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.
Join the Facebook Group
Meet other students admitted to UW-River Falls for your semester:
Fall 2020: UW-River Falls Admitted Students - Fall 2020
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 to be matched with potential scholarship awards. The scholarship application is available beginning October 1. The deadline is in February for most university scholarships.
Apply for Housing
All students are required to live in the residence halls unless they are 21 years of age or older or graduated from high school at least two years prior to the start of the academic year residence hall contract. Please view the residency policy details for further information. 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. Email email@example.com and request a housing contract deferral.
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 tour and information session during one of our daily admissions visits or attend one of our Falcon Preview 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. March 2020 is the earliest you will be able to apply for reciprocity for the 2020-2021 academic year. Please make sure you complete the reciprocity application for the correct academic year.
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 World Language Placement Test, especially if you are considering continuing in that language. You 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 adviser, learn the online registration process, meet other new students and leave campus with a complete class schedule. Students starting in the spring semester can sign up beginning in December. Students starting in the fall semester will be able to sign up for registration beginning in March.
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 high school and college transcripts! We'll verify that you've successfully graduated from high school and completed your most recent college terms. We will also post updates to your degree audit for Associate of Arts (AA) degrees or MnTC (Minnesota Transfer Curriculum) completion and update your class standing. Additionally, if you have them, send in any military transcripts.
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).