Posted 8 a.m. Thursday, March 2, 2023

UW-La Crosse is No. 100 in Stacker's new ranking of the top public universities in the United States.

UWL recognized as top public university

UW-La Crosse is the only comprehensive campus in Wisconsin to crack a new list of the nation’s best public colleges.

UWL placed No. 100 in a new ranking by news provider Stacker — the only Wisconsin university besides UW-Madison to make the list. Stacker evaluated colleges on a variety of factors, including academics, admissions, cost and student life.

“Students and families consider a number of factors when selecting a college, and we hope to check as many boxes as possible for a great college experience,” says Corey Sjoquist, assistant vice chancellor for admissions and recruitment. “This ranking is a reflection of our outstanding people, our top-notch programs and activities, and our location in one of the most beautiful communities in the country — all of which make UWL a great place to pursue a degree.”

In its ranking, Stacker noted UWL’s commitment to its motto, “mens corpusque,” which means “mind and body.” Nearly 90% of UWL students participate in recreational sports while maintaining a 3.2 GPA.

Stacker also highlighted UWL’s diverse academic offerings (130-plus degree programs) and small, engaging class sizes (91% of classes have fewer than 50 students).

This is the latest example of UWL earning high marks relative to its peers.

Recently, UWL was named a “best value” college, while La Crosse was declared a “best small college town.”

In U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of the Best Colleges for 2023, UWL was the top-ranked comprehensive campus in the UW System. U.S. News also promoted UWL to its “Top Public Schools Among National Universities” category.