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University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

La Crosse, WI
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 9,500 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 some more niche programs, like the UW System's only nuclear medicine technology degree. 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 six Midwest states to attend for no more than 150% of the Wisconsin resident tuition price (about $12,500). UW-La Crosse offers 21 Division III sports teams, 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.


Est. full price 2022-2023
% of students who get any grants
Est. price for students who receive aid
Average price for low-income students


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Median SAT/ACT score
SAT/ACT required?
Undergraduate enrollment

Financial Aid

% of students with need who get grants
% of need met
% of students who get merit grants
Average merit grant

Student Success

Graduation rate
Average time to a degree
4.4 years
Median student debt
Early career earnings
% earning more than a high school grad

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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