Admitted Student To-Do List

You’re in! Congratulations! We'd love to have you join our Falcon Family! To ensure you have a smooth transition to college, follow the Admitted Student To-Do List to make sure you don't miss any key action items or deadlines. Once you decide that UWRF is your school and you've completed this list, move on to the Committed Student To-Do List.

  • Activate Your Falcon Account: Your Falcon Account is used to get to your student portal, select on-campus housing, access your financial aid, check UWRF email and register for classes. Activate your account online at using your student ID number, which can be found in your admission letter. 
  • Check Your UWRF Email Account: Your UWRF email account ( is the primary way we connect with you throughout the enrollment process. Be sure to check your account regularly for updates. For instructions on signing into or setting up your email account on a mobile device, visit our DoTS Knowledge Base.
  • Join the Admitted Student Facebook Group: Meet other students admitted to UWRF!
  • (TRANSFER STUDENTS) Review your Official Credit Evaluation: You will be notified via email when your official credit evaluation is complete and ready for your review. You can access this information through your eSIS (electronic student information system) account at using your student ID number and password.
  • Complete Your FAFSA for Financial Aid: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is how you apply for federal and state financial aid including grants, loans and work study. Complete the FAFSA at as soon as possible once it opens. Some aid is first-come, first-served so be sure to check this off your list early! You’ll need UWRF’s School Code: 003923.  
  • Apply for Scholarships: Complete the general scholarship application at to be considered for hundreds of UWRF scholarships. To maximize your opportunities, apply by January 1, 2024 for priority consideration for our highest merit awards. 
  • Let Us Know Your Decision!: College is your next big adventure. When you've made the decision on where that adventure will take place, let us know. Fill out a simple form at to tell us you're committed to attending UWRF so we can celebrate with you! Or let us know you’re no longer considering UWRF - we’ll be disappointed, but we want you to find the right place for you!

Committed Student To-Do List

Great choice! You'll have opportunities and develop connections that you can't get anywhere else! Now that you've decided to join us, follow this Committed Student To-Do List to make sure you don't miss any next steps or deadlines.

*Your Admitted Student To-Do List should be completed prior to working on your Committed Student To-Do List.

  • Apply for Housing or Complete the Commuter Form (If Applicable): Visit the Residence Hall Portal at to complete your housing contract as soon as possible - there is priority placement by date submitted. In the spring, you’ll be able to indicate your roommate and select your room. Keep an eye on your UWRF email and your Housing Portal for more information, we’ll help make sure you don't miss a step! 
    • The residence hall contract requires a $135 deposit. If you're experiencing financial hardship, please contact the Department of Residence Life at to defer your housing contract payment until your first term of enrollment.
    • Students who are 21 years of age or older or graduated from high school at least two years prior to the start of the academic year can choose to live on or off campus. All other students are required to live on campus until you are two years post-high school graduation. Visit for more details.
    • Students that live at a permanent address with your parent(s) or a legal guardian, and in a residence that is within 30 miles of campus (as verified on Google Maps, using 410 S. 3rd St., River Falls, WI 54022), can request to commute. Check out the Exemption Request Form for more information. 
  • View, Accept and Complete Financial Aid Steps: Once you've submitted your FAFSA and received notice that aid has been offered to you, use the videos below to learn how to view and accept aid and complete all required steps for having your financial aid awards applied to your tuition. Take note: if you miss a step, you may end up missing out on aid! Make sure to complete everything below and if you have any questions, contact Financial Aid at or 715-425-3141.
  • Sign up for New Student Registration: Pick your date to meet with an adviser and choose your classes. You can sign up to register in-person or virtually. We prefer to meet you in person but understand life is busy and you need options! Sign up opens in late February to select dates as early as April.

Pre-Registration To-Do List

It's getting real! New Student Registration is where you'll meet an adviser and pick classes for your first semester. Now that you've signed up for Registration, follow this Pre-Registration To-Do List to make sure you don't miss any next steps or deadlines. These steps impact your classes, your tuition bill and, if applicable, transfer credits.

*Your Admitted Student and Committed Student To-Do Lists should be completed prior to working on your Pre-Registration To-Do List.

  • Take Wisconsin Placement Tests: The virtual Math and English Placement Tests are REQUIRED at least one week prior to your registration date. You’ll take them at home on a computer.
    • Complete this form to determine if you qualify for any exemption to skip one or both tests. If you do not qualify for an exemption, you must click “Please register here for your required placement test(s)” in red at the bottom of the page to sign up. You should be taken directly to Universities of Wisconsin Center for Placement Testing website.
    • Be sure to follow the rules about not using external resources. Your score is only to place you in a class that sets you up for success beginning with your current math and English levels. Your adviser needs these scores to help you get a complete schedule at registration.
  • Sign the Fee Payment Agreement: You must sign the online fee payment agreement in eSIS ( to register for classes. Visit for a tutorial on signing the agreement.
  • Apply for Tuition Reciprocity (Minnesota Residents): Minnesota residents need to complete the Reciprocity Application at to receive the discounted Minnesota tuition rate. Be sure to complete the reciprocity application for the correct academic year, it usually opens in March for the following academic year.
  • Send Official Final High School Transcripts after Graduation (Final Grades Must Be Recorded)
    • First Year Students: Follow your high school’s procedure for sending your official final high school transcript. Transcripts must indicate your graduation day, month and year and include all course grades and your final GPA.
    • Transfer Students: If you did not submit an official final high school transcript with your application, you must send one prior to enrollment.
    • Important note: Official final high school transcripts are required to disburse financial aid. 
    • Electronic transcripts are preferred and must be sent through an official transcript service to Mailed transcripts can be sent to UWRF Admissions, 410 S. 3rd St., River Falls, WI 54022.
  • Send Official Final College Transcripts Upon Completion at Your Current School (Final Grades Must Be Recorded)
    • Transfer Students: As soon as you finish classes and have final grades at your current school, send one last copy of your official transcripts so we can evaluate and award credit for those courses. Any courses that weren't evaluated from your application transcripts will be evaluated from the final transcripts. 
    • First Year Students: If you’ve completed any college-level coursework, send us your official final college transcripts so we can award you any earned credit.
    • Please note: We require all official final college transcripts. Transfer credit is only accepted with official transcripts. If we are missing one or multiple college transcripts from your file, a hold will be placed on your account, preventing you from registering for the following term.
    • Electronic transcripts are preferred. Electronic transcripts must be sent through an official transcript service to, while mailed transcripts can be sent to UWRF Admissions, 410 S. 3rd St., River Falls, WI 54022.
  • Test Credit: If you are currently taking or have taken Advanced Placement (AP)International Baccalaureate (IB) or College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams, you must send an official score report to get credit at UWRF.

Pre-Orientation To-Do List

You're ready! Enjoy your summer and be ready to join us on the Thursday before Labor Day weekend (August 29). Plan on being on campus for Orientation the entire weekend as this is a crucial step in your transition to campus. Follow this checklist to mark the last few items off your Pre-Orientation To-Do List before you arrive in August. 

*Your Admitted Student, Committed Student and Pre-Registration To-Do Lists should be completed prior to working on your Pre-Orientation To-Do List.

  • Make sure your prior checklists are all completed:
    • ✔ Admitted Next Steps Checklist
    • ✔ Committed Next Steps Checklist
    • ✔ Pre-Registration Checklist
  • Submit your University ID photo: Your ID card is an important tool that you'll need on campus to check out textbooks, access your residence hall and meal plan, receive student discounts and more. You're required to submit a photo for your student ID. You’ll need your driver’s license or state-issued photo ID to complete the form. 
    • Your ID will be mailed to you if you submit your photo before August 1. After that date, you'll get your ID when you arrive for Orientation. 
    • Please contact the Carding Office at or call at 715-425-3687 with questions. Details for submitting your photo are available here
  • Purchase a Parking Permit (Beginning June 3): Parking permits can be purchased online starting June 3. Visit for more information on types of permits and parking rates.
  • Sign up for Direct Deposit: Click here for a tutorial on how to sign up.
    • Credit balances (refunds) occur when payments and/or financial aid exceeds tuition and fee charges. UWRF requires direct deposit to ensure refund payments are received in a timely manner. If you are eligible to sign up, you will receive an email from with direct deposit sign up information including your Heartland Key. If you have not received this email, please contact Savanna Nasgovitz in the Student Billing Office at or (715) 425-4237. 
  • Families and Supporters Only: Stay up-to-date on ways you can support your student throughout their time at UWRF through The Falcon Family Experience (FFE), a portal for all family and supporter communications. Customize your experience by joining communities that align with your interests. FFE serves as your primary destination for staying informed about UWRF updates and acts as a valuable resource center to support your students on their academic journey. Sign up at


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