University of Wisconsin-River Falls campus

Overview

Applicants
3,236
Acceptance Rate
72%
Average HS GPA
3.33

GPA Breakdown

23%
Over 3.75
19%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
16%
3.00 - 3.24
21%
2.50 - 2.99
4%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
500 - 680
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
480 - 580
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
480 - 580
ACT Composite
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

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
18:1
Total Faculty
371
with Terminal Degree

188
Men
183
Women
26
Minority

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


Graduation Rates

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

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.”

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

Notable Faculty


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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

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

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


Colleges that Create Futures

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$4,771

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$4,678

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,139

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
77%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$27,232

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
$1,553
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$370

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$2,430

On-Campus Room and Board
$6,576
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)
Federal Perkins Loans

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

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
5,504
Foreign Countries Represented
20

Demographics

1.37%
American Indian or Alaskan Native
2.92%
Asian
2.36%
African-American
2.71%
Hispanic
87.67%
Caucasian
2.53%
International

61% female
39% male
51% are out of state
90% are full time
10% are part time

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.”

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
44%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
92%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Theme Housing

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.”

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
5

Number of Social Sororities
4
Number of Religious Organizations
8

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

7% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Falcons)
7 Sports

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

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

Student Services


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

Sustainability

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
17%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
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

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2016.

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