Orientation Schedules

The following schedules are for on-campus Orientation for students beginning in J-Term or spring 2024 terms. 

Students beginning at UWRF in fall 2024 will sign up for Orientation in spring 2024. Please check back for updates.

Coming to campus for Orientation? Here's the need to know info!

  • Check In will take place at the University Center, 501 Wild Rose Ave., River Falls, WI 54022. Use the blinds below (click the plus sign) to find your check in time! 
  • Parking during Orientation is free and you don't need a permit. 
    • Please park in Pay Lot 1 (PAY1) at 410 S. 3rd St. 
    • If you need physical accommodations, please park in Pay Lot 2 (PAY2) at 501 Wild Rose Ave. PAY2 is only for those with physical accommodations. 
  • Bring the following items:
    • If you've taken college courses and haven't already sent us your official college transcript, please bring your unofficial college transcript. Your advisers will need to see this during registration to place you in the correct classes.
    • government-issued ID.
  • Remember to complete all the items on the Before Orientation Checklist before you arrive to campus! 

This schedule is for incoming first-year students who signed up to attend the full Orientation.

Time Session Location Description

8:30-9 a.m.

Check-In 

University Center, 1st Floor

Come get all the materials you'll need to have a successful Orientation session! Check in any time between 8:30 and 9 a.m. - the program officially starts at 9 a.m. (Make sure to grab breakfast on your own before arriving to campus.) 

9-9:30 a.m.

Welcome to
UW-River Falls!

University Center, 2nd Floor, Riverview Ballroom Join campus leadership and the 2024 Orientation Leaders as they welcome you to the Falcon Family!

9:30-10 a.m.

OL Breakout
Session #1

University Center, 2nd Floor, Riverview Ballroom

 

10-10:45 a.m.

Falcon101

University Center, 2nd Floor, Riverview Ballroom

The most essential things to know about your future community - how you’ll make connections, transition socially and academically and be successful in your first few weeks on campus. We’ll introduce you to campus traditions, talk about all the upcoming events you’re invited to and help you explore future involvement opportunities.

10:45-11:15 a.m.

The Inside Scoop on UWRF

University Center, 2nd Floor, Riverview Ballroom

Who are you? Who are we? How will you fit into the community at UWRF? We’ll explore the answers to these questions, discuss our community of care, our code of conduct, the levels of support you have at UWRF and more.

11:15-11:45 a.m.

A Day in the Life of a Falcon

University Center, 2nd Floor, Riverview Ballroom

Come prepared with questions for current UWRF students. They'll talk about what a typical student day looks like and give you the opportunity to ask anything you’re wondering about.  

11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Lunch

University Center, 1st Floor, Riverside Commons Learn about meal plans and how to dine on campus while enjoying lunch.
12:30-2:30 p.m. Campus Resource Session Rotations University Center, 3rd Floor, Various Learn more about campus resources like Title IX and violence prevention, holistic wellness, residence life, financial aid and student billing.

2:30-2:45 p.m.

OL Breakout
Session #2

University Center, 3rd Floor, Kinnickinnick Theatre

 

2:45-3 p.m. Next Steps Station University Center, 1st Floor

Make sure you complete the below steps before leaving for the day: 

  • Take your ID photograph
  • Sign up for direct deposit
  • Purchase a parking permit
  • Apply for a Peer Success Coach
3-4 p.m. Campus Tour Various Join us for a campus tour and discover the ins and outs of campus resources and the locations of your upcoming classes!
3-4 p.m. Register for Classes (optional) Various Haven't registered for spring classes yet? You'll get to meet an adviser and talk about your major, minor, prior credits and register for your first semester of classes.

This schedule is for incoming transfer students who signed up to attend the full Orientation.

Time

Session

Location 

Description

8:30-9 a.m.

Check-In (if you're registering for classes at Orientation)

University Center, 1st Floor 

Come get all the materials you’ll need to have a successful Orientation session! Check in any time between 8:30 and 9 a.m. (The program officially starts at 9 a.m.) Make sure to grab breakfast on your own before arriving to campus.

 

9-10 a.m. Register for Classes (optional) Various Haven't registered for spring classes yet? You'll get to meet an adviser and talk about your major, minor, prior credits and register for your first semester of classes.
10-10:30 a.m. Check-In (if you've already registered for classes) University Center, 1st Floor Come get all the materials you’ll need to have a successful Orientation session! Check in any time between 10 and 10:30 a.m. (The program officially starts at 10:30 a.m.) Make sure to grab breakfast on your own before arriving to campus.

10:30-11 a.m.

Transfer 101 

University Center, 3rd Floor, Kinnickinnic Theatre

The most essential things to know about your future community - how you’ll make connections at UWRF, navigate our campus technology and your unique transitions as a transfer student. We’ll introduce you to campus traditions, talk about all the upcoming events you’re invited to and help you explore future involvement opportunities. 

11-11:30 a.m. The Inside Scoop on UWRF University Center, 3rd Floor, Kinnickinnic Theatre What does the community at UWRF look like and how will you fit into it? Learn about UWRF’s code of conduct, values and identities, as well as the layers of support on campus for all students.
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch University Center, 1st Floor, Riverside Commons Learn about meal plans and how to dine on campus while enjoying lunch.

12:30-2 p.m.

Campus Resource Sessions Rotations

University Center, 3rd Floor, Various

Choose three sessions that feel relevant to you: 

  • Career Services
  • Commuting to campus
  • Disability Resource Center
  • Financial Aid
  • Residence Life
  • Student Health and Counseling
2:45-3 p.m. Next Steps Station (optional) University Center, 1st Floor

Make sure you complete the below steps before leaving for the day:

  • Take your ID photograph
  • Sign up for direct deposit
  • Purchase a parking permit
  • Apply for a Peer Success Coach
3-4 p.m. Campus Tour (optional) Various Join us for a campus tour to discover the ins and outs of campus resources and the locations of your upcoming classes.

This schedule is for families and support systems of students who signed up to attend the full Orientation session.

Time

Session

Location

Description

8:30-9 a.m.

Check-In 

University Center, 1st Floor

Come get all the materials you'll need to have a successful Orientation session. Check in any time between 8:30 and 9 a.m. - the program officially starts at 9 a.m. (Make sure to grab breakfast on your own before arriving to campus.) 

9-9:30 a.m.

Welcome to UW-River Falls!

University Center, 2nd Floor, Riverview Ballroom

Join campus leadership and the 2024 Orientation Leaders as they welcome you to the Falcon Family!

9:30-10:15 a.m.

Letting Grow

University Center, 1st Floor, Falcon's Nest

Supporting your student through their transition to college can be exciting and overwhelming. Join us in hearing some insightful stories on how you can help your student make the most of their time at UWRF. 

10:15-10:30 a.m. Break University Center  

10:30-11 a.m.

Student Panel

University Center, 1st Floor, Falcon's Nest

Current students will share information about their experience as a River Falls Falcon! Come prepared with questions!

11 a.m.-noon

Our UWRF Campus Community

University Center, 1st Floor, Falcon's Nest

You've probably got a lot of questions about your student’s future home and what it's going to feel like when they’re here. This session is for you to explore UWRF's values, commitment to your student and our community of care. You'll learn about the culture here, the resources and policies on campus that keep your student safe, healthy, and included. 

Noon-12:30 p.m.

More Than a Student

University Center, 1st Floor, Falcon's Nest

Learn about the holistic way Student Health and Counseling supports wellness on campus and how you can encourage your student to access the available resources. 

12:30-1:15 p.m. Lunch University Center, Ground Level, Riverside Commons Learn about meal plans and how to dine on campus while enjoying lunch.

1:15-2 p.m.

Be Financially Prepared

University Center, 1st Floor, Falcon's Nest

Financial Aid and Student Billing share details on how to be prepared for the financial aspects of college. 

2-2:45 p.m. Campus Resource Session University Center, Various

Choose two sessions that feel relevant to you!

  • First Generation College Students
  • International Education
  • Student Involvement
  • Student Success Center
2:45-3 p.m. Next Steps Station University Center, 1st Floor

Make sure your student completes the following before leaving campus for the day:

  • Take your ID photograph
  • Sign up for direct deposit
  • Purchase a parking permit
  • Apply for a Peer Success Coach and enroll in the Falcon Family
3-4 p.m. Campus Tour Various Take a campus tour and discover the ins and outs of campus resources and locations of your student's upcoming classes. If your student is registering for classes at this time, feel free to join us on the tour and you can meet them back at the first floor of the University Center.

This schedule is for families and support systems of students who signed up to attend the full Orientation.

Time

Session

Location

Description

8:30-9 a.m.

Check-In (if your student is registering for classes at Orientation)

University Center, 1st Floor

Come get all the materials you’ll need to have a successful Orientation session! Check in any time between 8:30 and 9 a.m. (Your student will meet with an adviser to register at 9 a.m.) Make sure to grab breakfast on your own before arriving to campus.

9-10:30 a.m. Students Register for Classes (optional) University Center, 2nd Floor, Riverview Ballroom If your student hasn't already registered for spring classes, they'll meet an adviser and talk about their major, minor, prior credits and register for their first semester of classes. Meanwhile, you'll join campus leadership and the 2024 Orientation Leaders as they welcome you to the Falcon Family. Hear some insightful stories on how you can help your student make the most of their time at UWRF!
10-10:30 a.m. Check-In (if your student has already registered for classes) University Center, 1st Floor Come get all the materials you’ll need to have a successful Orientation session! Check in any time between 10 and 10:30 a.m. - the program officially starts at 10:30 a.m. Make sure to grab breakfast on your own before arriving to campus.

10:30-11 a.m.

Student Panel

Falcon’s Nest, 1st Floor of University Center

Current students will share information about their experience as a River Falls Falcon! Come prepared with questions!

11 a.m.-noon

Our UWRF Campus Community

Falcon’s Nest, 1st Floor of University Center

You've probably got a lot of questions about your student’s future home and what it's going to feel like when they’re here. This session is for you to explore UWRF's values, commitment to your student and our community of care. You'll learn about the culture here and the resources and policies on campus that keep your student safe, healthy and included. 

 

Noon-12:30 p.m.

More Than a Student

Falcon’s Nest, 1st Floor of University Center

Learn about the holistic way Student Health and Counseling supports wellness on campus and how you can encourage your student to access the available resources. 

 

12:30-1:15 p.m.

Lunch

Riverside Commons

Learn about meal plans and how to dine on campus while enjoying lunch.

1:15-2 p.m.

Be Financially Prepared

Falcon’s Nest, 1st Floor of University Center

Financial Aid and Student Billing share details on how to be prepared for the financial aspects of college. 

2:45-3 p.m. Next Steps Station University Center, 1st Floor

Make sure your student completes the below steps before leaving campus for the day:

  • Take your ID photograph
  • Sign up for direct deposit
  • Purchase a parking permit
  • Apply for a Peer Success Coach and enroll in the Falcon Family
3-4 p.m. Campus Tour (optional) Various Join us for a campus tour to discover the ins and outs of campus resources and the locations of your student's upcoming classes.