Economy

Higher Education

Wisconsin is currently ranked 18th for number of higher education institutions by state. The La Crosse region hosts six institutions of higher education, all of which are recognized as leaders in their respective academic specialties. In 2016, over 10,100 degrees were awarded to students in the La Crosse region.  Read more about each of our higher-education institutions below. 

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Viterbo University

Western Technical College

Winona State University

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is a public University that sits at the foot of the La Crosse bluffs.  UWL is home to over 10,000 students from 41 states and 31 countries.  UWL was ranked 4th best regional public university in the Midwest according to U.S. News and World Report, with a 98% career placement rate.  UWL has won 71 championships in men's and women's sports since it was established in 1909.

Viterbo University is a private co educational Roman Catholic and Franciscan liberal arts university located in La Crosse, home to a little over 2,500 students.  The university was founded in 1890 and offers more than 70 academic programs.  Viterbo currently has an 11:1 student to faculty ratio, an average class size of 16, and gives 98% of students financial aid.  

Western Technical College is a two-year vocational-technical school based in La Crosse.  Western is a member of the Wisconsin Technical College System, which it serves 11 counties and enrolls over 5,000 students, and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Founded in 1858, Winona State University is the oldest member of the Minnesota State System of colleges and universities. Today Winona State University serves students across two campuses in Winona and Rochester, Minnesota, as well as others throughout southeastern Minnesota and beyond. The University is know as one of the best in the Minnesota State System of colleges and universities, as they boast the #1 student success rate in the state. 


St. Mary's University

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is a private, nonprofit university in Winona, Minnesota. In 2018, St. Mary's was designated as one of the top 100 schools in the Midwest by "2018 America's Top Colleges". 


Minnesota State College Southeast

Minnesota State College Southeast is a technical and community college located in Winona, Minnesota. The average student to faculty ration is 15:1, allowing for ample opportunity for the students to connect and grow with the mentors. Job placement rates for MSCS have averaged over 94% over the past five years.