University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

The University of Wisconsin at La Crosse is a highly ranked public institution and one of the 13 four-year universities in the University of Wisconsin System. The institution has a large selection of over 88 undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students to select from. Students are backed by a 19 to 1 student/faculty ratio, and professors take a personalized approach to the teaching and learning process. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via the university’s many clubs and organizations. For students interested in athletics, the UW-La Crosse Eagles play in the NCAA Division III Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC).


  • Total Enrollment: 10,542 (9,676 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 44% Male/56% Female
  • 94% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $8,933 (in-state); $17,602 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $120
  • Room and Board: $6,331
  • Other Expenses: $1,956
  • Total Cost: $17,340 (in-state); $26,009 (out-of-state)

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 79%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 56%
    • Loans: 55%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $4,889
    • Loans: $6,043

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Health Professions and Related Programs; Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies; and Psychology

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 86%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 42%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 71%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Wrestling
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Gymnastics, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Overview of University of Wisconsin – La Crosse Admissions

Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside of the admissions offices mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the application process’s next steps.

Admissions Data

  • UW La Crosse Acceptance Rate: 71%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 510/620
    • SAT Math: 550/630
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 23/27
    • ACT English: 22/26
    • ACT Math: 22/27
    • ACT Writing: -/-

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for UW La Crosse, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If UW La Crosse is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

Hampton University, Washington State University, University of Texas at San Antonio, East Carolina University, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, Texas State University

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for UW La Crosse, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

University of Oregon, University of Alabama, Colorado State University, Quinnipiac University, Ohio University, University of North Texas, University of Texas at Arlington

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than UW La Crosse. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, then you’ll be a competitive candidate for these schools.

Syracuse University, United States Military Academy, Penn State University Park, University of Cincinnati, Hofstra University, Temple University, Seton Hall University

Applying to UW La Crosse

Application Deadline: Rolling

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