Location: La Crosse, Wisconsin
Funding: The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is a public university.
Percent Women: 57% Females
Tuition (one year): Resident of Wisconsin and Minnesota: $14,812 Non-Resident: $22,382
Most Popular Majors: Biology, Psychology, Elementary Education, Exercise and Sports Science, and Finance
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 87%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit UW-La Crosse's website at http://www.uwlax.edu/
Why Choose UW Lax?
"I chose this school because of the recreational opportunities and the beauty of the campus. The scenic view of the bluffs and Mississippi River drew me to this location to further my education."
"I attended UW-L because it was a perfect distance from home, it has great educational standing, and has beautiful surroundings."
"Initially, I planned on pursuing a degree in Sports Medicine and I knew La Crosse had an exceptional Exercise and Sports Science Program that would prepare me adequately for my pre-professional track. I also am an avid runner and love the difficulty the hiking paves present me with while training for races."
"La Crosse was the perfect combination of academics, recreation, and athletics."
"I chose UW-L because I wanted a college experience that was going to be more than just studying. When I visited I saw people running, biking, and rollerblading. The landscape allows for so many activities outside the classroom. Also, the size was very apppealing to me as I never wanted to attend a college that was so big that every student was just a number. I wanted to be in a place where my professors have a passion for teaching and would make an effort to get to know me for who I am."
"According to the U.S. News and World Report, La Crosse is ranked #3 as a Public Midwest Regional University."
"The small class sizes make connections with other students and professors more readily available and allow you to feel comfortable asking for help when needed. You truly are able to grasp a sense that your professors value your success and opinions rather than merely feeling like a small fish in a big pond."
"UW-La Crosse was named on Kiplinger's 100 'Best Values in Public Colleges,' list for 2014."
"There are numerous outlets for students to utilize to plan for their futures and make connections for career opportunities at La Crosse. The university offers an online Job Board called, Eagle Opportunities where employers can post internship positions and job openings in different categories that students can apply to."
"Aside from academics, within the community of La Crosse and surrounding areas there are constantly events going on that connect students to life outside of the university."
"Some of the roads in La Crosse could use some serious help. There are countless potholes that I feel like I am constantly attempting to veer away from as to not damage my car at all."
"I definitely think the accessibility on campus for people with disabilities needs to be improved. Small updates within existing buildings, although costly would certainly help this situation."
"The dining halls on campus could use a little variety. The infamous Whitney Dining Hall seems to serve the same stagnant food choices every day and after four years, I would have to say I am a little sick of eating the same meals on a continuous basis."
"I think Murphy Library could use an expansion. Every time I go to study at the library there is never a spot to sit. When I need to find an area accessible to an outlet to plug in my laptop the search gets even trickier. For the growing student population and national ranking of UW-La Crosse's academics, I strongly believe an addition to Murphy Library is needed."
"When the weather permits, I love sitting outside on campus and working on homework. However, I wish there were more patios and seating opportunites in the courtyards for students to utiilize."
"More bike racks would be wonderful. I have seen students locking their bikes up to trees because the existing racks were so crowded."
New Collegiate on Campus
"Life as a college student is really stressful, but embracing the beautiful campus and the people you meet helps the transition."
"I really enjoy the small, close knit feel that UW-L brings. It's relaly nice to see someone I know walking on campus just about to every one of my classes. It makes it very easy to fall in love with the place."
"In my opinion college is a love/hate relationship. College is full of new opportunities, it allows you to find who you are and meet great friends. However, it is a lot of work and takes a lot of commitment if you want to be successful."
All About Academics
"Aside from waking up early on Friday mornings, I did enjoy HPR freshmen year. The course allowed me to establish a lot of different relationships with other freshmen outside of my dorm hall while pushing me to work out in a fun, laid-back learning environment."
"I would recommend WMCM Television Production (CST 275 OR 374). As a student-run station, you really get the opportunity to get hands on learning about how television programming is created. There's a lot of different ways to get involved whether it is being on camera, working equipment behind the scenes, going out and talking to students and faculty, and/or advertising for the station. It's very different and a totally fascinating class for anyone in any Major or Minor."
"PSYCH 282, Cross-Cultural Psychology with Professor Wang was super interesting. The culture base of the class opened up my mind to the way I typically see and interpret the things around. Definitely a beneficial class to take!"
Learn From The Best
"Bradley Butterfield made learning very fun and interesting considering I don't even like English. He did a very good job of initiating conversation and motivating us to think outside of the box."
"Christine Hippert teaches anthropology and has extensive first-hand experience living and studying in different countries and environments. This made her very attainable to the class and enforced the lessons and information she conveyed to us."
"I had Dr. Eberle my sophomore year for a speech class and would highly recommend him. Whether you need to take the course or want to expand your speaking skills and comfort level, he's definitely the professor for the job. He genuinely cares about his students and does a great job of pushing you to come out of your shell."
"Kate Hawkes is a new photography professor. She is incredbily nice and truly cares about the development of the student. She has a high passion for photography and could trap you in an endless friendly conversation regarding shutter speed, exposure, focus, and all other aspects of a camera and the act of shooting. I have felt a personal connection with her because she has helped me outside of the class in various ways. Whether it is helping with my own personal shoots, such as for ELV8D Entertainment or just for projects with classes she is a very helpful and influential professor."
"I have really enjoyed Dr. Jen Butler-Modaff in the Communication Studies Department. She does a great job of explaining difficult material in a way that students can relate to and understand the context in correlation to their own lives. She encourages discussion of topics and student engagement rather than just standing there and lecturing."
Interests & Involvement
"There are a bunch of ways to get involved with intramurals, whether playing, officiating, being a score keeper, or landing a job as an Intramural Supervisor. Our intramurals are always expanding and adding new sports. We highly recommend anyone with ideas contact the REC Center and let us know! We would love to hear your thoughts and feedback!"
"Any club that pertains to your intended Major or Minor is crucial to get involved with. Not only will it give you more knowledge about your intended career field but it may provide you with job connections and looks great on your resume."
"I think the student body voting for a new field house shows the support that everyone has to improve our school, both academically and athletically. Also, students coming to meets, wishing us luck, and just being interested in wrestling definitely energizes both me and the team to perform better."
"I thoroughly enjoy intramural sports offered to students through the REC Center. It is a great way to continue playing the sports you loved growing up without competing at the collegiate level. In addition, you meet other students who have similar interests and desires to stay active.
"UW-L offeres a Women's Studies Major or Minor that covers a variety of topics such as gender, race and class in institutions, women in politics, gender and human rights, womens' voice, and many other areas that relate to female empowerment."
"In recent years, two alumni of UW-La Crosse have served as Miss Wisconsin (America). Kate Gorman, a May 2012 graduate from the university served as Miss La Crosse/Oktoberfest before winning Miss Wisconsin 2012. In addition, Raeanna Johnson, another past Miss La Crosse/Oktoberfest took over as Miss Wisconsin 2011 when Laura Kaeppeler won Miss America. Raeanna graduated this past May of 2014 and is currently serving as Miss Wisconsin 2014."
"There are many student organizations on campus directed towards the overpowering female student population. These include; Aplha Phi, Alpha Xi Delta, Asian Latina African Native American Women (ALANA), Competition Dance Team, Women's Club Hockey, Women's Club La Crosse, Women's Club Rugby, Women's Club Soccer, Women's Club Volleyball, Women's Ultimate Frisbee, Women in Computer Science Club, Women in Physics Club, Women's Studies Student Association (WSSA), and of course Her Campus UW-Lax!"
Food & Drink
"Whitney Dining Hall is located in the midst of campus and offers a large variety of foods (desserts included) to fulfill any craving you may have. The are open Monday through Friday 7:00 A.M. until 7:30 P.M. and Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 P.M. until 7:30 P.M. Within Whitney there is also a sub shop and small convenience store for a quick meal or other purchases you may need."
"Einstein Brothers and Red Mango in Cartwright are probably my two favorite food stops on campus. The older ladies at Einsteins are so sweet and know how to put a smile on my face when I stop in to get coffee in the morning. Not to mention they have awesome bagels and sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Red Mango has delicious frozen yogurt and smoothies to quench your sweet tooth."
"If you're in need of a coffee fix you can check out Starbucks located on the main floor of Centennial Hall or Murphy's Mug otherwise known as Peet's Coffee within Murphy Library. Both are quick stops to and from class and you can use your block plan on your student ID to purchase your drinks or other food items!"
"Cartwright has two main dining areas, The Galley upstairs and the Cellar downstairs. The Galley has Erbert and Gerbert's sandwich shop, Mexican, Sushi, staple foods from around the world, and a salad shop. The Cellar feautures your favorite selections like Grilled Chicken sandwiches, cod sandwiches, burgers, pizza, salads, chicken tenders, and a lot more."
"Within walking distance from campus you can find the oh-so-delicious Taco Bell and Subway (just in case you wanted to steer away from campus food for a change."
"I thoroughly enjoy taking a nice walk through Riverside Park along the water. Plus, you can't beat the view of the bridge over the Mississippi."
"The La Crosse Community Theatre and The La Crosse Center always have great shows and events going on for the entire community to enjoy."
"The Rivoli in downtown La Crosse is a discounted and quite comfortable movie theatre that features older movies. It's a perfect venue for a college student looking for something to do on a limited budget!"
"I was a little nervous about transiting to dorm life when I initially came to school at UW-L but there are so many resources and individuals who are available to help you with whatever questions you may have. I know my RA was extremely helpful and beneficial in ensuring I acclimated well to the college life."
"I like the idea of the solely freshman dorm halls (Coate and White). I think it gives you more of an opportunity to meet people your age while gradually adjusting to the change of college."
"I am currently a senior at La Crosse and can honestly say that I miss the dorm life a lot. It is hard not having your best friends right down the hall from you and having to drive to their house or apartment in the midst of work and classes."
Explore La Crosse!
"The population of La Crosse is estimated to be 51, 647. It's a flourshing city with a vast amount of oppotunities for an individual of any age."
"Hixon Trails have many different trails that wind through the bluffs and allow you to see the community from a birds eye view (no pun intended considering UW La Crosse's mascot is an eagle)."
"The first white settlement in La Crosse was done by Nathan Myrick in 1841. Nathan was a New York native."
HC's Complete College Guide: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
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