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


6,139 students

International students from 20+ countries

18:1 student/faculty ratio


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

Wisconsin resident: $14,564 per year
Minnesota resident: $15,669 per year
Midwest Student Exchange Program: $17,713 per year
Non-resident: $22,137 per year 


  • 78 percent of students receive financial aid
  • $2.4M in scholarship aid was awarded in 2018-19


  • 303 acres and 106 buildings on our 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 three times as likely to study abroad than their peers
  • Named a "Best College" for intramural sports by


  • Interim Chancellor: Connie Foster, Ph.D.
  • Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs: David Travis, 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 listed on The Sierra Club's 2019 ranking of Cool Schools.
  • UW-River Falls listed on Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges: 2019 Edition.
  • 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.
  • UW-River Falls has earned a STARS gold rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.