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University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: Narrative Description


1725 State St.
La Crosse, WI 54601-3742
Tel: (608)785-8000
Admissions: (608)785-8939
Fax: (608)785-6695
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of University of Wisconsin System. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1909. Setting: 121-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $12.2 million. Research spending 2003-04: $3.9 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $4524 per student. Total enrollment: 8,511. Faculty: 447 (345 full-time, 102 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 21:1. 6,226 applied, 60% were admitted. 34% from top 10% of their high school class, 86% from top quarter, 98% from top half. 59 valedictorians. Full-time: 7,389 students, 60% women, 40% men. Part-time: 455 students, 52% women, 48% men. Students come from 35 states and territories, 42 other countries, 16% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 1% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 5% 25 or older, 36% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 85% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; parks and recreation. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, freshman honors college, honors program, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Viterbo College. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, ACT. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. State resident tuition: $4895 full-time, $204 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $14,941 full-time, $623 per credit part-time. Full-time tuition varies according to program and reciprocity agreements. Part-time tuition varies according to course load, program, and reciprocity agreements. College room and board: $4570. College room only: $2530. Room and board charges vary according to board plan.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 140 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 1% of eligible men and 1% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Sports and Activities Club, Residential Hall Council. Major annual events: Homecoming, Parents' Weekend, Air Band. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 2,889 college housing spaces available; 2,733 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Murphy Library with 673,060 books, 1.2 million microform titles, 1,750 serials, 2,384 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $2.3 million. 600 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Founded in 1842 as an Indian trading post, La Crosse is situated on the east bank of the Mississippi River in southern Wisconsin. It is approximately midway between Minneapolis-St. Paul and Chicago. Noted for its exceptional natural beauty and outstanding recreational opportunities, the city is the industrial, commercial and medical center of Wisconsin's famous "Coulee Country." The population is approximately 50,000. All commercial transportation is convenient.

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