UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

New Student and Family Programs

Fall 2020 Updates

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 offering our registration virtually and have changed the offerings of our fall orientation programs. 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  and can't wait to see you on campus soon.

 

New and Transfer Student Registration

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]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).

Program Dates:
June 8 & 9
August 3
August 27 

Reserve your registration date today!

All New Student Registration programs for Fall 2020 will be offered remotely. 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!

New Student Registration Program Dates:
June 11, 12, 15, 16, 18, & 19
August 3
August 27

Reserve your registration date today!


Incoming UW-River Falls students need to take the University of Wisconsin System Placement Test only if:

- The student has not previously earned college credits in English or math, OR

- The student does not have ACT or SAT scores submitted to UW-River Falls, OR

- The student would like to be placed in world language courses (Spanish, German) or earn retro-credit in world language courses at UWRF

To clarify: If you’ve submitted your ACT or SAT scores, OR you’ve earned college credit in English or math, you do not need to take the placement test. If you intend to take Spanish or German courses while at UWRF, you should also take the placement test. If, given this information, you do need to take the UW System Placement Test, please read on for instructions on how to do so.

More information can be found on the Placement Testing webpage  .

Updated 6/10/20

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.

After signing up for a New Student Registration program, you will be emailed a link to join our Virtual Orientation course through Canvas. Follow the steps in your email to access and complete these modules that will begin to teach you all you need to know about registering for classes and life as a Falcon!

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

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.

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. 

Submit your University ID photo here!

Your ID card is an important tool that you need on campus to check out textbooks, access your residence hall and meal plan, receive student discounts, and more. To submit your ID photo, visit the link below to get started. You’ll need your driver’s license or state-issued photo ID to complete the process.

Submit your photo by August 16th to receive your ID in the mail before move-in and WOW.

You will receive your student ID in the mail before the fall semester starts. Questions? Please contact the Carding Office at dots@uwrf.edu or call at 715-425-3687.

Prepare for Fall Move-In

Living on campus? Watch your UWRF email to get updates from Residence Life regarding your housing and roommate assignments, setting your move-in date and time, and need-to-know info about living on campus!

Visit the Department of Residence Life's website for the most up-to-date information on moving in to campus by clicking here!

Get excited for the Week of Welcome (WOW)!

New students are encouraged to move into their hall by Sunday, August 30th to fully participate in the Week of Welcome and orientation activities beginning on Monday August 31st and Tuesday, September 1st. During the Week of Welcome, students will interact with an orientation leader who will help facilitate online and outdoor activities to meet other new students, get to know campus and the River Falls community, learn about life as a college student, and prepare for their first year at UWRF!

Optional orientation activities will be available beginning on Wednesday, Aug. 26 in the evening, and will take place each day through Friday, Sept. 4. No matter when you move-in, be prepared to explore campus, meet fellow Falcons, participate in fun FREE events, and get some awesome UWRF giveaways. 

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?

7/9/20
It was recently determined that fall courses will be offered as hybrid or online in order to best ensure the safety of students and faculty. Hybrid courses will meet some days in-person during the week, and some days online.

All updates and emails that are sent to students 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?

Updated 7/28/20

All of our registration programs for Fall 2020 have been moved online.  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.

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. However, we encourage you to reach out with specific questions you may have about paying for college.

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

Fall Orientation

New students are expected to participate in the Week of Welcome and orientation activities beginning on Monday August 31st and Tuesday, September 1st. During the Week of Welcome, students will interact with an orientation leader who will help facilitate online and outdoor activities to meet other new students, get to know campus and the River Falls community, learn about life as a college student, and prepare for their first year at UWRF!

Optional orientation activities will be available beginning on Wednesday, Aug. 26 in the evening, and will take place each day through Friday, Sept. 4. No matter when you move-in, be prepared to explore campus, meet fellow Falcons, participate in fun FREE events, and get some awesome UWRF giveaways. 

For more details on the Week of Welcome, visit https://www.uwrf.edu/NSFP/WeekofWelcome/.

1. Check your UWRF Email

Now that you're officially a UWRF student, all communication from the university will be sent to your UWRF email. It is important to check your UWRF email regularly so you don't miss important updates related to your class schedule, student billing, residence life updates, and more!

2. Submit your University ID photo!

Your ID card is an important tool that you need on campus to check out textbooks, access your residence hall and meal plan, receive student discounts, and more. To submit your ID photo, visit the link below to get started. You’ll need your driver’s license or state-issued photo ID to complete the process.

Submit your photo by August 16th to receive your ID in the mail before move-in and WOW.

You will receive your student ID in the mail before the fall semester starts. Questions? Please contact the Carding Office at dots@uwrf.edu or call at 715-425-3687.

3. Send in your final transcripts

Remember, we need official, final transcripts for high school and any colleges you might be receiving credit from.

4. Apply for Financial Aid

Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) if you haven’t already done so.

  • Complete FAFSA verification (if applicable): Being selected for FAFSA Verification is common. If you are chosen for verification, be certain to follow up with the requested information right away so that your financial aid award is not delayed.
  • Accept or Decline Financial Aid Awards on eSIS: Many types of financial aid need to be accepted. Be sure to complete this step of the process so that your financial aid is in place.

Note: MN Residents, if you haven’t taken care of applying for tuition reciprocity, make sure you take care of this step so we can adjust your tuition rate.

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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