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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In-person visits, as well as curbside and virtual visits, are offered at this time. More details are available here
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UW-La Crosse will accept unofficial transcripts for admission consideration. A final official transcript with a graduation date is required prior to enrollment.

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 

Pass/Fail Grading expanding section

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.

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 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.

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. 

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.

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.

Transfer Students

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

Virtual Visits expanding section
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 

Graduate Students

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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 

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.

International 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 

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.

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