Our Mission
The University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, a member of the University of Wisconsin system, provides top-rated educational programs to those pursuing excellence in higher education. The mission of the University of Wisconsin System is to develop human resources, to discover and disseminate knowledge, to extend knowledge and its application beyond the boundaries of its campuses, and to serve and stimulate society by developing in students heightened intellectual, cultural, and humane sensitivities; scientific, professional, and technological expertise; and a sense of value and purpose. Inherent in this mission are methods of instruction, research, extended education, and public service designed to educate people and improve the human condition. Basic to every purpose of the System is the search for truth.

About The University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

The University of Wisconsin – La Crosse was founded as the La Crosse State Normal School in 1909, the eighth of nine state normal schools established in Wisconsin between 1866 and 1916. UW-La Crosse has grown to serve more than 10,400 students. One of a variety of four-year campuses in the prestigious University of Wisconsin System, it continues its commitment to excellence throughout the campus and through online learning programs. 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 University of Wisconsin-La Crosse provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UW-L fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge.

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse aims to foster within each student the curiosity, creativity, and tenacity necessary to solve the regional, national, and international challenges of the 21st century. The university's official motto  mens corpusque ("mind and body") will continue to guide their direction as a student-centered university committed to a quality education for the whole person.   As such, it will continue to provide opportunities both inside and outside the classroom for the development of sound mental, emotional, and ethical skills, as well as general well-being. Our students, faculty, and staff will experience the world through constantly evolving technologies and cultures. Thus, the skills of effective communication, critical thought, leadership, and an appreciation for diversity must be the hallmarks of a UW-L education.