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University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how University of Wisconsin - La Crosse ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse was awarded 102 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies.

Overall Quality

UW - La Crosse landed the #342 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

Out of the 39 colleges in Wisconsin, UW - La Crosse is ranked at #8.

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Is It Hard to Get Into UW - La Crosse?

Acceptance Rate

When it comes to admittance, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse is somewhat selective. Its acceptance rate is 73%, which means you'll face some strong competition during the admissions process. Do what you can to make your application stand out.

Average Test Scores

UW - La Crosse received ACT scores from 99% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 22 and 26.

ACT Composite Scores for University of Wisconsin - La Crosse  ( 22 to 26 )

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University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, the student to faculty ratio is 19 to 1. Compared to the national average of 15 to 1, this is somewhat high. This could mean that class sizes may be larger than they are at other colleges or universities or that professors may be required to teach more classes.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at University of Wisconsin - La Crosse is 85%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  85 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 83% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like University of Wisconsin - La Crosse enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  83 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full-time students who get their bachelor's degree with four years. At UW - La Crosse this rate is 36%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  36 out of 100

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Below Average Overall Diversity at UW - La Crosse

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 9,668 undergraduates at UW - La Crosse with 9,098 being full-time and 570 being part-time.

UW - La Crosse Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and racial-ethnic minorities*. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

The overall diversity score for UW - La Crosse is 39.65 out of 100. This is below average when compared to other schools in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  39.65 out of 100
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How Much Does University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Cost?

The overall average net price of UW - La Crosse is $14,478. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for UW - La Crosse

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$8,251 $9,807 $13,350 $16,297 $16,860

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of UW - La Crosse, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At UW - La Crosse, approximately 55% of students took out student loans averaging $6,644 a year. That adds up to $26,576 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UW - La Crosse is 1.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do UW - La Crosse Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from UW - La Crosse with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $48,000 in their early years. That's great news for UW - La Crosse students since it is 21% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


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Location of University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

Located in La Crosse, Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse is a public institution. La Crosse is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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Location of University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

Contact details for UW - La Crosse are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1725 State St, La Crosse, WI 54601-9959
Phone: 608-785-8000

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 47 majors graduated from University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. Of these students, 2,221 received undergraduate degrees and 376 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
General Biology 241 $32,600
General Psychology 198 $26,900
Health & Physical Education 179 $28,600
Finance & Financial Management 152 $46,500
Teacher Education Grade Specific 144 $35,700
Marketing 139 $38,900
Business Administration & Management 93 $42,300
Communication & Media Studies 91 $34,100
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 74 $36,100
Public Health 69 $32,100

Learn more about the majors offered at University of Wisconsin - La Crosse along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at UW - La Crosse

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 2,602 students took at least one online class at University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. This is an increase from the 2,413 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 2,602 310
2016-2017 2,413 313
2015-2016 2,405 283
2014-2015 1,679 218
2013-2014 1,862 209

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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