UW-La Crosse: A Profile

UW-L is a public institution of higher education. In 1909 La Crosse Normal School opened its doors as a teacher training school. It became a state teachers college in 1927, a state college in 1951, and a state university in 1964. In 1971 the university became part of the University of Wisconsin System.

UW-L has 10,052 students, 1,507 of whom are graduate students. The university offers 85 undergraduate programs in 29 disciplines, plus a wide array of minors, emphases and other programs. There are nearly 350 fulltime faculty and instructional academic staff, 76 percent of whom hold terminal degrees.

The average ACT score of the 2006 freshman class was 25, second highest in the UW System. Seventy-one percent of the new freshmen ranked in the top 25 percent of their high school graduating class. The first-to-second year retention rate is 86 percent. There are many opportunities for students to participate in and benefit from the $9.9 million in grant funding awarded to faculty and staff annually.

Upon graduation, 98 percent of bachelor’s degree graduates in the job market found full or part-time employment within six months of graduation in 2005-06. (most recent data available)

The 118 acre campus has 33 buildings, including 19 used for instruction, academic support, and administrative purposes; 11 residence halls and three student centers. UW-L consistently ranks in the top three institutions in the U.S. News World Reports - Midwest rankings. It’s also ranked number 33 on the list of the nation’s best 100 colleges by Kiplinger’s Magazine (2007).