Admissions Changes & Updates

Please see below for the most current information regarding UWL Admissions procedures and policies during the COVID-19 situation. 

New Freshmen/First Year Students

START for First-Year/Freshmen expanding section

UWL's START (STudent Advising, Registration, and Transition) program scheduled for June is moving from an in-person event to a virtual format. We are excited about our plans for this online event and we think you will be, too. See the START website to read updates and plan for your day. If you have not registered for a date, do it today!

Enrollment and Housing Deposits expanding section

To secure your space in UWL’s freshman class and to sign up for START, submit your $100 enrollment deposit today using your WINGS Student Center.  The enrollment deposit needs to be paid before you can sign up for on-campus housing and pay the $150 housing deposit.

If the $100 enrollment and $150 housing deposit presents a financial hardship to your family, email Ken Koelbl in the Admissions Office at kkoelbl@uwlax.edu to discuss an option to defer your deposits to your 2020-2021 student bill.

University of Wisconsin Placement Tests expanding section

In place of the on-campus, in-person placement tests, UW-La Crosse will use the ‘Test at Home’ placement test being developed by the University of Wisconsin Center for Placement Testing. This will be available by June 1 in advance of your START program. Additional information will be sent later so that you may plan accordingly. Please disregard earlier information that indicated placement tests must be taken by May 29.

High School Transcripts expanding section

UW-La Crosse will accept unofficial transcripts from a high school counselor or school official for admission consideration. A final official transcript with a graduation date is required prior to enrollment.

Class Schedule Changes and Early Graduation expanding section

UW-La Crosse will review requests to change senior year schedules and to graduate early as a result of COVID-19. It is important that you not only meet our minimum requirements for admission, but that you remain a competitive applicant. Please email admissions@uwlax.edu to submit your request for consideration.

Our hope is that students will continue their coursework, in whatever delivery method is offered, to best prepare for academic success at UWL.

Pass/Fail Grading expanding section

No applicant to the UW-La Crosse will be penalized if schools elect to implement a pass/fail grading structure for the remainder of the current school year. Our hope is that students will continue their coursework, in whatever delivery method is offered, to best prepare for academic success at UWL.

While providing letter grades would be helpful and demonstrate performance, we recognize this may not be possible. In addition, we understand that online learning for students and teachers is very different than what they experience in the traditional classroom. Online learning may present challenges to students such as lack of access to technology, family responsibilities, and other distractions. In times like these, teacher comments and letters of recommendation may be necessary to explain the student’s performance and their unique student situation.

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams expanding section

UW-La Crosse will accept the results of the online May 2020 AP exams and award college credit accordingly.

Visit UWL’s AP website for more information about earning college credit.

ACT & SAT Tests expanding section

We recognize the cancellation of ACT and SAT exams may be causing concern for some students planning to apply to UWL for the fall 2021 semester.  An ACT or SAT score will be required for admission consideration to UWL.  Fortunately, UWL’s freshman application priority date for fall 2021 is February 1, 2021.  ACT and SAT will be adding several test dates this summer and fall, including online test options. 

This provides several opportunities for prospective students to take the ACT or SAT exam prior to February 1.  In addition, we recommend students utilize the free resources on the ACT and SAT web sites to prepare for the exam.

Students may begin the UW System application for admission on August 1, 2020.  ACT or SAT exam results are not required to submit an application, but are required for our office to review your application.

College Transcripts expanding section

UW-La Crosse requires official college transcripts to be sent directly from each institution or through an electronic secure document sending service.

Most institutions are able to send transcripts during the COVID-19 pandemic. If your college or university is unable to provide a transcript due to COVID-19, contact the UW-La Crosse Admissions Office at admissions@uwlax.edu 

Campus Visits expanding section

All UW-La Crosse in-person Admissions visits are currently cancelled. Previously scheduled visits may be modified or rescheduled. Admissions Staff will contact impacted visitors to schedule an appropriate alternative visit. In-person visits will return as soon as we are safely able to host visitors to campus.

Virtual Visits expanding section
Summer Courses expanding section

UW-La Crosse will offer summer courses. See the Class Timetable for courses offered. 

Transfer Students

College Transcripts expanding section

UW-La Crosse requires official college transcripts to be sent directly from each institution or through an electronic secure document sending service.

Most institutions are able to send transcripts during the COVID-19 pandemic. If your college or university is unable to provide a transcript due to COVID-19, contact the UW-La Crosse Admissions Office at admissions@uwlax.edu 

Campus Visits expanding section

All UW-La Crosse in-person Admissions visits will be cancelled through Sunday, May 31st. Visits scheduled after May 31st may be modified or rescheduled. Admissions Staff will contact impacted visitors to schedule an appropriate alternative visit. In-person visits will return as soon as we are safely able to host visitors to campus.

Virtual Visits expanding section
Summer Courses expanding section

UW-La Crosse will offer summer courses. See the Class Timetable for courses offered. 

Graduate Students

GRE and TOEFL Exams expanding section

GRE and TOEFL exams will be offered in an online format. UW-La Crosse will accept the online GRE and TOEFL exam results for admission consideration.

College Transcripts expanding section

UW-La Crosse requires official college transcripts to be sent directly from each institution or through an electronic secure document sending service.

Most institutions are able to send transcripts during the COVID-19 pandemic. If your college or university is unable to provide a transcript due to COVID-19, contact the UW-La Crosse Admissions Office at admissions@uwlax.edu 

Virtual Visits expanding section

International Students

Fall 2020 Classes expanding section

We are very hopeful that international students will be able to get their visas and attend classes at UWL this fall.  We are actively planning for their arrival and working with admitted students to place them in on-campus housing and enroll them in classes.  As the COVID-19 situation progresses, we are closely monitoring the situation and receiving guidance from experts.  We will share any changes in our plan for the fall semester as soon as a decision is made.

If necessary, our International Admissions Counselors can assist with the process of deferring international student admission to the Spring/January 2021 semester.

GRE, TOEFL, and IELTS Exams expanding section

GRE General Test at Home, TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition, and IELTS Indicator exams are online options being offered while regular testing sites are closed. UW-La Crosse will accept the online GRE, TOEFL, and IELTS exam results for admission consideration.

College Transcripts expanding section

UW-La Crosse requires official college transcripts to be sent directly from each institution or through an electronic secure document sending service.

Most institutions are able to send transcripts during the COVID-19 pandemic. If your college or university is unable to provide a transcript due to COVID-19, contact the UW-La Crosse Admissions Office at admissions@uwlax.edu 

Admissions related questions? Please email admissions@uwlax.edu or call 608-785-8939 for direct assistance.