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Transfer Application and Requirements

Note: The next available term to apply for is Spring 2018.

To apply for admission, you will need to send the following:

1. Online Application: Please complete the UW System Application.

2. Application Fee: There is a non-refundable fee of $50. The fee can be paid online through the UW System application or to the Admissions Office. This is not required if your last college was a two-year UW College.

3. Transcripts: Official transcripts from all previous colleges attended should be sent directly to the Admissions Office. If you have completed less than 24 credits when applying, also send an official high school transcript. If you have completed less than 12 credits when applying, also send official ACT scores. Send your transcripts as soon as possible even if you have courses listed as "in-progress." When requesting your official transcripts, please have them sent directly to:

UWRF Admissions
112 South Hall
410 S. 3rd St.
River Falls, WI 54022

Electronic transcripts emailed from the institution may be sent to

See Why Your Classes Transfer Well

Our faculty advisors will work with you to maximize your transfer credits: 

  • The Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) will grant a waiver of General Education requirements (except for a 1-credit Health and Fitness for Life course). Specific college, degree, licensure, and prerequisite requirements still must be completed with individual courses.
  • Learn more about Minnesota transfer credits.
  • Associates of Arts (AA) degrees from Wisconsin and Minnesota will grant a waiver of University Requirements AND General Education requirements. Specific degree, licensure, and prerequisite requirements still must be completed with individual courses. AA degrees from other states are reviewed individually to see if they qualify for a similar waiver.
  • Learn more about Wisconsin transfer credits.
  • Technical classes and Technical Degrees (AS - Associate of Science & AAS Associate of Applied Science) are reviewed by faculty advisors for course-by-course transfer.
  • Credit is commonly awarded from accredited 2-year & 4-year institutions for courses that are non-remedial nature.

Admission Requirements

Transfer students typically have a 2.5 or higher overall GPA from previous institutions. Students with GPA's between 2.0 and 2.5 should still apply. Applicants are given a comprehensive review. Programs below may require a higher GPA:

  • Accounting (2.6)
  • Animal/Dairy Science (2.6)
  • Business Administration (2.6)
  • Computer Science & Information Systems (2.6)
  • Economics (2.6)
  • Elementary Education (3.0)
  • Health and Human Performance
    • Exercise Science (2.5)
    • Health and Physical Education (3.0)
  • Secondary Education (2.75)
  • Social Work (2.6)  

Music Program Note: 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.


Appeal Process

Every application denied has already been through a comprehensive review. For an appeal to be considered, it must bring to light new academic and/or personal information, as well as details pertaining to extenuating circumstances that were not addressed in the initial application.

The appeal letter must be written and submitted by the applicant and sent to the Admissions Office (e-mail is acceptable to When appropriate, the appeal may also include:

  • an updated official transcript (if transcript with initial application contained "in progress" courses).
  • and/or a recommendation letter supporting your appeal.

Applicants can only appeal once and decisions resulting from an appeal are final. We will not accept appeals filed on behalf of the student by a parent, counselor, teacher, friend, etc. Appeals will be reviewed on a bi-weekly basis.

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