UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
Congratulations and welcome to the Falcon family! Complete these next steps and begin your smooth transition to UW-River Falls today.
Activate Your Falcon Account
Your Falcon Account will be used for signing up for New Student Registration, financial aid, housing, and your student records. You'll need to activate your account online. Your Falcon ID# is included in your admission letter and in emails you received after applying about the online Application Status Checker.
Check Your UWRF E-mail Account
Your university e-mail account will be the primary way the university will connect with you throughout the enrollment process. Be sure to check your account on a regular basis for campus updates.
Sign Up for Advising & Registration
Sign up to attend a New Student Registration program. Students starting in a fall semester can typically sign up online beginning in March and students starting in a spring semester can typically sign up online beginning in December. If you choose an On Campus Orientation, you'll meet with your academic adviser, review your transfer credits, select courses, register for classes, meet other new students, and learn about campus resources. We also offer an Online Orientation option, allowing you to complete a virtual orientation at your own pace and then connect with an adviser in person for help with registering for classes.
Once you have signed up for a program, you'll also be able to review your Degree Audit and Credit Evaluation in your Falcon Account. You can then contact your academic department chair if you have questions about transfer credits in your major or contact the associate dean of your college for questions about transfer credits in general education.
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 and your Transfer Credit Evaluation to determine if you need to take the placement test. Questions can be directed to the Admissions Office at 715-425-3500 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We recommend taking Regional Placement Tests, especially if you select the Online Orientation option.
Apply for Scholarships
Complete the general scholarship application at https://uwrf.academicworks.com/users/sign_in after activating your Falcon ID. This website will match transfer students with the UWRF scholarships they are eligible for and also allow students to search for and apply to additional scholarships directly. Students admitted for a summer or fall semester should apply for $2,000 Falcon Transfer Scholarships (3.25 GPA required), up to the May 1 deadline. Additional external scholarships can be found on our Financial Aid website.
Apply for Housing
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 hall preferences. You will need your Falcon Account to access the portal. Contact Residence Life if you have questions.
Apply for Financial Aid
FAFSA School Code: 003923
For fall transfers, fill out and submit the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) beginning in January. This form is available online or from the Financial Aid Office at River Falls. For spring and summer transfers, update your current FAFSA by adding UW-River Falls to your FAFSA as soon as possible. We encourage you to contact the Financial Aid office after being admitted as a transfer student.
Apply for Tuition Reciprocity (MN 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.
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 important updates to your degree-audit here for AA (Associate of Arts) degrees or MnTC (Minnesota Transfer Curriculum) completion, and update your class standing to help maximize your financial aid award. Students typically cannot register for their second semester of classes until a final transcript is received by the Admissions Office. We also recommend sending any military transcripts you may have.
Get Involved through FalconSync
Log-in with your Falcon Account to FalconSync and connect with UWRF student organizations. There are more then 150 clubs and organizations that you may join!
If you have not already visited campus, schedule your visit now! You can arrange a daily tour and information session or attend one of our College Visit Days, which are half-day programs that give you a closer look at the university. Check our Visit Campus page for more information.
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 is also available. Begin classes in September (fall semester) or January (spring semester).