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We're 8th in the nation and best in the Midwest!

UW-River Falls was ranked 8th in the nation in the category of schools ranked highest by their students for being worth the expense. The Wall Street Journal partners with Times Higher Education College Rankings in developing its annual survey. Based on roughly 174,000 survey responses over the past two years, each school was scored on a 10-point scale. In addition to being ranked #8 in the nation by students as being worth the expense, UW-River Falls was the highest such ranked institution, public or private, in the Upper Midwest.

An exceptional education doesn't have to break the bank

College is an investment and UW-River Falls can help make your degree more affordable.

Scholarship Guarantee

We award automatic scholarships to incoming freshmen with a history of strong academic performance.

Outstanding Academic Achievement Award* -  $4,000 
25+ ACT and top 25% class rank
*A $2,000 award that is renewable for a second year when a 3.0 GPA and progress toward a degree is maintained.

Academic Achievement Award** - $2,000
22+ ACT and top 40% class rank
**Beginning with awards for Spring Semester 2020 and beyond this $1,000 award is renewable for a second year when a 3.0 GPA and progress toward a degree is maintained.

Selective Scholarships 

Each year the UW-River Falls Foundation awards over $2.4 million scholarships that you can apply for with a single application. Awards range from $500 to full tuition. Hundreds of scholarships are also available for continuing students. Learn more about the application process here.

UW-River Falls is notified regularly of scholarships offered by local, regional, and national organizations. These are called outside scholarships. Please check back regularly to view the most current listing.

Estimated Annual Tuition and Fees


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*The Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP) is a multistate tuition reciprocity program and includes Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and Ohio.
†Other Non-Resident students may be eligible for an automatic $3,000 scholarship that is renewable for up to four years.

Our total cost includes:

  • Tuition for two full-time semesters
  • Textbook rental
  • Career services, health and counseling services, academic support, tutoring and participation in on-campus recreation and events
  • Double room in a residence hall
  • 14 meals each week on average

Compare our cost!

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(before financial aid)

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*The estimated annual cost includes tuition, fees, room and board at each of the individual institutions listed above. These figures were compiled fall 2019 from institutional websites and reflect the approximate average annual cost for a Wisconsin or Minnesota resident.

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There are many types of aid available to help finance your education, along with tools to help you determine your eligibility.

In order to receive financial aid, you must apply each year you are in college. Even if you don't think you qualify, try anyway. Generally, the earlier you apply, the better your chances of receiving aid.

Need help understanding how the financial aid process works?
Download our Financial Aid Process PDF.

On-campus employment

With 1,500+ on-campus jobs, you can make money and get valuable work experience to add to your resume. Visit Handshake, UWRF's online job posting board, for job and internship postings.

Contact Us

Admissions Office
103 Rodli Hall
M-F, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.