Our Mission

To serve low-income and multicultural individuals, families and communities while assisting youth to be successful within their schools and their lives.

The Pre-College Programs, sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Services, are committed to supporting multicultural communities and low-income families in the La Crosse area and around the state. University students and staff members serve as role models and mentors for the youth and as liaisons to the communities within which the Pre-College participants reside. 

MARC tutoring will be virtual Spring 2021!!

The Pre-College academic year offerings provide local youth with weekly tutoring and enrichment opportunities. Our outreach efforts serve African-American, Native American, Latino, and Hmong youth from around the area. Over 125 UWL undergraduate students from diverse ethnic backgrounds serve as tutors and mentors each semester.

Mentoring and Readiness for College (MARC) Program

UWL Thursday Tutoring

Academic year tutoring and enrichment for multicultural and low-income students in the La Crosse and surrounding communities.

We'll help you get ready for, and get excited about going to college!

Our mentoring staff is made up of UWL college students and local professionals from a variety of backgrounds. Our low student-to-mentor ratio allows staff build a meaningful trust with our youth while serving as positive role-models to promote understanding and appreciation, self-awareness and cultural awareness.

Through a combination of tutoring, enrichment, and communication, MARC motivates youth to take a proactive role in their own life choices and become engaged members in their community.

  • Tutoring: We strive to meet the academic needs of our students by offering help in specific school subjects and by developing more effective study skills.
  • Enrichment: Beyond academics, MARC also exposes students to enrichment and recreational opportunities, organizations within the community, and events on local campuses. 
  • Communication: We work to collaborate closely with parents, teachers, and school administrators.

But most importantly:

MARC inspires students to attend college!

MARC Tutoring Sites

Holmen Middle School - Mondays expanding section

When: Mondays, 3:45-5:30 PM; merged with Tuesday site in fall 2020

Grade Level: 6-12

Number of Spots: 20

Where: Virtual - Collaborate Ultra/Canvas

What: Students focus on their school work, vocabulary, and preparation for the ACT test. For the last portion of each day, students are encouraged to be physically active, often engaging in physical education activities at Evergreen Elementary School. Students are transported home by bus. 

UWL Tutoring - Tuesdays expanding section

The UWL Tuesday site is a smaller program, maintaining a one-to-one student/mentor ratio.  In order to maintain the low student/mentor ratio, this program cannot exceed 30 students and there is often a waiting list to participate.

When: Tuesdays, 5:00-7:00 PM

Where: Virtual - Collaborate Ultra/Canvas and Zoom

Grade Level: 1-12

Number of Spots: 20

What: Students engage in various activities including a snack, homework completion, skill-building, language development, physical activity, and cultural enrichment. Transportation is provided to students.

Site Supervisor: Maddie Renaud (renaud9265@uwlax.edu)

Spring Tutoring Session Dates:

  • Mar 2 
  • Mar 9 
  • Mar16 
  • Mar 23 
  • Mar 30 
  • Apr 13 
  • Apr 20 
  • Apr 27 
UWL Tutoring - Thursdays expanding section

When: Thursdays, 5:00-7:0 PM

Where: Virtual - Collaborate Ultra/Canvas

Grade Level: 2-12

Number of Spots: 20 (Girls) 20 (Boys)

What: UWL Thursday Girls and Boys will run at the same time on Thursdays. Students focus on their school work, skill-building, and vocabulary. Enrichment activities, such as recreational sports and arts and crafts, are provided after tutoring. Students are transported to campus and home by bus.

Site Supervisor: Steven Petherbridge (spetherbridge@uwlax.edu

Spring Tutoring Session Dates:

  • Mar 4 
  • Mar 11 
  • Mar 18 
  • Mar 25 
  • Apr 8 
  • Apr 15 
  • Apr 22 
  • Apr 29 

For more information, please view our MARC brochure.

Application process: To register for one of our MARC program sites, please complete an electronic Registration Form. Paper format is also available. 

Due to virtual programming, we have additional forms for parents to complete. 

NOTE: If you are applying for MARC and you are going to 6th grade in the fall or you are either in middle or high school, you also need to fill out the following: DPI form (English) and DPI form (Spanish).

Priority deadline for Spring 2021 is Friday, February 19, 2021

A Virtual Parent Q&A Session will be held Friday, February 26, 2021 at 6:00 pm to help parents get set up with Canvas and Collaborate Ultra. The link to the virtual session will be sent to email addresses listed on registration forms. 

Forms can be mailed to:

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Precollege Program
1725 State Street, 1101 Centennial Hall
La Crosse, WI 54601

Questions can be directed to: 608.785.8225 or email Monica Yang (myang@uwlax.edu). 


We love getting feedback, both positive and constructive, from parents about our programs and how we are doing. Your feedback helps us improve our programs and training of precollege staff to better serve your family. We have created a short survey (Parent Survey) for parents to complete. We appreciate your time and attention!

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