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You're Admitted! What Comes Next?

You're in! Congratulations on becoming part of the Falcon family - we're so glad you're here. Now that you’ve done the hard part, it’s time to ensure a smooth transition to college. By following the checklist for your enrollment type (first year, transfer, etc.), we’ll help make sure you don’t miss any key action items or deadlines.

  • Activate Your Falcon Account

Your Falcon Account is used to select on-campus housing, access your financial aid, check UWRF email, and register for classes. Activate your account online with your Student ID number, which can be found in your admission letter.

  • Check Your UWRF Email Account

Your UWRF email account is the primary way we will connect with you throughout the enrollment process. Be sure to check your account regularly for updates. For instructions on signing into or setting up your email account on a mobile device, visit our DoTS Knowledge Base.

  • Join the Facebook Group

Meet other students admitted to UWRF!

Fall 2021 and Spring 2022: UW-River Falls Admitted Students

Fall 2022 and Spring 2023: UW-River Falls Admitted Students

  • Join a Music Major Entrance Expo (Music Majors Only)

Students admitted as music majors are invited to participate in our Music Major Entrance Expo to complete their admission requirements. Details can be found here.

  • Review your Official Credit Evaluation (Transfer Students Only)

You will be notified via email when your official credit evaluation is complete and ready for your review. You can access this information through your eSIS (electronic student information system) account with your Student ID number and password. 

  • Apply for Housing or Complete Commuter Form

​​​​​​​Living on campus: It is important for all admitted students to visit the Residence Hall Portal early and submit the residence hall contract payment. The earlier you complete the housing contract and submit the housing payment, the more likely you’ll receive your desired residence hall and room. All students are required to live in the residence halls unless they are 21 years of age or older or graduated from high school at least two years prior to the start of the academic year. View our residency policy for more details. The residence hall contract does require a $135 deposit. If you are experiencing financial hardship, please contact the Department of Residence Life to defer your housing contract payment until your first term of enrollment.​​​​​​​
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Commuting to campus: Incoming students who would like to commute from the home of a parent or legal guardian within an approved commuting zip code must complete the Exemption Request Form.

Available October 1, 2021

  • Apply for Financial Aid (FAFSA)

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to apply for federal and state financial aid, including grants, loans, and work study. Complete the (FAFSA) as soon as possible, as some aid is first-come, first-served. You’ll also need UWRF’s School Code: 003923. 

  • Apply for Scholarships

Complete the general scholarship application at uwrf.academicworks.com to be considered for hundreds of UWRF scholarships. To maximize your opportunities, apply by January 5, 2022. Detailed information and deadlines can be found here.

Available March 1, 2022

  • Sign Up for New Student Registration

You'll be invited to attend New Student Registration! During NSR, you'll meet with an academic adviser, learn the registration process, meet other new students, and leave the program with a complete class schedule for your first semester. Students starting in the Fall 2022 semester can sign up for New Student Registration in March.

  • Apply for Tuition Reciprocity (Minnesota Residents)

If you are a Minnesota resident, be sure to fill out the Reciprocity Application. This simple online form will allow you to pay a tuition rate comparable to what is charged to Wisconsin residents. Please make sure you complete the reciprocity application for the correct academic year. March 2022 is the earliest you may apply for reciprocity for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Available March 15, 2022

  • Take Placement Tests

UW System placement tests are required for all new students who have not completed college-level courses in English or math. Refer to our placement test information to determine if you need to take the placement test.  Sign-up begins March 15, 2022.

June 2022

  • Send Official Final High School Transcripts

First-Year Students: Follow your high school’s procedure for sending your official final high school transcript. Transcripts must indicate your graduation day, month, and year, include all course grades, and final GPA.

Transfer Students: If you did not submit an official final high school transcript with your application, you must send one prior to enrollment.

Please note: We require an official final high school transcript to disburse financial aid. If we do not have an official final high school transcript on file, your aid will not be disbursed until we receive one.

Electronic transcripts are preferred. Electronic transcripts must be sent through an official transcript service to admissions@uwrf.edu, while mailed transcripts can be sent to UWRF Admissions, 410 S. 3rd St., River Falls, WI 54022.

  • Send Official Final College Transcripts

First-Year Students: If you’ve completed any college-level coursework, please send us your official final college transcripts so we can award you any earned credit.

Transfer Students: Send us your official final college transcripts so we can award your credit and verify you’ve successfully completed your most recent term.

Please note: We require all official final college transcripts. If we are missing one or multiple college transcripts from your file, a hold will be placed on your account, preventing you from registering for the following term.

Electronic transcripts are preferred. Electronic transcripts must be sent through an official transcript service to admissions@uwrf.edu, while mailed transcripts can be sent to UWRF Admissions, 410 S. 3rd St., River Falls, WI 54022.

July 2022

  • Test Credit

If you are currently taking or have taken Advanced Placement (AP)International Baccalaureate (IB) or College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams, you must send an official score report.

  • Activate Your Falcon Account

Start here! Your Falcon Account is used to select on campus housing, access your financial aid, check UWRF email and register for classes. Activate your account online with your Student ID number.

  • Check Your UWRF Email Account

Your UWRF email account is the primary way we will connect with you throughout the enrollment process. Be sure to check your account regularly for campus updates. For instructions on signing into or setting up your email account on a mobile device, visit our DoTS Knowledge Base. Your UWRF email is also where you’ll be notified when your Degree Audit Report and Transfer Credit Evaluation is ready for you to review online in your Falcon Account.

  • Sign the Fee Payment Agreement

Complete and sign the Fee Payment Agreement.

  • Apply for Tuition Reciprocity (Minnesota residents)

If you are a Minnesota resident, be sure to fill out the Reciprocity Form. This simple online form will allow you to pay a tuition rate comparable to what is charged to Wisconsin residents. March 2021 is the earliest you may apply for reciprocity for the 2021-22 academic year. Please make sure you complete the reciprocity application for the correct academic year.

  • Register for Classes

You’ll register for classes using our Electronic Student Information System, also known as eSIS. Consult with our graduate advisers to make sure your selections fit your needs.

  • Apply for Financial Aid

Apply for financial aid. A list of financial aid FAQs for graduate students can be found here.

  • Additional Steps

Additional items may be necessary to complete after you’ve been admitted, depending on your graduate program. Additional information will be communicated by your program administrator or adviser.

Although international students admitted for undergraduate studies can refer to most steps in the First-Year Students checklist above, admitted next steps for international students may vary due to visa or student status differences. You will work closely with an adviser to ensure a smooth transition to campus. For more information and a list of commonly asked questions, visit the International Students FAQ.

Depending on your residence status, program requirements or other factors, your next steps after admittance may vary. Please contact your adviser or a member of our admissions team with questions.