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Congratulations on your admission to the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse!

The staff in the Office of Graduate Studies appreciates the difficulty in navigating the various challenges of a graduate degree in a new place.  Below is a brief campus resource guide for meeting those challenges.

Note: The contents of this resource Guide are based on information from various websites. The users are strongly encouraged to consult the appropriate website for the most updated information. Also, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and the Graduate Student Organization make no endorsement to promote any of the businesses listed herein. The list by no means includes all businesses and is intended to be for information only.

Campus Directory

Office of Graduate Studies and IRB

(608) 785-8124     223 Graff Main Hall
Stop by our office or explore this website for more information on grants, assistantships, policies, research, thesis, and how to get involved in the Graduate Student Organization (GSO). 
GSO strives to promote the visibility of graduate students on campus by providing informational seminars, professional and social networking opportunities, grant writing guidance and other personal interest events. The GSO allows students from different programs to meet and network, while also advocating for their own program, and becoming an involved member of the UW-L community. There are at least two meetings each semester and final dates, times, and locations are forwarded to members at least two weeks prior to the meeting date.

WINGS, Registration, Grades, Transcripts

(608) 785-8576117     Graff Main Hall

WINGS-Student Services via the Web

Many services are available to students through the student online system called WINGS.  The system requires a student’s ID and PIN number. Students were sent their ID number with their acceptance letter. The temporary PIN number is a 4-digit number of month and day of birth (mm/dd). When a student accesses the system the first time, they must change their PIN to a unique 4-digit number they will remember.

Students use WINGS to register for classes, display their schedules, pay bills and access tax information, access grades and GPAs, update their address, check their registration time and the name of their adviser, display their financial aid award, verify their enrollment, request advisement reports, request unofficial or official transcripts, and apply for graduation.

Registering for Classes

Students register themselves using the WINGS Web registration system.  Spring and January Term registrations begin in November; summer and fall registrations begin in April each year

A student's enrollment date and time is located on his/her WINGS Student Center. The student may register at that assigned time or any time after, through the fifth day of classes (third day for a summer term) unless enrollment limits have been met. Continuing students must have a zero balance on their accounts. The registration system will not permit a student to enroll in a class for which a prerequisite has not been completed. The online Timetable and WINGS Class Search have complete instructions for registration and schedule changes after registration. Some graduate programs require that students register through their advisors instead of using the WINGS system.

All students are charged a non-refundable registration fee each term they register for one or more courses. If a student drops all classes before the term begins, the student is still responsible for this fee.

Graduate students need to carry a minimum of 9 credits per semester.


Final grades are available on WINGS as soon as instructors submit them. Grade point averages (GPAs) are calculated approximately 10 days after the last final exam day. Grade reports are not mailed.   

Transcript Request Procedure

Official transcripts are issued by the Records and Registration Office and bear the University seal and Registrar signature. The cost for an official transcript is $10.00. Official transcripts are not processed if the student has an outstanding obligation, financial or otherwise. Third party requests will not be accepted. Official transcripts will be sent to the address indicated on the request. You may request a copy of your official transcript online, in person or by mail.

Tuition Payment and Refunds

Cashier's Office

(608) 785-8719     121 Graff Main Hall 

2016-2017 fees schedule can be found on the cashier’s homepage.

*Minnesota residents must apply for reciprocity to receive these tuition rates.
**Some students may also be eligible for the Midwest Student Exchange Program.

Billing Agreement    

All students need to electronically sign the Terms and Conditions of Financial Responsibility.  They have a checklist (to-do) item in their WINGS Student Center for signing this agreement.  By signing the agreement, students agree to pay, in full, the amount of any fees, tuition, housing and meal plan costs, and other miscellaneous charges incurred in connection with attendance at UW-L, on the dates indicated by UW-L for each semester.  This agreement allows students to make payment in monthly installments but requires payment in full prior to registration for future terms.  A 1% finance charge will be assessed on any amounts not paid by the Due Date indicated on each student bill.  Due dates are approximately 30 days after charges are billed.  Students will be required to electronically sign this agreement at the time of registration each term. 


The registration deposit, tuition, and fees can be paid by debit/credit card or electronic check (ACH).  Payment can be made through WINGS Student Center by clicking “Make Deposit/Payment” (be sure popup blocker is turned off). You may also give parents/guardians access to make a payment or deposit.

There is a 2.75% convenience fee on all credit/debit card transactions.  The University currently accepts MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express and Diners Club.  Credit/Debit card and e-check payments are accepted online only; they are not taken over the telephone or at the Cashier’s Office.

Payment can also be made by paper check.  Please make checks payable to UW-La Crosse.  Mailing address: UW-L Cashier’s Office, 121 Graff Main Hall, 1725 State St., La Crosse, WI  54601.  Students will be assessed a $25 handling charge for checks returned for insufficient funds.  Please include the student ID# on your check and term it is for.

Advance Registration Deposit

Graduate program students do not have to pay an enrollment deposit but may be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to hold their place.  Please contact your program for requirements.


To access NELNET refund information, please use the following steps: (note: NELNET replaced HIGHERONE effective 6/16/16).

First, log into WINGS.

Once logged in, look for the link "Student Choice Refund" in the Finances section.

Click on the "Student Choice Refund" link and you will be transferred to the Student Refund information. 

Technology Support

(608) 785-8774     103 Wing Technology Center

Information Technology Services (ITS) provides technology support and services to faculty, staff, and students.

ITS Support Center

Free computer help is available to students through the ITS Support Center on campus.  This help includes assistance with wireless configuration, assistance with general installation of antiviral software, software support for common campus applications, general review and suggested steps, and limited support for non-English based operating systems. The Support Center serves as a first line of contact for technology questions.  Call us at (608) 785-8774, or stop by 103 Wing Technology Center.

Technology Events

Information Technology Services hosts a number of events and workshops throughout the year to help you understand and navigate your technology with ease such as:

  • Technology Tomorrow, Today
  • Hands-On Technology (HOT)
  • TECH 4 U
  • Tech in 20
  • Passport to Technology
  • Tech Tuesdays
  • Learning technology consulting and workshops
  • Desire2Learn workshops

Campus E-Mail 

E-mail accounts are created automatically for all students, and e-mail can be accessed through a Web interface from any location. UW-L is currently using Office 365. Many forms of official campus communication are sent through campus e-mail addresses, so it is critical that all students use their university e-mail accounts.  Assistance with e-mail is available from the ITS Support Center. Each student will be sent their e-mail address with their class schedule in July.


Murphy Library

608.785.85051     631 Pine Street

Murphy Library is the campus center for academic inquiry. The library provides access to a vast and diverse collection of electronic and print resources; facilities designed to accommodate in a flexible manner a variety of learning needs; technologies that complement and enhance the acquisition, synthesis and use of information; and staff to help students find and use the quality information they need.

The reference desk is staffed by librarians and student assistants 51 hours per week during fall and spring semesters, including some weekend and evening hours. Stop by; no appointment necessary, or call by phone at 608.785.8508 or toll-free at 800-881-4454, or contact them by text message at 608.588.8158.


  • Databases and journals
  • Books and multimedia
  • Rare books
  • University archives
  • La Crosse history
  • Digital collections
  • Alice Hagar Curriculum Center
  • Government collections and depository
  • Guides and reference materials


  • Interlibrary loan
  • UW System resource sharing
  • Reserving materials
  • Graduate study carrels
  • Group study rooms
  • Consulting a librarian (by appointment, walk-up, phone, email, chat, text)
    • Research help/guidance
    • Use of technology
    • Borrowing materials
    • Reserving materials or room
    • Tutorials and videos on using the library and searching
    • Tours
    • Purchase recommendations

Tutorials referencing topics such as finding articles, citing sources, and avoiding plagiarism can be found at

For a 1-minute video on how to get access from off campus, visit

During summer, holiday, and semester breaks, almost all the library’s online resources are still accessible from off campus.

Parking & Transportation

 (608) 785-8061     608 17th St. N. 

Living on Campus: All students living on campus should check the parking Web site regarding residence hall parking permits (beginning in July). Only a limited number of permits will be available, and freshmen have lowest priority.  Permit sales are Web-based.  Parking permits for students living on campus cost $168 per semester or $244 for two semesters.

Living off Campus: Parking permits for students living off campus will be sold online on a first-come, first-served basis.  Complete information is available at the check-out station here. Students should also check the parking Web site for updated parking application information.  Commuter parking permits for students living off campus cost $137 per semester or $194 for the academic year.

Parking in any of the university lots requires displaying a valid university parking permit, or paying for the use of a parking meter.

Travel on Campus seems to be most often negotiated by bicycle or the popular standby, feet.  Bikescan be locked to the racks around the halls or may be taken into the resident's room.  Some students have their own cars, but those who don't may want to check the Ride Boards in Whitney Center and the residence halls.  Students who have a car and would like riders to share expenses will post their destination on the Ride Board. 

City Bus Service: The La Crosse Municipal Transit Utility (MTU) offers two bus services for UW-L students.  First, the Unlimited Passage (U-PASS) provides bus service on any current MTU route in La Crosse or Onalaska at NO FARE when students show their UW-L student ID.  Second, the U-PASS/Safe Ride also has NO FARE and runs Thursday and Friday evenings from 10pm-3am, and Saturday nights from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. There are stops on and off campus, around town and downtown, which are marked with a maroon and silver Safe Ride bus sign.  The Safe Ride bus circulates through the route every 15 minutes !  UWL Students, friends, and the general public ride free on the Safe Ride bus.  No student ID's are required.

Jefferson Bus Lines provide service all over the United States. The bus depot is located at 1451 Badger Street.  For more information, call (608) 785-8877.

Amtrak offers service to Milwaukee and to Chicago where other train connections are available for trips to the eastern United States.  It also offers service to cities between La Crosse and the West Coast (including Minneapolis). The depot is located at 601 St. Andrew Street.  The phone number is (800) 872-7245.

Delta and American Airlines are passenger airlines, which serve the La Crosse area. The airport is located off Interstate 90 on French Island (608) 789-7464.

Multicultural Student Services

(608) 785-8225     1101 Centennial Hall

The Office of Multicultural Student Services (OMSS) supports collaborative efforts that promote human understanding, shared values, and respect for individual differences and similarities. OMSS promotes excellence in academics as well as personal/social development for UW-L students of African American, American Indian, Hispanic/Latino(a), Asian American (with emphasis on Southeast Asian), and bi-racial student organizations or multi-ethnic descent. 

The primary mission of the Office of Multicultural Services is to improve the retention and graduation of underrepresented students by promoting their academic and personal growth. The office provides supplementary services in the areas of academic pre-advising, subject tutoring, leadership development, the sponsorship of cultural events, and pre-college programs. Through these services and programs, students develop academic discipline and other important qualities that will enhance their development at UW-La Crosse.

The specific areas of service and outreach include:

  • Advocacy for students        
  • Educational planning and enrollment information
  • Cultural, educational, and social programming
  • Free tutoring services
  • Personal guidance and support
  • Partnership with other campus offices and community entities interested in diversity initiatives
  • Administration of the Multicultural Center

Multicultural student organizations include:

  • ALANA     (Asian-Latina-African-Native American women)
  • ASO           (Asian Student Organization)
  • BSU           (Black Student Unity)
  • HOPE        (Hmong Organization Promoting Education)
  • IOPA         (Intercultural Organization Promoting Awareness)
  • LASO         (Latin American Student Organization)
  • NASA        (Native American Student Association)
  • SFT            (Students for a Free Tibet)

OMSS also sponsors student attendance at various state and national conferences. Examples of past conferences include:

  • American Multicultural Student Leadership Conference (AMSLC)
  • National White Privilege Conference

Health Services

(608) 785-8558     1300 Badger Street (1st floor of the Health Science Building)

The Student Health Center provides high quality primary care to students registered at UW-L and Western Technical College. The goal of the Health Center is to deliver medical care that meets the needs of a diverse student body and to support the academic mission of both our students and Universities. 

The Health Center staff consists of a Director, Board Certified Family Physicians, Certified Family Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist's Assistants, Medical Assistants, Medical Lab Technologists, Health Information Managers, and office staff who are experienced in working with the health care needs of college students. 

Who Can Use the Student Health Center?

All UW-L students are eligible to use the Student Health Center.  The fee is automatically included in the tuition statement for students who are registered for 7 or more credits during the fall and spring semesters or 6 or more credits during the summer session.  Students who are not enrolled for the minimum credits may also use the Health Center after they pay the student health fee.  Students are required to show their UW-L student ID card every time they visit the Health Center. Health insurance is not required to use the Health Center and the Health Center does NOT file insurance claims for charged services or supplies.

Consultation & Referral

With the student's permission, consultations & referrals can be made with several on-or-off campus resources. The student's personal health care provider, local clinics and hospitals, the Dean of Students, the Counseling & Testing Center, Disability Resource Services, the Athletics department, the office of International Education, the office of Residence Life and/or the County Health Department can all be contacted.

Services Provided by the Health Center 

ACCESS Center (Disability Resources)

(608) 785-6900     165 Murphy Library

What We Do

Promote access on campus and coordinate academic accommodations with students and instructors for students with disabilities.

Provide a testing location for students with assistive technology, extended time, and/or reduced distraction accommodations based on individual needs.

Work with students to coordinate access to other campus resources (housing, dining, etc.) and offer guidance to students.

Who We Serve

The ACCESS Center serves any student with a documented disability (e.g. ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Acquired Brain Injury, PTSD, Physical, Sensory, Psychological, or Learning Disability) who needs to arrange academic accommodations for their classes.

Services available for students with disabilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • disability advising
  • note-taking
  • lecture/textbook taping
  • test-taking accommodations
  • readers
  • interpreters
  • tutoring
  • pre-registration
  • accessible computers
  • support groups

Some students with disabilities may also qualify for services from the Student Support Services Grant on campus, but they first need to register through the ACCESS Center.  Even those students who have a mild disability, one that does not usually interfere with academic work, may find it beneficial to discuss their adjustment to campus life with a staff member.

The ACCESS Center does not provide evaluations for disabilities. If you believe you may have a disability, we have many community resources that are available upon request.

It is always a good idea to check with your insurance company to see if you are covered for an evaluation.

The School Psychology graduate students on campus, along with their director Dr. Rob Dixon, can complete a learning disabilities evaluation for a small fee and send a copy of your report to The ACCESS Center with your written permission. To schedule a time, please contact Dr. Dixon at 608.785.8441.

The Counseling and Testing Center on campus can provide evaluations for ADHD for a fee.

Counseling and Testing Center

(608) 785-8073     2106 Centennial Hall

The staff at the Counseling and Testing Center are very interested in your well-being, and know that most UW-L students experience challenges and difficulties, which sometimes cannot be handled alone.  Oftentimes academic success becomes limited by personal problems ranging from career indecision, anxiety, depression, homesickness, interpersonal conflicts, and other concerns expressed by today's college student.

All counseling services are available to enrolled students free of charge and are confidential in accordance with Wisconsin Statutes. The Counseling and Testing Center is an accredited member of the International Association of Counseling Services, Inc.

The primary counseling services include:

  • Assessment
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Psychological testing
  • Career testing. 

Students seek help for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Adjustment/transition concerns
  • Anxiety management
  • Grief and loss
  • Relationship problems
  • Depression
  • Academic difficulties 

Each semester the Counseling Center offers test-taking and test-anxiety services to help students become more skilled at taking exams.  The Counseling Center sponsors a variety of study skills programs including:

  • Time management
  • Textbook studying
  • Note taking
  • Speed reading

Students can be assured that all personal information discussed with a counselor will remain confidential. Counseling records are not shared with other university departments or family members without a student’s written permission.  State and Federal laws strictly regulate exemptions to this policy.  Counseling records, tests, and related information do not become part of the official university record.

The Counseling and Testing Center also administers national testing programs for UW-L students and other people in the local community. Visit for a comprehensive list.

Violence Prevention Office

608 785-5126 1130     Centennial Hall (M-F, 8:00-4:30)

Help for Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence, and Stalking

UW-L recognizes that violence in any form interferes with the work and learning taking place in our community.  Often, someone who experiences a sexual assault, violence or abuse in a relationship, or stalking may find that they have difficulty focusing on work or on their studies.  The Violence Prevention Office (VPO) is here to assist you with advocacy, information, and support, so that you can make informed choices about the options available to you in these situations.  Services are free, confidential, and available to all UW-L students, faculty, and/or staff members.

Relationship violence is controlling, abusive, and/ or aggressive behavior in an intimate relationship.  Warning signs for relationship violence can include excessive jealousy, isolations, intimidation, pushing, shoving or yelling.

Sexual assault is an unwanted or non-consensual sexual contact.  Sexual assault is a crime.

Stalking is a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.  Common stalking behaviors include following you, monitoring your phone calls or e-mal communications, or sending unwanted texts, e-mails, cards/ letters or gifts.


University Police, 789-9999 or 911

La Crosse Police, 785-5962 or 911

Wellness and Health Advocacy

(608) 785-8977     149 Graff Main Hall

The mission of Student Life: Wellness and Health Advocacy is to provide students, staff and faculty with culturally competent health education, health promotion programming, alcohol and other drug education, community engagement, and partnership that supports and empowers the campus community to make choices and create lifelong habits that promote health and well-being across all dimensions.

One topic that the Wellness Resource Center focuses a lot of its efforts on relates to drug and alcohol abuse.  The Wellness Resource Center works to provide honest, straight-forward information to help students make healthy choices regarding substance use.  Additionally, they do programming related to stress reduction, healthy relationships, nutrition, and overall wellness.  If you have any questions regarding your wellness, please don’t hesitate to contact them.

Career Services

(608) 785-8514     1140 Centennial Hall

One important part of the educational experience is finding a meaningful career. The Career Services Office assists students in their career decision-making by helping them identify career options, learn about potential employers, gain relevant experiences, and conduct their job search.  Services available to students include the following:

Individual Career Advising Appointments: Students meet with advisers to explore internship opportunities, job market and employment trends in their field, and to discuss job search strategies and graduate and professional school options that match their career and life goals. 

Cooperative Education and Internship Program: The Career Services Office coordinates over 800 internship experiences allowing students to gain experience related to their academic and occupational goals.  Planning for an internship begins early, commonly in their sophomore year.

Handshake: Students register online to search for internships and jobs and to share their resume with prospective employers. 

Job Search Tools: Advisers guide students through the job search process by assisting them with resumes, cover letters, and interviewing skills.

Graduate School Assistance: Students meet with career advisers for assistance with graduate school searches and the application process.

Career Events: Career Services sponsors several major career events each year.  These events provide students an opportunity to visit informally with representatives from health services, education, business, government, and industry.  Cooperating employers visit campus to share information with students on career options with their organizations. A few examples include the Etiquette Dinner and the Accounting Career Fair.

Presentations: Career Services staff members regularly speak to classes and student groups about career-related topics.

University Centers (Cartwright Resources and Student Involvement)

608.785.8888     3200 Student Union 

University Centers consists of many components such as fraternities and sororities, leadership and involvement groups, student organization resources, Facility Operations, Campus Dining Services, Meal Plans and University Identification Cards. A few are described below.

Activities and Student Involvement

The Campus Activities Board (CAB) provides cultural, educational and entertaining events for UW - La Crosse students, community, faculty and staff such as concerts, comedians, coffeehouse performances, lectures, and performing arts. Their motto is "Everyone welcome. Always." They meet weekly at 5:00pm in 2236 Student Union. Student activities and involvement contribute greatly to the student’s overall educational experience.  Co-curricular involvement provides opportunities outside the classroom for students to gain meaningful life skills and joining a student organization is one of the easiest ways to make friends and ease the transition into grad school.  



UWL myorgs provides students with on-line convenience for managing and tracking student organizations, leadership and co-curricular participation.  Students can log on to the myorgs site, review current student organizations, and express interest in joining a club!  Existing club members can communicate via e-mail, recruit new members, create news articles or announcements, post events, use discussion forums, create surveys, assign tasks, and much more.  In addition, students can track their involvement in student organizations and leadership positions.  By doing this, students can develop a student involvement transcript that may be useful as they develop a resume and job search.


Fraternity and Sorority Life

608.785.8888                          3200 Student Union               

Becoming part of the Greek community at UW-La Crosse is one way to get involved on campus. There are two national sororities (Alpha Phi and Alpha Xi Delta) and three national fraternities (Delta Sigma Phi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and Chi Phi) represented at UW-L. The chapters on our campus provide leadership skills, scholarships, participation in community service, and friends for a lifetime.


Involvement Center                      

608.785.6600                          3200 Student Union               

The Involvement Center assists students in finding volunteer and involvement opportunities that fit their needs and interests.  Peer advisers are available to discuss student interests and make referrals to student organizations or local community agencies. 


Pride Center              

608.785.8870                         2216 Student Union                 

The Pride Center is devoted to serving UW-La Crosse students and members of the community that identify themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, as well as their allies (GLBTQQA). The Center provides resources and educational programs on GLBTQQA issues, homophobia, and heterosexism. Additionally, the Pride Center provides a SAFE place for the GLBTQQA community, and students with GLBTQ family members.


Facility Operations

Student Center Facility Operations provides a broad range of services to support the academic mission and leisure needs of UW-L students. 

Cartwright Graphics    

608.7856488                          2200 Student Union

Cartwright Graphics primarily works with members of student organizations, providing assistance regarding the development of publicity materials and assistance related to the promotion of events.  Most services are free or low-cost such as lamination, buttons, and banners.

Event/Ticket Information Counter

608.785.8888                          Student Union

The Information Counter is a service center for all students and guests.  In addition to providing campus information, the Information Counter provides audio/visual support, copy machine assistance, and a lost and found.  Tickets for many campus events are sold from this location, including tickets to Campus Activities Board events, and student organization sponsored events.  Jefferson Bus Line tickets and MTU bus passes are also available for students, faculty and staff. 


University Reservations & Event Support Services 

608.785.8895                         3200 Student Union

University Reservations & Event Support Services assists the university community by coordinating reservations and services, offering information for event planning, and acting as a liaison with the University.  The Reservations Office offers audio visual equipment and assistance for events and meetings occurring in the Student Union.  In addition, they can assist with scheduling classrooms (when classes are not scheduled), fundraisers and outdoor events.  Event Support Services consists of experienced technicians and event planners that help student organizations develop and produce events of all sizes. Their professional staff is trained to assist with anything from playing background music for an event to providing full concert production support.

Dining on Campus

608.785.8891                          1131 Student Union

Chartwells, a private company selected on a competitive bid basis on both price and program, provides the dining service program at UW-L. 

Meal Plans

There is one Block Plan offered to off-campus students called the “Off Campus Talon.” It costs $408.00 and includes 60 meals which can be eaten at any time. Additional meals may be added in blocks of 10 for $68.00

UW-La Crosse Dining Services Locations include:

Whitney Center

∙Food Court Dining Area (All-You-Care-To-Eat) - Fresh Market, Terra Ve, Hearthstone Ovens, The Kitchen, Baker's Crust, Eagle Bakery, Chef's Table, and G8

∙Breakfast All Day, Sono, La Crosse Cafe, and Bakery Kiosk

∙Mondo Subs and On the Go

Student Union

More information coming soon!

Centennial Hall

∙WPS Starbucks and On the Go (main level)

Murphy's Library

∙On the Go and Peet's Coffee (main level)

Eagle ID Card

University Card Office

608.785.8891     1131 Student Union Center

The EagleID Card serves as the official UW-La Crosse form of identification. It is University policy that all students and staff have an official University ID Card. This card can be obtained and replaced at the Card Office in 1131 Student Union. For your first card please bring some form of identification with you. This could be a driver's license, state issued ID, passport, military ID, permanent resident alien card, non-immigrant visa, certificate of U.S. naturalization, or Mexican consular card.

For students, this card is valid during all terms they are enrolled. Students will receive their card in the mail about two weeks after their photo is taken.  Students should carry their ID card with them at all times as they are required for university services. 

Some Uses for Your Eagle ID Card Include:

  • Residence Hall Access
  • Spend Campus Cash
  • Recreational Eagle Center
  • Rec Strength Center
  • Pepsi Machines
  • Meal Plans
  • Ride the City Bus for Free
  • Attend UWL Sporting Events for Free
  • WING Technology Center
  • Voting ID for out of state students

University Bookstore

(608) 785-8855     Lower Level, Cartwright Center

The University Bookstore offers an assortment of leisure reading books, course study aids, magazines, and classroom resource material not offered through Textbook Rental.  Also available in the store are insignia sportswear, gifts and novelties, cards, stamps, balloons, flowers, Cartwright gift cards, school supplies, art supplies, ink cartridges, basic electronics, and calculators. 

For the first time, in 2016, we are pleased to announce that UW-La Crosse is now offering price match as well as a new textbook rental option at the University Bookstore for graduate students.

The Bookstore will now match the price of textbooks from other booksellers. If a student can show evidence of a lower price at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or another local bookstore, the University Bookstore will sell the book at the lower price.  

In addition, from now on, most (but not all) textbooks at the Bookstore will have both a purchase price and a rental price. This applies to the books for both graduate-only courses and slash courses. Also graduate students who are taking undergraduate courses to fulfill a deficiency or prerequisite can check with staff in the Bookstore to see if any of the books for those courses are available for rent. 

For more details you can visit: 

Recreational Sports Department

(608) 785-5225     Recreational Eagle Center

What do you want to play today?  UW-L students study hard, work hard, and play hard.  Once you put down your books, check out the REC Sports Department!  They have programs and facilities designed to help you stay active, meet new friends, and reduce your stress levels.

Looking for a court to play your three-on-three game or how about an indoor track for those cold winter months?  With a combined total of over 400,000 square feet of activity space, Mitchell Hall and the Recreational Eagle Center offer numerous facilities to meet all of your indoor sporting and fitness needs

Outdoor Connection Gear Rental
With rugged bluffs, scenic valleys, and the majestic Mississippi flowing through, the La Crosse area has many opportunities for you to begin your first or next outdoor adventure.  UW-L offers programs that will teach you new skills before you start that outdoor activity.  There are also many opportunities to take part in group excursions and earn certification in different activities.  With state-of-the-art training facilities and a wide variety of equipment for rental use, you’ll have all of the tools you’ll need to start exploring! 

Fitness Classes
UW-L offers a variety of exercise classes that meet all different types of interests, fitness levels and schedules.  For everything from kickboxing and step aerobics, to power yoga, the fitness program offers it all. 

Intramural Sports are the most popular extracurricular activity offered on campus. Being involved in the program is a great way to meet new people, reconnect with friends, continue playing the sports that you have grown to love or you can try a new activity you've never played before! UWL offers team, dual and individual league options in which participants compete for the ever-popular and highly-coveted Intramural Championship T-Shirt. You can organize your own team or utilize the free agents list in hopes of getting picked up by another team looking for more players.

Special Events
The Recreational Sports Department's Special Events program offers a variety of unique recreation and sporting events throughout the year. There is something for everyone and activities include: tournaments,skill competitions, road races, endurance challenges, and mini carnivals held in the R.E.C. Try new activities, win prizes, meet new friends, and have a blast with us!

Climbing Wall
UWL's Climbing Wall simulates a variety of rock formations and utilizes hundreds of moveable hand and foot holds to provide participants a fun mental and physical challenge. The climbing wall is located in the Recreational Eagle Center and all essential climbing gear is available to UWL students at no charge (includes: harnesses, belay devices, climbing ropes and shoes). The REC WALL also offers 4 different classes to help introduce and improve climbing skills for the beginner and intermediate climber.

Personal Training

We will match you with the right trainer for your needs, and according to your schedule. Depending upon your needs you can be in the Strength Center squatting, up on the track running repeat sprint, or even in the multi-purpose gym pushing the prowler. Sessions are chosen between you and your trainer! Choose one weekly session as an pillar workout to motivate and keep you accountable. Or, make it two or three times a week, and attack your fitness goals.

Whether you are looking to shed a few or pack on a few kilo’s or just be in the best ‘shape” of your life we are here!

Our team at the REC Strength Center will create an individualized program for you based on your fitness goals. You will be assessed, monitored, motivated, and held accountable like never before. Personal Training is your BEST option for maximum results.

Club Sports

Travel, camaraderie, and good times are a few hallmarks of the UW-L Club Sport Program.  Club Sports provide support and leadership to sport and recreation oriented student organizations.  Each club is organized and led by students for students. 

Active Clubs Include:

Alpine Ski Race, Archery, Women's Basketball, Boxing, Equestrian, Fishing, Men's Hockey, Women's Hockey, Men's Lacrosse, Women's Lacrosse, Olympic Weightlifting, Table Tennis, Men's Rugby, Women's Rugby, Ski & Snowboard, Men's Soccer, Women's Soccer, Triathlon, Men's Ultimate, Women's Ultimate, Men's Volleyball, Women's Volleyball, Waterski & Wakeboard

Don't see what you are looking for?  Start a new club!  

Student interest determines the clubs on campus.  Students are able to start almost any club.  Contact Jenny Larson for more information.

Instructional Programs

RecSports also offers a variety of instructional programs including CPR/First Aid, a personal trainer course, and self-defense.


The Recreational Sports Department employs over 200 students. It truly is a program for the students by the students.  Positions available include: Bike Mechanic, Building Manager, Climbing Wall Supervisor, Customer Service Representative, Event Supervisor, Graphic Designer, Intramural Sports Supervisor, Outdoor Connection Representative & Trip Leader, Personal Trainer, Strength Center Supervisor, Intramural Sports Officials, Lifeguards, and Group Fitness Instructors.


Current UW-L student memberships for the Recreational Eagle Center are included in tuition.

LA CROSSE LIFE- Places of Worship

Assembly of God

River of Life Assembly of God – 782-2780

1214 Cty. Rd. PH, Onalaska

Services:  Sun. 10:00 a.m.



First Baptist Church - 782-6553

1209 Main St., La Crosse

Services:  Sun. 10 a.m.


Faith Baptist Church (Independent) - 788-1165

3615 S. 28th St., La Crosse

Services:  Sun. 10:45 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.


Island Park Baptist

(Southern Baptist Convention) - 783-1272

2548 Lakeshore Dr., La Crosse



Roncalli Newman Center - 784-4994

1732 State St., La Crosse

Mass Schedule:  Sat. 5 p.m., Sun. 9 &

11:15 a.m., 7 p.m. Daily Mass – Tues, Wed, Fri at 12 noon and Thurs at 7 p.m.


Churches of Christ

First Church of Christ - 784-4667

724 Cass St., La Crosse


Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Church of Jesus Christ – LDS - 783-4636

701 Well St., Onalaska



First Congregational Church (UCC) - 784-8137

2503 Main St., La Crosse


Eastern Orthodox

St. Elias Eastern Orthodox Church - 782-8641

716 Copeland Ave., La Crosse

Services:  Sun. 10 a.m.



Christ Episcopal Church - 784-0697

111 N. 9th St., La Crosse

Services:  Sun. 8 & 10:30 a.m.


Evangelical Free

First Free Church - 782-6022

123 Mason Street, Onalaska

Services: Sat. 5:30 p.m. and Sun. 8 & 9:20 & 11 a.m.



Hmong Faith Alliance Church - 784-8711

2122 Campbell Rd., La Crosse

Services: Sun, 9 & 10 & 11 a.m.



Islamic Society Othman Bin Afaan Mosque

1722 State St, La Crosse

(608) 784-7167



Congregation Sons of Abraham - 784-2708

1820 Main St., La Crosse

Services: Sat. 10 a.m.



English Lutheran Church (ELCA) - 784-9335

1509 King St., La Crosse

Services:  Sat. 5 p.m., Sun. 8:30 & 10:00 a.m.


Faith Lutheran Church (LCMS) - 782-3696

1407 Main St., La Crosse

Services:  Sat. 6:30 p.m. & Sun. 10:15 a.m.


First Evangelical Lutheran (WELS) - 784-3867

400 West Ave. S., La Crosse

Services:  Sat. 5:30 p.m., Sun. 8 & 10:15 a.m.



Wesley United Methodist Church - 782-3018

721 King St., La Crosse

Services:  Sun. 9:30 a.m.



First Presbyterian Church - 784-4248

233 West Ave. S., La Crosse

Services:  Sun. 8:30 & 10:30 a.m.


Seventh Day Adventist

Seventh Day Adventist Church - 769-5861

2117 La Crosse St., La Crosse

Services: Sun. 11 a.m.


Society of Friends (Quakers)

La Crosse Friends Worship Group – 385-0484

1334 Pine St., La Crosse

Services: Sun. 10 a.m.



Cornerstone Community Church – 784-0160

130 5th Ave. N. P.O. Box 96, La Crosse

Services: Sun. 10 a.m.


Rivers Harvest Church – 781-8778

1001 Quincy St., Onalaska

Services: Sun. 10 a.m.

LA CROSSE LIFE- Banking Services of La Crosse

Altra Federal Credit Union

     2715 Losey Blvd. S.     (608) 787-4500

     28 Copeland Ave     (608) 787-4500

Associated Bank

     605 State St.     (608) 793-3800

     206 5th Ave. S.     (608) 793-8301

     2500 State Rd.     (608) 788-2133

Citizens State Bank

     620 Main St.     (608) 785-2265

Coulee Bank

     1516 Losey Blvd. S.     (608) 784-9550

BMO Harris

     1300 Rose St.     (608) 782-6866

Marine Credit Union

     127 West Avenue N.     (608) 784-7329

Park Bank

     700 State St.     (608) 782-2265

River Bank

     4401 Mormon Coulee Rd.     (608) 788-6300               

     1232 Rose St.     (608) 784-8900

State Bank of La Crosse

     401 Main St.     (608) 784-4600

US Bank

     201 Main St. Suite 100     (608) 872-2657

Wells Fargo Bank-La Crosse

     305 5th Ave. S.     (608) 784-7000

LA CROSSE LIFE- Places to Eat

Close to Campus

Eagle’s Nest (Sports Bar and Grill)    1914 Campbell                                 (608) 782-7764           

Rudy’s Drive-in                                 1004 LaCrosse St                               (608) 782-2200

Tequila (Mexican)                             515 West Ave N                                (608) 796-2961

Gracie’s (Mediterranean)             1908 Campbell Rd                                (608) 784-5300          

Iguana’s (Mexican)                           1800 State St                                     (608) 519-3112



Kate’s on State (Italian)                         333 Main St                                    (608) 784-3354

Fayze’s (Restaurant and Bakery)              135 4th St                                     (608) 784-9548

Buzzard Billy’s (Cajun)                            222 Pearl St                                    (608) 796-2277

Pizza Doctor’s                                            24 King St                                     (608) 784-0450

Freighthouse (Steak and Seafood)         107 Vine St                                    (608) 784-6211

Piggy’s (Steak and Seafood)                  501 Front St                                   (608) 784-4877

Pickerman’s Deli (Soups & Sandwiches) 327 Jay St                                     (608) 782-7087

Hackberry’s Bistro (local organic)            315 5th Ave                                   (608) 784-5798

4 Sisters (Wine and Tapas)         100 Harborview Plaza Suite 100                (608) 782-8213

The Old Crow (American)                        100 3rd St S                                   (608) 519-5400  

Dublin Square (Irish)                            103 3rd St N                                      (608) 519-2509



Don’t forget to check out the multitude of restaurants in Onalaska and out by Valley View Mall.  There are many excellent restaurants to choose from.  Bon app’etit!

LA CROSSE LIFE- Things to Do


The La Crosse Loggers, a college baseball team, play throughout the summer at Copeland Park.  Check out for schedules and information.  Tickets are available at the gate, at the Logger’s Business Office, online at or by calling (608)796-9553.



Pla-Mor Lanes                                    807 S 4th St                                    (608) 784-3043

All-Star Lanes                           4735 Mormon Coulee Rd                         (608) 788-7827

South Lanes                             4107 Mormon Coulee Rd                         (608) 788-0838


Back to Nature

Hixon Forest                                   2702 Quarry Rd                                 (608) 784-0303

Myrick Park                                   2000 La Crosse St

Riverside Park                 Downtown, near the Mississippi River

Granddad’s Bluff            Drive east on Main St. to reach the top!

Goose Island Campground 9700 County Road K, Stoddard, WI                 (608) 788-7018

Pettibone Beach                     On the other side of the river!

Mt. La Crosse                                          (608) 788-0044           

Marineland Diver Center                                (608) 783-3186


Live Entertainment

The La Crosse Center is the place to be for large-scale entertainment in this area.  Located downtown at 300 Harbor View Plaza, a variety of artists draw crowds year-round.  Call 789-7400 for event information.

 There’s always plenty of live music and entertainment downtown – check it out!    

The Root Note                                   115 4th St S                                       (608) 782-7668

Popcorn Tavern                                        (608) 782-9069

4 Sisters                                      (608) 782-8213           

Bodega Brew Pub                    (608) 782-0677

Pearl Street Brewery                         (608) 784-4832

Piggy’s Blues Lounge

Starlite Lounge                                    222 Pearl St                                    (608) 796-0905


Comedy Nights –             Riverjacks, Howie’s, Starlite Lounge, Piggy’s


Movie Theatres

Marcus Cinema                              2032 Ward Ave                                 (608) 791-1999

     -$5 Tuesdays for anyone and $5 Thursdays for students!                                                        

Rivoli                                                  117 4th St                                     (608) 784-7761

      -$4 for students!


Public Library

The La Crosse Public Library is located at 800 Main St.  Call 789-7100 for information on setting up an account – or stop in!


River Cruises

La Crosse Queen                          (608) 784-2893           

There are a few different cruise options, but a fun student option is the “Pizza Cruise” which includes a 90 minute scenic Mississippi River cruise. Enjoy complimentary pizza with unlimited beer and soda while you cruise on the mighty Mississippi River. This cruise is available to individuals, groups, and private parties, running mid-April through October. Advanced reservations are necessary.


Working Out

YMCA                                         1140 Main St                                            (608) 782-9622      

Anytime Fitness                         112-114 5th Ave S                                    (608) 519-5990

Premier Fitness & Wellness        901 State St.                                           (608) 793-1300

Snap Fitness                              2432 State Rd                                        (608) 788-5880

Unity Fitness                             2418 South Ave                                         (608) 788-0441

CrossFit La Crosse                    303 Causeway Blvd                                (608) 433-6466

Root Down Yoga Studio           1217 Caledonia St                                     (608) 519-2467

LA CROSSE LIFE- Area Information

La Crosse Area Information

La Crosse Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau:            


Non-Emergency Numbers

Police:  785-5962



Franciscan Skemp:  (608) 785-0940

Gundersen:  (608) 782-7300


Local Newspaper

La Crosse Tribune                                                       


Local Utilities

Xcel Energy                                      800-895-4999                           

CenturyTel                                        608-572-7352                            

Charter                                             888-438-2427                                      


Professional Organizations

La Crosse Chamber of Commerce                               

La Crosse Project Management Institute               

Association for Operations Management                

American Society for Quality                                    


Recreational and Social Organizations

La Crosse Velo Club (Cycling Club)              

Bluff Busters Triathlon Team                                    

River City Running Club                                               

Grand Bluff Running