UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Campus Fall 10092013 

Admissions Standards

Undergraduate Admission Standards

Requirements and Expectations for Admission

Applications for admission are given a comprehensive review. A new student’s admission to River Falls is determined by a number of academic and nonacademic factors. Academic factors include the rigor of the high school curriculum, cumulative grade point average (GPA), high school class rank, and standardized test scores (either the ACT or SAT is required). The nonacademic factors may include, but are not necessarily limited to, such things as leadership, community service, creativity, and/or unique talents, and personal characteristics that contribute to the strength and diversity of the University.

New freshmen admitted to the university typically rank in the top 40% of their high school class OR have an ACT score of at least 22.

Academic Course Preparation

Academic preparation, and specifically the strength of high school course work, is an important part of the admission decision. Listed below are the minimum course requirements for application. Students who are most competitive for admission typically exceed these unit requirements.

English/Communications (composition, literature and rhetoric)

4 units*

Mathematics (algebra, geometry and higher)

3 units*

Science (two must be from biology, chemistry or physics)

3 units*

Social Studies

3 units*

Additional Academic Electives (from the above areas or other academic or vocational areas

4 units*


*A unit equals one academic year of a subject.

Programmatic Limits

Higher academic expectations or earlier application priority dates may be imposed on specific majors if necessary to keep enrollments in line with program capacities.

UWRF Pathways Program

Students who are non-native speakers of English and who have a lower ACT score due to English proficiency will be evaluated for admission into the Pathways Program

Students in the Pathways Program typically will have an:

  • ACT score lower than 17
And two of the following indicators:
  • C's or under in English, Literature or Reading courses in high school
  • ESL/ELL courses in high school
  • The language spoken at home is not predominantly English
  • The student moved to the U.S. at some point during their elementary, middle or high school years

Students should indicate in their applicant statement that they are interested in the Pathways Program.

 

Appeal Process

Every application denied has already been through a comprehensive review. For an appeal to be considered, it must bring to light new academic and/or personal information, as well as details pertaining to extenuating circumstances that were not addressed in the initial application.

The appeal letter must be written and submitted by the applicant and sent to the Admissions Office (e-mail is acceptable, admit@uwrf.edu). A complete appeal includes: the appeal letter, an updated grade report, a new ACT/SAT score (if available) and a recommendation letter supporting your appeal.

Applicants can only appeal once and decisions resulting from an appeal are final. We will not accept appeals filed on behalf of the student by a parent, counselor, teacher, friend, etc.

Appeals will be reviewed on a bi-weekly basis.


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