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 nearly 10,000 students, with approximately 1,500 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 full-time faculty and instructional academic staff, 73 percent of whom hold terminal degrees.

The average ACT score of the 2007 freshman class was 25, second highest in the UW System. Eighty-three 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 87 percent. There are many opportunities for students to participate in and benefit from 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 2006-07 (most recent data available).

The 118-acre campus has 33 buildings, including 19 used for instruction, academic support and administrative purposes; nine residence halls and three student centers. UW-L consistently ranks in the top three institutions in the U.S.News World Reports Midwest rankings (no.2 in 2009). It’s also ranked number 30 on the list of the nation’s 100 best value public colleges by Kiplinger’s Magazine (2009).