Orientation and Transition Experience

Admitted Student Resources

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. We will be offering Spring New and Transfer Student Registration virtually this year! 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
    Placement tests are being 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 November 18)
    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 virtually for Fall 2021.  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:
April 16
May 21
August 20

Reserve your registration date today!

All New Student Registration programs for Fall 2021 will be offered virtually. 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. 

New Student Registration Program Dates:
June 7
June 8
June 9
June 10
June 11
June 14
June 15
June 17
June 18
August 20

Reserve your registration date today!

Incoming students are REQUIRED to take the University of Wisconsin System Placement Test if:

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

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

All incoming UW-River Falls students are required to take the University of Wisconsin Placement Tests to ensure they are able to enroll in the proper Math and English courses if they have time prior to their registration date.

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 11/2/20

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 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 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 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.

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

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 January?

Yes, courses will be available for you to register for in January. UWRF releases seats in popular courses during registration days for students to access. 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 spring?

Spring 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 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!

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

Contact Us

Orientation and Transition Experience
M-F, 8:00am - 4:30pm
Rodli Hall 226, Student Success Center

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