University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$7,585
0% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$12,167
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
1.63%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
73%
6,529 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
10,623
89.4% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
70.7%
1,337 Graduates

About

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is a higher education institution located in La Crosse County, WI. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse were General Biological Sciences (241 degrees awarded), General Psychology (198 degrees), and Kinesiology & Exercise Science (179 degrees).

In 2019, 2,600 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. 59% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 41% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (2,375 degrees), 35.4 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (67 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is $7,585, which is $−14,441 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is $7,585, which is $−14,441 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $12,167.

In 2019, 42% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 52% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$7,585
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse was $7,585. The cost of tuition at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is $−14,441 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

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Average Net Price

$12,167
2019 Value
2.03%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 University of Wisconsin-La Crosse had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $12,167. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of University of Wisconsin-La Crosse grew by 2.03%.

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Other Student Expenses

$6,331
Room and Board
$120
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse was of $6,331 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $120. The cost of room and board increased by 2.01% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

42%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
52%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

42% of undergraduate students at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 2.44% with respect to 2018, when 41% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
1.63%
2017 Default Rate
38
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse was 1.63%, which represents 38 out of the 2338 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse received 6,529 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 4.76% annual decline. Out of those 6,529 applicants, 4,766 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 73% acceptance rate.

There were 10,623 students enrolled at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2019, and 0% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse has an overall enrollment yield of 46.2%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

73%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
4,766
Accepted Out of 6,529

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of University of Wisconsin-La Crosse was 73% (4,766 admissions from 6,529 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 70.6%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants declined by −4.76%, while admissions declined by −1.59%.

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SAT Scores

0%
Submission Percentage
0
Scores Submitted

0% of enrolled first-time students at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse has a total enrollment of 10,623 students. The full-time enrollment at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is 9,492 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,131. This means that 89.4% of students enrolled at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, both undergraduate and graduate, is 88.6% White, 3.63% Hispanic or Latino, 3.35% Two or More Races, 2.27% Asian, 0.838% Black or African American, 0.179% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0282% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (51%), followed by White Male (38.1%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (2.08%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (56.1%), followed by White Male (28.7%) and Asian Male (1.78%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

89.4%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, both undergraduate and graduate, is 10,623 students. The full-time enrollment at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is 9,492 and the part-time enrollment is 1,131. This means that 89.4% of students enrolled at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse are enrolled full-time compared with 69.2% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

84%
2019 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse was 84%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (74%), University of Wisconsin-La Crosse had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    9,408
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    386
  3. Two or More Races
    356

The enrolled student population at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is 88.6% White, 3.63% Hispanic or Latino, 3.35% Two or More Races, 2.27% Asian, 0.838% Black or African American, 0.179% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0282% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 53.3% White, 16% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.9% Black or African American.

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Graduates

In 2019, 468 more women than men received degrees from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is white (2,375 degrees awarded). There were 35.4 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (67 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is General Biological Sciences (241 degrees awarded), followed by General Psychology (198 degrees) and Kinesiology & Exercise Science (179 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (248 degrees awarded), Biology (318 degrees), and Language & Linguistics (61 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse are Physicians (502,427 people), Postsecondary teachers (262,772 people), Other managers (261,062 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (207,763 people), and Other Physical Scientists (164,742 people).

The most specialized majors at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (248 degrees awarded), Biology (318 degrees), Language & Linguistics (61 degrees), Psychology (226 degrees), and Physical Sciences (59 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse are Surgeons, Dentists, Physicians, Computer hardware engineers, and Actuaries

The most specialized majors at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (248 degrees awarded), Biology (318 degrees), Language & Linguistics (61 degrees), Psychology (226 degrees), and Physical Sciences (59 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse are General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (675,370 people), Elementary & secondary schools (632,347 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (611,009 people), Offices of physicians (279,613 people), and Outpatient care centers (258,789 people).

The most specialized majors at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (248 degrees awarded), Biology (318 degrees), Language & Linguistics (61 degrees), Psychology (226 degrees), and Physical Sciences (59 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Most Common
  1. 241 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 198 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 179 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse was General Biological Sciences with 241 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

1,066
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
1,534
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 1,066 degrees were awarded to men at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, which is 0.695 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,534).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 120 degrees were awarded to men at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in Kinesiology & Exercise Science, which is 1.32 times more than the 91 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 166 degrees were awarded to women at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in General Psychology, which is 5.19 times more than the 32 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

42%
100% Completion Time
71%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 42% of students graduating from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 71% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 72% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Male
Highest Graduation Rate (75%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is Male and American Indian or Alaska Native (75% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0% of graduates (0 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,375 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    67 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races
    59 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is white (2,375 degrees awarded). There were 35.4 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (67 degrees).

0.0385% of degree recipients (1 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    1,428 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    947 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Male
    34 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is white female (1,428 degrees awarded). There were 1.51 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (947 degrees).

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Operations

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse has an endowment valued at nearly $26.6M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $1.95M (7.34%), compared to the 4.44% average return ($1.71M on $38.5M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2019, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse had a total salary expenditure of $174M. University of Wisconsin-La Crosse employs 146 Assistant professors, 129 Lecturers, and 124 Associate professors. Most academics at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse are Male Assistant professors (73), Female Assistant professors(73), and Female Associate professors (67).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse are: Service, with 144 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 114 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 111 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$26.6M
2019 Endowment
4.06%
decline from 2018

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse has an endowment valued at about $26.6M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of University of Wisconsin-La Crosse declined 4.06% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $11.9M lower than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $1.97M - Federal
  2. $449k - State
  3. $134k - Local

As of 2019, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse received $1.97M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $449k from state grants and contracts, and $134k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$70.4M
2019 Salaries
2.27%
growth from 2018

In 2019, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse paid a median of $70.4M in salaries, which represents 40.4% of their overall expenditure ($174M) and a 2.27% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 0.451% growth from 2017 and a 0.104% decline from 2016.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 34.1M (40.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$33.4M
Instructional Salaries
500
Number of Employees

In 2019, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse paid a total of $33.4M to 500 employees working as instructors, which represents 47.4% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11.2M (32.7%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
146 Employees
Service
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
144 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse were Assistant professor with 146 employees; Lecturer with 129 employees; and Lecturer with 124 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse were Service with 144 employees; Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 114 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 111 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Assistant professor
  2. Female Assistant professor
  3. Female Associate professor

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse was Male Assistant professor with 73 employees, Female Assistant professor with 73 employees, and Female Associate professor with 67 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

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