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
Setting: Town: Distant
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 5,980
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 53%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 20 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 4,034 (67% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Associates, Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $8,037
Out-of-state Tuition: $15,610
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 89%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $3,250

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

University of Wisconsin-River Falls Programs

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

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 8
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 3
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 21
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 3
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 11
Education 88
Engineering 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 22
History 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 5
Natural Resources and Conservation 3
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 1
Physical Sciences 3
Psychology 11
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1
Social Sciences 16
Visual and Performing Arts 3
Grand total 115414

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 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 Fees 2019-2020
In-state $8,037
Out-of-state $15,610
Books and supplies $400

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $9,082
Out-of-state $18,213

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 1,150 89%
Grant or scholarship aid 927 72% $3,250
Student loan aid 785 61% $6,703

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 2,971 52% $4,667
Federal student loans 3,185 56% $5,952

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 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 2,969 1,048 1,921
Percent admitted 100% 77% 80%
Percent admitted who enrolled 41% 39% 41%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
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 2020

Total Enrollment 5,980
Undergraduate enrollment 5,588
Graduate enrollment 392

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 Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education

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
    • 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
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

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