Parents & families

UWL Eagle Mail

If you would like to receive Eagle Mail, please email: parents@uwlax.edu

Parents as Partners

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse acknowledges the role and importance of parents and guardians in the success of our students. We are committed to recognizing and responding to the concerns and suggestions of parents or guardians by:

  • sharing student information with parents and guardians to the extent permitted by UWL policy, Federal and State law
  • communicating opportunities about student learning, student development, university processes and resources
  • listening and hearing various perspectives from parents and guardians

Contact us

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 Emergency Notification

In case of campus emergencies, the University uses multiple communications to notify the campus community, including campus police, email, the University home page and City Watch. City Watch is the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse’s emergency notification text messaging system. Although only UWL students, faculty, and staff can register for City Watch, students can sign up parents, other family members, or friends by designating more than one mobile device to their account.  

Campus Safety

Health/Wellness Resources

  • Student Health Center
    Located on the UWL campus (across from Whitney Center) and is open to UWL students and supported by your student fees, making the services available to you at low or no cost
  • Counseling Center
    Caring, compassionate, and confidential. On campus counseling services available to UWL students free of charge.
  • Wellness Resource Center
    Empowers students and staff by providing them with the knowledge and tools necessary to lead a healthy, balanced lifestyle.
  • Athletics, Fitness & Recreation
    Intercollegiate Athletics, Intramural Sports, Outdoor Connection, Recreational Eagle Center (REC)
 
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Stay connected to your student whether it is by sending them a cake through Campus Cakes,  keeping in the loop by subscribing to the Racquet, or sending them a note or care package.

Campus Cakes

 Campus Cakes, sponsored by the University’s American Marketing Association, provides students with an 8” round cakes, 6-count cupcakes, or 12-count cupcakes for any occasion. Each are handmade and hand-delivered right to students' doors - on time, guaranteed! Deliveries can be made Monday through Friday for both on AND off campus locations, and dairy-free options are available upon request.

Order forms can be found online at: http://www.uwlama.com/campus-cakes. Email amacampuscakes@uwlax.edu with your order today!

This program is run by the UWL student organization, American Marketing Association (AMA).

Racquet Subscription for Parents

The Racquet is UW-La Crosse’s official campus newspaper. A dedicated team of student reporters, editors and designers deliver a weekly publication that will keep you up-to-date about what’s happening on campus!

Check it out here!

How to Send Mail to your Student's On-campus Address

Residence Hall Addresses & Instructions on How to Address Mail  - Select your student's residence hall.

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Getting Around La Crosse or Campus

  • Campus Parking Information
  • U-Pass 
    • The UWL Student Association, UWL Administration , and MTU worked together to bring UW-La Crosse students the U-PASS program. The Program has two parts: daily unlimited, fare free passage on all MTU bus routes and the Safe Ride - a safe ride between downtown and campus during evening hours on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
  • Bicycles for Rent

Getting Home for the Weekend or Break

  • Jefferson Bus Lines - bus stop located on UWL's campus
  • Amtrak - station located in La Crosse and accessible via a short car or cab ride

Getting around by bicycle

It's easy to bike around UWL, the city of La Crosse, and the region.  With a network of city bike routes, recreational trails through the marsh and Hixon Forest, and a variety of bicycle resources on campus, active transportation is an attractive alternative throughout the year.

On campus, REC Sports Outdoor Connection offers short-term bike rentals including cruisers, mountain bikes, and an all-new fleet of custom-painted fatbikes.  They also offer the low-cost Green Bike program, where you can lease a refurbished bicycle for a semester or a year.  Public bicycle repair stands and air pumps, installed near the dorms in summer 2015, help you keep your ride rolling, while the University Police bicycle registration program and anti-theft education efforts help you keep it safe.  

There are year-round opportunities to learn more about biking. Keep your eyes open for regular campus bike tours, free bike light giveaways in the fall semester, and fix-a-flat clinics from the Outdoor Connection.  Starting fall 2015, the OC and the Wisconsin Bike Fed will train student staff as "Campus Bike Ambassadors"; they'll serve as "roll models" and lead campus-area bike tours throughout the year.  (Students will need to ride on one of these tours to participate in the low-cost, long-term rental "Green Bike" program.)  The Bike Fed also offers additional information and quiz on safe riding, and the League of American Bicyclists has tips and videos on safe riding.  

The city of La Crosse is recognized as a Silver-level Bike Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists.  "Sharrows" and Share the Road signs mark designated bike routes, and the Marsh Trails connect campus with north and south La Crosse, Riverside Park, and Hixon Forest.  All MTU buses offer bike racks for easy combination of bike and bus.  And in the next few years, "neighborhood greenways" will offer bicycle-friendly connections as a part of the 2012 Bike-Ped Master Plan.  Contact the Wisconsin Bike Federation, the Driftless Region Bicycle Coalition, the La Crosse Area Planning Commission or the city Bike/Ped Advisory Committee for more information.

Looking to ride for recreation and health?  The Outdoor Recreation Alliance provides information about Hixon Forest, Human Powered Trails and the brand-new pump track. Bicycle La Crosse offers hundreds of miles of self-guided road rides in the region, with free printable maps or downloadable turn-by-turn directions; culminating in the completely free Labor Day Bike Festival.  From campus, you can ride onto nearly a hundred miles of bicycle-friendly rail-trails, including the Great River State Trail, La Crosse River State Trail, Elroy-Sparta State Trail. Competitive cycling also comes to La Crosse every year with the Wisconsin Off Road Series and La Crosse Omnium.  Or join the Bluff Busters Triathlon Group or UWL Cycling group.

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Primary Office Contacts for First-Year Parents and Students:

Frequently Requested Contacts for Parents and Students: