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Why UW-L is Your Distinct Choice

  • U.S.News & World Report ranked UW-L third for Midwest regional public universities in its 2010 edition of “America’s Best Colleges.”
  • Kiplinger’s most recent ranking placed UW-L 34th on its list of the 100 best values in public colleges across the country — the second highest ranking of only three Wisconsin schools to make the list.
  • The American Association of State Colleges and Universities placed UW-L among 12 universities nationally for successfully graduating students. UW-L was the only Wisconsin university or college on the list.
  • In June. 2009 edition of U.S.News & World Report La Crosse was ranked as one of the top ten places to live nationally.
  • Based on a study by Sperling’s Best Places and Country Home magazine, the city of La Crosse is ranked 13th in the nation on a list of “Best Green Places” (2007).
  • UW-L ranks No. 24 in Peace Corps volunteers nationwide among medium-sized colleges and universities.
  • UW-L has two Fulbright Scholars in 2009: Music Professor Soojin Ritterling, visiting Korea to conduct research, and graduate student Mai Choua Xiong, researching in Hong Kong.
  • Six of this spring’s nuclear medicine technology (NMT) graduates were awarded Paul Cole Scholarships. Only 16 of these prestigious awards are given nationwide. In April 2009, NMT student Jim Ironside was awarded first place for his research presentation at the Central Chapter of the Society of Nuclear Medicine conference in Chicago.
  • For the ninth straight year the volleyball team has earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award. It’s the longest active streak in NCAA III. UW-L finished 2008 with a 3.34 team GPA.
  • UW-L’s Beta Kappa Chapter of Sigma Tau Gamma has won the national organization’s 2009 Edward H. McCune Distinguished Chapter of the Year Award. It’s the highest honor for an undergraduate chapter which recognizes outstanding academic, philanthropic and leadership achievements.
  • UW-L’s Awareness Through Performance program won the 2009 Program Achievement Diversity Award from the state’s Council on Affirmative Action and Office of State Employment Relations.
  • UW-L is in the Top 20 colleges and universities nationwide for the proportion of students who study abroad according to the Institute of International Education — Open Doors Report.
  • In April, UW-L hosted the 23rd annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). With more than 3,000 people in attendance it gave our students a rare opportunity to participate in the most important and visible undergraduate research conference in the U.S.
  • Two 2009 May theatre arts majors received full scholarships to attend graduate programs at the University of Indiana and Florida State University; 35 percent of psychology graduates are accepted into graduate programs.
  • The UW-L Golden Key International Honour Society chapter has earned the highest level of recognition nationally 14 of the last 15 years.
  • The UW-L medical dosimetry program became the first online program — and fourth traditional study program — to receive accreditation in the country.
  • UW-L is among only 12 institutions cited nationally by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for its success in linking campus culture and university leadership to outstanding graduation rates.
  • UW-L’s retention rate (freshmen returning as sophomores) is 87 percent and boasts a graduation rate (degree within six years) of 67 percent, both second only to Madison in the UW System.
  • UW-L’s academic profile for incoming freshmen consistently ranks first among comprehensive universities in the UW System (based on ACT and class rank).
  • UW-L’s Physics Department, a recipient of the UW Regents Teaching Excellence Award, has the largest number of undergraduate majors in the UW System. It is seventh in the nation in bachelor’s degrees awarded.
  • La Crosse athletes have a long tradition of winning, including 24 national championships and many conference titles since 2001.

Unmatched Value

UW-L's tuition is among the lowest of any comprehensive public university in the Midwest

Undergraduate Costs

(2009-2010 academic year)

Tuition and Fees

(Textbooks are included in the cost of tuition)

Resident status Cost
Wisconsin $7,510
Minnesota $7,510
(Minnesota residents must file for reciprocity)
Midwest Student Exchange $10,190
(MSEP) Students who are residents of Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska or North Dakota
Nonresident $15,082

Room and Board


(Same cost for all students)

Students Receiving Aid - 71%

2009 New freshmen profile

Median high school class
rank is at the 84th percentile

32% graduated top 10%

79% graduated top 25%

94% graduated top 40%

Average ACT score is 24.9

40% scored 26 or higher

90% scored 22 or higher

The People of UW-L

Total enrollment 2008-09 9,900
Undergraduates 8,634
Graduate 1,266
International 290
Female 59%
Male 41%
Faculty size 508
73% hold doctorate or terminal degrees
Students represent 43 states and over
350 international students from 50 countries.

Academics at UW-L

Undergraduate majors  88
Average Class Size 29
Freshman to Sophomore Retention Rate 87%

UW-L offers over 170 student organizations in the following areas:

  • Diversity Organizations
  • Religious and Spiritual Organizations
  • Student Government
  • Social Activism Organizations
  • Fraternities and Sororities


  • Over the last five years, an average of over 98% of UW-L graduates seeking employment found work within six months of graduation.
  • Over the last five years, an average of 22% of UW-L graduates went on to attend graduate or professional school within of a year of graduation.
  • Nearly 900 students per year participate in the UW-L Internship Program.
  • In April 2009, UW-L hosted the 23rd annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). More than 3,000 people attended, with presentations from 298 universities and colleges from 34 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and three Canadian Provinces.
  • UW-L is ranked 17th in the nation in terms of the proportion of students who study abroad.
  • UW-L is one of the few American universities to offer international internships to students regardless of their major. In cooperation with academic departments, students may intern abroad while participating in study abroad programs, or intern directly with an international organization.
  • Ethnic minority enrollment hit a high of over six percent of the student body in Fall 2009.
  • 61% percent of undergraduate students attending UW-L receive financial aid.
  • Scholarships awarded by the UW-L Foundation for 2009-10 totaled $398,846, which included 411 student recipients.
  • Nine residence halls currently have capacity for 2,700 students. Once our new residence hall is built and available for occupancy at the start of the fall 2011 semester, we will 10 halls with a capacity of 3200 students
  • Eighty-five undergraduate programs and emphases in 44 disciplines; 28 graduate programs and emphases in nine disciplines.

Information as of January 2010