www.uwlax.edu Surround yourself with distinction. Surround yourself with UW-La Crosse.
Students consider UW-L for many reasons … our academic strength … our world-class programs … our just-right size ... our beautiful campus.
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UW-L students show up. They engage. They learn. They challenge.
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They love it here. 86% of freshmen return for sophomore year.
What makes us unique?
OUR STRENGTHS. Second highest academic profile of incoming freshmen in the University of Wisconsin System
No. 4 Midwest Regional Public University
Only comprehensive undergraduate archaeological studies program in the Midwest
university to offer a clinical doctorate degree in physical therapy
Department of Biology selected for the
AACSB-accredited College of Business
2013 UW System Regents Teaching Excellence Award
Administration, distinction earned by only 10 percent of business school programs worldwide
Third in the nation for number of bachelor’s degrees awarded in physics 6
Only UW System comprehensive
90% of seniors say they would choose UW-L all over again.
OUR PEOPLE. 2012 freshmen profile
Median high school class rank is at the 82nd percentile 27% graduated top 10% 77% graduated top 25% 98% graduated top 40% Average ACT score is 25 35% scored 26 or higher 91% scored 22 or higher
The people of UW-L Undergraduate students Graduate students Number of faculty
Academics at UW-L 9,441 786 572
Students represent 37 U.S. states, with over 400 international students and scholars representing 44 countries.
Undergraduate programs Student to faculty ratio Freshman to Sophomore Retention Rate Average class size
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Get up. Get out. Get involved.
There’s a lot to learn ... outside the classroom, too! Join your fellow Eagles in one of 11 residence halls on campus. Walk to class in less than five minutes. Enjoy the wireless internet, refrigerator, and cable television hook-up provided in your res hall room. Wash and dry your gear in the laundry facilities. (No worries, you’ll get a text when it’s done.) Print your research paper in the computer lab. Repeat the next day. FYI: Living on campus is popular! Submit your $100 enrollment deposit as soon as possible after you are admitted in order to begin the housing application process.
Step out of your residence hall. Join one of the over 170 different student organizations on campus. Take up a club or an intramural sport. Join a band or choir. You’ll find a lot to do!
You’ll have a lot of choices. Everyone needs a little direction sometimes. Stop in the Academic Advising Center. Get help declaring a major, or changing your major if you find yourself on a different route. Research your career path (or learn about a new one). Find your dream graduate school.
Get on the on-ramp to the real world. Visit Career Services. Receive individualized assistance identifying opportunities, writing a resume, and aceing the interview process. Review your graduate and professional school applications. Benefit from one of the largest centralized internship programs of all the UW System schools, which placed 900 students into internships last year.
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Mind and Body. It’s our motto.
Exercise both with involvement in athletics and the arts. Explore the human experience through participation in the Arts. With over 20 musical groups, six theatre productions each academic year, and countless studio art opportunities, you can continue your passion or find a new outlet in our supportive and outstanding arts community. www.uwlax.edu/art www.uwlax.edu/music www.uwlax.edu/theatre
UW-L is nationally affiliated with NCAA Division III. We have a strong history of success with our 19 teams winning 62 national championships in nine different sports. Become one of our 600 studentathletes on one of these teams: Women’s Athletics Men’s Athletics Basketball Baseball Cross Country Basketball Gymnastics Cross Country Soccer Football Softball Swimming & Diving Swimming & Diving Tennis Tennis Track & Field (Indoor/Outdoor) Track & Field (Indoor/Outdoor) Wrestling Volleyball www.uwlathletics.com
Keep it fun and keep yourself fit through a Rec Sports program! Feel the competitive spirit through a club sport, where you’ll play teams from other campuses. Participate in the Intramural Sports Program, the most popular extracurricular activity on campus. Challenge yourself through a GroupX class or Outdoor Connection experience. www.uwlax.edu/recsports
NEED A NEW PERSPECTIVE?
Whether you study abroad, study away, or tackle a research project, college is the time to learn what your life can be. UW-L has a strong tradition of international education, currently supporting study abroad locations in 65 countries. Join the 20 percent of our student body who studies abroad each year! ww.uwlax.edu/oie/sa
UW-L is now an affiliate member of the National Student Exchange (NSE) Program. This program provides students “study away” opportunities within the U.S., its territories, and Canada. NSE students benefit from exploring new academic options and immersing themselves in a different environment.
Create a research project. Find support for your intellectual pursuits through grant funding and opportunities to present at regional, national, and international conferences. www.uwlax.edu/urc 99
YOUR GUIDE TO FALL 2014 ADMISSION Application Period
Applications for fall 2014 are accepted beginning Sept. 15, 2013. All complete applications received by Feb. 1, 2014, will receive full consideration. Applications received or completed after that date will be considered on a spaceavailable basis. Applications for spring 2014 are accepted beginning Sept. 1, 2013.
Students with completed applications can expect to receive an admission decision in 4–6 weeks. You can track the status of your application through your WINGS Student Center at https://wings.uwlax.edu.
Some students may have their admission decision postponed. Students who are postponed will be notified of a final admission decision no later than May 1, 2014.
What We Consider All applications for admission will receive a comprehensive review. Academic preparation is the primary criteria used in the review process. We also consider demonstrated leadership, extracurricular involvement, special talent, personal statement, recommendations, and adding a diverse dimension to our campus community. Students completing rigorous high school courses, including senior year, will be stronger candidates for admission.
Average Applicant Preparation
Minimum Applicant Preparation 4 English 3 Mathematics — Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II 3 Natural Science — at least two credits from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or advanced courses in these disciplines 3 Social Science/History 4 Additional academic credits 17 Credits
4 English 4 Mathematics 4 Natural Science 4 Social Science/History 3 Foreign Language 2 Additional academic credits 21 Credits
What We Need
2013 Academic Profile
Middle 50% of 2013 Admitted Freshmen
ACT composite: 23-27 High School Class Rank: 73-90%
Submit the UW System application for undergraduate admission, $44 nonrefundable application fee, official high school transcript, and official ACT/ SAT score report sent directly from the testing agency to the UW-La Crosse Admissions Office.
Class Rank (percentile)* 99-90 89-80 79-70 69-60 <60
30-36 95% 28-29 95% 26-27 95% 24-25 95% 21-23 95% <21 80%
95% 95% 95% 95% 95% 95% 95% 95% 95% 95% 70% 50%
95% 75% 85% 35% 85% 25% 70% 25% 55% 15% 30% 10%
*This chart reflects the percentage of applicants admitted for Fall 2013 based upon class rank percentile and ACT composite score.
FRESHMAN ADMISSION PROCESS Apply online using the UW System application for undergraduate admission at www.apply.wisconsin.edu. Submit the $44 nonrefundable application fee, official high school transcript, and official ACT/SAT score report sent directly from the testing agency to the UW-La Crosse Admissions Office.
Apply for scholarships through the UW-L Foundation. Deadline is February 15. Access the scholarship application through www.foundation.uwlax.edu.
Take the University of Wisconsin Placement Test in English, mathematics, and an optional foreign language. Tests are offered beginning in March at sites around Wisconsin. Information about test registration will be mailed in early February.
If a resident of Minnesota, file for tuition reciprocity online after April 1 at www.ohe.state.mn.us/ssl/reciprocity/apply1.cfm
If admitted, submit your $100 enrollment deposit, refundable until May 1, to secure your place in the freshman class and to become eligible to sign up for on-campus housing.
Deposits are paid through the WINGS Student Center at https://wings.uwlax.edu. Your WINGS username and password will be emailed to you after you submit your application for admission to UW-L. Enrollment deposits submitted after May 1 will be accepted on a space available basis.
Sign up for and attend a Freshman Registration session. Information about Freshman Registration will be mailed after May 1 to all students who have submitted the $100 enrollment deposit. Freshman Registration takes place in June.
Bookmark the UW-La Crosse Admissions website at www.uwlax.edu/admissions. Use the Admitted Students section to guide you through the enrollment process.
After graduation, have your high school send an official final high school transcript to the UW-L Admissions Office. In addition, send official Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate scores. If you have earned college credit during high school, you must request that an official transcript be sent from the institution that granted credit for transfer credit consideration. It is advantageous to have that transcript sent before Freshman Registration.
Watch the mail in July for housing and roommate assignments. Pack for college.
MOVE IN Labor Day weekend! Attend Welcome Weekend activities!
Sign up for on-campus housing. You will receive information about on-campus housing after submitting your $100 enrollment deposit. Complete the online housing application and submit a $75 housing deposit, also refundable until May 1, to reserve your space in the residence halls.
After January 1, apply for need-based financial aid using the FAFSA (www.fafsa.ed.gov). Completed income tax information is needed to complete this form. You must provide your social security number on your UW System application in order to be considered for needbased financial aid. Priority date is March 15; however, applications are considered throughout the year.
We welcome applicants who wish to transfer from other colleges, universities or two-year institutions. All applications for admission will receive a comprehensive review. Academic preparation is the primary criteria used in the admissions review process. We also consider demonstrated leadership, extracurricular involvement, special talent, personal statement, recommendations, and adding a diverse dimension to our campus community.
Application Filing Period Application Period
Transfer applications for fall 2014 are accepted beginning Jan. 1, 2014. Transfer applications for spring 2014 are accepted beginning Sept. 1, 2013. Applications are considered on a rolling basis. When we have reached the maximum number of transfer students we can enroll for a given term, admission will close.
What We Need
UW System application for undergraduate admission available at www.apply.wisconsin.edu.
TRANSFER ADMISSION GUIDELINES
$44 nonrefundable application fee, unless directly transferring from a UW
Students with at least a 2.50 cumulative grade point average
Official high school transcript reflecting high school graduation date. Official college transcripts mailed directly to the UW-L Admissions Office from
in transferable credits will be stronger candidates for admission.
Students with a cumulative grade point average between a 2.00 and 2.49 in transferable credits will be considered for admission if space is available.
Students transferring from a UW College two-year
campus who earn an associate degree or 60 credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 will be admitted.
Students who were not admissible as new freshmen must
have earned at least 18 transferable semester credits to be considered for transfer admission.
Please note: Admission to UW-L does not assure admission to specific degree programs. All transfer students must meet the same criteria as continuing students for admission to specific majors or programs.
College two-year campus.
each institution attended, even if no credit was earned.
If currently enrolled in courses, a list of courses in progress with course numbers, titles, and number of credits for each course. What Happens Next If admitted, submit your $100 enrollment deposit. The enrollment deposit is refundable until May 1 for summer or fall admission or December 1 for winter intersession or spring admission. Deposits are paid through the WINGS Student Center at https://wings.uwlax.edu. Your WINGS username and password will be emailed to you after you submit your application for admission to UW-L.
After the enrollment deposit is received, the Admissions Office will evaluate the courses you completed to determine the number of credits that you will be granted in transfer. This will be used to determine your classification as a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior.
When the evaluation of your credits is complete, you will receive an email notification. You can then view your transfer credit report online using the WINGS Student Center. Students will also be sent information regarding the University of Wisconsin Placement Tests in English and mathematics.
Transfer orientation is held in September for summer and fall transfer students and in January for winter session and spring transfer students.
Beginning in April, Minnesota residents must file for tuition reciprocity under the Minnesota/Wisconsin reciprocity agreement. Apply online at www.ohe.state.mn.us/ssl/reciprocity/apply1.cfm Note: All General Education requirements may be satisfied if you have completed an associate degree in a college parallel program at accredited four-year institutions, two-year collegiate transfer programs at two-year institutions, community colleges, or junior colleges. You must still meet all core, professional, diversity, and major/minor requirements. In accordance with a new UW System transfer policy, UW-L can now accept up to 72 credits from the Wisconsin Technical College System institutions without first having earned an associate degree. The courses that are transferable are in the areas of communication skills, social science, mathematics, and natural science. Should you wish to know the various equivalents, you can access the UW System Transfer Information System at www.uwsa.edu/tis. 12
Using the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), the Financial Aid Office determines each student’s eligibility for needbased financial aid from federal, state and institutional sources.
Your tuition includes: Textbooks Use of Recreational Eagle
If applying for financial aid, the FAFSA application is available online after January 1 at www.fafsa.ed.gov. You will need your completed federal income tax information in order to complete the FAFSA. The priority date is March 15 for consideration of all types of need-based aid; however, applications are accepted throughout the academic year.
Center facilities City bus pass Use of Student Health Center Internet access Admission to athletic events
Scholarships are available through the UW-L Foundation. Check the Web for application materials and deadlines.
(2013-14 academic year)
Tuition and fees:
(Textbooks are included in the cost of tuition)
Non-resident Programs www.uwlax.edu/admissions/html/ tuitionprograms.htm
“Return To Wisconsin”
The program offers discounted tuition to non-resident children or grandchildren of UW-La Crosse alumni.
(Minnesota residents must file for reciprocity)
Non-Resident.....................$16,645 Housing and Meal Plan: Traditional double...............$5,950 Eagle Hall........................... $6,950 (Same cost for all students)
UW-La Crosse participates in the
Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP). This academically competitive program allows selected new freshman students who are residents of the states of Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska and North Dakota to receive a tuition reduction.
Published once a year for the Office of Admissions. Production is coordinated through the UW-L Publications Office with a lot of help from our students, faculty and staff. The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is committed to providing equal educational and employment opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, ancestry, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital and parental status. The Federal Student Right-To-Know Law requires graduation and crime statistics to be disclosed to prospective students. The Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act requires that a report be available to prospective students on participation rates, financial
support and other information. If you wish to receive these reports, contact the following offices at UW-La Crosse: — Graduation Statistics, Records and Registration Office, 117 Graff Main Hall, 608.785.8576. — Crime Statistics, Student Life Office, 149 Graff Main Hall, 608.785.8062. — Athletic Statistics, Intercollegiate Athletics Office, 126 Mitchell Hall, 608.785.8616. Photos in this publication were taken by Sue Lee, University Communications and UWLa Crosse faculaty and students. Designed by University Communications — Creative Services.
VISIT UW-L ... VISIT LA CROSSE! UW-L and the city of La Crosse
Even if you’ve been to La Crosse, and even if you’ve been to
(population 52,000) share a
campus, we invite you to visit us again! Go online to www.uwlax.edu/visit to learn more about your visit options:
strong and vibrant relationship. One of the Best Places to Live
Campus Close-Up, special day-long visit events during the school year
(U.S.News and World Report, 2009), La Crosse combines big
October 18, 2013 October 24, 2013 October 25, 2013
city excitement with small-town warmth and community. The beautiful scenery of the La Crosse
Group Information Sessions, an overview of UW-L that includes a campus tour
area provides the backdrop for numerous outdoor pursuits, and
Individual appointments with admissions counselors
a thriving downtown sets the
Walking tours of campus
stage for a burgeoning arts scene. Many college students work and volunteer in the La Crosse community. Getting around town is easy as a UW-L student—just show your student I.D. to take the city bus free of charge. We encourage you to make UW-L, and La Crosse, your home away from home.
November 8, 2013 February 21, 2014 April 25, 2014
Academic Year: Sept. 3, 2013–May 9, 2014 Summer June 3–Aug. 23, 2013 Session Tours: June 2–Aug. 22, 2014
Tours are not available:
Aug. 24-Sept. 2, 2013; Nov. 28-Dec. 1, 2013; Dec. 12, 2013-Jan. 26, 2014; March 15-23, 2014; May 10-June 1, 2014; Aug. 23- Sept. 1, 2014
We’re delighted that you’re considering the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse for your college experience. Our University is a vibrant, warm and friendly learning community where we’re committed to excellence in all that we do. We value diversity and inclusiveness that creates an engaging educational experience for all students. We take great pride in the fact that Kiplinger’s and U.S.News & World Report consistently rank UW-L as one of the finest public comprehensive universities in the country. We are nationally recognized for our programs in allied health and the sciences. We also have an AACSB-accredited College of Business Administration, numerous programs in high tech areas, a renowned program in river studies, extensive international connections, and a broad array of academic opportunities in education, the humanities and social sciences. In addition, we have a lively arts community and one of the finest National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III programs in the country.
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We think UW-L is a wonderful place to explore your passions and pursue your dreams. And we hope that as you learn more and visit with us you’ll begin to feel just how special our University is. We wish you great success in selecting your college, and we’d be delighted to have you join us here at UW-L!
Our beautiful campus is situated between towering bluffs and the mighty Mississippi River. The natural beauty of our 7 Rivers Region makes this one of the most scenic areas in the country.
Joe Gow, Chancellor
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Programs of study College of Business Administration Accountancy Business Administration* Economics Finance Risk, Insurance and Financial Planning concentration Information Systems International Business Management Marketing
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College of Liberal Studies Anthropology* Archaeological Studies Child/Youth Care emphasis Creative Writing* Criminal Justice* Economics+ English+ with emphases in: Literature Rhetoric and Writing Environmental Studies* Ethnic and Racial Studies* French+ Business concentration French Studies (c) German Studies + Business concentration Gerontology emphasis History + Regional emphasis* International Studies* Asian emphasis* European emphasis* Latin American emphasis* Military Science* Philosophy Political Science+ Professional Writing* Psychology Public Administration Public History* Russian Studies (c) Social Studies (Broadfield)+ Sociology+ Spanish+ Business concentration Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages*+ Womenâ€™s Studies
School of Arts and Communication
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Just Ask Us on our Web site:
www.uwlax.edu/admissions 608.785.8939 | Fax 608.785.8940 Online application: www.apply.wisconsin.edu Admissions Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Art + Art minor with emphases in: Two Dimension Three Dimension Communication Studies with emphases in: Advocacy and Communication Criticism Broadcast and Digital Media Interpersonal Communication Organizational and Professional Communication Music with emphases in: Choral+ General + History Instrumental+ Jazz Performance Music Theatre
Performance Piano Pedagogy Theory Photography* Sports Broadcasting* Theatre Arts with emphases in: Arts Administration Design/Technical General Studies Music Theatre Performance Stage Management
College of Science and Health Adapted Physical Education* Athletic Training Biochemistry Biology+ with concentrations in: Aquatic Science Biomedical Science Cellular and Molecular Environmental Science Chemistry+ with concentrations in: Business Environmental Science Clinical Laboratory Science Coaching Competitive Athletics concentration+ Community Health Education Computational Science* Computer Science Earth Science*+ Exercise and Sport Science with emphases in: Fitness Physical Education Teaching+ Pre-Professional Sport Management Geoarchaeology* Geography+ with concentrations in: Environmental Science Geographic Information Science* Inclusive Recreation * Mathematics+ with emphases in: Applied Education* Statistics* with concentration in: Actuarial Science Medical Dosimetry (c) Microbiology with concentrations in: Biomedical Science Business Environmental Science Nuclear Medicine Technology Nutrition* Physics+ with concentrations in: Biomedical Business with emphases in: Astronomy* Computational Optics Radiation Therapy Recreation Management School Health Education+ Science (Broadfield)+ Strength and Conditioning concentration Therapeutic Recreation
School of Education Early Childhood Education*+ Early Childhood-Middle Childhood+ Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence+ Special Education+ *
Graduate Programs Biology with concentrations in: Aquatic Science Cellular and Molecular Clinical Microbiology Microbiology Nurse Anesthesia Physiology Business Administration Clinical Exercise Physiology Community Health Education Education-Professional Development Exercise and Sport Science Physical Education-Teaching Human Performance Medical Dosimetry Occupational Therapy Physical Therapy (clinical doctorate) Physician Assistant Studies Recreation Management School Health Education School Psychology (Education Specialist) Software Engineering Special Education Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education Therapeutic Recreation
Pre-professional studies for: Chiropractic Dentistry Engineering Forestry (Natural Resources, Conservation, Wildlife Management) Law Medicine Nursing Occupational Therapy Optometry Osteopathy Pharmacy Physical Therapy Physician Assistant Studies Podiatry Veterinary Medicine
Dual degrees offered in: Biology/Physical Therapy Chemistry/Engineering Computer Science/Engineering Computer Science/Software Engineering Mathematics/Engineering Physics/Engineering Physics/Physical Therapy Psychology/Occupational Therapy
+ Teacher certification available * Minor only (c) Certificate Program