Aspire Program


Aspire Rock Climbing


Do I Qualify To Join Aspire? 

To join Aspire you must be a first-year student AND meet 1 of the 3 requirements listed below: 

  • Identify from a multicultural background 
  • Identify as a first-generation college student (be the first in your family to attend college) 
  • Be a Pell Grant Recipient 

When Can I Apply To The Aspire Program? 

First-year students (freshman) and transfer students who are enrolled at UWRF for the 2019-20 academic year can begin applying January 1, 2019

*Please note Aspire can take up to 50 students per year. Acceptance into the program is contingent upon meeting eligibility criteria and space availability

How Can I join Aspire? 

Please contact Ian Stroud, Director of Student Success, to apply to the Aspire Program. He can be reached by phone at 715-425-4123 or by email at

How Do students Get Paired With Their Mentors? 


New students who are accepted into the Aspire Program are paired with an upperclassman who has been attending UW-River Falls for more than 1 academic year. New students who are otherwise known as "Mentees" are paired with their mentor based on information shared on their application. For example, our application asks for major/career interests, clubs and organization interests, and any services and resources you are interested in. Completing this section will help pair you with the most compatible mentor. So, the more detail you provide, the easier it is to pair you with a mentor that is right for you! 


How can I earn $500 for the academic year? 


Over the course of the academic year, mentees can earn up to $500 which they can apply to study abroad, research, and or internships. The $500 is split into two semesters meaning mentees can earn up to $250 for the fall semester, $250 for the spring semester. 

Mentees simply earn money by going to different programs and events which focus on campus involvement, learning about services and resources, diversity, inclusion, and belonging, research opportunities, leadership opportunities, career services, study abroad and so much more! 

What is the Connections Living Community? 
How Do I Find More Information? 

The Connections Learning Community is a residential experience for first-year students who are members of the Aspire Program. Students in this community represent a variety of majors and all the residents are dedicated to being engaged, intellectual students on campus. The Connections Community connects students with academic, cultural, and social resources, while providing opportunities to interact with staff from Residence Life, Career Services, Academic Success Center, Aspire, and the Center of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging. 

If you are interested in living in the Connections Community as an Aspire member, please request the Connections Learning Community (Parker Hall) when applying for campus housing. 

For more information please contact Residence Life: 

Address: 410 S. Third Street, B3 East Hathorn Hall, River Falls, WI 54022
Phone: (715) 425-4555
Fax: (715) 425-0698


Contact Us

Student Success Center


226 Rodli Hall