Friends and family members are such an important part of the transfer student transition process, that we have a program designed just for them.

During the program, our professional staff will help friends and family members understand university policies and transition issues that transfer student may experience. We will offer suggestions about how to help students adjust to life at UW-River Falls as well as answer any questions they may have. Please review the schedule, program details and other important reminders carefully so you can make the most of your visit to campus. We look forward to welcoming you to campus!

Here is a closer look at what you will experience during our Transfer Friends and Family Program.

Important Program Information

Traveling to Campus and Parking Information

New Student Registration will be held in the University Center (building #20 on the campus map). Please refer to the campus map and driving directions for further details. 

Parking is available in Pay Lot 1.  You will not need to display a permit, however, other campus lots will be ticketed so you'll need to park carefully.  Please enter the University Center from the north (the campus side of the building).  Handicap accessible parking is available in Pay Lot 2, directly  behind the University Center, a permit is required.

Placement Testing

All new students who have not taken college-level courses in English composition and/or math are required to take the Wisconsin Regional Placement Tests before registering for classes.   Academic advisors need your score(s) to place you in the appropriate classes.  If you are not sure whether you need to take any of these exams, please contact the Admissions Office at 715-425-3500 or e-mail

If you need to take any of these exams, you can take your Placement Tests on campus in the University Center (building #20 on the campus map) prior to your scheduled registration program date.  Placement Tests are offered January 20 at the following times (you do not need to register for these testing dates):

  • Modern Language Test - 3:00 p.m.
  • Math Placement Test - 4:15 p.m. (non-graphing calculators are allowed)
  • English Placement Test - 6:00 p.m.

*Up to 90 minutes is allowed for each exam, please plan accordingly.

Overnight Accommodations

If you are traveling a long distance, you may want to consider River Falls Area Lodging the night before New Student Registration.  We have a full day planned for you and suggest that you get plenty of rest in order to make the most of the program.

Other Reminders

Check UWRF E-mail - Regularly
Your student's UWRF e-mail account is used for all official communication from the University, including billing information.  It is your student's responsibility to check this account regularly.
Sign-Up for Housing/Dining

All new students who do not meet exemption requirements are required to live in university residence halls. If your student has not yet signed up for housing/dining you should do so as soon as possible.

Apply for Financial Aid
All students are encouraged to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Our FAFSA School Code is 003923.  If you have not done so already, complete the FAFSA if you expect to need financial aid, including loans, to pay the fall tuition bill.

Apply for Reciprocity

If your student is a Minnesota resident, be sure to fill out the Reciprocity Form now for the upcoming academic year. This simple form will allow you to pay a tuition rate comparable to what is charged at a similar Minnesota school.

Be Prepared to Pay Your Bill
A billing statement will be available online in your student's eSIS account.  It is a student's responsibility to access their billing statement through their eSIS account and pay their balance by the published deadlines.  

To have a better idea of how much it will cost you to attend UWRF, please review approximate expenses for attending UWRF, tuition, billing, payment, and refund information.

New Student Move-In

New Student Move-In can be one of the most exciting days of your student's college experience - it is the day your student will begin to make UWRF their new home away from home!  However, New Student Move-In can also create a lot of anxiety for new students and their families.  Instructions for signing the housing contract and moving to campus are provided by the Department of Residence Life.

Attend Winter of Welcome
Winter of Welcome (WOW) provides new students with the opportunity to meet classmates, explore campus resources and learn about life as a Falcon, all while having tons of fun!  Participation in WOW is expected of all new students so they have the information they need to make the most of their UWRF experience.

The New Student and Family Programs (NSFP) staff wants to provide you and your student with the information, resources, and support needed to get your first year on campus off to a great start! If you have any questions, please call (715) 425-4250, or e-mail

Contact Us

New Student and Family Programs
M-F, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
115 South Hall