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Rank: 195

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

La Crosse, WIwww.uwlax.edu
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, part of the University of Wisconsin system, is nestled between the Mississippi River and its prominent bluffs. The school's about 10,500 students are spread among five schools and colleges, including one devoted to business administration and another to science and health. The most popular undergraduate majors are biology, psychology, elementary education, exercise and sport science, and finance, but the school also offers the UW System's only nuclear medicine technology program. Tuition is affordable -- below $10,000 for in-state students -- and the university also participates in the Midwest Student Exchange Program, which allows selected undergrads from seven Midwest states to attend for no more than 150% of Wisconsin resident tuition. UW-La Crosse offers 19 Division III teams, in sports including football, basketball, track and field, and swimming. New and returning students are treated to a luminous display during Welcome Week each year: the school's "Lighting of the L," a giant L shape on Grandad Bluff, which towers over the campus just east of the school. Students used rags and kerosene when the tradition began in 1935; today, the big letter is formed with LED rope lights.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$18,200
% of students who get any grants
46%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$13,900
Average price for low-income students
$8,120
admissions
Acceptance rate
73%
Median SAT/ACT Score
NA/24
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
9,436
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
80%
% of need met
69%
% of students who get merit* grants
3%
Average merit grant
$1,300
student success
Graduation rate
71%
Average time to a degree
4.4 years
Average student debt
$23,000
Average salary within 3 years
$48,400
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
N/A
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Rolling

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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