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F A S T   F A C T S
Location | La Crosse
Population | 52,185
Enrollment | 10,314
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home Payment

Term Dates
Fall | 09/03-12/18
Spring | 01/27-05/16

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

La Crosse, WI

#6 LGBTQ+ Friendly College Campus in the US according affordablecollegesonline
#1 Public university in WI with less than 25,000 students-bestnationaluniversity
#2 Archeology Program in the Nation by collegevaluesonline

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 over 100 undergraduate 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 currently number two 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 200 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

Located along the Mississippi River with abundant water, woodlands and terrain, La Crosse is famous for its exceptional natural beauty. The UWL campus is park-like, and located in the middle of a vibrant community. Most local attractions are within walking distance from campus and easily accessible via the local bus system. Students can find air and ground transportation to major metropolitan cities nearby which include Madison (2.5hr), Milwaukee (3hr), Minneapolis (3hr), and Chicago (5h).

Helpful Information

We would love to have you join our campus! We are encouraging of NSE applications and have a high placement rate. Students register during the priority period and dedicated advisors work with students on course selection. NSE students live on-campus in one of ten halls where they are able to benefit from a variety of programming. To learn more about campus life please visit https://www.uwlax.edu/info/campus-life/
2024-2025 Chance of Placement
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Campus Availability & Deadlines
2025-2026 Chance of Placement
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  • Campus Catalog
  • When will I register? According to class standing
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
Closed Programs
Clinical Laboratory Science, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Radiation Therapy

College of Business Administration: Upper division business courses are in high demand, and enrollment may be limited. College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Humanities (CASSH): Some music and theatre arts courses require an audition. College of Science & 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

  • Archaeological Studies - The Archaeological Studies Major at UWL 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.
  • Physics - Number one in the nation for degrees awarded in physics.
  • Biology
  • Computer Science
  • Exercise and Sport Science

Unique Academic Programs

  • Recreation Management
  • Therapeutic Recreation
  • Computer Engineering
  • Statistics - Actuarial Science Concentration

RA Exchange: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Accounting, Actuarial Science, Adapted Physical Education... ++ show all


GPA and Other Academic Requirements Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of N/A paper or 73.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.00
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Home Pay
Canadian Students - learn more
  • Will accept Home Payment Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 05/02/24

Finances Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • Pay regular tuition to your home campus. No tuition/fees are paid to your host campus.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Home Payment: 18 ($467 per additional hour)

Financial Aid for NSE Students
Regardless of Payment Plan, financial aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Textbook Fee $87 Semester Home Mandatory
ID Card $20 Year Home Mandatory
Technology Fee $36 Year Home Mandatory
Parking Fee $173 Semester Home Optional
Orientation Fee $175 Year Home Mandatory
Registration Fee $25 Semester Home Mandatory
Career Services Fee $6.50 Semester Home Mandatory
Course Fees / MaterialsVariesSemesterHost & HomeMandatory

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 $173/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. Textbooks: UWL students rent their textbooks from campus for $87 a semester. Additional costs may apply and is based on course enrollment (lab manuals and etc.).

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 05/02/24

On-Campus Housing Per Semester Off-Campus Housing
  • Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $800
  • Proximity to campus: 1-5
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
UWL offers many different types of housing styles. Many students choose to live in Reuter Hall (single room) or Eagle Hall (3 people per room). 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. On-campus housing exemptions may be considered on a case by case basis. We do our best to honor preferences but preferences are not guaranteed.

Meal Plans

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 Stryker Classic plan which is the average plan. https://www.uwlax.edu/university-centers/services/dining-services/dining-plans/


Figures per Semester are current as of 05/02/24

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $2,000 per year.


Comments on Problems or Conditions for Access
Most of campus is accessible for students with physical disabilities. Those with documented disabilities should work with the Access Center to construct an appropriate accommodations plan for their time in La Crosse.

With regards to local transportation, there is some wheel chair accessibility at the airport. However, there may be more limitations at the La Crosse Train station as there is only one entrance (near the center of the building) that allows for wheel chair access into/out of the building. The La Crosse train station/depot is an older building, so there may be some issues with accessibility.

Other Health Related Comments
Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), The ACCESS Center protects qualified students enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse from discrimination on the basis of disability and assures provision of reasonable accommodations.

To determine that a student is protected by the two laws, The ACCESS Center requires documentation that diagnoses a disability and describes how the condition directly and substantially limits a major life function such as learning. For more information on disability documentation guidelines, visit: https://www.uwlax.edu/access-center/disability-documentation/

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