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

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A Message from Provost Betsy Morgan to UWL Students:

What will Fall 2020 courses be like for UWL students?

UWL is working hard preparing for Fall 2020 and is excited to think about having students back on campus. In terms of courses, UWL is planning on a variety of class formats for Fall 2020 associated with public health recommendations and best educational practices. Each student is likely to have a blend of course types as part of their class schedule. We expect that the format of courses will be changing throughout the summer. In early August, we hope to send you the most up-to-date version of your class schedule that will best reflect the final format of your classes for Fall. Students will not be able to change sections or courses until late July due to this COVID-19 related flux.

Due to social distancing needs in the classroom, there will be many classes that cannot be held on campus with the full attendance of every enrolled student at the same time. Therefore, in addition to online and in-person, you will find a lot of your classes will be listed as hybrid and we suspect that a hybrid class format may be less well known to you. Hybrid courses have a blend of virtual engagement components (such as online course content) and on-campus meetings. They will show on your schedule as having a classroom with a specific time and place; but, students should plan on not physically attending class as often as you would in an in-person on-campus class. The specific dates you will need to attend will not be known to you until the semester starts and your instructor will let you know the expectations. However, keep that time period free for the class. The hybrid model is different for every class based on the educational goals, but the types of materials you might be expected to complete online are readings, videos, individual assignments, group assignments, quizzes, exams, and discussion boards. For courses to be held on campus, UWL will be prioritizing courses that have hands-on components (such as labs and the visual & performing arts) and classes that first-year students are more likely to take. And, our faculty are preparing for creative ways to make use of the time students can be together to more richly engage with course materials.

How do I prepare for Fall 2020?

As you already know, COVID-19 means unexpected changes that require quick responses. All UWL students, faculty, and staff need to be ready to be flexible if needed. In particular, the need for a class to go online quickly for a short or long period of time is a reality for all students in the country this Fall. Part of being ready and flexible is getting into the habit of checking your UWL email daily – email is still the primary way that the university and instructors will be communicating with you. Also – closer to the start of the Fall semester, the university will be providing more information about public health precautions that are most likely to be in place for classrooms (such as mask wearing) and the other aspect of campus life such as residence halls and co-curricular activities.

This summer, UWL instructors in every department are working hard at developing innovative ways to provide course content and applied activities for students that will work in a variety of formats. In addition, by August over 90% of our instructors will have completed intensive training in hybrid and online teaching development. We are looking forward to having students back on campus and for learning to take place in a lot of different ways.

Housing expanding section

For information regarding housing and room assignments, please see https://www.uwlax.edu/reslife/apply-for-housing/room-assignments/. For information on overall housing for Fall 2020, please visit https://www.uwlax.edu/info/covid-19/faq/

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In-person visits, as well as curbside and virtual visits, are offered at this time. More details are available here
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Enrollment and Housing Deposits expanding section

To secure your space in UWL’s freshman class, 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

The at-home exams for University of Wisconsin Placement testing are available to complete online here. Remember, this is a required step for course registration at UWL, so we ask that you complete your at-home exams as soon as possible. You should also know that:

  • Math and English placement tests are required for all students. Foreign language placement tests are required to enroll in Spanish, French, or German language courses, including those students who have taken college credit language classes as transfer courses. PLEASE NOTE: If you had previously arranged with our office for your college coursework or AP scores to complete one of the testing requirements, you are exempt from that particular at-home exam.
  • 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.
High School Transcripts expanding section

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

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. 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. 

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. Visit UWL’s freshman admission guidelines website for more information how ACT and SAT scores are used. 

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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 

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No applicant to UW-La Crosse will be penalized if schools elect to implement a pass/fail grading structure due to the COVID-19 disruption. 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.

Transfer Students

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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 

Fall Class Format expanding section

A Message from Provost Betsy Morgan to UWL Students:

What will Fall 2020 courses be like for UWL students?

UWL is working hard preparing for Fall 2020 and is excited to think about having students back on campus. In terms of courses, UWL is planning on a variety of class formats for Fall 2020 associated with public health recommendations and best educational practices. Each student is likely to have a blend of course types as part of their class schedule. We expect that the format of courses will be changing throughout the summer. In early August, we hope to send you the most up-to-date version of your class schedule that will best reflect the final format of your classes for Fall. 

Due to social distancing needs in the classroom, there will be many classes that cannot be held on campus with the full attendance of every enrolled student at the same time. Therefore, in addition to online and in-person, you will find a lot of your classes will be listed as hybrid and we suspect that a hybrid class format may be less well known to you. Hybrid courses have a blend of virtual engagement components (such as online course content) and on-campus meetings. They will show on your schedule as having a classroom with a specific time and place; but, students should plan on not physically attending class as often as you would in an in-person on-campus class. The specific dates you will need to attend will not be known to you until the semester starts and your instructor will let you know the expectations. However, keep that time period free for the class. The hybrid model is different for every class based on the educational goals, but the types of materials you might be expected to complete online are readings, videos, individual assignments, group assignments, quizzes, exams, and discussion boards. For courses to be held on campus, UWL will be prioritizing courses that have hands-on components (such as labs and the visual & performing arts) and classes that first-year students are more likely to take. And, our faculty are preparing for creative ways to make use of the time students can be together to more richly engage with course materials.

How do I prepare for Fall 2020?

As you already know, COVID-19 means unexpected changes that require quick responses. All UWL students, faculty, and staff need to be ready to be flexible if needed. In particular, the need for a class to go online quickly for a short or long period of time is a reality for all students in the country this Fall. Part of being ready and flexible is getting into the habit of checking your UWL email daily – email is still the primary way that the university and instructors will be communicating with you. Also – closer to the start of the Fall semester, the university will be providing more information about public health precautions that are most likely to be in place for classrooms (such as mask wearing) and the other aspect of campus life such as residence halls and co-curricular activities.

This summer, UWL instructors in every department are working hard at developing innovative ways to provide course content and applied activities for students that will work in a variety of formats. In addition, by August over 90% of our instructors will have completed intensive training in hybrid and online teaching development. We are looking forward to having students back on campus and for learning to take place in a lot of different ways.

Housing expanding section

For information regarding housing and room assignments, please see https://www.uwlax.edu/reslife/apply-for-housing/room-assignments/. For information on overall housing for Fall 2020, please visit https://www.uwlax.edu/info/covid-19/faq/

Campus Visits expanding section

In-person visits, as well as curbside and virtual visits, are offered at this time. More details are available here

Virtual Visits expanding section

Graduate Students

Fall Class Format expanding section

A Message from Provost Betsy Morgan to UWL Students:

What will Fall 2020 courses be like for UWL students?

UWL is working hard preparing for Fall 2020 and is excited to think about having students back on campus. In terms of courses, UWL is planning on a variety of class formats for Fall 2020 associated with public health recommendations and best educational practices. Each student is likely to have a blend of course types as part of their class schedule. We expect that the format of courses will be changing throughout the summer. In early August, we hope to send you the most up-to-date version of your class schedule that will best reflect the final format of your classes for Fall. Students will not be able to change sections or courses until late July due to this COVID-19 related flux.

Due to social distancing needs in the classroom, there will be many classes that cannot be held on campus with the full attendance of every enrolled student at the same time. Therefore, in addition to online and in-person, you will find a lot of your classes will be listed as hybrid and we suspect that a hybrid class format may be less well known to you. Hybrid courses have a blend of virtual engagement components (such as online course content) and on-campus meetings. They will show on your schedule as having a classroom with a specific time and place; but, students should plan on not physically attending class as often as you would in an in-person on-campus class. The specific dates you will need to attend will not be known to you until the semester starts and your instructor will let you know the expectations. However, keep that time period free for the class. The hybrid model is different for every class based on the educational goals, but the types of materials you might be expected to complete online are readings, videos, individual assignments, group assignments, quizzes, exams, and discussion boards. For courses to be held on campus, UWL will be prioritizing courses that have hands-on components (such as labs and the visual & performing arts) and classes that first-year students are more likely to take. And, our faculty are preparing for creative ways to make use of the time students can be together to more richly engage with course materials.

How do I prepare for Fall 2020?

As you already know, COVID-19 means unexpected changes that require quick responses. All UWL students, faculty, and staff need to be ready to be flexible if needed. In particular, the need for a class to go online quickly for a short or long period of time is a reality for all students in the country this Fall. Part of being ready and flexible is getting into the habit of checking your UWL email daily – email is still the primary way that the university and instructors will be communicating with you. Also – closer to the start of the Fall semester, the university will be providing more information about public health precautions that are most likely to be in place for classrooms (such as mask wearing) and the other aspect of campus life such as residence halls and co-curricular activities.

This summer, UWL instructors in every department are working hard at developing innovative ways to provide course content and applied activities for students that will work in a variety of formats. In addition, by August over 90% of our instructors will have completed intensive training in hybrid and online teaching development. We are looking forward to having students back on campus and for learning to take place in a lot of different ways.

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 

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International Students

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A Message from Provost Betsy Morgan to UWL Students:

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.