UW-River Falls named 2018 U.S. News & World Report Best Regional University

September 12, 2017-- U.S. News & World Report has once again named the University of Wisconsin-River Falls a Best Regional University-Midwest. The newest ranking appears in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 edition of Best Colleges, released Tuesday.

UW-River Falls was among nine University of Wisconsin System schools to be honored and ranked highly in average first-year student retention, student-to-faculty ratios and smaller class sizes which provide better access to instructors.

“I am extremely proud of the commitment to excellence demonstrated by UW-River Falls faculty, staff, and students, which supports our vibrant and student-centered campus,” said Chancellor Dean Van Galen. “Once again this excellence has been recognized by a prestigious national publication.”

The rankings come as the university welcomes 1,600 new students to campus, including its largest freshman class in eight years.

The U.S. News & World Report rankings can be found online at

The publication’s annual rankings are calculated for nearly 1,500 public and private four-year institutions in up to 15 key areas such as graduation and retention rates, financial resources, faculty resources and student selectivity.

Founded in 1874, the University of Wisconsin-River Falls is located in a scenic community just 30 miles from downtown St. Paul, Minn. UW-River Falls students are empowered, beginning in their first semester, to participate in hands-on research, global travel and collaborative learning with award-winning and caring faculty.

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