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.  

To review important information regarding your admission and next steps, select the appropriate term below:

All admitted transfer students will receive a credit evaluation. Note: Criteria such as number of schools attended and/or number of credits earned may extend time necessary to complete your transfer credit report. 

We will notify you via email when your transfer credit report is complete and direct you to your WINGS Student Center to view it. See the transfer credit report narrative for assistance in understanding your transfer credit report.

Please click here for more information about our Transfer Credit Policies, including information about Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Exam Program (CLEP), and International Baccalaureate (IB) credits. 

Credit is awarded for college-level course work completed at institutions accredited by a regional or national accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). (Foreign institutions must be recognized by the Ministry of Education in that country.) Courses must be similar in nature, level, and content to a course in our undergraduate curriculum and applicable to one of our academic programs.  Continuing education courses, graduate-level courses, and courses that are remedial, technical, vocational, or doctrinal in nature are not transferable.

We have developed course equivalency tables for various institutions to indicate how courses will transfer to UW-La Crosse and if there are any additional program transfer agreements in place.  We also encourage you to consult the Transfer Information System to understand how courses from other UW System institutions and the Wisconsin Technical College System may transfer to UW-La Crosse.

UW System Placement testing may be required to enroll in English, mathematics, and Spanish courses. 

Spring 2020 admitted students should review additional information on the Placement Testing for Transfer Students handout.

Summer/Fall 2020 admitted students should review additional information on the Placement Testing for Transfer Students handout.

Select appropriate term below for important information regarding academic advising and registration:

Registration Checklist:

Classes Begin:

Information will be mailed beginning:

Summer 2020 

Summer Session I:
May 26 - June 19

Summer Session II:
June 22 - July 17

Summer Session III:
July 20 - August 14

March 2020 

Fall 2020 

September 8, 2020

March 2020

Registration links

College and undergraduate major Contact person

Academic Advising Center
General Transfer Student Advising Questions

Celinda Davis
1140 Centennial Hall

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

Nicole Vidden
138 Wimberly Hall

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Humanities
Kathy Elgin
260 Morris Hall
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
260 Morris Hall  
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, History
Sandy Keller
260 Morris Hall
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
College of Science and Health
Exercise and Sport Science, ESS-Fitness, ESS-Sport Management, Recreation Management, Therapeutic Recreation
Guy Herling
105 Graff Main Hall
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)
Ashley Cree
145 Graff Main Hall
Program Schedule expanding section

Program runs from approximately 9am-4pm.  You will receive a detailed schedule when you arrive on campus.  Lunch will be provided for students. 

Student Schedule Overview:

9:00-9:30am Check-in and Eagle ID Photos Taken (Student Union)
9:30am Welcome
9:30-11:50am Student Orientation Sessions
Lunch (Provided for students)
Student Academic Sessions
Course Registration (if needed) and Resource Fair
3:15pm Optional Campus Tour


Family/Guest Schedule Overview:

9:00-9:30am Check-in and Eagle ID Photos Taken (Student Union)
9:30am Welcome
9:30-11:40am Family Orientation Sessions
Lunch (Available for purchase in the Student Union)
Family Orientation Sessions
Resource Fair
3:15pm Optional Campus Tour


RSVP to Attend Transfer START expanding section

Transfer START is a one day program designed for newly admitted transfer students and their families.

Upon admission to the University, new students will receive an email invitation to select a date and RSVP to attend Transfer START.

If you have questions regarding the Transfer START dates, please call the Admissions Office at 608-785-8939.

Program space is limited, so reserve your spot today!

Preparing for Transfer START expanding section

We are excited to meet you at Transfer START and answer all of your questions!

Here are some things you need to do to prepare for Transfer START:

  • Read through all mailed materials prior to signing up for the event.
  • Complete Placement Testing (if needed).  Refer to admissions packet.
  • Register as close to your assigned date/time as possible.  Courses fill quickly.
  • You can find your enrollment date in your WINGS Student Center. 
  • If you need advising assistance or have questions regarding your enrollment date, please contact the Dean’s Office for the College to which you are assigned.  (If you are uncertain about which College you are assigned, please refer your letter of admission.)  

    College of Science and Health 608.785.8156
    College of Business Administration 608.785.8090

    College of Arts, Social Science & Humanities
    (Including School of Visual and Performing Arts)

    School of Education 608.785.8134
  • Check your “To Do List” list in your WINGS Student Center 
  • Need help? Check out WINGS Help
  • Review the Admitted Transfer Student Next Steps
Directions to UWL expanding section

Parking instructions, including a permit, will be emailed after you have RSVP'd to attend Transfer START.

Please consider printing a campus map.  The La Crosse Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Onalaska Tourism Commission provide additional information about our community and lodging options available to visitors. Visitor information can be found here.

La Crosse and Onalaska Exits

From Interstate I-90, Exit 3, Exit 4 and Exit 5 all lead to the UW-La Crosse campus, but only the closest exit is listed below for each direction. 

  • Exit 3 travels along the scenic Great River Road and is the main route to Historic Downtown La Crosse.  
  • Exit 4 is a direct route south linking Hwy. 53 from the north with Hwy. 16.
  • Exit 5 is the most easterly route into the City of La Crosse via Hwy. 16.

From the North (Hwy. 53): If traveling south on Highway 53 (go over I-90 at Exit 4). Follow Highway 157 to Highway 16. Turn right on Highway 16. Drive 3.5 miles and turn right on La Crosse Street and then left on East Avenue to campus. 

From the West (I-90): Exit Interstate I-90 at Exit 3 onto US 53 South. Drive 3.9 miles and turn left on La Crosse Street; continue for 1.1 miles and turn right on East Avenue to Campus.

From the East (I-90): Travelers heading west to La Crosse on Interstate I-90 exit at Onalaska-La Crosse Highway 16 (Exit 5). Turn left onto Highway 16. Drive 4.8 miles and right on La Crosse Street and then left on East Avenue to campus.

From the South: Highway 14, 61, and 35 enter the city on the south. Follow the green "UW-La Crosse" signs north on Losey Boulevard to Highway 16 (3.0 miles). Turn left on La Crosse Street and then left on East Avenue to campus. 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin 200 miles
Madison, Wisconsin 142 miles
Green Bay, Wisconsin 206 miles
Wausau, Wisconsin 147 miles
St. Paul, Minnesota 150 miles
Chicago, Illinois 283 miles
FAQ's expanding section

Can I register for classes at Transfer START?

For the best selection of classes, register for classes at your assigned enrollment date.  You can find your enrollment date in your WINGS Student Center.

If needed, advising staff are available at Transfer START to assist students with reviewing class schedules and/or registering for classes. 

What can I expect at the Resource Fair?

Over 20+ partners from across campus will be available to answer your questions.  Participants may include Career Services, Dining Services, Financial Aid, Office of Multicultural Student Services, Office of Residence Life, Parking Services, Student Health Center, and Veteran Services.

What if I cannot attend the START date I signed up for?

Transfer START is required.  Please contact the Admissions Office to select another date.

What if my family members cannot attend with me?

While we welcome family members to this event, only you (the student) are required to attend.  See the “Family/Guest Schedule” under Program Schedule above.

What if I have other questions?

Please contact the Admissions Office at 608-785-8939 or

Familiarize yourself with the WINGS Student Center expanding section

The WINGS Student Center is UWL's Student Information System. WINGS is utilized by students to:  

  • Check course offerings
  • Register for courses
  • Pay outstanding balances
  • Accept/decline financial aid
  • Update personal information
  • View grades 
Log on to Learn expanding section

Canvas is a learning management system (LMS) that offers tools and functions not only for online courses, but also to supplement face-to-face courses.

  • Deliver quizzes
  • Submit and grade assignments 
  • Access learning tools such as Turnitin, Akindi, Kaltura
  • And so much more!

Log in to Canvas

More information on Canvas at UWL


About expanding section

The Eagle ID Card is UW-La Crosse's official ID Card. It is University policy that all students and staff have an official University ID Card. This card can be obtained and replaced at the Card Office at 1131 Student Union. For your first card please bring some form of identification with you. This could be a driver's license, state issued ID, passport, military ID, permanent resident alien card, non-immigrant visa, certificate of U.S. naturalization, or Mexican consular card.

Learn about campus resources expanding section

Visit the Student Success page to learn more about what UWL has to offer in terms of academic support, financial support and campus involvement.

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Campus resources Location Phone
Academic Advising Center 1209 Centennial Hall 608.785.6950
Athletics 126 Mitchell Hall 608.785.8616
Career Services 1140 Centennial Hall 608.785.8514
Cashiers Office 121 Graff Main Hall 608.785.8719
College of Business Admin. 138 Wimberly Hall 608.785.8090
College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Humanities 260 Morris Hall 608.785.5454
College of Science & Health 105 Graff Main Hall 608.785.8218
Continuing Education and Extension 220 Morris Hall 608.785.6500
Counseling & Testing 2106 Centennial Hall 608.785.8073
Disability Resource Services 165 Murphy Library 608.785.6900
Financial Aid 215 Graff Main Hall 608.785.8604
Foundation Office Cleary Center 608.785.8489
Graduate Studies 220 Morris Hall 608.785.8124
International Education 1140 Centennial Hall 608.785.8016
ITS Support Center WINGS Technology Building 608.785.8774
Multicultural Student Services 1101 Centennial Hall 608.785.8225
Parking Office Parking Ramp 608.785.8061
Postal Services 135 Maintenance Building 608.785.8060
Records & Registration 117 Graff Main Hall 608.785.8951
Residence Life Eagle Hall 608.785.8075
School of Arts and Communication 235 Morris Hall 608.785.8113
School of Education 145 Graff Main Hall 608.785.8127
Student Health Center 1030 Health Science Center  608.785.8558
Student Life Office 149 Graff  Main Hall 608.785.8062
Textbook Rental LL Student Union 608.785.8853
UW Credit Union Student Union 608.785.8891
University Centers 3200 Student Union 608.785.8888
Veteran Services 116 Graff Main Hall 608.785.8751

On campus resources

Locate buildings expanding section

Refer to the campus map to find your way around campus.

Purchase meal plan expanding section

UWL has a fantastic assortment of dining options. Learn more about meal plans.

Purchase parking permit and/or utilize the city bus expanding section

Parking permits are sold on a seniority basis. To purchase a permit, please visit the Parking Office.

Students have access to the city bus with a student ID. The La Crosse Municipal Transit (MTU) has routes in La Crosse, Onalaska, and La Crescent. Learn more about the U-Pass.

Rent textbooks expanding section

Textbook rental is included in undergraduate students' tuition and fees. Textbooks can be checked out in the beginning of the semester and returned upon final exams.