Greeting from Chancellor Van Galen

On behalf of our faculty, staff, and students, greetings from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. We are a comprehensive public university enrolling more than 6,100 undergraduate and graduate students, where teaching and learning are genuinely valued. As a member of the prestigious University of Wisconsin System, we offer a UW degree of high quality that is respected around the world. Our location offers the friendliness and safety of a campus located in a small town, while providing convenient access to the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area with its opportunities for internships, cultural events, and access to a globally-connected 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. This plan builds upon our historic strengths and establishes three aspirational goals: Distinctive Academic Excellence, Global Education and Engagement, and Innovation and Partnerships. 

UW-River Falls offers students a collegiate experience of uncommon quality, characterized by outstanding faculty committed to teaching and mentoring students, a beautiful and energetic campus, and unique opportunities for learning in and out of the classroom. Our students are engaged in undergraduate research on seven continents, and are studying abroad around the globe, including the Wisconsin in Scotland site in Dalkeith, Scotland and our Experience China site in Hangzhou, China. These and other experiences differentiate UW-River Falls graduates and make them highly competitive in the job market and when applying to graduate and professional schools. 

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

Dean Van Galen, Ph.D.

UWRF Graduation December 2011
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Office of the Chancellor
116 North Hall
410 S. 3rd Street
River Falls, WI 54022