UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
Congratulations and welcome to the Falcon Family! Complete these next steps and begin your smooth transition to UW-River Falls today.
Activate Your Falcon Account
Your Falcon Account will be used for signing up for New Student Registration, financial aid, housing, and your student records. You'll need to activate your account online. Your Falcon ID # is included in your admission letter and in emails you received after applying about the online Application Status Checker.
Check Your UWRF E-mail Account
Your university e-mail account will be the primary way the university will connect with you throughout the enrollment process. Be sure to check your account on a regular basis for campus updates.
Apply for Scholarships
Students admitted by April 1st for a Summer or Fall semester can apply for $2000 Falcon Transfer Scholarships (3.25 GPA required). Students are able to apply for these scholarships after activating their Falcon Account until the May 1st deadline. Complete the general application at https://uwrf.academicworks.com/users/sign_in. This website will match transfer students with the UWRF scholarships they are eligible for and also allow students to search for and apply to additional UWRF scholarships directly. Some scholarships have earlier deadlines.
Sign Up for Advising & Registration
Sign up to attend a New Student Registration program. Students starting in a Fall semester can typically sign up online beginning in February and students starting in a Spring semester can typically sign up online beginning in November. When you attend the registration program, you'll meet with your academic advisor, review your transfer credits, select courses, register for classes, meet other new students, and learn about campus resources. Once you have signed up for a program, you'll also be able to review your Degree Audit in your Falcon Account and contact your academic advisor if you have questions about your transfer credits.
Apply for Housing
Students who do not meet exemption requirements are required to live in university residence halls. It is important for all accepted students to go to the Residence Hall Portal early. The earlier you pay your housing deposit and complete the contract, the more likely Residence Life will be able to honor your hall preferences. You will need your Falcon Account to access the portal. Contact Residence Life if you have questions.
Apply for Financial Aid
FAFSA School Code: 003923
For Fall transfers, fill out and submit the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) beginning in January. This form is available online or from the Financial Aid Office at River Falls. For Spring and Summer Transfers, update your current FAFSA by adding UW-River Falls to your FAFSA as soon as possible. We encourage you to contact the Financial Aid office after being admitted as a transfer student.
Apply for Tuition Reciprocity (MN Residents)
If you are a Minnesota resident, be sure to fill out the Reciprocity Form. This simple form will allow you to pay a tuition rate comparable to what is charged to Wisconsin residents and is available from the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office.
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 web and your Transfer Credit Evaluation to determine if you need to take the placement test. Students attending UW-River Falls who are not able to take their placement tests during the Regional Placement Testing Program can take them the day before their registration date. Questions can be directed to the Admissions Office by phone at (715) 425-3500 or e-mail email@example.com.
For Music Majors Only - Request Audition
Students who are admitted to the university as Music majors must also complete an audition through the Music Department. For more details, please visit the Music Department’s audition information webpage.
Send Final Transcripts
Don't forget to send us your final college transcripts! We'll verify that you've successfully completed your most recent term, post important updates to your degree-audit here for AA (Associate of Arts) degrees or MnTC (Minnesota Transfer Curriculum) completion, and update your class standing to help maximize your financial aid award. Students typically cannot register for their 2nd semester of classes here until a final transcript is received by the Admissions Office.
Get Involved through FalconSync
Log-in with your Falcon Account to FalconSync and connect with UWRF student organizations. There are more then 150 clubs and organizations that you can join!
If you have not already visited campus, schedule your visit now! You can arrange a daily tour and information session or attend one of our College Visit Days, which are half-day programs that give you a closer look at the university. Check our Visit Campus page for more information.
Attend "Week of Welcome"
Arrive on campus for Week of Welcome and spend a week meeting other new students, getting to know campus and making a smooth transition to college. Participation in this program is strongly encouraged for all new students. An abbreviated program for commuter students is also available. Begin Classes Begin classes in September (Fall semester) or January (Spring semester).