College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences

Prospective Students


Frequently Asked Questions for New Students

We hope to answer some of your questions with the information on this page, but also feel free to contact us by phone or email if you have specific inquiries! For an overview of CAFES, download our brochure.

What can I major in or study as a student in CAFES?

Quite a few! Our academic programs range from those focusing on traditional agricultural subjects to environmental science, marketing, geology and horticulture.

How much will it cost to attend UW-River Falls?

UW-River Falls has the reputation of being quite affordable, but not at the cost of quality.

Can I apply for any scholarships?

Yes, every year we have an awards banquet when we distribute about 140 scholarships for more than $120,000 in scholarships and awards. You can apply for scholarships through the UWRF website.

How and when can we come and visit you?

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls, located in the scenic St. Croix River Valley, is only 30 miles east of Minneapolis-St Paul. You and your family can visit campus by signing up for one of our Falcon Preview Days or scheduling a small group visit.

What are the professors in CAFES like?

Our faculty are devoted to excellence in undergraduate education. Many faculty members have been honored with outside recognition of their teaching expertise. They focus on hands-on, real-world experiences that augment classroom learning.

Are there any international opportunities?

You bet! We have programs to Mexico, Scotland, France and many other places. Check out our Global Connections page. There are also opportunities that are specific to a CAFES program, such as the India Trip, or opportunities that can be tailored to an individual major, such as this international horticulture internship.

What kind of labs or facilities do you have that I can use as a student?

Depending on what major or program of study you enter into, there are many facilities available for your use, including two laboratory farms, dairy and meat processing plants, greenhouse, CAD lab and 3D printing lab, soils lab and more. All facilities are well equipped, but we are always working to improve the innovative equipment and facilities we offer to students.

Can I live on campus?

Many of our students live on campus. See our Residence Life page for specific information about on-campus housing.

Are there any clubs or student organizations that I can join?

We have quite a list of student clubs and organizations in CAFES and there are many more campus-wide organizations that can be found on FalconSync.

Are there any activities, beyond classes, that I can be involved in?

Student Life offers athletics, intramural sports, events, field trips, clubs and much more! The list is long and the opportunities are spread across campus.

What are my career prospects after I graduate from UWRF?

As a CAFES student, your career outlook is positive. CAFES prepares you for a career after college through a wide range of experiences, from research and hands-on field experiences to paid internships and faculty-industry connections. See some recent CAFES graduates who had their career plans set even before graduation! Become familiar with the CAFES Internship Office and UWRF Career Services.

Do you offer any graduate programs?

Did you know?

In a 2019 survey of new students in the UW-River Falls College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, 90% agreed or strongly agreed that UWRF was their first choice for college.

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College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
Fax 715-425-3785
210 Agricultural Science
611 S. 3rd St.
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