University of Wisconsin--La Crosse

Founded as the La Crosse Normal School in 1909 with a focus on physical education and teaching, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse has grown to serve more than 10,000 students. One of the 13 four-year campuses in the prestigious University of Wisconsin System, UW-L offers 94 undergraduate, 26 graduate, and 3 certificate programs in three colleges: the College of Science and Health, the College of Business Administration, and the College of Liberal Studies, including the School of Arts and Communication and the School of Education. In recent years, UW-L has positioned itself as one of the country's best public universities. UW-L has appeared prominently on the U.S. News & World Report list of "America's Best Colleges" for more than a decade and is ranked consistently as one of the top three institutions in the Midwest. The university continues to be ranked in the Top 100 of the nation's best value public colleges and universities by Kiplinger's financial magazine. A commitment to excellence weaves throughout campus. It is the common thread that connects students, faculty and staff. UW-L has become the prominent intellectual engine that educates a high quality workforce for the region and beyond. Many of the university's accredited degree programs have earned distinction for excellence. The Microbiology and Exercise and Sport Science departments are designated as UW System Centers of Excellence. The American Physics Society ranked UW-L first in the nation in terms of the highest number of graduating physics majors from a bachelor's degree-only institution. Since 2011, UW-L has had four faculty members named Wisconsin Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. In 2016-17 three scholars from UW-L were recipients of Fulbright awards. The 128-acre campus offers Wisconsin's only nationally-accredited degrees in recreation management and therapeutic recreation, the UW System's only nuclear medicine technology program, and the Midwest's only undergraduate archaeology major. UW-L added its first doctoral program, in physical therapy, in 2007. Through the La Crosse Medical Health Science Consortium, UW-L and its partners bring leading-edge health care to the area, along with a state-of-the-art health research and education facility. The UW-L campus is nestled in a residential area of the City of La Crosse (population 51,818) located in western Wisconsin. Home of the Ho-Chunk people, along with the rich traditions of Scandinavian and German heritage, La Crosse supports an increasingly diverse population. The area, known as the Seven Rivers Region, is famous for its exceptional natural beauty, which includes the Mississippi River on one side, majestic bluffs on the other, and views of rolling farmland and forested valleys in between. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top ten "Best Places to Live" in 2009, La Crosse is one of the most scenic places in mid-America. Abundant water, woodlands and varying terrain provide ample opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation. Only a couple of hours from Minneapolis or Madison, La Crosse enjoys the affordability and charm of small town living with larger city benefits. Three colleges, two world-class medical institutions, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, a restored nineteenth century downtown business district, and a number of galleries and art centers have made La Crosse a regional center for culture, entertainment, medical care, shopping, sports, and recreation.

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school_type year_founded religious_affiliation academic_calendar year_2016_endowment address telephone
Public, Coed 1909 N/A Semester $22.5 million 1725 State Street, La Crosse, WI 54601 (608) 785-8000
overall score total score state city online paying global
62 100.0 Wisconsin La Crosse 157