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VISITING THE CAMPUS
NEW FRESHMAN ADMISSIONS
Concurrent High School/UW-L Enrollment and Youth Options
MATHEMATICS AND ENGLISH PLACEMENT
TRANSFER STUDENT ADMISSIONS
TRANSFER CREDIT POLICIES
SPECIAL NON-DEGREE STUDENTS
REENTRY AND READMISSION
No person will be denied admission to the university or to
any of its programs or activities (either academic or non-academic, curricular
or extracurricular) because of gender, race, color, creed, religion, national
origin, disability, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital or
parental status, or relationship to employees of this university.
If you wish to visit the university, please contact the
Admissions Office, 115 Graff Main Hall, phone (608) 785-8939. Tours of the
campus are conducted Monday through Friday at 11 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. when school
is in session. Summer session tours are at 11 a.m. only. All scheduled tours
originate in the Admissions Office. Appointments made in advance are recommended
for tours. Overnight accommodations for students only
may be available upon request by contacting the Residence Life Office,
Six special visitation days, called Campus Close-Up, are
held during the academic year. Programs begin at 9:30 a.m. and end after a 2:15
p.m. campus tour. Call the Admissions Office at (608)785-8939 for information.
Admissions counselors and other university representatives
visit high schools in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa each year. The
university is also represented at Wisconsin Education Fairs, Minnesota Education
Fairs, national fairs and college night programs.
To request UW-La Crosse information, you may write to the
Admissions Office, 1725 State St., La Crosse, WI 54601,
or call (608)785-8939, or e-mail
. You also
may access UW-L information on the Web at www.uwlax.edu/admissions
Applications for admission can be sent electronically by
accessing the Web at
UW System paper application may be obtained from the Admissions Office or a high
school guidance office.
enrollment is limited and competitive, it is advisable to apply for admission as
early as possible. This requires submitting the following items to the
Admissions Office, 115 Graff Main Hall:
1. a completed UW System application.
2. an official high school transcript.
3. a non-refundable application fee.
official American College Test (ACT) or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores
sent directly from ACT/SAT (may be waived for non-traditional students.)
Applicants for admission as new freshmen must satisfy the
following minimum requirements to be considered.
I. Graduation from a recognized high school or the equivalent.
A. A recognized high school is
1) one operated by a
public school district; or
2) a private school
accredited by an association that is certified by the U.S. Department of
Education and is listed in the Federal Register as an approved accreditation
association (accreditation by other associations approved by the University of
Wisconsin System is also acceptable); or
3) a private school
not accredited under 2 above that may be “recognized” by an institution in
the UW System based upon performance of previously admitted graduates from that
B. Applicants who have not graduated from high school or
who lack the necessary class rank or required pattern of high school academic
units may be considered for admission
1) they hold a High
School Equivalency Diploma and score at least a 2250 on the General Education
Development (GED) test. High school equivalency applicants normally may not be
enrolled unless they are a minimum of four years past their expected date of
high school graduation.
2) on the basis of
individual background and experience, there appears to be a reasonable
probability of success in the university. (High school transcript required.)
II. Completion of the following 17 high school credits is minimal
preparation and is required
for admission. Applicants
are strongly recommended to take advanced courses beyond the required 17 high
A. 4 credits of English.
B. 2 credits of algebra and 1 credit of geometry.
C. 3 credits of natural science with 2 credits from
biology, chemistry, physics, earth science or advanced courses in these
disciplines. Unified and Integrated Science I and II courses will be counted on
a one-for-one basis.)
D. 3 credits of social science (i.e., anthropology,
economics, history [U.S. or world], political science [civics/government],
psychology or sociology.)
E. 4 academic credits from the above and/or in the arts,
computer science, or other academic areas.
admitted on the basis of a high school equivalency diploma are considered to
have fulfilled these minimum subject matter requirements.
The ACT or SAT is required and scores must be submitted from ACT/SAT prior to an
official admission decision. The ACT/SAT may be waived for non-traditional
of Wisconsin Regional Placement test scores in mathematics and English.
V. Due to enrollment limitations, admissions shall be prioritized
based on high school rank and ACT/SAT scores. Even applicants who meet all
published requirements are not guaranteed admission. Candidates for admission
must satisfy requirements I and II along with high school class rank and ACT/SAT
score requirements for admission in good standing.
Category Qualifications Status
class rank in candidates
composite score of
at least 23 (SAT 1070)
and rigorous high school
ACT composite score of
(SAT 1180) and class rank in
upper 30% and rigorous
high school academic courses
Does not meet
Priority I as space
but ranks in available
in upper 20%
achieves an ACT
composite score of 21 (SAT 950)
and rigorous high school
Does not meet
Priority I or II but on a
ranks in upper 60% space
of class and rigorous available
high school basis.
to institutional and UW System priority objectives and the need to provide the
social and cultural diversity essential to a comprehensive university,
exceptions to the above policies may be made to provide admission opportunities
for special populations including, but not limited to: minority/disadvantaged
students, international students, veterans, non-traditional students, and those
with special talent.
High School/UW-L Enrollment and Youth Options
UW-L offers enrollment for high school students who wish
to pursue university course work while completing their studies in high school.
Applicants must have completed at least the ninth grade and preferably the
eleventh grade before entering the university. Special admission is granted only
to those highly qualified applicants who demonstrate that they can benefit from
entrance into college and who have exhausted all high school course work in the
educational disciplines for which they plan to enroll.
The Youth Options (Wisconsin Act 27) program stipulates
that qualified Wisconsin juniors and seniors in high school may attend post
secondary institutions and the school districts might be responsible for tuition
and fees for the course.
Registration for courses as a high school student is
subject to course, program, and institutional enrollment limits.
1. High school seniors must rank in the upper 25 percent of
their high school class or score in the upper 10 percent on the ACT/SAT (26 or
higher ACT composite score or SAT I of 1180). High school sophomores and juniors
must rank in the upper 10 percent of their high school class. (Youth Options
does not include sophomores.)
2. Completion of appropriate preparatory high school course work
for college courses.
3. A personal interview may be required for sophomore candidates.
1. Submit a UW System application. Students apply as a
“special non-degree” student. The application fee is not required.
2. Submit a completed “High School/UW-La Crosse Enrollment and
Youth Options Program” information sheet.
3. Submit an official high school transcript.
4. The application, information sheet, high school transcript,
and, if applicable, ACT or SAT I scores should be mailed to the Admissions
Office, 115 Graff Main Hall, UW-La Crosse, La Crosse, WI 54601.
Credit by Examination and
Students may earn university credit through a variety of
options. For specific information, newly admitted students should contact the
director of admissions and continuing students should contact the dean of the
college or school in which they are enrolled.
The five options are:
Placement Program —
Students who have participated in the College Board Advanced Placement program
(AP) in high school and have received grades of 3, 4, or 5 will receive academic
credit. Transcripts of your AP work must be submitted to the Admissions Office
for evaluation to determine how academic credit will be awarded.
Level Entrance Program
— The College Level Entrance Program (CLEP) is a national program administered
through the College Board. UW-La Crosse follows the American Council on
Education (ACE) guidelines and recommendations for minimum scores for awarding
credit in all subject examinations.
Credit by Exam
— Each department will have on file an examination for each course the
department determines to be introductory, including courses applicable to the
skills component of the General Education program.
Two departments, modern languages and mathematics, offer retroactive credit for
previous course work. See those department pages for more information.
— Credit will be granted for “Higher Level” examination with a score of 4
See p. 38 for specific credit by exam
policies and procedures. Some departments include more information on their
Candidates for admission as new freshmen must take the
American College Test (ACT) or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). The ACT/SAT may
be waived for non-traditional students. Scores must be sent to the Admissions
Office directly from ACT or SAT. No official admission decision will be made
until scores are received. High school students are recommended to take the exam
in the spring of their junior year or early in their senior year.
Complete information concerning the test dates and locations, fee payment and application forms, may be obtained from any high school guidance office or by visiting the university Counseling and Testing Center Web site at www.uwlax.edu/counseling
And English Placement
Placement into English and mathematics courses is
accomplished by using scores earned on the Wisconsin Regional Placement Exams
and the ACT/SAT. Course registration in either discipline is limited to those
students who have demonstrated their competency through the examinations. ENG
050 and MTH 050 and 051 are courses designed for students whose test scores
indicate a low probability for success in college-level courses. Any student may
enroll in ENG 050 or MTH 050 or 051, but if you need ENG 050 and/or MTH 050 or 051, you must
complete the requirement(s) prior to earning 30 degree credits.
Applications for admission can be sent electronically by
The university will begin accepting transfer applications on January 1 for the
summer session or fall semester and will continue until closed. The university
will begin accepting transfer applications on September 1 for the spring
semester and will continue until closed. On or shortly after the above priority
dates, students should attempt to have their admissions records complete. This
requires submitting the following items to the Admissions Office, 115 Graff Main
1. A UW System application
2. An official high school transcript if student has earned less than 12
transferable semester credits (or 18 transferable quarter credits).
3. All official college transcripts. (Transcripts must be mailed
directly from the institution(s) attended to the UW-La Crosse Admissions
4. A list of courses in progress, if currently enrolled, with course
numbers, titles and the number of credits for each course.
5. A non-refundable application fee is required for anyone applying as a
transfer student from an institution other than one of the UW Colleges (two-year
Due to enrollment limitations, transfer admissions shall
be prioritized based on cumulative grade point average(s).
to grade point requirements, students must be in good standing at their previous
institution to be admitted to UW-L. One exception to the above policy is for
students from a UW College who earned, or will have earned, an associate degree
or 60 credits prior to entering the university. These students will be admitted
with a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or above.
(See Guaranteed Transfer
Program p. 12) Students who were
not admissible as new freshmen must present at least 12 semester credits (or 18
quarter credits) and earn at least a 2.50 grade point average to be considered
for admission as a transfer student.
Admission to UW-L does not assure admission to specific
degree programs. All transfer students must meet the same criteria (i.e., grade
point average, course requirements, etc.) for admission to specific majors or
programs as continuing students at UW-L.
Category Qualifications Status
GPA of 2.50 candidate
and above based
on a 4.00 scale.
GPA between on a space
2.00 and 2.49 available
On receipt of a student’s application, application fee
(if required), official transcripts, and if applicable, a list of courses in
progress, the Admissions Office will forward an official admission letter, a
credit evaluation indicating all of the courses and credits that have been
granted in transfer, and on-campus housing information (if requested). Students
also will receive a Student Notice of Academic Progress (SNAP) report, which is
an individualized, automated degree audit. This report is each student’s
academic advising map and is specific to each individual’s catalog term,
General Education, college core, major/ minor, and graduation requirements. The
number of credits granted in transfer by this university will be used to
determine classification as a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior. (For this
classification, please refer to p.
After being admitted to UW-L, all transfer students will
be given the opportunity to register on the Web using the TALON system. The
registration instructions and class timetable will be forwarded in April for
those students admitted to the summer session and fall semester, and in November
for those students admitted to the spring semester. In preparing to register on
the Web, many transfer students find that the SNAP report is sufficient. Others
would like some assistance with their SNAP report by meeting personally with an
academic adviser. You are welcome to call and make an appointment with the
assistant to the dean of the college or school to which you have been assigned.
Assignments are noted on your admission letter. In the process of academic
advising, should you disagree with how a course(s) transfers or how a course(s)
applies toward your program of study, a formal appeals process is available.
Consult with the assistant to the dean of the college or school in which you
enroll. If you are undecided about a major, you may want to talk to an adviser
in the Academic Advising Center.
Council on Education. Credits also may be transferred from
examination programs such as the Advanced Placement Program (AP), the College
Level Entrance Program (CLEP), or the International Baccalaureate (IB) program.
The UW System maintains a Transfer Information System (TIS)
Web site. This site, at www.uwsa.edu/tis,
will provide information about credit transfer, academic program requirements
and more. TIS is designed to give prospective transfer students current
information about transferring, including how UW System and Wisconsin Technical
College System (WTCS) courses you are currently taking will transfer to any
institution in the UW System, and which courses to take at your current school
to fulfill specific requirements at your intended transfer campus.
When credits are transferred and accepted, they are
recorded in terms of UW-L courses. The student’s record shows courses, grades,
and credits, however, only credits are used. Grades and/or grade points are not
generally transferred. Exceptions to this policy are necessary for admission
into certain programs/majors. The cumulative grade point average of each UW-L
student is determined only
by credits and grades earned in residence at the university.
If you are currently enrolled at UW-L, and need to take
course work elsewhere either in a summer session or during an academic year, you
must secure approval in advance of enrollment at other institutions for course
work to be taken for transfer to this university. See the assistant to the dean
in the dean’s office of the school/college in which you are enrolled and fill
out an “Off-Campus Permit” form, which is used to secure approval to
transfer credits from other institutions.
Transfer of “D” Credits
A course in which a grade of “D” was earned and
accepted by this university may be applied to General Education and/or core
requirements but will be subject to re-evaluation at a later date if the student
chooses to major or minor in the subject area, or discipline in which “D”
grades were earned.
Transcripts from Transfer Students
UW-L will not accept transcripts marked “Issued to
Student” or hand carried and not mailed directly from the issuing
institution(s) for evaluating and awarding credit.
Two-Year/Four-Year Transfer Policy
Usually General Education requirements will be satisfied
by students who have completed associate degrees in college parallel programs at
accredited four-year institutions, two-year collegiate transfer programs from
two-year institutions, community colleges or junior colleges. Students accepted
under the transfer policy still are required to meet all core,
professional, diversity, major
requirements. The university reserves the right to review the student’s
associate degree and require additional General Education courses. The maximum
number of credits transferable from a two-year institution is 72.
Guaranteed Transfer Program
UW College (two-year campuses) students who intend to
pursue their education at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse will be
guaranteed admission to UW-L providing they meet the following criteria:
1. Submit a UW System application to the UW-L Admissions Office during
the first month of the semester prior to the semester of intended enrollment.
2. Be in good standing and have completed an associate degree or 60
credits at any UW College with a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average.
All General Education requirements will be satisfied by
students who have completed associate degrees. Students accepted under this
two-year transfer policy are required to meet all core, professional,
to the institution does not assure admission to specific degree programs. UW
College students must meet the same criteria (i.e., grade point average, course
requirements, etc.) for admission to specific majors or programs as continuing
Students who do not participate in the Guaranteed Transfer
Program must meet the university transfer requirements in effect at the time of
application for admission.
For information regarding transfer programs and services
at UW-L, please write or call the Admissions Office, UW-La
Crosse, 1725 State Street,
La Crosse, WI 54601, (608)785-8939.
Wisconsin Technical College System
(WTCS) Transfer Policy
The UW System undergraduate transfer policy permits UW-L
to transfer up to 30 general education credits in communications, behavioral
sciences and social sciences, mathematics and natural sciences from WTCS
non-college parallel associate degree programs. In certain cases where the WTCS
credit is not acceptable for transfer, students will have an opportunity to earn
credit by examination if the academic department offers an appropriate exam.
Program-to-program agreements with the Wisconsin Technical College System allow
students to transfer additional credits with or without the associate degree.
For details, contact the UW-L Admissions Office.
In addition to the Wisconsin Technical College System
program-to-program agreements (see WTCS transfer policy), other agreements have
been established with Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College, Palmer
College of Chiropractic, College of St. Catherine, Lake Superior College,
Northeast Iowa Community College, University of Minnesota, UW-Madison,
UW-Platteville, and UW- Milwaukee. For details, contact the UW-L Admissions
Admissions procedures have been designed to assist
international students who plan to earn an undergraduate degree at UW-L or to
study as a non-degree student. An international admissions specialist in 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 applicants must submit the following items:
A completed International Student Application form available on the Web at www.uwlax.edu/oie
appropriate application and/or processing fees.
Official academic records for secondary and all post-secondary education.
TOEFL score of 550 (213 computer-based) for full university admission. Students
with no TOEFL or with scores less than 550 may be granted “restricted”
admission for degree or non-degree study. An English proficiency exam (La Crosse
Battery) upon arrival will determine if additional language study is required.
Students enrolled in English language courses are required to pass the La Crosse
Battery with a score of 80 or higher in order to receive full university
admission. After a student has taken the proficiency exam, submission of a TOEFL
score will not replace the requirement of 80 on the La Crosse Battery. (See
information about the English as a Second Language Institute on pg. 127.)
Financial certification verifying that sufficient funding is available for study
at UW-La Crosse.
Detailed information regarding admission
requirements for undergraduate study is included in the International Student
Applicants admitted to the university
and fulfilling all financial requirements will be sent an admission packet
including the official letter of admission, applicable immigration documents,
pre-arrival and registration information, and other information as appropriate.
Students desiring to audit or take selected courses for
credit, but who do not expect to earn a degree at this university, may be
enrolled as special non-degree students. Applications for admission can be sent
electronically by accessing
Complete transcripts of high school and college records need not be submitted;
however, in some circumstances to determine eligibility for admission, the
Admissions Office may request that you submit academic records. A high school diploma or its equivalent
Students may be admitted to undergraduate status on a degree basis at a later
date provided they submit complete transcripts of previous work and meet
admission requirements. After admission as a degree-seeking student, course work
as a special non-degree student will be evaluated. Credit may be granted for
courses completed during the initial period of special status, although there is
no assurance that work as a special student will be credited toward degree
regular undergraduate status is achieved by following this procedure, no student
will be allowed to revert to a special non-degree status to avoid conforming to
any prescribed course of study.
Students disqualified for entrance or continuance at
another collegiate institution are not eligible to enroll as special non-degree
students at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Adult Special Students
Students who already have a college degree and desire to
undertake further study to earn a second undergraduate major, to qualify for
teaching certification, or to remove deficiencies, must complete the first two
pages of the UW System application and submit one official transcript of all
previous college work.
A student who holds one bachelor’s degree may be
admitted to the university to earn a second bachelor’s degree. Each applicant
must complete the first two pages of the UW System application and have one
official transcript sent from each university attended. Details covering the
requirements for a second bachelor’s degree may be found on p. 53.
If you voluntarily interrupted your university work while
in good academic standing, you may be granted re-entry status by submitting an
application to the Records and Registration Office, if the re-entry enrollment
target has not been reached already. Due to enrollment limits, it is possible
not all students who apply for re-entry will be accepted. It is advantageous to
apply early in order to be approved to register as soon as possible. If you have
been out of school voluntarily for a year or more, or involuntarily for any
amount of time, you will be subject to the requirements of the catalog in effect
upon your return. If you have been gone voluntarily for one semester, you remain
under your “old” catalog. Students granted re-entry status who were on
scholastic probation or other conditional status, at the time of last attendance
at UW-L, retain such status as a condition of re-entry.
If you have attended another institution(s) after leaving
UW-L, have official transcripts of your academic record(s) mailed directly from
the issuing institutions(s) to the UW-L Records and Registration Office at the
time that you apply for re-entry. Transcripts that are marked “Issued to
Student” or that are hand delivered by a student will not be accepted.
Eligibility for re-entry is based upon previous work at
this university and any others you attended since attending UW-L. You
must be eligible to return to the institution last attended. Re-entry transfers must meet the same GPA
requirements for admission as other transfer students.
If you desire readmission after having been declared ineligible to continue for scholastic or other reasons, you must apply to the dean of the UW-L school or college in which you were last enrolled. Students declared ineligible to continue must follow catalog requirements in effect at the time of readmission. It is advantageous to apply for readmission early in order to facilitate registration in a timely manner. The appropriate dean will apprise the Records and Registration Office of the students eligible for readmission. During times of controlled or limited enrollment, preference will be given to students reentering in good standing.
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