Profile: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Fast Facts

Location:La Crosse
On Campus:40%
  • Fall 09/05-12/28
  • Spring 01/22-05/18

Tuition & Payments

You will pay your normal tuition/fees to your home campus.
UNEVEN - Host campus accepts a few more students than it sends out.

Estimated Per Semester
Costs For Room And Meals:

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Campus Diversity
1%Native/First Nation
0%Hawaiian/Pacific Island
0%Two or more races

Campus Profile

UWL has been consistently ranked as one of the top institutions in the U.S. News World Reports - Midwest rankings.

As a campus community of 10,000+ students, UW-L offers 88 programs of study across multiple disciplines. Programs of study include traditional liberal arts majors, an accredited College of Business Administration, one of only 12 undergraduate archaeological studies programs in the nation, and one of the top 4 Therapeutic Recreation programs in the U.S. On average, the student to faculty ratio is 19:1.

With immersive programs in the residence halls and over 170 student organizations, UWL offers a multitude of activities that cater to multiple student interests or causes.

UWL is also home to a lively arts community and one of the finest NCAA Division III programs in the country.

UWL is also home to international students and community members from over 27 different countries.

Campus Location - Nestled between the Mississippi River and the bluffs, La Crosse and UWL is famous for its exceptional natural beauty. The UWL campus is located in the middle of a quaint community which also is home to 2 other higher ed institutions and 2 major medical hospitals. Most local hot spots are within walking distance from campus and easily accessible via the local MTU bus system, which UWL students use for free with their student I.D.

Helpful Information - Abundant water, woodlands and varying terrain provide for year-round outdoor recreation. The city also has a regional airport and Amtrak station for ease of travel into/out of La Crosse. Students can find air and ground transportation to major metropolitan cities nearby which include Madison, WI (2.5 hours away), Milwaukee, WI (3 hours away), Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN (3 hours away), and Chicago, IL (5 hours away).

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Anthropology: Anthropology, Archaeology, Ethnic Studies

Area Studies: Gender, Ethnicity and Multicultural Studies, Gerontology, International Studies

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Theater Art

Athletics: Athletic Training, Coaching, Exercise Science, Fitness and Sports Science, Fitness Management, Sports Management/Administration

Biological Sciences: Aquatic Biology, Biology/Life Science, Cell Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Radiation Biology

Business: Accounting, Business Administration, Finance and Operation Management, Human Resource Management, Insurance, International Business, Management, Marketing, Public Administration

Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry

Communications: Broadcasting, Communication, Interpersonal and Public Communication, Organizational Communication, Telecommunications

Computer Science: System Administration

Earth Sciences: Earth Science, Physical Sciences

Economics: Economics

Engineering: Engineering Physics

English: English, Literature, Rhetoric, Writing

Environmental Studies: Environmental Biology, Environmental Studies

Foreign Language: Arabic (some courses), Chinese (some courses), English as a Foreign Language, French, German, Hmong, Japanese (some courses), Russian, Spanish

General Studies: Gender Studies, Natural Sciences, Social Studies

Geography and Urban Studies: Applied Geography, Environmental Planning, Geography

Health and Safety Sciences: Community Health, Exercise Science, Gerontology, Health Education, Medical Laboratory Technology, Nuclear Medical Technology, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant, Radiologic Science, School Health, Therapeutic Recreation

History: History

Information Studies: Computer Science, Information Systems

International Studies: International Studies

Mathematics: Mathematics

Performing Arts: Choral Music, Music, Music Education, Music History, Music Performance, Music Theater, Music Theory and Composition, Music/Jazz Studies, Performance, Piano Pedagogy, Theater Arts/Drama, Theater Design Technology

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy

Physics: Physics

Political Science: Political Science, Public Administration/Affairs

Pre-Professional : Engineering Pre-Professional, Law Pre-Professional, Medicine Pre-Professional, Optometry Pre-Professional, Pharmacy Pre-Professional, Veterinary Medicine Pre-Professional

Psychology: Child Psychology, Psychology

Recreation: Commercial Recreation Management, Recreation, Recreation Therapy, Sports Management

Sociology/Social Work: Sociology, Womens Studies

Theater: Performance and Directing

Closed Programs
Athletic Training, Clinical Laboratory Science, Education, Fitness, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Physical Education, Radiation Therapy, Sport Management

College of Business Administration: •Upper division business courses are in high demand, and enrollment may be limited. College of Liberal Studies: •Access to many courses is competitive and cannot be guaranteed. Some music and theatre arts courses require an audition. College of Science & Allied Health: •Must be a declared major in Recreation Management or Therapeutic Recreation to take most of the 200, 300, and 400 level RMTR courses. •Therapeutic Recreation may consider additional admission requirements. •Community Health Education may consider additional admission requirements/course enrollment restrictions.

Notable Academic Programs
Archaeology - The Archaeological Studies Major at UW-L is one of the few comprehensive undergraduate degree programs in archaeology in the United States and the only one in the Midwest. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that it is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary major that integrates the sub-disciplines of Anthropology with an emphasis on the most advanced archaeological methodologies and a wide array of area studies (e.g., North America, Mexico and Central America, Caribbean, South America, Egypt, Sub-Saharan Africa, etc.), and exposure to the rich cultural diversity of contemporary societies around the world.

Registration Priority GPA and Other Academic Requirements Exchange Preferences Mid-Year Exchange Non-Native English Speakers Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Students Summer Exchange International Students (Visa Students)
Tuition and Fees - Plan B Students
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 6/9/2017.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
NSE Program Fee: $150 Year Plan B Mandatory
ID Card: $20 Year Plan B Mandatory
Parking Fee: $168 Semester Plan B Optional
Textbook Fee: $200 Semester Plan B Mandatory
Orientation Fee: $170 Year Plan B Mandatory
Registration Fee: $25 Semester Plan B Mandatory
Career Services Fee: $7 Semester Plan B Mandatory
Other Fee: $2 Credit Hour Plan B Mandatory

Important Notes: Actual costs may vary slightly. Estimate for textbook rental is higher than usual to compensate for unforeseen rental fee increases in the future. Students ride the local MTU bus for free with their UWL Student ID card as costs are covered within segregated fees that students on campus pay. Transportation costs within the city should be very minimal as MTU bus services runs to many relevant locations within the city. All students are assessed a $25 registration fee, $6.50 Career Services Fee, and $2/per credit D2L fee in addition to regular tuition costs. Students coming in on Plan B will not incur any tuition fees from UWL, but may be assessed these additional fees. D2L (Desire 2 Learn is the online course management system used by UWL faculty and students and allows for "anytime, anywhere" access to course-related files, electronic drop-boxes for assignments, online quizzes and tests, e-mail, and grades. As the maximum credit load is 18 credits for undergraduate students, students can expect to see a cost between $24-36 for full-time study. Initial Student ID Card is free for all UWL students. Replacement charge is $20 per card. Students will need their student ID to access their dormitories. Parking Permit fee will vary based on availability. Students are encouraged to purchase a parking permit if they will be bringing a car to campus for their exchange term. The $168/term price is for students living on-campus or wishing to park in the resident parking ramp. As parking is limited around campus, we do not encourage students to bring a car to campus unless necessary since students are able to ride the local MTU bus system for free with their UWL Student ID. Meal Plans total will vary based on the meal plans that students choose.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $1486 per year.

Financial Aid
Plan B
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Plan A or Plan B, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.
On-Campus Housing Per Semester Notes About Housing
Students have the choice of living in Reuter Hall or Eagle Hall. When applying for your accommodations, please indicate that you are an incoming student on the National Student Exchange Program. Students living in Reuter Hall can opt for a shorter, flexible meal plan since the hall includes shared kitchen and cooking facilities within the residence.

Meal Plans Per Semester

Notes About Meal Plans
All students required to purchase meal plan if staying on-campus. Meal plans will vary based on student preference and/or accommodation placement. Price shown is for the "Big Eagle" plan which is the average plan which includes: Unlimited entries into Whitney Center main dining room 2 meals per day can be used in the Chars dining area 2 meals per day can be used in On The Go option 2 meals per day can be used in Mondo Subs at Whitney 1 meal per day can be used in the Student Union designated area (TBD for fall 2017) 4 guests meal per week to use at Chars or Badger Street Station 50 blocks meals included for more dining options There are no Maroon Dollars with this plan

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.