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Undergraduate Admission

Admissions Criteria

Undergraduate Admission Criteria

Applications for admission are given a comprehensive review. A new student’s admission to UW-River Falls is determined by a number of academic and nonacademic factors. Academic factors include the rigor of the high school curriculum, cumulative grade point average (GPA), high school class rank (if provided on the transcript), and standardized test scores (either the ACT or SAT is required). Nonacademic factors may include, but are not necessarily limited to, such things as leadership, community service, creativity, and/or unique talents, and personal characteristics that contribute to the strength and diversity of the university.

New freshmen typically rank in the top 40% of their high school class OR have a 22 ACT score (1100 SAT) or higher.

COVID-19 Implications

We understand that your world has changed dramatically in recent weeks due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and that these changes are impacting your education. At UW-River Falls, we want to make sure your application process is as easy as possible. Please check How to Apply for specific details about any changes to your application, transcript, and test score requirements. If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch via phone at 715/425-3500 or email at We're here to help! 

Academic Course Preparation

Academic preparation, and specifically the strength of high school course work, is an important part of the admission decision. Listed below are the minimum course requirements for strong consideration of your application. Students who are most competitive for admission typically exceed these unit requirements.

English/Communications (composition, literature and rhetoric)

4 units*

Mathematics (algebra, geometry and higher)

3 units*

Science (two must be from biology, chemistry or physics)

3 units*

Social Studies

3 units*

Additional Academic Electives (from the above areas or other academic or vocational areas)

4 units*

*A unit equals one academic year of a subject.

Contact Us

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