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ADMISSIONS


GRADUATE ADMISSIONS


ADMISSION ON PROBATION


CONDITIONAL ADMISSION


INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ADMISSIONS


SPECIAL NON-DEGREE GRADUATE STUDENTS


GRADUATE STUDENTS ADMITTED WITH ACADEMIC COURSE DEFICIENCIES


GRADUATE RE-ENTRY


GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS


GRADUATE ADMISSIONS

www.uwlax.edu/admissions

Students seeking admission to graduate study must apply electronically by completing the UW system application online at www.apply.wisconsin.edu.

In accordance with the University of Wisconsin System policies, graduate students applying to a graduate degree program must submit a $56 application fee. The application fee is non-refundable, does not apply to graduate tuition, and cannot be waived. If enrollment is delayed, the application fee can be applied to the next two consecutive terms including summer session.

It is the student's responsibility to make arrangements for official transcripts of previously established academic records (undergraduate and graduate) bearing the official seal of the institution(s) where course work was taken, to be sent directly from the registrar of each institution to the UW-La Crosse Admissions Office. Application fee and transcripts can be sent to:

Graduate Admissions Office
142 Cleary Center
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601
admissions@uwlax.edu

Admission consideration to graduate study will be given to students who meet the following requirements:
* A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
* An overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.85 on a 4.00 scale, or an average of at least 3.00 in the last half of all undergraduate work, or an average of at least 3.00 for no less than 12 semester credits of graduate study at another accredited graduate school (not applicable to the MBA Program). Some programs have higher grade point average admission requirements.
* Departmental or school/college admission to enter the graduate program. Many graduate programs require additional supplemental application materials. Please refer to the Web site of the program to which you seek admission for details.
* Satisfactory scores in all tests required by the program, department or college. Please refer to the program Web site for test requirements.

For more information, including the graduate catalog and a list of graduate program Web sites, please visit the Graduate Studies Web site at www.uwlax.edu/graduate/ ;


ADMISSION ON PROBATION

Students may be admitted on probation if they do not meet the minimum academic or graduate program admission requirements. Upon completion of nine graduate credits or two terms (whichever comes first) with a grade point average of 3.00 or above the student will be removed from probation. Students admitted on probation will be dismissed from graduate study if their cumulative GPA is below 3.00 after completing nine graduate credits or two terms (whichever comes first). 


CONDITIONAL ADMISSION

Students may be conditionally admitted to a graduate program while they are in the process of completing their undergraduate degree. Final admission is contingent upon maintaining their cumulative grade point average and submission of an official final college transcript from the college they are attending showing the conferment of their degree. The final official transcript is due 15 days after the degree is posted. 


INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ADMISSIONS

Admission procedures have been designed to assist international students who wish to earn a graduate degree. The Office of International Education coordinates the admission process of any applicant who is not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. 

International Graduate Admission Application materials can be requested from:

Office of International Education
1209 Centennial Hall
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI  54601 USA
Telephone: (608) 785-8016
uwlworld@uwlax.edu

To apply for international graduate admission, please follow the steps below:
1. Complete and submit the UW System admissions application form by one of the following methods:
     * Online at www.apply.wisconsin.edu (preferred)
     * Request a paper application be e-mailed to you from uwlworld@uwlax.edu
2. Submit a non-refundable $56 application fee. Enter credit card information when completing the online application or mail a money order, bank draft or U.S. check to the UW-La Crosse Office of International Education. Make payable to UW-La Crosse.
3. Submit a non-refundable $50 processing fee. Mail money order, bank draft or U.S. check to the UW-La Crosse Office of International Education. Make payable to UW-La Crosse. This must be paid separately from the application fee.
4. Complete a UW-La Crosse Background form at www.uwlax.edu/OIE/IA/Forms/BackgForm.pdf.
5. Submit official copies of academic credentials from previous institutions attended with literal English translation. Grade reports, transcripts and mark sheets from all colleges or universities attended must be submitted. A professional evaluation from Educational Credential Evaluators (www.ece.org) or World Education Services (www.wes.org) is required for all Physical Therapy program applicants with degrees from outside of the US.
6. Request an official TOEFL score report be sent directly to UW-L by ETS if English is not your native language. Minimum required test score is 550 paper-based, 79 internet-based. UW-La Crosse institution code is 1914. An official International English Language Test System (IELTS) score report is acceptable if the score is 6.0 or higher. For the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, the minimum required TOEFL score is 600 paper-based, 100 internet-based or a 6.5 on IELTS. Applicants whose TOEFL score is below 550 paper-based, 79 internet-based may be considered for conditional admission. Graduate programs may allow exceptions to the language proficiency admission requirements if there is evidence of a student's ability to succeed in the graduate program. Applicants who have earned a bachelor's degree from an English-speaking country are exempt from the TOEFL requirement.
7. Many graduate programs require additional supplemental application materials. Refer to the graduate program Web site for additional supplemental application materials:  www.uwlax.edu/graduate/gradprograms.htm.
8. Submit official GRE or GMAT score reports, if required. Please refer to the Web site of the program you seek admission: www.uwlax.edu/graduate/gradprograms.htm
9. Submit a completed Certification of Financial Resources Form with supporting bank statement. The form is located at www.uwlax.edu/OIE/ia/Forms/UGFinanceForm.pdf

International application materials should be sent to:

International Admissions
Office of International Education
1209 Centennial Hall
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI  54601 USA

Students will receive additional information regarding on-campus housing, registration, health examination requirements and orientation after admission to UW-La Crosse. 


SPECIAL NON-DEGREE GRADUATE STUDENTS

Students with a bachelor's degree seeking to enroll in graduate courses for which they are qualified but not wishing to pursue a graduate degree may be admitted with special non-degree graduate student status.  Special non-degree graduate students either may receive academic credit for courses successfully completed or may choose to audit. Auditors usually are not responsible for attendance or exams and therefore do not receive academic credit or grades for completed courses.

To apply for special non-degree graduate admission, complete the appropriate UW System application at www.apply.wisconsin.edu. Application fees and transcripts are not required. Students admitted as special non-degree graduate students register for classes after graduate degree seeking students and are not eligible for financial aid.

If special non-degree graduate students seek admission to a degree program at a later date, they must complete and submit a new application as a degree-seeking student. They may be considered for admission provided they have maintained a "B" average in graduate work and have met all other program requirements.  No more than 12 credits earned as a special non-degree graduate student may be applied toward a degree program at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Further, Deans and/or Program Directors/Coordinators may accept or reject credit taken as a graduate special non-degree student. 


GRADUATE STUDENTS ADMITTED WITH ACADEMIC COURSE DEFICIENCIES

Students with course deficiencies, who have been provisionally admitted to a graduate program, may be classified with the appropriate special student designation, and, at such time as the deficiencies are removed, may be admitted to the graduate program with the appropriate graduate classification. Such students would be exempt from the "12 credits as a special student" restriction policy statement. 


GRADUATE RE-ENTRY

If students voluntarily interrupt university enrollment for one semester or longer (excluding summer) while in good academic standing, re-entry status may be granted by applying to the Graduate Program Director, through the Office of Records and Registration. Applications should be made as early as possible but not later than one month prior to the beginning of the planned term of re-enrollment. Applications will be accepted until the enrollment limits have been reached. 


GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse offers a variety of graduate assistantships. Graduate assistantships include teaching (TA), research (RA), and program (PA) assistantships.  Graduate assistantships are awarded by the academic program/department. Students who are in good academic standing are eligible for a graduate assistantship. Student must be enrolled at UW-L for credit or GRC 799 to be eligible.  Graduate assistantships are awarded on a very competitive basis according to individual department/program criteria. Graduate program/departments may have additional eligibility requirements. Students may be awarded a graduate assistantship for no more than 4 semesters and 2 summers. Requests for exceptions to this policy should be submitted to the Dean of the College in which the graduate program resides.

To apply, the graduate student communicates directly with the department of intended degree work. The Financial Aid Office does not administer the graduate assistantship program. Assistantships are available to resident and nonresident students. Awards may be made for assistantships which require 14 to 20 hours weekly of responsibilities during each semester of the academic year. Those with 14-hour assignments may carry up to 14 hours of graduate credit and those with 20-hour assignments should not exceed 12 graduate credits each semester. Summer assistantships may be available. Graduate assistantships are limited in number and are awarded to specifically qualified applicants on the recommendation of the department chair or program director and with the approval of the respective dean.

Assistantships are not awarded to students admitted on probation. Graduate assistants must maintain a GPA of 3.00 or higher in order to retain eligibility for their awards. Tuition and fees are not waived for graduate assistants although the out-of-state portion of tuition may be waived in some cases. Further information and application forms may be obtained from department chairpersons and/or program directors.

UW-L complies with the Council of Graduate Schools Resolution regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees, and Assistants which follows: "Acceptance of an offer of financial support (such as graduate scholarship, fellowship, traineeship, or assistantship) for the next academic year by a prospective or enrolled graduate student completes an agreement that both student and graduate school expect to honor in that context. The conditions affecting such offers and their acceptance must be defined carefully and understood by all parties.

Students are under no obligation to respond to offers of financial support prior to April 15; earlier deadlines for acceptance of such offers violate the intent of this Resolution. (UW-L notation: this deadline assumes a program begins in fall semester. Programs beginning earlier may have an earlier acceptance date.) In those instances in which a student accepts an offer before April 15, and subsequently desires to withdraw that acceptance, the student may submit in writing a resignation of the appointment at any time through April 15. However, an acceptance given or left in force after April 15 commits the student not to accept another offer without first obtaining a written release from the institution to which a commitment has been made. Similarly, an offer by an institution after April 15 is conditional on presentation by the student of the written release from any previously accepted offer. It is further agreed by the institutions and organization subscribing to the above Resolution that a copy of this Resolution should accompany every scholarship, fellowship, traineeship, and assistantship offer.

Note to Students:
Financial Aid:  Graduate financial aid is awarded based on University enrollment status of degree seeking student. Students must be enrolled in at least 5 credits within a single semester or 5 credits during the summer to be eligible for financial aid. Students must be enr olled in at least 9 credits within a single semester or 9 credits during the summer to be considered full-time. Credits must be applicable to the student's declared degree program. Financial aid is reduced accordingly for students enrolled less than full-time, but at least half-time (5 credits).

International Students: Both F-1 and J-1 student visa regulations require students to be enrolled full-time each fall and spring semester. Unless otherwise obligated by the requirements of their program or special circumstances as already described, full-time enrollment is defined as no less than 9 graduate-level credits during the fall and spring semesters. Summer enrollment is not required by the U.S. federal government regulations for F-1/J-1 visa holders. However, summer enrollment may be required due to other circumstances; see summer enrollment requirements for capstone continuation, graduate assistantships, and program progress. Failure to maintain full-time status can result in loss of F-1/J-1 student benefits. Any exceptions to full-time enrollment must be authorized by the Office of International Education (OIE). Permission by OIE to drop below full-time enrollment does NOT exempt an international student from meeting the enrollment requirement for assistantships.

Approved by Graduate Council March 23, 2012