New Student Transition Experience Checklist

Admitted for the spring or fall 2024 term? We can't wait to see you! First though, you must complete the below steps before your required Orientation experience. 

These tests will be required to be completed prior to attending your registration appointment and are used to determine appropriate course placement for math and English courses. Since you'll work with an adviser to register for courses during your in-person or virtual registration time, you'll need to make sure you complete these at least one week prior to your registration appointment.

Placement test registration for students enrolling for summer and fall 2024 terms is live. Keep an eye on your emails for communication from us regarding further information about placement testing requirements prior to your registration day/appointment. Visit our Placement Testing page to learn more about which tests you need to take and how to sign up online.

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 list your final GPA. 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: If you didn't submit an official final high school transcript with your application, you must send one prior to enrollment. 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 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, while mailed transcripts can be sent to UWRF Admissions, 410 S. 3rd St., River Falls, WI 54022.

Now that you're officially a UWRF student, all communication from the university will be sent to your UWRF email. It's important to check your UWRF email regularly so you don't miss important updates related to your class schedule, student billing, residence life and more! Check the email you received once you were accepted to UWRF that outlined next steps, including how to activate your email.

Living on campus? You'll need to submit your housing and dining contract through the Housing Portal.

J-Term and spring 2024 students:

  • Submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) if you haven’t already done so and are interested in receiving 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.
  • Complete FAFSA verification (if applicable): Being selected for FAFSA Verification is common. If you are chosen for verification, be certain to follow up with the requested information right away so that your financial aid award is not delayed.
  • Accept or Decline Financial Aid Awards on eSISMany types of financial aid need to be accepted. Be sure to complete this step of the process so that your financial aid is in place.

Note: International students do not need to complete this step.

J-Term and spring 2024 students: If you haven’t applied for tuition reciprocity, make sure you take care of this step so we can adjust your tuition rate.

Fall 2024 students: March 2024 is the earliest you may apply for reciprocity for the 2024-25 academic year.

Complete the International Student Pre-Arrival Orientation course in Canvas, which guides you through the visa process and many other U.S. immigration requirements. For questions, contact International Student Services at or ISS Manager Vanessa Luther at