Join the Falcon Family
Each year, UW-River Falls welcomes over 1,200 new first-year students to campus. When you join us, you’ll be joining a community full of lively classroom discussions, one-on-one research with faculty and tons of hands-on learning opportunities. We value teamwork and collaboration and you’ll experience all those things and more here at UWRF. When you leave our nest with a degree in hand, we want you armed with the knowledge and skills needed to take on your future.
Learn Our Story…
Did you know there isn’t just one way to get to know UWRF? Are you ready to head to campus and see us in person? Maybe you want to learn more from the comfort of your home? No matter where you’re located or where you are in your college search process, we’ve got options just for you! Learn more about our visit options here.
…Tell Your Story
We know there’s more to your story than a GPA and test scores. GPAs, class rankings and course options vary widely between high schools, so we will continue to do a comprehensive review of your application. Although we’ll consider both academic and non-academic factors, your performance in the classroom remains the most important factor in our review process. High school GPA is a strong predictor of success in college, so we’ll take a close look at your high school transcript, evaluating both the challenge of your high school courses and your academic performance. We’ll also consider your extracurricular activities, personal achievements, community service, family commitments, employment responsibilities and any other information that you’d like to provide.
Before You Apply
Like what you see? Ready to join the Falcon family? We’re so excited you’ve chosen to apply to UWRF! To make the process smoother, we’ve compiled some helpful information about our admissions criteria. We talked about our evaluation process above, but as a reminder, we make a comprehensive review of your application. Lots of factors go into an admission decision, but there are a few key things to take note of.
We know that GPA, class rank and course options vary widely between high schools, so we do a comprehensive review of your application. Although we’ll consider both academic and non-academic factors, your performance in the classroom remains the most important factor in our review process.
Your academic preparation – specifically the strength of high school coursework – is an important part of the admission decision. Listed below are the minimum course requirements for strong consideration of your application. Students who are most competitive for admission typically exceed these unit requirements.
(composition, literature and rhetoric)
(algebra, geometry and higher)
Science (two must be from
biology, chemistry or physics)
Additional Academic Electives
(from the above areas or other academic or vocational areas)
*A unit equals one academic year of a subject.
Letters of recommendation (no more than two) are only encouraged if you don’t think your transcript accurately reflects your true abilities as a student. The most impactful recommendation letters are provided by teachers and others who can speak directly about your academic potential.
Have you taken some college classes in high school? Learn more about credit you may have already earned here.
When you apply to UW-River Falls, you have the choice if you would like to submit your standardized test scores (ACT or SAT) as part of your admission application. When completing your application for admission, you’ll select one of three options: (1) if you would like your application to be reviewed without test scores (Test-Optional), (2) if you plan to submit test scores or (3) if you’re unsure. If you choose to include your test scores, they will be considered in your admission decision. If you choose to apply Test-Optional, you won’t be penalized for not submitting scores.
Note: Students who are applying from secondary schools that provide written evaluations in lieu of traditional grades or students who have been homeschooled, attend online high schools or who are enrolled in other non-traditional secondary school programs are encouraged to submit standardized test scores.
If you’re satisfied with your scores and think they accurately reflect your academic achievements, we encourage you to include them with your application. If you don’t think your scores accurately reflect your academic ability and potential or if you weren’t able to take a standardized test due to COVID-19, you should consider applying Test-Optional.
If you choose to include your test scores, they’ll be considered in your admission decision. If you choose to apply Test-Optional, you won’t be penalized for not submitting test scores.
If you apply Test-Optional, standardized test scores won’t be considered in the review process, even if they’ve already been submitted to us by you or the testing agency.
You will be considered for merit-based scholarships whether you submit test scores or not. When determining your scholarship award, we’ll look at the same factors we considered when evaluating your application for admission – primarily your high school academic performance. Standardized test scores will be factored into your scholarship award if you choose to submit them, but you won’t be disadvantaged for scholarship funding if you choose to apply without them.
NOTE: In rare exceptions, test scores may be required if you want to be considered for one of our University Foundation scholarship programs.
Yes! Students are eligible for the Honors Program if they meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Composite ACT score of 27 or higher OR
- Graduated in the top 10% of high school class OR
- Have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.75 or higher
Ready to apply? (Don’t worry, we’ve made it simple!)
1. Complete an online application at apply.wisconsin.edu.
2. Submit an ACT or SAT score (optional). Our Test-Optional Policy is open to both students who do not wish to share scores and to students who were unable to attend scheduled testing dates. In other words, when applying for admission to UW-River Falls, you have the choice to submit standardized test scores (ACT or SAT) as part of your admission application.
3. Submit transcripts. We accept student and counselor copies of transcripts sent via mail, email or electronic transcript service. We prefer electronic transcripts but hard copy transcripts may be sent to:
UW-River Falls Admissions
410 S. 3rd St.
River Falls, WI 54022.
Hoping to boost your GPA or class rank prior to applying for admission? We still encourage you to complete your application now! If you have concerns about your high school record and would like to connect with a member of our admissions team, please reach out.