Founded in 1909, the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse (UWL) is a highly rated public university in western Wisconsin, offering a wide range of over 100 undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral courses of study. The university is ranked 6th in the Midwest for top public schools, according to a 2021 report by the U.S. News & World Report.
UWL is located in the La Crosse region, nestled around towering bluffs and meandering rivers, La Crosse is the region's cultural hub. The region contains the famous Great River Road, winding 250 miles along the Mississippi River, through historic river towns and natural scenery.
La Crosse is a recognized as one of the best places to live with its arts, restaurants and shopping. Historic downtown La Crosse is just steps, or a free bus ride, from campus. With a population of 52,000, there is plenty to see beyond the campus limits. Students can explore the surrounding bluffs and take part in activities like camping, hiking, kayaking, and biking. The unforgettable views will inspire the soul while strengthening the mind.
Newcomers to UWL join a student body of around 10,000 full-time students, many of whom live on-campus which creates a vibrant social learning environment. Community engagement is a key philosophy at UWL and the university works hard to provide a diverse and inclusive learning environment for students from all international and cultural backgrounds. There are more than 200 student clubs and societies, from sports teams and language societies to diversity groups and professional development organizations.
UWL is ranked 9th out of a total 1,204 universities nationwide for providing value to international students according to a 2020 report by College Factual, and many students go on to find employment in the area after graduation.