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University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

La Crosse, WI

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About This Campus

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, UWL 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.

Location Information

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).

2020/2021 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

2021/2022 Placement

Home Payment (B)

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | La Crosse
Population | 136,985
Enrollment | 10,569
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home (B)
Term Dates
Fall | 09/03-12/18
Spring | 01/27-05/15

Campus Diversity

White | 90%
Black | 1%
Hispanic/Latino | 3%
Asian | 2%
Native/1st Nation | 1%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Two or more | 0%
Other | 3%


-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • According to class standing
Closed Programs
Clinical Laboratory Science, Education, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Physical Education, Radiation Therapy

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.

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students
Anthropology: Anthropology, Archaeology

Area Studies: Art Studies, Chinese Studies (minor)

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Art Education, Theater Art, Visual Arts

Athletics: Coaching, Exercise Science, Fitness and Sports Science, Fitness Management, Physical Education, Sports Management/Administration

Biological Sciences: Aquatic Biology, Biology/Life Science, Botany/Plant Sciences, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Molecular Biosciences

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

Chemistry: Biochemical Sciences, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Molecular Biochemistry

Communications: Broadcasting, Communication, Interpersonal and Public Communication, Organizational Communication, Scientific and Technical Communication, Speech/Rhetoric/Public Address, Telecommunications

Computer Science: Computer Science, System Administration

Earth Sciences: Earth Science, Geology, Geosciences, Physical Sciences, Science

Economics: Economics

Education: Early Childhood, Elementary Education, English, Health Education, Junior High/Middle School, Learning Disabilities, Mathematics, Physical Education, Preschool Education, Secondary Education, Spanish, Special Education, Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)

English: Creative Writing, English, Literature, Professional Writing, Rhetoric, Technical Writing, Writing

Environmental Studies: Ecology, Environmental Biology, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies, Sustainability Studies, Wildlife Conservation

Food Science: Nutrition

General Studies: Gender Studies, Natural Sciences, Social Studies

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

Geology: Geology

Health and Safety Sciences: Community Health, Exercise Science, Health Education, Health Promotion, Public Health, School Health, Substance Abuse/Addictions, Therapeutic Recreation, Wellness

History: History

Hospitality and Tourism: Tourism and Travel, Tourism Management

Information Studies: Computer Science, Information Systems

Languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Spanish

Marine Sciences: Marine Biology, Marine Sciences, Marine Studies

Mathematics: Mathematics, Mathematics-Physics, Statistics

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

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy

Physics: Applied 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: Gender Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, Womens Studies

Theater: Performance and Directing


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.5 GPA
  • Students must meet minimum GPA requirements.
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of N/A paper, 550.00 computer or 73.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.00
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan B

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 18 ($275 per additional hour)
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 06/26/19.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
ID Card $20 Year Plan B Mandatory
Parking Fee $166 Semester Plan B Optional
Textbook Fee $87 Semester Plan B Optional
Registration Fee $25 Semester Plan B Mandatory
Career Services Fee $6.50 Semester Plan B Mandatory
Transcript Fee $10 Semester Plan B Mandatory

Important Notes: Actual costs may vary slightly. Students ride the local MTU bus for free with their UWL Student ID card. 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 Canvas 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. Canvas is the online course management system used by UWL faculty and students and allows 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 $166/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 $1,290 per year.

Financial Aid

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 06/26/19

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 30% living on campus
  • Double: $1960
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • Students must live on campus
  • Maximum unrestricted housing reserved: 5
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $600
  • Proximity to campus: 1-5
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
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

  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $1391 per semester for 19 meals per week.
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.
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