UW-River Falls recognized for excellence by U.S. News & World Report


Named a Best Regional University


Sept. 12, 2022 – U.S. News & World Report has again named the University of Wisconsin-River Falls a Best Regional University, a Top Public University and a Top Performer on Social Mobility.

The newest rankings appear in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2023 edition of Best Colleges. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.

“To be recognized nationally for UWRF’s excellence in teaching and learning is something to be celebrated,” said UWRF Chancellor Maria Gallo. “Our faculty, instructors, advisers and employees are dedicated to the success of our students - the recognition by U.S. News & World Report is a reflection of that commitment.”

UW-River Falls was recognized for its focus on social mobility in the survey which demonstrates the university’s commitment to supporting economically disadvantaged students who are less likely than others to finish college.

“A college degree transforms lives, it ends the cycle of poverty for so many students,” said Assistant Chancellor for Student Success Jamie Zamjahn. “The fact that UWRF has been recognized for social mobility of our students shows that we live our core values of student success, excellent teaching and learning, and a community of inclusion and caring. All Falcons should be extremely proud of this recognition.”

Student-to-faculty ratios and smaller class sizes were also acknowledged, both of which provide better access to instructors and support a student-centered learning environment.

U.S. News publishes the Best Colleges rankings each year to provide prospective students and their families with helpful data and information on factors such as graduation rates, social mobility, and graduate indebtedness.

The U.S. News & World Report rankings evaluate more than 1,400 colleges and universities on up to 17 measures of academic quality. The 2023 rankings can be found online at

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