Students walking on campus during the Weeks of Welcome event

You're Admitted! What Comes Next?

You're in! Congratulations on becoming part of the Falcon family - we're so glad you're here. Now that you’ve done the hard part, it’s time to ensure a smooth transition to college. By following the checklist for your enrollment type (first year, transfer, etc.), we’ll help make sure you don’t miss any key action items or deadlines.

COMPLETE ASAP 

  • Activate Your Falcon Account

Start here! Your Falcon Account is used to select on-campus housing, access your financial aid, check UWRF email and register for classes. Activate your account online with your Student ID number.

  • Check Your UWRF Email Account

Your UWRF email account is the primary way we will connect with you throughout the enrollment process. Be sure to check your account regularly for campus updates. For instructions on signing into or setting up your email account on a mobile device, visit our DoTS Knowledge Base.

  • Apply for Financial Aid

After October 1, fill out and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using UWRF’s School Code: 003923. The FAFSA is used to apply for federal and state financial aid.

TIME SENSITIVE

  • Sign up for New Student Registration

You'll be invited to attend New Student Registration with New Student and Family Programs. You'll meet with an academic adviser, learn the online registration process, meet other new students and leave campus with a complete class schedule. Students starting in the fall semester can sign up beginning in March. Sign up for New Student Registration today!

  • Take Placement Tests

UW System placement tests are typically required for all new students who have not completed college-level courses in English or math. Refer to our Placement Test information to determine if you need to take the placement test. 2021 placement tests will be offered virtually. You'll can sign up for a testing date beginning March 15, 2021.

  • Apply for Housing or Complete Commuter Form

It is important for all admitted students to visit the Residence Hall Portal early and submit the residence hall contract deposit. The earlier you pay your housing deposit and complete the contract the more likely Residence Life will be able to honor your preferences. There are no guarantees, however.

Living on campus: All students are required to live in the residence halls unless you are 21 years of age or older or graduated from high school at least two years prior to the start of the academic year residence hall contract. View our residency policy for more details.

The residence hall contract does require a $135 deposit. If are experiencing a financial hardship, please contact the Admissions Office or Department of Residence Life to defer your housing contract payment until your first term of enrollment.

Commuting to campus: New students who would like to commute from the home of a parent or legal guardian within an approved commuting zip code must complete a notarized commuter form. Please review the commuter policy for further information.

  • Apply for Tuition Reciprocity (Minnesota residents)

If you are a Minnesota resident, be sure to fill out the Reciprocity Form. This simple online form will allow you to pay a tuition rate comparable to what is charged to Wisconsin residents. March 2021 is the earliest you may apply for reciprocity for the 2021-22 academic year. Please make sure you complete the reciprocity application for the correct academic year.

  • Apply for Scholarships

Complete a single scholarship application at uwrf.academicworks.com to be considered for hundreds of UWRF scholarships. Deadlines vary. To maximize your opportunities, apply by January 1. 

Note: The 2021-2022 scholarship application priority deadline has passed, however we will continue to review applications for the Falcons Fly Higher scholarship through August. 

PRIOR TO ENROLLMENT

  • Visit Campus

If you haven’t already visited campus, now is great time to schedule a visit! Looking to explore UW-River Falls virtually? We've got options to check out campus from wherever you're located.

  • Upload 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. Submit your University ID photo here!

  • Ability Services

If you have a disability and are interested in receiving accommodations, please contact Ability Services soon after being admitted.

  • Send Final Official Transcripts

Don't forget to send us your final high school transcripts! After graduation, be sure to request that your high school or transcript service sends us your final high school transcripts. We'll verify that you've successfully graduated from high school. Additionally, if you have them, send in any military transcripts. Transcripts must indicate graduation day/month/year in full format and include all course grades and final GPA. Electronic or mailed transcripts are accepted, although electronic is preferred. Electronic transcripts must be sent to admissions@uwrf.edu, 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 have an official score report sent to UWRF.

  • Join the Facebook Group

Meet other students admitted to UWRF for your semester. Fall 2021: UW-River Falls Admitted Students – Fall 2021.

  • Get Involved through MyOrgs

Use your Falcon Account to login to MyOrgs and connect with UWRF student organizations. There are more than 150 clubs and organizations for you to join!

  • For Music Majors Only - Join a Music Major Entrance Expo

Students admitted to UWRF as music majors are invited to participate in our Music Major Entrance Expo to complete their admission requirements. All the details can be found here.

  • Attend Week of Welcome

Arrive on campus for Week of Welcome and spend a week meeting other new students, getting to know campus and making a smooth transition to college. Participation in this program is strongly encouraged for all new students and an abbreviated program for commuter students will also be held in September.

  • Begin Classes

And you’re off! Begin classes in September (fall semester) or January (spring semester). Mark your calendars for your first day of class!

COMPLETE ASAP 

  • Activate Your Falcon Account

Start here! Your Falcon Account is used to select on-campus housing, access your financial aid, check UWRF email and register for classes. Activate your account online with your Student ID number.

  • Check Your UWRF Email Account

Your UWRF email account is the primary way we will connect with you throughout the enrollment process. Be sure to check your account regularly for campus updates. For instructions on signing into or setting up your email account on a mobile device, visit our DoTS Knowledge Base. Your UWRF email is also where you’ll be notified when your Degree Audit Report and Transfer Credit Evaluation is ready for you to review online in your Falcon Account.

  • Apply for Financial Aid

After October 1, fill out and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using UWRF’s School Code: 003923. The FAFSA is used to apply for federal and state financial aid.

TIME SENSITIVE

  • Register for Classes

You'll be invited to attend Transfer Student Registration via email. During the program, you'll meet with an academic adviser, learn the online registration process, meet other new students and leave campus with a complete class schedule. 

 - Students starting in the spring semester will be able to sign up for registration beginning in December.

 - Students starting in the fall semester will be able to sign up for registration beginning in March.

Sign up for Transfer Student Registration today!

  • 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 with your Falcon account information.  

  • Take Placement Tests

UW System placement tests are typically required for all new students who have not completed college-level courses in English or math. Refer to our Placement Test information to determine if you need to take the placement test. 2021 placement tests will be offered virtually. You'll can sign up for a testing date beginning March 15, 2021.

  • Apply for Scholarships

Complete a single scholarship application at uwrf.academicworks.com to be considered for hundreds of UWRF scholarships. Deadlines vary. To maximize your opportunities, apply by January 1. 

*Note: The 2020-21 scholarship application priority deadline has passed, however, we will continue to review applications for the Falcons Fly Higher Scholarship through August.

  • Apply for Housing or Complete Commuter Form

It is important for all admitted students to visit the Residence Hall Portal early and submit the residence hall contract deposit. The earlier you pay your housing deposit and complete the contract the more likely Residence Life will be able to honor your preferences. There are no guarantees, however.

Living on campus: All students are required to live in the residence halls unless you are 21 years of age or older or graduated from high school at least two years prior to the start of the academic year residence hall contract. View our residency policy for more details.

The residence hall contract does require a $135 deposit. If are experiencing a financial hardship, please contact the Admissions Office or Department of Residence Life to defer your housing contract payment until your first term of enrollment.

Commuting to campus: New students who would like to commute from the home of a parent or legal guardian within an approved commuting zip code must complete a notarized commuter form. Please review the commuter policy for further information.

  • Apply for Tuition Reciprocity (Minnesota residents)

If you are a Minnesota resident, be sure to fill out the Reciprocity Form. This simple online form will allow you to pay a tuition rate comparable to what is charged to Wisconsin residents. March 2021 is the earliest you may apply for reciprocity for the 2021-22 academic year. Please make sure you complete the reciprocity application for the correct academic year.

PRIOR TO ENROLLMENT

  • Visit Campus

If you haven’t already visited campus, now is great time to schedule a visit! Looking to explore UW-River Falls virtually? We've got options to check out campus from wherever you're located.

  • Send Official Final Transcripts

Don't forget to send us your final college transcripts! We'll verify that you've successfully completed your most recent term. Electronic or mailed transcripts are accepted, although electronic is preferred. Electronic transcripts must be sent to admissions@uwrf.edu, while mailed transcripts can be sent to UWRF Admissions, 410 S. 3rd St., River Falls, WI 54022.

  • Upload 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. Submit your University ID photo here!

  • Ability Services

If you have a disability and are interested in receiving accommodations, please contact Ability Services soon after being admitted.

  • Test Credit

If you have taken Advanced Placement (AP)International Baccalaureate (IB) or College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams, you must have an official score report sent to UWRF.

  • Join the Facebook Group

Meet other students admitted to UWRF for your semester. Fall 2021: UW-River Falls Admitted Students – Fall 2021.

  • Get Involved through MyOrgs

Use your Falcon Account to login to MyOrgs and connect with UWRF student organizations. There are more than 150 clubs and organizations for you to join!

  • For Music Majors Only - Join a Music Major Entrance Expo

Students admitted to UWRF as music majors are invited to participate in our Music Major Entrance Expo to complete their admission requirements. All the details can be found here.

  • Attend Week of Welcome

Arrive on campus for Week of Welcome and spend a week meeting other new students, getting to know campus and making a smooth transition to college. Participation in this program is strongly encouraged for all new students and an abbreviated program for commuter students will also be held in September.

  • Begin Classes

And you’re off! Begin classes in September (fall semester) or January (spring semester). Mark your calendars for your first day of class!

  • Activate Your Falcon Account

Start here! Your Falcon Account is used to select on campus housing, access your financial aid, check UWRF email and register for classes. Activate your account online with your Student ID number.

  • Check Your UWRF Email Account

Your UWRF email account is the primary way we will connect with you throughout the enrollment process. Be sure to check your account regularly for campus updates. For instructions on signing into or setting up your email account on a mobile device, visit our DoTS Knowledge Base. Your UWRF email is also where you’ll be notified when your Degree Audit Report and Transfer Credit Evaluation is ready for you to review online in your Falcon Account.

  • Sign the Fee Payment Agreement

Complete and sign the Fee Payment Agreement.

  • Apply for Tuition Reciprocity (Minnesota residents)

If you are a Minnesota resident, be sure to fill out the Reciprocity Form. This simple online form will allow you to pay a tuition rate comparable to what is charged to Wisconsin residents. March 2021 is the earliest you may apply for reciprocity for the 2021-22 academic year. Please make sure you complete the reciprocity application for the correct academic year.

  • Register for Classes

You’ll register for classes using our Electronic Student Information System, also known as eSIS. Consult with our graduate advisers to make sure your selections fit your needs.

  • Apply for Financial Aid

Apply for financial aid. A list of financial aid FAQs for graduate students can be found here.

  • Additional Steps

Additional items may be necessary to complete after you’ve been admitted, depending on your graduate program. Additional information will be communicated by your program administrator or adviser.

Although international students admitted for undergraduate studies can refer to most steps in the First-Year Students checklist above, admitted next steps for international students may vary due to visa or student status differences. You will work closely with an adviser to ensure a smooth transition to campus. For more information and a list of commonly asked questions, visit the International Students FAQ.

Depending on your residence status, program requirements or other factors, your next steps after admittance may vary. Please contact your adviser or a member of our admissions team with questions.