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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
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

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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

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Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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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

Majors

  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences

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

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biotechnology
  • Neuroscience

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • 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
  • Computer Science

  • 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

  • Engineering

  • Agricultural/Biological Engineering and Bioengineering

  • 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
  • Computational Science
  • 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

  • Criminology
  • 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

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

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

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

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

95/99
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
15%

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 Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2017.

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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