Students Say

Students here say that “UWRF is a laid back university with a mostly friendly student body and a good variety of courses to choose from.” Even though the school offers a slew of majors, “River Falls is very famous for its elementary education program and its agriculture program.” Of these two, the latter dominates as “River Falls is mostly an agriculture-based university.” The small size and “ideal setting” of the university—in a small town “close to the Twin Cities”—conspire to provide “a college experience that allows one to do all that is ‘college,’ yet still somehow have the comfort of feeling like they are at home.”

Overview

Applicants
2,684
Acceptance Rate
78%
Average HS GPA
3.31

GPA Breakdown

21%
Over 3.75
19%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
17%
3.00 - 3.24
20%
2.50 - 2.99
5%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
450 - 580
SAT Math
425 - 510
SAT Writing
475 - 560
ACT Composite
20 - 25

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

Students here say that “UWRF is a laid back university with a mostly friendly student body and a good variety of courses to choose from.” Even though the school offers a slew of majors, “River Falls is very famous for its elementary education program and its agriculture program.” Of these two, the latter dominates as “River Falls is mostly an agriculture-based university.” The small size and “ideal setting” of the university—in a small town “close to the Twin Cities”—conspire to provide “a college experience that allows one to do all that is ‘college,’ yet still somehow have the comfort of feeling like they are at home.” A “friendly atmosphere” pervades classes, which are “small and personal.” “Instructors are upfront about their expectations, and are fair,” says one student. “Classes are challenging, but to the right extent.” Professors here “care about the well-being of their students,” “are very willing to help,” and “spend time in their offices for any question [and] are always available by e-mail.” Many here find that “The administration, particularly the advisors, do an excellent job.” Students reserve especial praise for the Chancellor: “Since Chancellor Betz stepped on campus, he and his staff have been transforming UWRF into a more student-focused institution.” He does a good job of freeing “up a lot of time to meet with students.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
20:1
Total Faculty
400
with Terminal Degree

256
Men
144
Women
12
Minority

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences

  • Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Mechanization, General
  • Agriculture, General
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Animal Sciences
  • Dairy Science
  • Food Science and Technology
  • Horticultural Science

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biotechnology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Education

  • Agricultural Teacher Education
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Reading Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Communication Disorders, General
  • Health and Wellness, General

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • International/Global Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Sustainability Studies

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Land Use Planning and Management/Development
  • Natural Resources/Conservation, General

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General
  • School Psychology

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine and Studio Arts
  • Music, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Julie Bushman '83
Senior Vice President for Business Transformation & Information Technology

Boyd Huppert '84
Emmy award-winning journalist

Marv Lansing '54
Award winning educator and a highly respected civic leader

Juleen Zierath '84
Integrative Physiology, Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery

William T. Boehm '70
Senior vice president at the Kroger Co. in Cincinnati, Ohio

Donald P. Babbitt '42
The world’s leading expert regarding Pancreaticobiliary Maljunction

Stephen J. Swensen '78
National reputation as a researcher and leader in radiology at Mayo Clinic

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
73
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$4,909

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$4,906

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,194

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$27,134

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
76%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$4,446

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$6,428
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$14,001
Required Fees
$1,323
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$360

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,440
Transportation for Commuters
$2,300

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

Your typical River Falls student is “white and middle-class,” majoring in an agriculture-related field, and “fairly moderate when it comes to politics, religion, etc.” He or she “gets by with the schoolwork, while having fun and hanging out at the same time.” “About half the students are from rural Wisconsin and Minnesota, and half are from the Twin Cities and suburbs,” reports one undergrad. Style-wise, “the popular brands are Carhartt, Dickies, as well as the typical AE, Hollister, and Abercrombie,” so pack accordingly. “The school could stand to improve in the area of student diversity,” suggests one student, “however, this may prove to be difficult seeing that the North to Midwestern rural population is mostly Caucasian.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
5,721
Out of State
53%

International
5%
Foreign Countries Represented
21

Demographics

2.35%
Asian
1.69%
African-American
2.66%
Hispanic
90.33%
Caucasian
5.05%
International

60% female
40% male
53% are out of state
91% are full time
9% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Because River Falls is a small rural town, and because many students hail from the Twin Cities, “many people go home on the weekends.” But the students who remain at school report a wide variety of recreational options both onand off-campus. First, “There’s lots of stuff to do outdoors and on-campus like camping, fishing, canoeing, comedians, bands, speakers, dances, intramural sports, sporting events, clubs, etc.” As far as sports go, intramural “men’s and women’s broomball is extremely popular,” and D-III varsity “hockey games are free and really fun to go to,” as the school fields a “very good team.” “If that kind of involvement isn’t for you, there are always house parties (if you’re underage),” says a student. Those of age “go to bars on Thursday through Saturday nights.” Most here say that “downtown area [of River Falls] is very cute and very comfortable. River Falls has two very nice parks [where] you can play, walk, study, picnic, or just hang out at, plus one has a really great sledding hill, which is a popular winter sport! River Falls is also very beautiful in general as a city, so just walking around the city and experiencing its beauty is a lot of fun.” Off-campus you’ll also find “a dance club in town that has 18+ night every Thursday, or the one screen movie theater in town that costs only $3 to see a movie, and candy and soda are really cheap, too.” Those seeking big-city action “go shopping in St. Paul” or “go to Twins games.” In the winter “you can go skiing at Afton Alps.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
40%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
69
First-Year Students living on campus
88%

Campus Environment
Village
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
172
Number of Honor Societies
7

Number of Social Sororities
4
Number of Religious Organizations
8

6% join a fraternity

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

6% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Falcons)
8 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Ice Hockey
Skiing Nordic Cross Country
Swimming
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Lady Falcons)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Ice Hockey
Skiing Nordic Cross Country
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services


LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

Green Rating
67

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
95

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
124

Average Number of PC's per Lab
20

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Sarah Egerstrom
Director of Admissions

Address
Office of Admissions
410 South Third Street
River Falls, WI 54022

Phone
715-425-3500

Email
admit@uwrf.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
University Student Center
Leadership Center
Knowles/Hunt Recreation Complex
Chalmer Davee Library
Educational Technology Center
Swenson Sundial (world's largest), Carillon, Fine Arts performing complex, Two campus laboratory farms, and Kansas City Chiefs summer camp.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
$3 River Falls movie theatre
Glen Park swinging bridge
Kinnickinnic River - trout fishing and boating
Twin Cities metroplex within 30 minutes
Mall of America
Twins, Vikings, Timberwolves, Wild, and concerts at Target Center, Metrodome and Xcel Center.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
http://www.uwrfsports.com/

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Cars, Taxis, Bike, Walk.

Local Accommodations
Riverview Hotel & Suites, Country Inn River Falls, Econolodge, Kinni Creek Lodge & Outfitters, The Servant Quarters Bed and Breakfast, ValuStay Inn & Suites
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Key Stats

2,684
Applicants
5,721
Size
78%
Acceptance Rate
980
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists