University of Wisconsin–River Falls

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School Overview

The University of Wisconsin–River Falls, frequently referred to as UW–River Falls, UWRF and by locals as just “River Falls”, is a four-year co-education liberal arts university that belongs to the University of Wisconsin System. It resides in the city of River Falls, in the state of Wisconsin, and is located on a 225-acre campus that runs along site the beautiful Kinnickinnic River in the scenic St. Croix River valley, a tributary of the Mississippi River. The UW–River Falls campus is home to over 30 academic buildings and facilities, including two expansive laboratory farms which sit on over 450 acres of their own.

UW–River Falls has a total annual enrollment of roughly 7,000 students and offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in more than 40 fields of study and academic disciplines. The university offers campus-based programs, online degrees and courses as well as several study abroad programs.
In addition to being a University of Wisconsin System institution, UW–River Falls maintains memberships with the American Council of Education and American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). UW–River Falls is one of a growing number of higher education institutions that has dedicated itself to sustainability.

Student who attend UW–River Falls will no doubt have an exceptional academic experience, but they can also look forward to enjoyable and fulfilling student life. A big part of the culture and student life at UW–River Falls revolves around intercollegiate sports and athletics. UWRF athletic teams compete in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

General Information

Admission Office

410 South 3rd Street

112 South Hall

River Falls, WI 54022-5001

(715) 425-3500

Fax: (715) 425-0676

Contact: Mark Meydam

Director of Admission
Main Address

410 South Third Street

River Falls, WI 54022-5001

(715) 425-3911

Total undergrads: 6,050

Degree-seeking undergrads: 6,050


Suburban setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Online application fee: $35
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 91%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 74%

College Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Agricultural Business B
Agricultural Equipment Technology B
Agricultural/Food Processing B
Agriculture – General B
Agronomy/Crop Science B
Animal Sciences B
Crop Production B
Dairy Husbandry/Production B
Dairy Science B
Equestrian/Equine Studies B
Food Science B
Greenhouse Management B
Horse Husbandry/Equine Science B
Horticultural Services B
Horticulture Science B
Landscaping B
Soil Science and Agronomy B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B
Biotechnology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Agricultural Education B
Art Teacher Education B
ESL Teacher Education B
Education of Speech Impaired B
Elementary Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

French B
German B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Communication Disorders B


History – General B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Biological/Physical Sciences B
Global Studies B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B
Natural Resources & Conservation – General B
Natural Resources Management/Policy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
Organic Chemistry B
Physics B
Planetary Sciences B
Polymer Chemistry B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Social Sciences

Economics B
Geography B
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

University of Wisconsin-River Falls Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(715) 425-3911
Type of School:4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address:410 S 3rd St, River Falls, WI 54022-5001
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:5,938
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):51%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:21 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:5,262 (89% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$7,981
Out-of-state Tuition:$15,554
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:85%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$3,397

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

University of Wisconsin-River Falls Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences8
Biological and Biomedical Sciences2
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services21
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs3
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services1
English Language and Literature/Letters1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics1
Health Professions and Related Programs21
Mathematics and Statistics1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies4
Natural Resources and Conservation3
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies1
Physical Sciences3
Public Administration and Social Service Professions1
Social Sciences6
Visual and Performing Arts3
Grand total5111

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Health Professions and Related Programs1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies1
Grand total2

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at University of Wisconsin-River Falls and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$370

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid89485%
Grant or scholarship aid62460%$3,397
Student loan aid70067%$6,910

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid2,60347%$4,569
Federal student loans3,29860%$6,327

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled University of Wisconsin-River Falls students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants3,2321,2721,960
Percent admitted100%68%75%
Percent admitted who enrolled38%35%39%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

University of Wisconsin-River Falls Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment5,938
Undergraduate enrollment5,494
Graduate enrollment444

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

University of Wisconsin-River Falls Accreditation

This institution is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education, Commission on Accreditation
    • Montessori Education (MONTE) - Montessori teacher education programs and institutions
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

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