UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
The completion of a bachelor's of social work at UW-River Falls requires the student to proceed through three stages of admission. The first stage involves securing admission to UWRF and declaring social work as a major. The second is applying for formal admission to the major itself. The last step is the application for admission to field placement.
Students wishing to major in social work may either declare social work as a major when entering the university or complete an official university change of major form. The student will then be assigned a social work adviser and be permitted to enroll in the first three social work courses: Intro to Social Work Services (SOWK 150), Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare (SOWK 205) and Use, Abuse, and Addiction (SOWK 250).
The second step — applying for admission to the social work program — is designed to accomplish two goals. First, it is based on the need to maintain a program of excellence in the classroom and to assure the availability of quality field experience placements by limiting the number of students admitted to the program. Second, it is intended to identify and admit to the program those students who may reasonably be expected to complete the program academically, to be accepted by agencies for field placement and to perform competently as professionals upon graduation.
All students who meet the minimum requirements for the social work program are invited to apply. No student will be denied admission on the basis of race, sex, disability, age, religion or sexual orientation. This program is committed to having a diverse student body. However, students should be aware that meeting the minimum standards does not guarantee admission to the program. The program reserves the right to limit the number of students admitted to the program each semester. Students have the right to appeal a denial of admission to the program by following the procedures outlined in the social work student handbook.
Factors included in the assessment include:
9. Any student who withdraws from the social work program or does not take classes at UWRF for three or more sequential semesters must reapply for admission into the program.
10. A student accepted into the university as a transfer student, who has not been turned down for admission to another accredited social work program, must complete a minimum of one semester of courses at UWRF, including at least one social work course, prior to admission to the social work program. Such a student may be provisionally admitted to the program for a semester, pending review by the social work faculty upon completion of the required semester. This admission may be denied due to space availability within the program.
11. A student accepted into the university as a transfer student, who has been refused admission to another social work program, will be asked to sign a release of information allowing the UWRF social work program director to communicate with the faculty at the previous social work program. Whether the students will be accepted or not will depend upon the number of students already admitted to the program, the reason for the student not being admitted from the previous program, and the results of an interview with the program director.
Because students will be working directly with individuals in a helping relationship, it is necessary that they meet certain standards for admission to field placement.
*Grades for course work accepted at the UWRF as transfer credit will be included in the computation of both cumulative and social work course GPA.
Approval by the social work faculty is based upon the above requirements as well as an assessment of the following criteria resulting from faculty evaluations and assessments. These assessments verify student’s ability to:
2. Demonstrate commitment to preparing for a professional degree by: