UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
Activate Your Falcon Account
Your Falcon Account is used to select on campus housing, access your financial aid, check UWRF email, and register for classes. You'll need to activate your account online.
Check Your UWRF E-mail Account
Your university e-mail account is the primary way the university will connect with you throughout the enrollment process. Be sure to check your account regularly for campus updates. It is through your UWRF email that you will be notified when your Degree Audit Report and Transfer Credit Evaluation is ready for you to review online in your Falcon Account.
Apply for Financial Aid
After October 1, fill out and submit the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using UWRF's School Code: 003923. The FAFSA is used to apply for federal and state financial aid.
Apply for Scholarships
Students are encouraged to apply for university scholarships. Activate your Falcon Account and complete the general application at https://uwrf.academicworks.com/users/sign_in to be matched with potential scholarship awards. The deadline is in early February for most university scholarships however the Falcon Transfer Scholarship is due Apr. 1.
Apply for Housing
All freshmen and sophomores who do not meet exemption requirements are required to live in university residence halls. This class standing is based on the number of college semesters completed post-high school graduation, not on the number of credits completed. It is important for all admitted students to go to the Residence Hall Portal early and submit the Residence Hall Contract Payment. 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. If you were a recipient of an application fee waiver, you are eligible to defer your housing contract payment until your first term of enrollment. Contact Residence Life for more details.
Students with disabilities who are interested in receiving accommodations should contact Ability Services soon after being admitted.
Get Involved through FalconSync
Log-in with your Falcon Account to FalconSync and connect with UWRF student organizations. There are more than 150 clubs and organizations for you to join!
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.
Apply for Tuition Reciprocity (Minnesota residents)
If you are a Minnesota resident, be sure to fill out the Reciprocity Form. This simple online form will allow you to pay a tuition rate comparable to what is charged to Wisconsin residents.
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 to determine if you need to take the placement test.
Students attending UW-River Falls who are not able to take their placement tests during the Regional Placement Testing Program can take them on campus prior to their New Student Registration date. Questions can be directed to the Admissions Office at 715-425-3500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you've studied Spanish or German or have a background in either of those languages, it is recommended that you take the foreign language placement test, 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.
Register for Classes
You'll be invited to attend New Student Registration. During the program, you'll meet with an academic advisor, learn the online registration process, meet other new students and leave campus with a complete class schedule. Students starting in the fall semester can sign up for registration now at go.uwrf.edu/register. Students starting in the spring semester can sign up beginning in November. A hybrid-online registration option is also available.
For Music Majors Only - Request Audition
Students admitted to UWRF as music majors must also complete an audition through the Music Department. For more details, visit the Music Department's audition information web page.
Send Final Transcripts
Don't forget to send us your final college transcripts! We'll verify that you've successfully completed your most recent term, post updates to your degree audit for Associate of Arts (AA) degrees or MnTC (Minnesota Transfer Curriculum) completion, and update your class standing. Additionally, send in any military transcripts you may have.
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 in September (fall semester) or January (spring semester).