About Us

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 in the beautiful St. Croix Valley 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.


70+ areas of study available in 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



5,958 students (5,507 undergraduate; 451 graduate)

International students from 20+ countries

21:1 student/faculty ratio



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

Wisconsin resident: $14,540 per year

Minnesota resident: $15,410 per year

Midwest Student Exchange program: $17,689 per year

Non-resident: $22,113 per year 



74 percent of students receive financial aid

$2.1M in scholarship aid was awarded in 2016-17



303 acres and 106 buildings on main campus

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

11 residence halls

New $63.5 million Falcon Center houses the Health and Human Performance Department, Athletics and Campus Recreation



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

17 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 sixth consecutive year, The Princeton Review has named UW-River Falls a "Best Midwestern College."

UWRF is home to the second largest undergraduate dairy science program 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.