-20 (Spring Break), May 9-31 or August 29-September 7 but Individual appointments may still be available during these times.
Thank you for your interest in UW-La Crosse. Group visits are designed for groups of six or more students in grades 9 - 12 (ex: college access groups, organizations, clubs, or high school groups). We enjoy organizing information sessions and campus tours with the prospective college student in mind.
Group presentations can be modified to your group's desired level and can be modified in length. A two-hour visit is comprised of a one-hour admissions presentation followed by a one hour walking tour of campus. If your visit includes a tour it must be scheduled around the 11 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. tour times. Visits and tours are available during the academic calendar (September 2- December 10 and January 26 - May 8) and in the summer (June 2 - August 22). We ask for a minimum of three weeks notice before your intended visit.
While we try our best to accommodate additional requests (student panels and departmental presentations), these requests are not guaranteed. In addition, during busy times of year we may not be able to honor all visit requests as we plan our visits on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please notify the Admissions Office if you need to cancel, modify, or will be late for your campus visit. We ask for 48 hours notice to cancel your visit (excluding weather related/unavoidable issues). Late-arriving groups may not be able to participate in all scheduled activities.
To set up your special school/group visit at least three weeks in advance of your requested date, please contact Joshua Rybaski at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608.785.8939.
In preparation for your visit please have the following information:
If you are interested in learning more about the opportunities in art, communication, music, or theatre arts, then this event is for you! Arts and Communication Day will be November 6, 2015. To RSVP and for more information, please visit our Arts and Communication Day page. You must submit an RSVP by Oct. 16 to attend.
Please note: if you have forgotten your Visit Us password, please reset the password. You will need your username to reset it. If you have forgotten your username, please contact the Admissions Office and ask to have the Visit Us username looked up.
We are excited to have you visit campus. Please remember to schedule your visit so that we can prepare for your arrival. Parking instructions, including a permit, will be emailed to you after you schedule your visit with us. Please consider printing a campus map.
La Crosse and Onalaska Exits
From Interstate I-90, Exit 3, Exit 4 and Exit 5 all lead to the UW-La Crosse campus, but only the closest exit is listed below for each direction.
From the North (Hwy. 53): If traveling south on Highway 53 (go over I-90 at Exit 4). Follow Highway 157 to Highway 16. Turn right on Highway 16. Drive 3.5 miles and turn right on La Crosse Street and then left on East Avenue to campus.
From the West (I-90): Exit Interstate I-90 at Exit 3 onto US 53 South. Drive 3.9 miles and turn left on La Crosse Street; continue for 1.1 miles and turn right on East Avenue to Campus.
From the East (I-90): Travelers heading west to La Crosse on Interstate I-90 exit at Onalaska-La Crosse Highway 16 (Exit 5). Turn left onto Highway 16. Drive 4.8 miles and right on La Crosse Street and then left on East Avenue to campus.From the South: Highway 14, 61, and 35 enter the city on the south. Follow the green "UW-La Crosse" signs north on Losey Boulevard to Highway 16 (3.0 miles). Turn left on La Crosse Street and then left on East Avenue to campus.