University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$7,585
0% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$12,302
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
1.55%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
75.2%
6,214 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
10,531
88% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
70.9%
1,408 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 (262 degrees awarded), General Psychology (207 degrees), and Kinesiology & Exercise Science (189 degrees).

In 2020, 2,624 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. 59.3% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 40.7% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (2,352 degrees), 26.7 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (88 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is $7,585, which is $−14,945 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is $7,585, which is $−14,945 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $12,302.

In 2020, 42% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 50% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$7,585
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse was $7,585. The cost of tuition at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is $−14,945 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

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Average Net Price

$12,302
2020 Value
1.11%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 University of Wisconsin-La Crosse had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $12,302. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of University of Wisconsin-La Crosse grew by 1.11%.

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Other Student Expenses

$6,465
Room and Board
$120
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse was of $6,465 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $120. The cost of room and board increased by 2.12% between 2019 and 2020. 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
50%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

42% of undergraduate students at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse received grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2019, when 42% 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.
1.55%
2018 Default Rate
35
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse was 1.55%, which represents 35 out of the 2253 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 6,214 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 4.82% annual decline. Out of those 6,214 applicants, 4,670 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 75.2% acceptance rate.

There were 10,531 students enrolled at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2020, and 0% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse has an overall enrollment yield of 45.8%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

75.2%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
4,670
Accepted Out of 6,214

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of University of Wisconsin-La Crosse was 75.2% (4,670 admissions from 6,214 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 73%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants declined by −4.82%, while admissions declined by −2.01%.

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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 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse has a total enrollment of 10,531 students. The full-time enrollment at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is 9,272 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,259. This means that 88% 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 89% White, 3.94% Hispanic or Latino, 3.17% Two or More Races, 2.25% Asian, 0.817% Black or African American, 0.114% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.038% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (52.3%), followed by White Male (37.4%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (2.34%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (59.2%), followed by White Male (26.2%) and Asian Female (2.44%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

88%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, both undergraduate and graduate, is 10,531 students. The full-time enrollment at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is 9,272 and the part-time enrollment is 1,259. This means that 88% of students enrolled at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse are enrolled full-time compared with 68.8% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

86%
2020 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 86%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), 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
    9,372
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    415
  3. Two or More Races
    334

The enrolled student population at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is 89% White, 3.94% Hispanic or Latino, 3.17% Two or More Races, 2.25% Asian, 0.817% Black or African American, 0.114% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.038% 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 52.6% White, 16.6% Hispanic or Latino, and 13% Black or African American.

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Graduates

In 2020, 486 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 (2,352 degrees awarded). There were 26.7 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (88 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is General Biological Sciences (262 degrees awarded), followed by General Psychology (207 degrees) and Kinesiology & Exercise Science (189 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 (260 degrees awarded), Biology (335 degrees), and Language & Linguistics (58 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 (447,065 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (268,659 people), Other managers (262,456 people), Postsecondary teachers (253,004 people), and Secondary school teachers (183,945 people).

The most specialized majors at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (260 degrees awarded), Biology (335 degrees), Language & Linguistics (58 degrees), Psychology (231 degrees), and English (55 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, Computer hardware engineers, Actuaries, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (260 degrees awarded), Biology (335 degrees), Language & Linguistics (58 degrees), Psychology (231 degrees), and English (55 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

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 Elementary & secondary schools (770,868 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (650,355 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (614,134 people), Outpatient care centers (261,227 people), and Offices of physicians (260,991 people).

The most specialized majors at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (260 degrees awarded), Biology (335 degrees), Language & Linguistics (58 degrees), Psychology (231 degrees), and English (55 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. 262 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 207 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 189 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse was General Biological Sciences with 262 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

1,069
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
1,555
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 1,069 degrees were awarded to men at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, which is 0.687 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,555).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 133 degrees were awarded to men at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in General Finance, which is 3.59 times more than the 37 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 186 degrees were awarded to women at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in General Biological Sciences, which is 1.86 times more than the 100 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

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

In 2020, 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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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Two or More Races Female
Highest Graduation Rate (79.3%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is Female and Two or More Races (79.3% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

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
    2,352 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    88 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races
    79 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is white (2,352 degrees awarded). There were 26.7 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (88 degrees).

0.0381% of degree recipients (1 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    1,405 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    947 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    52 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is white female (1,405 degrees awarded). There were 1.48 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 $32.9M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $993k (3.02%), compared to the 3.19% average return ($1.26M on $39.6M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2020, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse had a total salary expenditure of $171M. University of Wisconsin-La Crosse employs 133 Assistant professors, 129 Associate professors, and 118 Lecturers. Most academics at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse are Female Associate professors (72), Female Assistant professors(68), and Male Assistant professors (65).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse are: Service, with 138 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 115 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 112 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$32.9M
2020 Endowment
23.7%
growth from 2019

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse has an endowment valued at about $32.9M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of University of Wisconsin-La Crosse grew 23.7% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $6.73M 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. $3.12M - Federal
  2. $41.9k - State
  3. $1.14k - Local

As of 2020, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse received $3.12M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $41.9k from state grants and contracts, and $1.14k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$73.2M
2020 Salaries
4.07%
growth from 2019

In 2020, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse paid a median of $73.2M in salaries, which represents 42.9% of their overall expenditure ($171M) and a 4.07% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 2.27% growth from 2018 and a 0.451% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 34.6M (40.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$33M
Instructional Salaries
481
Number of Employees

In 2020, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse paid a total of $33M to 481 employees working as instructors, which represents 45.1% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11M (31.8%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
133 Employees
Service
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
138 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse were Assistant professor with 133 employees; Associate professor with 129 employees; and Associate professor with 118 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse were Service with 138 employees; Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 115 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 112 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

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

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse was Female Associate professor with 72 employees, Female Assistant professor with 68 employees, and Male Assistant professor with 65 employees.

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

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