Building Address: Cleary Alumni & Friends Center, 615 East Ave N, La Crosse, WI 54601
Mailing Address: 1725 State Street, La Crosse, WI 54601
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.
Applications for admission can be sent electronically and are available at
Applications for the fall semester are accepted beginning September 15 of the previous year. All complete applications received by February 1 will receive full consideration for admission. After February 1, applications will be considered on a space-available basis. Applications for spring semester are accepted beginning September 1 of the fall preceding that term.
To be considered for admission, individuals must submit the following items to the Admissions Office, UW-La Crosse, Cleary Center, 1725 State Street, La Crosse, WI 54601 USA:
1. a completed UW System application (available at
2. an official high school transcript
3. a non-refundable application fee
4. official American College Test (ACT) or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores sent directly from ACT/SAT
FRESHMEN ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
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) accredited by a regional accrediting association or state university
2) recognized or accredited by a state department of public instruction or its equivalent
B. An applicant who has not graduated from a recognized high school must provide evidence of satisfactory completion of the requirements for a high school equivalency certificate or a diploma from a recognized high school, school system, or state department of public instruction based on the GED examination, the Wisconsin High School Equivalency Diploma, or other established criteria. Applicants from alternative educational backgrounds, including home-schooled students, should contact the Admissions Office for specific information. Additional documents, testing, and a personal interview may be required.
II. Completion of the following 17 high school credits is minimal preparation and is required for admission consideration. Applicants are strongly recommended to take advanced courses beyond the required 17 high school credits.
A. Four credits of English.
B. Three credits of mathematics, specifically algebra, advanced algebra and geometry.
C. Three credits of natural science with two credits from biology, chemistry, physics, earth science or advanced courses in these disciplines. (Integrated Science I and II courses will be counted on a one-for-one basis.)
D. Three credits of social science (i.e., anthropology, economics, history [U.S. or world], political science [civics/government], psychology or sociology.)
E. Four academic credits from the above and/or in the fine arts, computer science, foreign language, or other academic areas. Students admitted on the basis of a high school equivalency diploma are considered to have fulfilled these minimum subject matter requirements.
III. Submission of University of Wisconsin Placement test scores in mathematics and English.
Candidates for admission must satisfy requirements I and II.
All applications receive a comprehensive review. Due to enrollment limitations and the competitive nature of admission to the university, admission consideration will be primarily based on rigor of courses, high school rank, grade point average, and ACT/SAT scores. While academic preparation is the primary criterion used in the admissions review process, other nonacademic secondary factors may contribute to the strength of an application. These may include qualities such as demonstrated leadership, extracurricular involvement, special talent, personal statement, recommendations, and/or adding a diverse dimension to our campus community.
The following is a general profile of our admitted freshmen for fall 2012. This is reported for the middle 50% range, so 25% of admitted freshmen fall above this range and 25% of admitted freshmen fall below this range.
Class Rank: 76th to 91st percentile
ACT Composite: 23 - 27
Freshman candidates for admission must take the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Scores must be sent to the Admissions Office directly from ACT or SAT. No admission decision will be made until official 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.
Information concerning the test dates, locations, fees and application information 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/testing.htm. The ACT/SAT requirement may be waived for non-traditional students.
MATHEMATICS AND ENGLISH PLACEMENT
Placement into the appropriate level of English and mathematics courses is determined by using scores earned on the University of Wisconsin Placement Exams and the ACT/SAT. Students cannot take classes above their placement level. 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. Placement exam results expire two years from the date of the exam after which the placement exam must be retaken.
CONCURRENT HIGH SCHOOL/UW-L ENROLLMENT AND YOUTH OPTIONS
UW-L offers enrollment options to 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 high school juniors and seniors may attend post secondary institutions and the school districts may be responsible for tuition and fees for the course(s).
Registration for courses as a high school student is subject to course, program, and institutional enrollment limits.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR CONCURRENT HIGH SCHOOL/UW-L ENROLLMENT
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 of 1190 in Critical Reading + Math). 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 (available at
apply.wisconsin.edu). 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 (available at www.uwlax.edu/admissions/Documents/Application%20Info%20sheet.pdf)
3. Submit an official high school transcript
4. The UW System application, 'High School/UW-La Crosse Enrollment and Youth Options Program' information sheet, high school transcript, and, if applicable, ACT or SAT scores should be mailed to the Admissions Office, UW-La Crosse, Cleary Center, 1725 State Street, La Crosse, WI 54601 USA.
CREDIT BY EXAMINATION AND RETROACTIVE CREDIT
Students may earn university credit through a variety of options. For specific information, admitted students should contact the Admissions Office and continuing students should contact the college or school in which they are enrolled.
The five options are:
1. Advanced Placement Program - Students who have participated in the College Board Advanced Placement program (AP) in high school and have received scores of 3, 4, or 5 will receive academic credit. Transcripts of your AP scores must be submitted directly from the College Board to the Admissions Office for evaluation to determine how academic credit will be awarded.
2. College 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. Transcripts must be submitted directly from the College Board to the Admissions Office.
3. Departmental 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.
4. Retroactive Credit - Three departments, computer science, modern languages and mathematics, offer retroactive credit for previous course work. See those department pages for more information.
5. International Baccalaureate - Credit will be granted for 'Higher Level' examinations with a score of 4 or greater. Transcripts must be submitted directly from IB to the Admissions Office.
See www.uwlax.edu/admissions/html/creditbyexam.htm for specific credit by exam policies and procedures. Some departments include more information on their department pages.
Applications for admission can be sent electronically and are available at
apply.wisconsin.edu. The university will begin accepting transfer applications on January 1 for the summer term 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. To be considered for admission you must submit the following items to the Admissions Office, UW-La Crosse, Cleary Center, 1725 State Street, La Crosse, WI 54601 USA:
1. A completed UW System application (available at
2. An official high school transcript if student has earned less than
60 transferable semester credits
3. All official college transcripts (transcripts must be mailed directly from the institution(s) attended to the UW-La Crosse Admissions Office)
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 campuses)
6. ACT/SAT scores
All applications receive a comprehensive review. Students with at least a 2.50 cumulative grade point average in all previous college level work will be considered stronger candidates for admission. Students with a cumulative grade point average between a 2.0 and a 2.49 will be considered for admission on a space available basis. In addition to grade point guidelines, students must be in good standing at their previous institution to be admitted to UW-L. Students who were not admissible as new freshmen must earn at least 18 transferable semester credits to be considered for admission as a transfer student.
Due to enrollment limitations and the competitive nature of admission to the university, admission consideration will be primarily based on academic preparation. While academic preparation is the primary criterion used in the admissions review process, other nonacademic secondary factors may contribute to the strength of an application. These may include qualities such as demonstrated leadership, extracurricular involvement, special talent, personal statement, recommendations, and/or adding a diverse dimension to our campus community.
Admission to the university 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.
ACADEMIC ADVISING AND REGISTRATION
After being admitted to the university, transfer students are required to submit a $100 enrollment deposit. After the enrollment deposit is received, the Admissions Office will evaluate the courses taken to determine the number of credits that will be granted in transfer. This will be used to determine classification as freshman, sophomore, junior or senior. Transfer students will be sent information regarding web registration and academic advising. The registration instructions and links to the online class timetable will be forwarded in April for those students admitted to the summer term and fall semester, and in November for those students admitted to the spring semester. In preparing to register, transfer students are encouraged to contact the academic adviser/assistant to the dean for the assigned college or school. College or school assignments are noted in the letter of admission. 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 talk to an adviser in the Academic Advising Center.
TRANSFER CREDIT POLICIES
Credits considered for transfer to UW-L must have been earned at regionally accredited institutions, e.g., Higher Learning Commission/North Central Association. Transfer credit is allowed for appropriate college-level courses completed at four-year colleges and universities as well as from two-year colleges and vocational/technical schools with accredited college parallel programs. Credits in vocational/technical programs other than college parallel programs will not transfer to this university. (See WTCS transfer policy.) Military service school credit may be granted in transfer based upon recommendations of the American 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. The site provides information about credit transfer and academic program requirements. TIS is designed to give prospective transfer students current information about transferring, including how UW System and Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) courses will transfer to any institution in the UW System, and which courses to take at your current institution 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 intend to take course work elsewhere either in a summer term 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 complete 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 the 'D' grade was 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 admitted with an associate degree are still required to meet all core, professional, ethnic studies, major and minor 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 FOR UW COLLEGE STUDENTS
UW College (two-year campuses) students who intend to pursue their education at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse will be guaranteed admission 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, ethnic studies, major and minor requirements. Admission 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 UW-L students.
WISCONSIN TECHNICAL COLLEGE SYSTEM (WTCS) TRANSFER POLICY
The UW System undergraduate transfer policy allows the university to transfer up to 72 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. Currently there are agreements in the following disciplines: business and information systems, nuclear medicine technology, computer engineering technology, visual communications, early childhood education, and in radiation therapy. Most of these agreements are with Western Technical College (WTC). UW-L and WTC also have an articulation agreement for a liberal arts degree. For details, contact the UW-L Admissions Office.
In addition to the Wisconsin Technical College System program-to-program agreements, other agreements have been established with Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College, College of St. Catherine, Lake Superior College, Northeast Iowa Community College, Carthage College, University of Minnesota, UW-Madison, UW-Platteville, UW-Milwaukee, Guangxi Normal University, China, and Wuhan University, China. For details, contact the UW-L Admissions Office.
Students desiring to audit or take selected courses for credit, but who do not expect to earn a degree at this university, may enroll as special non-degree students. Applications for admission can be sent electronically at apply.wisconsin.edu. 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 is required. Students may be admitted to undergraduate status on a degree basis at a later date provided they submit an application as a degree seeking student, send 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 completion. If 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.
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 UW System application at
apply.wisconsin.edu and submit one official transcript of all previous college work.