UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

New Student and Family Programs

Fall 2020 Registration Updates (COVID-19)

Students in Parade During Homecoming

Like you, we’ve been working daily to adapt to changes brought about by the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its evolving impact on our community and campus operations. Given the projections of the virus and recommendations from the CDC, we have chosen to prioritize everyone’s safety and will be implementing remote registration in June, and will be offering extended orientation programming for you throughout the summer. Please review the information below for updates regarding your registration day. 

Know that we are EXCITED to welcome you to UW-River Falls and the Falcon Family! We look forward to meeting you through this online format and can't wait to see you on campus soon.

Be sure to follow the Admitted Student Checklist items in addition to preparing for your registration day. In order for you to be ready for your virtual registration day and your advising appointment, you will need to complete the following steps:

  • Select a New or Transfer Student Registration date
    Access your email to pick a date that best works for you. On this day, you will hear from staff on campus about things you need to know as you prepare for your time as a UWRF student, will meet with an academic adviser who will help you register for fall courses, and get all your questions answer. 

    Reserve your registration date today!
     
  • Complete UW System Placement Tests
    Starting June 1, placement tests will be offered virtually through the UW Center for Placement Testing. If you need to take the placement tests, you should make your best effort to complete them at least one week prior to your registration date.
  • Complete Online Orientation in Canvas (available June 1)
    Our canvas modules will prepare you for your advising appointment. Through this orientation, you'll find answers to many of your questions about campus

All Transfer Student Registration programs in June and on August 3 will be offered remotely for Fall 2020.  During this virtual program, you will connect with an adviser, register for your courses, connect with other new students, and get your questions answered on the date you signed up for. We'll have a student panel and opportunities for you to connect with orientation leaders to learn more about the UWRF experience!

Your adviser will work with you based off of your interests and previously earned credits to get you a schedule that best supports your progress. To aid in your preparation for your appointment, review your official credit evaluation online (prepared for you by the Registrar's Office).

While we do not have all details of this program worked out just yet, we will communicate these details regarding your registration program by early May.

Program Dates:
June 8 & 9
August 3
August 27 (in-person)


Reserve your registration date today!

All New Student Registration programs in June and on August 3 will be offered remotely for Fall 2020. During this virtual program, you will connect with an adviser, register for your courses, connect with other new students, and get your questions answered on the date you signed up for. We'll have a student panel and opportunities for you to connect with orientation leaders to learn more about the UWRF experience!

More details regarding your registration program by early May.

New Student Registration Program Dates:
June 11, 12, 15, 16, 18, & 19
August 3
August 27 (in-person program)

Reserve your registration date today!

We've changed our Placement Testing policy! Please read below to view our latest updates on the UW Placement Test.

You do not need to take the UW Placement Test for English if (must meet both criteria):

  1. You’ve taken and submitted your ACT or SAT scores to us
  2. You’re satisfied with the results of your English ACT or SAT score and believe it adequately reflects your competence

You do not need to take the UW Placement Test for Math if (must meet all three criteria):

  1. You’ve taken and submitted your ACT or SAT scores to us
  2. You’re satisfied with the results of your Math ACT or SAT score and believe it adequately reflects your competence
  3. You’ve scored a 20 or higher on the Math portion of the ACT or a 520 or higher on the Math portion of the SAT

If you do not meet the above criteria, you will need to take the UW Placement Test for that subject online prior to your registration date unless you have college transfer credit for that subject. Additional information for signing-up for the UW Placement Test will be communicated to you soon. More information on the UW Placement Tests can be found here.
 

Updated 5/14/20

We value disability as an aspect of diversity and want to ensure that you are able to fully participate in all programming available to you. If you have a disability or health condition, or suspect you have one, and would like to have a confidential discussion about accommodations, please contact the Ability Services Office at ability.services@uwrf.edu as soon as possible. Some accommodations may take time to arrange.

Check back soon for details on how to access your Canvas Online Orientation modules and your New or Transfer Student Registration virtual program.

We value the support that parents and families provide their students and view them as key partners in their student's transition to campus! This is why we will also provide a special program and resource guide for families to visit and engage with throughout the registration process and summer. 

Online Resources

  • Canvas Parent and Family Orientation [link to come]
    • This will be a resource families can log into to watch videos, read about resources, and learn about supporting their student. We highly encourage family members to explore this portal before their student registers for classes, but this resource will be available throughout the summer.
  • Parent and Family College Planning Guide
  • First-Year Family Blog

Multi-Lingual Resources
If your family does not speak English, we are able to mail an informational packet that covers information generally shared at our Friends and Family program of registration. We have information translated in Spanish, Hmong, Oromo, Somali, Karen, and Punjabi. Please reach out to us at nsfp@uwrf.edu to request one of these packets to be sent to you.

Participating in registration is only the first step in your journey as a Falcon! Throughout the summer, we look forward to connecting with you virtually and introducing you to fellow students and awesome ways that you can engage as a student on campus. 

Check back soon for more information on summer orientation!

If you don’t have access to a computer/laptop/tablet, microphone, reliable internet access, or something else that might prevent you from participating in our virtual orientation and registration, please reach out to us as soon as possible at nsfp@uwrf.edu to work out an alternative plan. 

Is New/Transfer Student Registration mandatory?

Attending a registration program is required of all incoming first-year and transfer students. During tour registration program you will get information that you need to know about attending college at UW-River Falls, as well as learn about expectations and opportunities available to you. You will not be able to register for any classes in the fall if you fail to attend a registration program.

When do I need to complete my Admitted Student Checklist by?

Though there is not an official due date for your Admitted Student Checklist to be completed by, you will want to check each item on the Admitted Student Checklist that applies to you to see when each item's deadline is. Though there are items that might have rolling deadlines, you'll still want to get things like your housing contract or application for financial aid (FAFSA) completed as soon as possible.

Will courses still be available if I register in August?

Yes, courses will still be available for you to register for in August. UWRF releases seats in popular courses during registration days for students to access. If possible, we do recommend signing up for a registration date in June to ensure you have the ability to select from a wider variety of courses. Please know that regardless of your registration date, you'll work with an academic adviser who will help you sign up for classes that are right for you and helping you progress toward earning your degree. 

Will classes be in-person in fall?

Currently, classes are anticipated to be offered as usual in the fall. Updates regarding COVID-19 and campus are being shared regularly at https://www.uwrf.edu/COVID-19/. Please visit this webpage to see the most up-to-date information regarding courses, remote support, and other campus operations.

What is Canvas?

Prior to your registration day, you will need to complete several modules within your Canvas Online Orientation. Canvas is UWRF's Digital Learning Environment. As a UWRF student, your coursework and class information is shared within Canvas. Consider this online orientation to be practice for your time as a Falcon!

Will there be a traditional in-person registration program available?

As of now, our August 27th registration programs remain scheduled in person, but this is subject to change as updates regarding COVID-19 occur. However, if you have concerns about your ability to attend an online program due to access to technology or internet, please contact us at nsfp@uwrf.edu as soon as possible, and we can work with you on alternative plans.

How will I meet other new students?

Virtual Summer Orientation
Week of Welcome

What if I don't know what I want to study?

If you are not positive what you want to study, you can choose to register as an Exploratory (or Premajor) student! You will work closely with an academic adviser to select classes based off of your interests.

To get a headstart on your registration process, utilize the resources shared for our Exploratory students to narrow down your course selection by figuring out what does and does not interest you. 

Who do I contact with questions about housing assignments or my residence hall contract?

If you have questions about living on campus, please contact the Department of Residence Life. 

Who do I contact about paying for college?

During your registration and orientation programs, you will learn about Financial Aid and Student Billing.

If you have questions about options to pay for college, the FAFSA, or affording college, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

If you have questions about billing dates, tuition and fees, or making payments to the university, please contact the Student Billing Office.

Can I purchase a parking permit?

Incoming students can apply to purchase a parking permit online. Parking permits are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and are available to students based off of current amount of completed credits. For more information, visit Parking Services

Contact Us

New Student and Family Programs
NSFP@uwrf.edu
715-425-4250
M-F, 8:00am - 4:30pm
Rodli Hall 226, Student Success Center

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