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. 

Summer Literacy Program (SMART) expanding section

Recipient of the 2010 State Superintendent's "Standing up for Rural Communities, Libraries and Schools" Award

SMART is a program open to all students entering grades 1-8, this program meets for four weeks, two days a week in the afternoons. Students are provided transportation from their homes to the local library. 

Number of Spots:

  • La Crosse and Holmen - Mondays and Wednesdays: 20 (10 1st-4th grade and 10 5th-8th grade) 
  • Norwalk, Ontario and Wilton - Tuesdays and Thursdays: 20 (10 1st-4th grade and 10 5th-8th grade) 

Participants willSMART Field Trip to MN Zoo

  • Be assigned a mentor (college student) who help them with guided reading
  • Be exposed to a number of enrichment opportunities within the community
  • Learn more about public libraries and their services  

SMART 2020 Dates: UWL will not offer SMART this summer due to COVID-19

For more information, please view our S.M.A.R.T. brochure. To apply, please complete and submit an application: ENGLISH and SPANISH. An electronic application is also available online.

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

Deadline for SMART: N/A

Questions? Please contact Authrene Ashton (aashton@uwlax.edu; 608-785-8928). If you would like to register over the phone rather than online, email aashton@uwlax.edu to set up a time to do so.

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Mississippi River Adventure Introductory Camp (MRA INTRO) expanding section

The Mississippi River Summer Adventure – Introductory Camp is a residential, week long program for students entering grades 7 through 9.  

MRA Camp

Participants will  

  • Learn elements of math and science 
  • Develop team building, outdoor adventures, collaborative thinking, and exploration skills

Number of Spots: 20

MRA Intro 2020 Dates: UWL will no offer MRA 2020

For more information, please view our MRA brochure. To apply, please complete the MRA registration form (English) or Formularios en espanol (Coming Soon).

NOTE: Please include a copy of the student’s grades for the 2017-2018 school year (minimum GPA requirement is 2.5). 

A complete application should include:

  • Registration Form (make sure you select your t-shirt size)
  • Copy of 2017-2018 Transcript or Report Card
  • Camp/Event Consent Form
  • Participant Contract
  • Consent of Medication Administration
  • Health Questionnaire
  • DPI Scholarship Application (if family qualifies for free and reduced lunch)
  • Personal Statement

 Questions can be directed to: 608.785.8225 or email Authrene Ashton (aashton@uwlax.edu)

SEND ALL FORMS TO:

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

                                                                                                 

Mississippi River Adventure Leadership & Intercultural Development Camp (MRA LID) expanding section

The Mississippi River Summer Adventure – LID Camp is a residential, week long program for students entering grades 10 through 12. 

Adv Camp

Participants will

  • Explore leadership development training and intercultural identity development workshops 
  • Travel to camp, hike and/or canoe
  • Visit a college campus

Number of Spots: 15

MRA LID 2020 Dates: UWL will not offer MRA 2020

For more information, please view our MRA brochure. To apply, please complete the MRA registration form (English) or Formularios en espanol (Coming Soon).

NOTE: Please include a copy of the student’s grades for the 2017-2018 school year (minimum GPA requirement is 2.5). 

A complete application should include:

  • Registration Form (make sure you select your t-shirt size)
  • Copy of 2017-2018 Transcript or Report Card
  • Camp/Event Consent Form
  • Participant Contract
  • Consent of Medication Administration
  • Health Questionnaire
  • DPI Scholarship Application (if family qualifies for free and reduced lunch)
  • Personal Statement

 Questions can be directed to: 608.785.8225 or email Authrene Ashton (aashton@uwlax.edu

SEND ALL FORMS TO:

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

                                                                                               

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