To be considered for transfer admission

  • Students with at least a 2.50 cumulative grade point average in transferable credits will be stronger candidates for admission.
  • Students with a cumulative grade point average between a 2.00 and 2.49 in transferable credits will be considered for admission if space is available.
  • Students transferring from a UW College two-year campus who earn an associate degree or 60 credits with a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.00 will be admitted.
  • Students who were not admissible as new freshmen must have earned at least 18 transferable semester credits to be considered for transfer admission.


While academic preparation is the primary criterion used in the admissions review process, we consider other nonacademic secondary factors that may contribute to the strength of an application, including demonstrated leadership, extracurricular involvement, special talent, personal statement, recommendations, or adding a diverse dimension to our campus community.

Second Degree

A student who holds one bachelor's degree may be admitted to the university to earn a second bachelor's degree. Each applicant must complete the UW System application and have one official transcript sent from each university attended. Questions about earning a second bachelor's degree at UW-La Crosse should be directed to the Transfer Admissions Office.  If you have been admitted as a second degree student, please visit the admitted second degree student page.

Application Filing Period:

NOTE: UWL does not have an application deadline.  When we have reached the maximum number of students we can enroll for a given term, admission will close.  We recommend that you apply for admission as soon as possible.

  • Spring Semester: Applications for winter/spring are accepted beginning April 1 until admission closes.  
  • Fall Semester: Applications for summer/fall are accepted beginning September 15 until admission closes.  

What We Need:

  • UW System application for undergraduate admission available at https://apply.wisconsin.edu
  • A nonrefundable application fee, unless directly transferring from a UW College two-year campus
  • Official high school transcript reflecting high school graduation date
  • Official transcripts mailed directly to UW-La Crosse Admissions Office from all post-secondary institutions attended, even if no credit was earned.  Transcripts should include all college-level coursework completed to date, including (if applicable) college classes taken while in high school.
  • If currently enrolled in courses, a list of courses in progress with course numbers, titles, and number of credits for each course


When will you receive an admissions decision?

Once we have received all the materials required for your application, you will receive an admission decision in two to four weeks via USPS. You can also track your application status online through WINGS. Access information will be sent to students after they submit an application.

Postpone List

Some applicants may be placed on a postpone list, in which an admission decision is made at a later date.  If you would like your application to receive further consideration, please follow the instructions in your admission letter. 


If you have been admitted as a new transfer student to UW-La Crosse, visit the admitted transfer student page

How will your college credits transfer? 

An official credit evaluation is performed after admittance to the University and completion of next steps as noted in admissions packet. 

If you are transferring from one of the institutions listed below, we have developed course equivalency tables to indicate how courses from various institutions will transfer to UW-La Crosse and if there are any additional program transfer agreements in place.  We also encourage you to consult the Credit Transfer Wizards to understand how courses from other UW System institutions and the Wisconsin Technical College System may transfer to UW-La Crosse.


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. For questions about scheduling and academic advising, please consult the Academic Advising Center's list of frequently asked questions.

Credit is generally 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.

Transfer Articulation Agreements with Wisconsin Technical College Campuses

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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 $750,000 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 October 1 and February 1. If you experience any issues logging in or applying for Foundation Scholarships, please contact Sara Olson at solson@uwlax.edu. 

 

Transfer Scholarships through the Admissions Office expanding section

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, financial need (Pell Grant eligible) and/or underrepresented minority status.  Participants must engage in a high-impact experiential academic activity within the first 30 credits at UWL (e.g., service, study abroad, research). Recipients will be advised of high-impact experiential activities to choose from to meet the requirements of the scholarship. 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, financial need (Pell Grant eligible) 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. Participants must engage in a high-impact experiential academic activity within the first 30 credits at UWL (e.g., service, study abroad, research). Recipients will be advised of high-impact experiential activities to choose from to meet the requirements of the scholarship. 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.

Scholarship Resource Center expanding section

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.