Transfer START

Transfer START is a one-day program designed to provide a successful transition for new incoming transfer students to UWL.   Students can expect to meet other new transfer students, learn about UWL student success resources, engage with their academic college and receive supplemental assistance with course registration.  The program is held on the UWL campus.


Transfer START is for admitted/deposited transfer students.  Students seeking admission to UWL should see the Admissions website.

**Please note that Transfer START is designed for admitted transfer students and their families. **

Program Schedule

Program runs from 9am-4pm.  You will receive a detailed schedule when you arrive on campus.                      

** There will also be faculty and staff participating in the Transfer START program who can help to supplement the advising you receive prior to your attendance of Transfer START.

Incoming admitted and deposited transfer students, who have submitted their enrollment deposit, are encouraged to RSVP to attend Transfer START.  You will have received an email about this from Admissions.

UWL provides admitted transfer students the same opportunity to register for courses as continuing students.  However, courses do fill quickly, therefore early attendance is encouraged. 

Program space is limited, so reserve your spot today!

Please call Admissions at 608-785-8939, if you have questions regarding Transfer START dates. 

If you are no longer able to attend the date you signed up for, please indicate that online where you signed up.  

 **Please note that Transfer START is designed for admitted transfer students.**

We are excited to meet you at Transfer START and answer all of your questions, until then here are some things you need to do to prepare for Transfer START!

**Please note that Transfer START is designed for admitted transfer students only.**

Transfer START Program Questions:

Student Life: First-Year Experience

Sarah Joslyn

608-785-8062 or

Academic Advising and Course Registration:

Academic Advising: Advisor

Shari Schoohs

608-785-6950 or

RSVPing for Transfer START:


Scott Johns

608-785-8939 or

Directions to UWL

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  provides additional information about our community and lodging options available to visitors. 

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. 

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Questions regarding Transfer START....

Contact: Student Life: First-Year Experience 

608-785-8062 or