Fast Facts

Founded in 1874, the University of Wisconsin-River Falls is one of 13 comprehensive universities in the prestigious University of Wisconsin System. Located on 226 acres of rolling land, just 30 minutes from the Twin Cities, UWRF is a leader in exemplary teaching, undergraduate research, and sustainability. Our mission is to help prepare students to be productive, creative, ethical, engaged citizens and leaders with an informed global perspective.


60 majors available from four distinct colleges:

  • College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business and Economics
  • College of Education and Professional Studies

Degrees awarded:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Fine Arts, Music Education, Science, Social Work
  • Master of Arts, Business Administration, Science


6,184 students (5,721 undergraduate; 463 graduate)

International students from 20+ countries

20:1 student/faculty ratio


The estimated costs below include tuition and fees, textbook rental, housing and dining.

Wisconsin resident: $14,574 per year

Minnesota resident: $14,946 per year

Midwest Student Exchange program: $17,724 per year

Non-resident: $22,146 per year 



76 percent of students receive financial aid

$950,000 in scholarship aid was awarded in 2014-2015



303 acres and 106 buildings on main campus

One satellite location in Hudson and two laboratory farms in River Falls

11 residence halls

$63.5 million construction project underway to house the Health and Human Performance programs and recreation center


Nickname: Falcons

Mascot: Freddy Falcon

Colors: Red and white

Conference: Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC), NCAA Division III

Campus Life

150+ student clubs and organizations

16 varsity sports

UWRF students are two times as likely to study abroad than their peers

Named a "Best College" for intramural sports by


Chancellor:  Dean Van Galen, Ph.D.

Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs:  Faye Perkins, Ph.D.

Top Distinctions

UW-River Falls has been named a "Best Regional University" by the U.S. News and World Report.

For the fourth consecutive year, The Princeton Review has named UW-River Falls a "Best Midwestern College."

UWRF is home to one of the largest undergraduate dairy science programs in the United States.

The College of Business and Economics is accredited by AACSB, a distinction earned by less than five percent of business schools.

UW-River Falls has been selected as a "Best for Vets College" by Military Times.

Named a "Best Value" by Educate to Career when considering cost of attendance.