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Admissions Checklist

Congratulations on your admission! If you have been admitted to UW-River Falls, please complete the following enrollment steps below. Details on how to apply to UW-River Falls may be found here.

Activate Your Falcon Account

Your Falcon Account will be used for class registration, financial aid, housing, university student e-mail, and your student records. You'll need to activate your account online.

Submit Your Enrollment Deposit

You are encouraged to make a $100 enrollment deposit to verify your intent to enroll. Enrollment deposits will be accepted until the university has reached its enrollment limits. You will need your ID number that was included in your admission letter. 

The deposit should be paid online, but can also be sent to: 

Student Billing
410 S. 3rd St.
River Falls, WI 54022

Please include the student's ID number number on the check.

Join the Facebook Group

Meet other students admitted to UW-River Falls for your semester:

UW-River Falls Admitted Students - Fall 2015link

Apply for Scholarships

Students are able to apply for scholarships after activating their Falcon Account. Complete the general application at This website will match students with the UWRF scholarships they are eligible for. The deadline for priority consideration was January 30, 2015.

Apply for Housing

Pay your Residence Hall Contract Payment. All freshmen and sophomore students who do not meet exemption requirements are required to live in university residence halls. It is important for all accepted students to go to the Residence Hall Portal early. The earlier you pay your housing deposit and complete the contract, the more likely Residence Life will be able to honor your preferences. However, there are no guarantees. You will need your Falcon Account to access the portal. Contact Residence Lifemail if you have questions.

Get Involved through FalconSync

Log-in with your Falcon Account to FalconSynclink and connect with UWRF student organizations. There are more then 150 clubs and organizations that you can join!

Apply for Financial Aid

After January 1, fill out and submit the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)link. This form is available online, at your high school or from the Financial Aid Office at River Falls. Many high schools have informational sessions on how to apply for Financial Aid. We encourage you to attend.

FAFSA School Code: 003923

Visit Campus

If you have not already visited campus, schedule your visit now! You can arrange a weekly tour and information session or attend one of our Visit Days, which are special programs that give you a closer look at the university. Check our Visiting Campus page for more information.

Apply for Tuition Reciprocity (MN Residents)

If you are a Minnesota resident, be sure to fill out the Reciprocity Formlink. This simple form will allow you to pay a tuition rate comparable to what is charged at a similar Minnesota school and is available from high school counselors or from the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office.

Take Placement Tests

UW System placement tests are required for all new students who have not completed college-level courses in English or Math. Refer to our Placement Test Information webpage to determine if you need to take the placement test.

If you've taken French, German, or Spanish in high school, it is recommended that you take the foreign language placement test for your language, especially if your are considering continuing in that language. Students can earn up to 14 credits (and corresponding grades of A) for taking the placement test and passing the class you are placed in with a grade of B- or better.

Students attending UW-River Falls who are not able to take their placement tests during the Regional Placement Testing Program can take them the day before their registration date.  If you are unable to attend a regional testing date, you can take your Placement tests on campus. Questions can be directed to the Admissions Office by phone at 715-425-3500 or e-mail admit@uwrf.edumail.

Register for Classes

If you've paid your enrollment deposit, you'll be invited to attend a New Student Registration program. Students starting in the fall may sign up for registration in February at and in December for students starting in the spring. When you attend the registration program, you'll meet with your academic adviser, learn the online registration process, meet other new students and leave campus with a complete class schedule.

Send Final Transcripts

Don't forget to send us your final high school or college transcripts! We'll verify that you've successfully completed your most recent term and/or that you've graduated from high school.

Attend "Week of Welcome"

Arrive on campus for Week of Welcome and spend a week meeting other new students, getting to know campus and making a smooth transition to college. Participation in this program is strongly encouraged for all new students. An abbreviated program for commuter students will also be held in September.

Begin Classes

Begin classes in September (Fall semester) or January (Spring semester).


Apply for Admission

Visit Campus

Request Information

Virtual Tour
Take a sneak peek of the UW-River Falls campus.

Live Chat
Chat with Admissions any weekday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.  

Contact Us

Admissions Office
112 South Hall (map)
M-F, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.