Admitted transfer student next steps

If you have been admitted to the University as a transfer student, congratulations!

We hope that you will find UW-La Crosse to be the perfect fit as you work to complete your college education.  All of your next steps are listed below.  Feel free to contact the Transfer Admissions Team anytime with additional questions.

Download the Next Steps Checklist that was included with your mailed admission packet by selecting the appropriate starting term below:

 

STEP 1: WINGS Access

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Shortly after you applied for admission you received an email from the UW-La Crosse Admissions Office which contained information about your  NetID/WINGS username and password. This information will allow you to log into your WINGS Student Center where you can track the status of your application.

You will use the WINGS Student Center to:

  • Monitor receipt of required materials on the “To Do List”
  • Update personal information
  • View your financial aid package
  • View your transfer credit report
  • Register for classes and view class schedule
  • Access communications

If you have misplaced your NetID/WINGS username or password, use the WINGS password recovery.

If you are having technical difficulties, contact the Eagle Help Desk at 608.785.8774.

If you have questions regarding the information displayed in your WINGS
Student Center after you have successfully logged in, contact the
Admissions Office.

 

STEP 2: Finances

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The FAFSA is available at www.studentaid.gov.  UWL's Federal School Code 003919.

Students admitted for
Winter or Spring 2023
Complete the 2022-23 FAFSA  Financial Aid Checklist
Students admitted for
Summer or Fall 2023
Complete the 2023-24 FAFSA  Financial Aid Checklist

Questions regarding Financial Aid can be directed to the Financial Aid Office.

 
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Minnesota residents can apply online for tuition reciprocity.

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Foundation Scholarships (applications due February 1) expanding section

Through the UW-La Crosse Foundation, UW-La Crosse is able to award over $500,000 in scholarship money each year. Not only are scholarships available to entering freshman and transfer students, but also to continuing UW-La Crosse students.  Admitted students can apply for Foundation Scholarships between Oct. 1 to Feb. 1.  

To help you get started, check out these opportunities:

Last modified: 12/23/2021

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In recognition of outstanding academic achievement, UW-La Crosse awards merit/need-based scholarships to incoming students each year through a competitive scholarship awarding process.  Incoming transfer students who are admitted by our priority application date of February 1 will be considered for incoming transfer merit/need-based scholarships. There is no separate application to apply.  As a student completes the application for admission, please note that cumulative college grade point average, and the college application statement are among criteria that will be reviewed for scholarship purposes. 

Distinguished Transfer Scholars Award

This $5,000 scholarship is renewable for one year for a total of $10,000.  Renewal of the scholarship is contingent upon your full-time enrollment and achieving and maintaining a 3.0 UW-La Crosse resident grade point average (GPA). The scholarship recipient will be selected based upon information included with the application for admission along with cumulative college grade point average, pell-eligibility and/or underrepresented minority status. The $5,000 scholarship will be distributed in two $2,500 payments, one at the start of each semester, fall and spring. The award money will be applied directly to your student bill.

Distinguished PTK Transfer Scholarship

This $5,000 scholarship is renewable for one year for a total of $10,000.  Renewal of the scholarship is contingent upon your full-time enrollment and achieving and maintaining a 3.0 UW-La Crosse resident grade point average (GPA). The scholarship recipient will be selected based upon the information included with the application for admission along with cumulative college grade point average, pell-eligibility and/or underrepresented minority status.  Students interested in being considered for the Distinguished PTK Transfer Scholarship must indicate PTK involvement in the activity section of the application for admission.  The $5,000 scholarship will be distributed in two $2,500 payments, one at the start of each semester, fall and spring. The award money will be applied directly to your student bill.

Last modified: 01/28/2022

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The Scholarship Resource Center (SRC) encourages students to focus on alternative funding options that match with their personal achievements and unique personalities.  The SRC is committed to helping students identify their strengths, locate scholarships specific to them and prepare/edit supporting materials.  To that end we will be offering a number of workshops related to the scholarship application process in the near future. 

As part of the SRC, we've created a new online scholarship database.  This database allows you to search and filter to easily locate awards you are eligible for.  We continue to grow the number of scholarship opportunities everyday, so please check often for new awards. 

Please be advised that external scholarships are separate from our UWL Foundation Scholarships. 

Last modified: 09/20/2018

 

STEP 3: Housing and Meal Plans

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Admitted transfer students can apply for on-campus housing here.  Click on the "Transfer Student" tab.  Housing assignments are prioritized based on the day your housing application is completed.  If you complete a housing application, you are guaranteed a place on campus. Do not sign an off campus lease if you have already completed a housing application.

The University does not own any off-campus housing.  If you would like to explore off-campus housing options, feel free to use the resources found here

For additional housing information, contact the Office of Residence Life.

A Note to Students Admitted for Spring 2023:

Due to scheduled renovation of campus residence halls in Spring 2023, campus housing will not be available for the spring semester for new incoming transfer students. If you are interested in living on campus during the 2023-24 academic year, please contact the Office of Residence Life to inquire about availability.

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UWL Dining Services offers an assortment of different dining locations to meet the variety of needs and desires of the campus community.  Dining plans provide exceptional value for both residential and off campus members of the University community. 

 

STEP 4: Academic Advising and Registration

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College of Business Administration students should review their transfer student website.

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Humanities should review their transfer student website

College of Science and Health students should review the three-part Transfer Student Academic Orientation listed under the "Admitted transfer students" tab. 

If you wish to contact an advisor from your assigned College before registration materials are mailed, refer to the list below.  (See your admission letter if you are unsure what College you are assigned to.)

College and undergraduate major Contact person

Academic Advising Center
General Transfer Student Advising Questions

Celinda Davis
1140 Centennial Hall
608.785.6950
cdavis2@uwlax.edu

College of Business Administration
Accountancy, Economics, Finance, Information Systems, International Business, Management, Marketing

Nicole Vidden
1205 Wittich Hall
608.785.8090
nvidden@uwlax.edu

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Humanities or
School of Visual and Performing Arts
Economics, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Public Administration, Psychology, Sociology, Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Peter Stovall
138 Wimberly Hall  
608.785.8113 
pstovall@uwlax.edu
College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Humanities or 
School of Visual and Performing Arts
Archaeology, Art, Communication Studies, Music, Theatre, Department of Global Cultures and Languages (French, German Studies, Spanish), English
Peter Stovall
138 Wimberly Hall  
608.785.8113 
pstovall@uwlax.edu
College of Science and Health
Biology, Chemistry, Clinical Laboratory Science, Computer Science, Geography/Earth Science, Microbiology, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, Physics, Pre-Professional Programs, Radiation Therapy
Carla Burkhardt
105 Graff Main Hall
608.785.8218
cburkhardt@uwlax.edu
College of Science and Health
Exercise and Sport Science, ESS-Fitness, ESS-Sport Management, Recreation Management, Therapeutic Recreation
Guy Herling
105 Graff Main Hall
608.785.8218
gherling@uwlax.edu
School of Education
Early Childhood-Middle Childhood, Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence, Secondary Teacher Education Programs, (STEP), Modern Languages Education, Music Education, Art Education, Physical Education, and Health Education (Early Childhood-Adolescence Certification)
Jen Pinnow
235 Morris Hall
608.785.8134
jpinnow@uwlax.edu
Placement Testing expanding section

At-home exams for University of Wisconsin Placement testing are ready and available to complete. Remember, this is a required step for course registration at UWL.

The University of Wisconsin Placement Tests are used by all UW System schools. If you attended/are attending/had planned to attend another UW System school, you may have already taken these exams.

Scores for the University of Wisconsin Placement Tests are stored in a database maintained by the University of Wisconsin Center for Placement Testing at UW-Madison. If you have taken the tests within the past two years, we can add these scores to your academic record for UW-La Crosse.

In order to do this, please provide your full name, date of birth, and the approximate test date you took the exams, to the C. Criss Gilbert, Testing Coordinator in the Counseling & Testing office.

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Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, coursework equivalent to any of the following UWL courses will satisfy course prerequisites and allow you to enroll in further Mathematics courses: MTH 150 (College Algebra), MTH 151 (Pre-Calculus), MTH 175 (Applied Calculus), or MTH 207 (Calculus I).

If your course transfer evaluation does not grant credit for any of the above courses, UWL will need your UW Mathematics Placement Test scores to determine your placement into the appropriate UWL mathematics course. If UWL does not have your scores on file, you will not be allowed to register for any mathematics course.

If you have any additional questions concerning the University of Wisconsin Placement Test for mathematics or the requirement of the placement test, please contact the Counseling & Testing Center or Dr. Heather Hulett,  Mathematics Department.

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Students who do not have placement scores on file at UW-La Crosse will be required to participate in the multiple measures placement process (MMP) administered by the First-Year Writing Program unless you have completed (or are currently completing) the equivalent of our first-year writing course, College Writing (ENG 110).

If your course transfer evaluation does not grant credit for ENG 110, then UWL will need your UW English Placement Test Score to determine placement into the appropriate UWL English course. If UWL does not have your scores on file, you will be required to participate in MMP. If you do not complete the MMP process, then you will automatically be co-enrolled in ENG 100 (College Writing Workshop) and ENG 110.

If you have any additional questions concerning the UW Placement Test for English or the MMP process, please contact the Counseling & Testing Center or the First-Year Writing Program Coordinator. For more information about the First-Year Writing Program (FYWP) at UWL, please visit the FYWP website or contact Dr. Darci Thoune, First-Year Writing Program Coordinator.

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The Department of Global Cultures & Languages requires that all transfer students who are interested in continuing their studies in French, German, or Spanish at UW-La Crosse, must take the University of Wisconsin World Languages Placement Test.

Eligibility to enroll in UWL World Language courses is determined by scores on the UW World Languages Placement Test for French, German, or Spanish.

If you have any additional questions concerning the University of Wisconsin Placement Test for World Languages or the requirement of the placement test, please contact the Counseling & Testing Center or the Global Cultures & Languages Coordinator for the language of your interest:

French German Spanish
Anna Keefe Shelly Hay Dr. Rose Brogham

 

You will use your UWL Net ID and password to access the test registration form. These are the same credentials you use to access your UWL email account and WINGS Student Center.

You will be given information about the normal standardized conditions and urged to comply with time limits as best as you can.

It is recommended that the test be taken from a desktop or laptop computer or tablet, but NOT on a phone as the screen is too small.

Upon completion of the test, you will need to click on a button to submit your scores. If you do not, your exam will still be open and your test scores will not be sent to UWL.

Tech support will be available. Scantron will provide telephone and email support to students during testing. M - Th 8:30 am to 8:00 pm, F 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, & Sat 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.

Complete the exams without outside assistance to ensure an accurate placement into UWL courses at your skill level.

To Register for Exams, Please Visit: https://exams.wisc.edu/placement/regionaltesting/information.php

Online Registration Instruction Screen Shots

 

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Your registration date will be listed on the right-hand side of your Student Center in WINGS in the “Enrollment Dates” section. This date is the earliest you are able to register for courses.  Register as close to your assigned time as possible as courses fill quickly. 

Starting Term Enrollment Dates will be Posted in Wings
Winter 2023  October 2022 
(Course registration begins mid-November)
Spring 2023  October 2022
(Course registration begins mid-November)
Summer 2023  March 2023
(Course registration begins late March 2023)
Fall 2023  March 2023
(Course registration begins mid-April 2023)

 

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Registration Checklists: Classes Begin: Registration Information will be Mailed By: 
Winter 2023 January 3, 2023 November 1, 2022
Spring 2023 January 23, 2023 November 1, 2022
Summer 2023
(Coming Soon!)
Session 1:  May 22, 2023
Session 2:  June 19, 2023
Session 3:  July 17, 2023
April 1, 2023
Fall 2023
(Coming Soon!)
September 5, 2023 April 1, 2023

 

 

STEP 5: Final Steps

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Review the requirements and ID Photo Upload Instructions to submit a photo for your student ID.  Then visit the Info Center in the Student Union to pick up your Eagle ID card at your convenience.

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Students admitted for
Winter or Spring 2023

Contact Parking Services directly to inquire about permit availability.  

Students admitted for
Summer or Fall 2023

Parking permits go on sale in July based on credits earned.
Student Permit Ordering Instructions 

 

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Textbook Rental is located on the lower level of the Student Union.  You will need your student ID card to obtain your list of required books for the classes you have registered for. Be sure to watch your UWL email for updates from Textbook Rental regarding checkout procedures.

For more information, including textbook rental hours, visit Textbook Rental.

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Your admission has been granted based on your past academic record and any courses in progress. Final admission is contingent upon receipt of updated transcripts. 

Select your starting term below to view specific deadlines.  Outstanding transcripts will be listed on the “To Do List” in your WINGS student center. 

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January 5

Final official transcript with fall 2022 grades

Spring 2023 expanding section

January 5

Final official transcript with fall 2022 grades

February 1

Students taking winter intercession (J-term) courses elsewhere, must still send an official transcript with fall semester grades by January 5 and a final official transcript with winter intercession (J-term) grades by February 1. 

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January 30

Official transcript with fall 2022 grades and spring 2023 courses in progress

July 1

Final official transcript with spring 2022 grades

Fall 2023 expanding section

January 30

Official transcript with fall 2022 grades and spring 2023 courses in progress

July 1

Final official transcript with spring 2022 grades

August 28

If you are taking summer courses elsewhere, we must receive an official transcript with spring semester grades by July 1 and a final official transcript with summer grades by August 28

Please note that transcripts need to be OFFICIAL copies
UWL accepts transcripts sent directly from the issuing institution(s) or through an electronic secure document sending service. Transcripts that are marked "Issued to Student" or that are hand delivered by a student will not be accepted unless the transcript remains sealed in the original stamped envelope from the issuing institution(s). For transcripts sent via USPS, please use the following mailing address:  UW-La Crosse Admissions, 1725 State Street, La Crosse, WI  54601
Please avoid these common errors when requesting your final transcript(s):
  • Make sure all of your current term grades are posted. Transcripts with a grade of incomplete are not acceptable for final admission.
  • Make sure you have withdrawn from your current institution to ensure that no courses in progress appear on your final transcript.
  • Did you earn an associate degree?  Ensure your associate degree is posted to your transcript prior to requesting a final copy.
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Military transcripts are not required for admission; however, students at UWL may earn credit for the completion of basic training, advanced individual training, and military service school based on recommendations of the American Council on Education.

Army, Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard should request that an official copy of their Joint Services Transcript (JST) be sent to UWL Admissions.

Air Force should request that an official copy of their Community College of the Air Force Transcript be sent to UWL Admissions.