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Academics

Current students say they were drawn to University of Wisconsin—River Falls for its "quality education at an affordable [price tag]." From the moment you set foot on campus, students say it is evident that the school wants "to help students achieve success." UW-River Falls does so by offering a myriad of opportunities for "internships, student teaching, studying abroad, and real work experience," which make grads "exceptionally competitive" once they hit the job market. Students benefit from "small class sizes" that allow students to "feel more involved" in the classroom. Many undergraduates also highlight the "amazing" business and agriculture schools. Overall, they give high marks to their "very knowledgeable" professors, who work hard to ensure that classes are "enjoyable and intriguing." UW-River Falls instructors are "easy to work with and really take the time to ensure you are learning what you need to." One satisfied student sums up the access to faculty: "They are available often and answer questions in a timely manner which helps ease a lot of stress. I have had nothing but a great experience so far."

Student Body

UW-River Falls students describe their classmates as "encouraging and supportive." Some students point out that a number of their peers are "white, lower-middle-class students from small Midwest towns," and note that UWRF attracts "a large percentage of international students" as well. This certainly allows for a "multicultural" collegiate experience. The UW-River Falls student body tends to be "friendly." "When you walk across campus you are likely to know or recognize at least 10 people." A current undergrad sums up the hospitable atmosphere: "This is easily one of the most welcoming campuses I've ever been on. You can sit with or talk to absolutely anybody. It's never been easier to meet new people and make friends you never knew you'd have!"

Campus Life

Campus life at UW-River Falls is active with a student body that loves to take advantage of the school's "rock wall…track, exercise equipment and skating rink as well as a plethora of basketball hoops." We're also told that "sand volleyball and ping pong are really popular on campus," as well. One student describes the focus on athletics on campus: "There is almost always a sporting event to attend, and the intramural teams are incredibly well organized." Outdoor enthusiasts will be delighted to learn that there are "great hiking and kayaking areas surrounding river falls, especially with the state parks nearby." Of course, if sports aren't your thing, "the campus also offers fun activities such as musical guests, and bingo nights" as well as "magicians, drag queens, and tattoo artists some weekends." At UW-River Falls "nearly anyone who wants something to do on campus can find a club that fits with at least one of their interests, or a major-related club."

Overview

Applicants
2,969
Acceptance Rate
79%
Average HS GPA
3.43

GPA Breakdown

21%
Over 3.75
21%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
14%
3.00 - 3.24
16%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
520 - 620
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
500 - 620
ACT Composite Scores
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
20 - 25

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
21:1
Total Faculty
354
with Terminal Degree
240

183
Men
171
Women
42
Minority
7
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
35%
Graduate in 5 years
54%
Graduate in 6 years
57%

Majors

  • AGRICULTURE, AGRICULTURE OPERATIONS, AND RELATED SCIENCES.

  • Agricultural Business and Management, General.
  • Agronomy and Crop Science.
  • Animal Sciences, General.
  • Dairy Science.
  • Food Science.
  • Horticultural Science.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Biotechnology.
  • Neuroscience.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting and Related Services, Other.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Business/Corporate Communications.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Journalism.
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Agricultural Teacher Education.
  • Art Teacher Education.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • Music Teacher Education.
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching.
  • Secondary Education and Teaching.
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Agricultural Engineering.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services, Other.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Communication Sciences and Disorders, General.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

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

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics and Statistics, Other.
  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Biological and Physical Sciences.
  • Computational Science.
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Studies.
  • Natural Resources/Conservation, General.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

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

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Social Work.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Criminology.
  • Economics, General.
  • Geography.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Social Sciences, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

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


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
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

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Cathy Wurzer '92
Four-time Emmy Award winner for her work on the Twin Cities Public Television program ?Almanac? where she has co-hosted since 1995.

Boyd Huppert '84
Emmy award-winning journalist/reporter at KARE 11 in the Twin Cities.

Juleen Zierath '84
Executive director, Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research; head of integrative physiology at Karolinska lnstitutet.

Brad Hewitt '82
CEO, Thrivent Financial (retired 2018)

How Man Wong '75
President of China Exploration & Research Society (CERS), author, National Geographic magazine contributor

Daniel Brandenstein '65
Chief astronaut, NASA (retired 1992)

Lawrence A. Johnson
Research scientist, USDA (retired 2000); Agricultural Research Service Science Hall of Fame inductee

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
35%
Graduate in 5 years
54%
Graduate in 6 years
57%

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

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 4

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,190

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,127

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,767

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
65%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$26,814

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$3,822

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$6,428
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$14,001
Required Fees
$1,609
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$400

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,500
Transportation for Commuters
$2,460

On-Campus Room and Board
$6,600
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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)

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

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
5,616
Foreign Countries Represented
15

Demographics

2.96%
Asian
1.20%
African-American
3.67%
Hispanic
88.11%
Caucasian
1.24%
International

64% female
36% male
90% are full time
10% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
47%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
88%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Ability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Alicia Reinke-Tuthill

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

https://www.uwrf.edu/AbilityServices/Helpful-Forms.cfm

Documentation Required for ADHD

https://www.uwrf.edu/AbilityServices/Helpful-Forms.cfm

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
144
Number of Honor Societies
4

Number of Social Sororities
5
Number of Religious Organizations
8

7% join a fraternity

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

4% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Falcons)
6 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Ice Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Falcons)
11 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

97/99
AASHE STARS® rating
GOLD
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
2%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2019.

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Sarah Nelson
Director of Admissions

Address
410 South Third Street
103 Rodli Hall
River Falls, WI 54022

Phone
715-425-3500

Email
admissions@uwrf.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
University Center student center
Falcon Center athletics and recreation complex
Chalmer Davee Library
Kleinpell Fine Arts building and performance venues
Campus Greenhouse, Campus Farm, and Mann Valley Farm

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
Twin Cities sports: Twins, Vikings, Timberwolves, Wild; and concerts at Target Center, US Bank Stadium, and Xcel Center.

Campus Tours

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Contact Email Address for Visit
sportsinformation@uwrf.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Personal Car, Taxi, Airport Shuttle, Bicycle, Walking. Closest major airport is Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP), 40 miles from River Falls.

Local Accommodations
In River Falls, WI (0 to 3 miles from campus): Best Western Plus Campus Inn, Kinni Creek Lodge, Valu Stay Inn & Suites, Econo Lodge, Country Inn River Falls


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