New Student Registration

New Student Registration

Student Orientation 6-12-18  KP-6598

Your New Student Registration Date

We are excited to welcome you to UW-River Falls through your Virtual Orientation and New Student Registration program. Throughout this process, you are going to register for classes AND learn so much more about UW-River Falls!

Through New Student Registration, you'll have opportunities to:

  • explore your major,
  • learn about university resources,
  • get your questions answered,
  • and meet fellow future Falcons!

Prior to Your New Student Registration Date:

1. At least 3 days before your registration date, all Virtual Orientation modules must be completed in the Canvas Website. These will open up on and you will be notified when you can first access them.

2. Having second thoughts about what you want to major in? That's okay! Feel free to explore our many majors. Be sure to let us know a week prior to your registration date if you'd like to change your major.

3. If you have concerns about accessing your Virtual Orientation or live sessions, please let us know by contacting us at to talk through alternate plans.

Family Orientation

Families are key partners for student success. We encourage families to go through our self-guided Family Orientation website to learn about how we can work together to support their student.

Your New Student Registration Schedule

On your New Student Registration date, we will have virtual live sessions for you to attend online. These will be live video sessions that you can join via computer or phone.

Monday, June 7 - Friday, June 11
Monday, June 14 - Friday, June 18

8:30 - 9:00am: Welcome and Program Overview
9:00 - 9:30am: Small group session with Orientation & Transition Leader (OTL)
9:30 - 10:30am: Department Overview meeting
10:30am - 12:00pm: Individual advising sessions
12:00 - 12:45pm: Information Session - Residence Life
1:00 - 4:00pm: Individual advising session
1:00 - 4:00pm: Individual follow-up meeting with OTL
4:00 - 4:45pm: Information session - Financial Aid

April 16, 2021

11:00 - 11:30am: Welcome and Program Overview
11:30am - 12:15pm: Information Session - Residence Life
12:15 - 1:00pm: Information Session - Financial Aid
1:00 - 4:00pm: Department and Individual Advising Appointments

May 21, 2021

8:30 - 9:00am: Welcome and Program Overview
9:00 - 9:30am: Small group session with OTL Student Managers
9:30 - 10:30am: Department Overview meeting
10:30am - 12:00pm: Individual advising sessions
12:00 - 12:45pm: Information Session - Residence Life
1:00 - 2:30pm: Individual advising session
2:30 - 3:15pm: Information session - Financial Aid

Program Details

New Student Registration is your first official day as a Falcon. At New Student Registration, you will meet other new UWRF students, advise with faculty members in your field of study, learn about campus resources, and sign up for classes.

Attending a New Student Registration date is required for all new UWRF students. Check out the Student Program and Friends and Family Program details for more specific information on registration day and for program schedules.

Want to make the most of your registration day? Check out our tips below on ways to prepare ahead, what to expect during your time at the program, and things to do after registering to get you ready for your start at UWRF.

A student is advised at New Student Registration

Keys to a Successful Registration Program

Determine Whether You Need to Take the UW-System Placement Tests

UW-River Falls requires Placement Tests to help you place in the appropriate English, math, and foreign language courses. If you haven't earned credit for any college-level math or English courses, you will need to take the UW-System Placement Tests. UW-River Falls will host a Placement Testing on Tuesday, January 22nd for students enrolling for Spring 2020. If you have questions about Placement Tests, please refer to our Placement Testing webpage.

Review Your Admitted Student Checklist

You might have all or some of these things completed already-- that's great! No matter where you're at in the process, you can check your progress online!

Check the Admitted Student Checklist to make sure you've crossed all items off your list before attending New Student Registration.

Double-check that we have the correct major for you listed in our registration system.

Prepare for Your Academic Advising Session

To help ensure you get the best advice for your major and class schedule, be sure to double-check that we have the correct major listed in our registration system.

You should also submit official transcripts for any university/college courses that you've completed prior to attending registration. Otherwise, bring unofficial transcripts for any college courses that you have in progress or that you've recently completed.

Note: having an idea of what classes you want to take can be very helpful when you come to registration, but keep an open mind when it comes to your first course schedule. Your advisor will assist you in getting the schedule that is right for you!

Fall 2021 Dates

New Student Registration for transfer students will begin in April and first-year student registration will start in June. 

Transfer Student Registration

Friday, April 16, 2021
Friday, May 21, 2021
Wednesday, June 9 & 16, 2021
Friday, August 20, 2021

First-Year Student Registration 

June 7, 2021 - June 18, 2021

Are you admitted for Fall 2021 yet? Reserve your spot for your New Student Registration program today! 

Sign Up Here