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University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Admissions

The Admissions Office is looking for individuals who are outgoing, friendly, possess excellent communication skills, and are excited about UW-La Crosse. Candidates who complete an application will be asked to participate in an individual interview. After individual interviews are completed, selected applicants will be invited back for a group interview.

Application Requirements
• Undergraduate students who will be at least sophomore standing by fall semester. 
• Minimum grade point average of 2.50. 
• Have at least two semesters of school left before graduating (not including student teaching or off-campus study & study abroad).

Vanguard Responsibilities

  • Check email daily
  • Vanguards are responsible for knowing the updated information presented during  meetings and in weekly email communications
  • Attend and complete all Vanguard training sessions
    • Fall training is in August the Sunday and Monday before classes begin
    • Spring training is in January the Sunday before classes begin
    • Must shadow at least 2 returning Vanguards
    • Must be shadowed by a returning Vanguards
  • Be scheduled for approximately one tour or special event a week
  • Complete at least 14 tours per semester (8 scheduled plus special events)
  • Attend weekly Vanguard meetings when available (not in class)
  • Check in the Vanguard Event binder weekly and sign-up for additional tours
  • Attend Campus Close-Ups (3 in fall and 2 in spring)
  • Arrange to cover assigned tours as needed
  • Provide semester schedule to the scheduler for availability for tours

Behavior and Other Responsibilities

  • Act professionally
  • Never speak negatively about other schools
  • Set a friendly, helpful attitude when preparing for tours
  • When waiting for the tour to begin, socialize with students and families
  • Avoid use of phone or text prior to the start of the tour
  • Speak loudly and clearly
  • Stop and speak to the group
  • Speak to every family in the group and get to know their needs
  • Avoid abbreviations
  • Tailor tour to students interests 
  • Be on time for all tours and special events
  • Dress for the the weather with good walking shoes
  • Be open and honest with tour group and questions
  • End tour on a positive note
  • Know why “I chose UWL” and articulate that to tour

Vanguard Information Sessions

Vanguard Information Session #1:

  • Monday, December 4, 2017
  • 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Student Union 3110

Vanguard Information Session #2:

  • Wednesday, January 24, 2018
  • 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Student Union 3120

If you have any questions, please contact Sam Pierce at spierce@uwlax.edu 

Meet your Vangaurd Executive Team

Front: Maggie Walsh, Adele Parks, 

Middle: Katie Eisenhauer, Gabbi Schlueter, Madeline Berendt

Back: Josh Stanke,Josh Heimsoth

Applying to the Vanguard Organization

The Admissions Office is looking for individuals who are outgoing, friendly, possess excellent communication skills, and are excited about UWL.  Candidates who complete an application will be asked to participate in an individual interview.  After individual interviews are completed, selected applicants will be invited back for a group interview.  Approximately 20 Vanguard positions are available for 2018-2019 academic year and 10 Vanguards for the 2018 Summer.

Summer Vanguards will provide daily tours at 11 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. (Monday & Friday) and at 11 a.m. (Tuesday-Thursday) during the months of June, July, and August. 

Application Requirements

• Undergraduate students who will be at least sophomore standing by fall semester. 
• Minimum grade point average of 2.50. 
• Have at least two semesters of school left before graduating (not including student teaching or off-campus study & study abroad).

Application Timeline:

  • Vanguard Information Sessions: 
    • Monday, December 4, 2017: 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Student Union 3110
    • Wednesday, January 24, 2018: 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Student Union 3120
  • Online Application Available:
    • Wednesday, December 13, 2017: 12 p.m.
  • Online Application Closes:
    • Wednesday, January 31, 2018: 12 p.m.
  • Applicants emailed to sign up for 15 minute individual interview time:
    • Thursday, February 1, 2018
  • Individual Interviews:
    • Monday, February 5 to Thursday, February 8, 2018: Admissions Office 2320
  • Selected Applicants emailed about 50 minute Group Interview Process:
    • Friday, February 9, 2018
  • Group Interviews:
    • Tuesday, February 13, 2018
    • Group interviews will consist of two parts.  One part involves each person making a two-minute presentation to the group. Presentations will be limited to two minutes and must relate to some aspect of UWL. The other part will involve group consensus activities. Applicants will be evaluated on their ability to communicate and work in a group situation while providing meaningful input in the discussion. Candidates will also be evaluated on professionalism, enthusiasm, and their knowledge of the university community.
  • Applicants Notified:
    • Thursday, February 15, 2018

Vanguard Application

  • The official application will be available on Wednesday, December 13, 2018. 

What do some of our current Vanguards say is their favorite part of being a Vanguard at UWL?

Jordan Jones

Jordan Jones

  • Senior—Communication Studies Major
  • Hometown: Brillion, WI
  • What is your favorite part of being a Vanguard?
    • “The family feeling you get from being a part of the organization.”

Charlie Raethke

Charlie Raethke

  • Senior—Sport Management Major
  • Hometown: Pepin, WI
  • What is your favorite part of being a Vanguard?
    • “My favorite part about being a Vanguard is getting to interact with people from around the state, country, and world. Each person and their experiences is unique, and getting to share in that has been a really enjoyable experience. It's also fun to be surrounded by some of the most outgoing people on campus on a weekly basis.

Jenna Schiewer

Jenna Schiewer

  • Senior—Choral Education Major
  • Hometown: Waukesha, WI
  • What is your favorite part of being a Vanguard?
    • “I love showing off this beautiful campus! I feel like I have a lot of honest and wonderful knowledge that I want to share with prospective students to help them make an informed decision about college!”