Chancellor Van Galen

"If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people."  --- Chinese proverb 

Chancellor's Office

Greeting from Chancellor Van Galen

On behalf of our faculty, staff, and students, greetings from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, a comprehensive public university that is part of the prestigious University of Wisconsin System. With an annual enrollment of approximately 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UW-River Falls is a place where teaching and learning are genuinely valued and where students can earn degrees that are respected around the world. Our location offers students the safety and friendliness of a small town, and the valuable hands-on professional opportunities available in one of the fastest developing parts of Wisconsin. Located only 30 minutes from the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area also means that students have access to internships, employment, cultural events, and a well-connected international airport.

The faculty and staff of UW-River Falls have a strong commitment to our mission:  to help prepare students to be productive, creative, ethical, engaged citizens and leaders with an informed global perspective. This commitment is expressed in our 2012-2017 strategic plan, Pathway to Distinction, that was recently extended through June 2020. This plan, built upon our historic strengths, establishes three goals which guide our programming decisions:  Distinctive Academic Excellence, Global Education and Engagement, and Innovation and Partnerships. 

UW-River Falls offers students an experience characterized by outstanding faculty committed to teaching and mentoring, a beautiful and energetic campus with many possibilities for involvement, and numerous opportunities for learning outside of the classroom. UW-River Falls graduates become highly competitive in the job market and when applying to graduate and professional schools because as students, they are encouraged to engage in undergraduate research, scholarly and creative activity, take advantage of myriad education abroad programs, and interact with an ever-growing number of international students.

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls:  Global. Innovative. Excellent. I invite you to visit our campus and to further explore our website to learn more about the unique opportunities that set UW-River Falls apart.  

Dean Van Galen, Ph.D.


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Office of the Chancellor
116 North Hall
410 S. 3rd Street
River Falls, WI 54022