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University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

La Crosse, Wisconsin


University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Public 4 Year

About University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

The University of Wisconsin–La Crosse (also known as UW–La Crosse, UWL, or regionally as La Crosse) is a public university in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Founded in 1909, it is part of the University of Wisconsin System and awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. UW–La Crosse is organized into five schools and colleges offering 100 undergraduate programs, 22 graduate programs, and 2 doctoral programs. With an annual operating budget of $227 million, it is one of the largest in the UW System. The university has nearly 85,000 alumni across all 50 U.S. states and 57 countries.In 2018, U.S. News & World Report ranked UWL the top comprehensive university in the UW System for the eighteenth consecutive year, and the fourth ranked public university in the Midwest. In addition, the university was ranked in the elite group of 39 national universities highlighted for student success in undergraduate research and creative projects. Nationally recognized programs include occupational therapy, physical therapy, and physician assistant offerings at the graduate level. UWL also offers a top ranked archaeology and anthropology undergraduate degree program, the only in the Midwest and one of few nationally. The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education classifies UW–La Crosse among "Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs."The UW–La Crosse Eagles athletic teams compete in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, in NCAA's Division III. The university mascot is Stryker the Eagle.


Located in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

1725 State St, La Crosse, WI, 54601-9959, La Crosse County

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Rankings

Prepler rankings are based on rigorous and in-depth analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education.

2022 Best Colleges in America

#484 of 6828

2022 Best Colleges in Wisconsin

#8 of 108

2022 Best Public Colleges in Wisconsin

#3 of 36

Most Popular Majors

Out of 21 majors categories at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, the 5 most popular are listed below.

Graduation Rate

Graduation rate of college is a strong indicator of success of the college’s students in attaining their educational goals. Prepler defines graduation rate as the percentage of first-time, full-time students who graduated from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse within four or six years.

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Notable Alumni