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Colleges / University of Wisconsin-River Falls

University of Wisconsin-River Falls

River Falls, WI 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate86%
Acceptance Rate86%

About UW River Falls

University of Wisconsin-River Falls Overview

University of Wisconsin-River Falls is a public, state school in a suburban setting in River Falls, Wisconsin. UW River Falls was founded in 1874 and the school enrolls around 5,437 students a year, which includes 5,003 undergraduate students. UW River Falls offers housing for up to 2,540 students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.

There are many ways for students to get involved at UW River Falls!

Interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of UW River Falls's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? UW River Falls students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Interested in joining a fraternity or sorority? UW River Falls has both fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? UW River Falls has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at UW River Falls on the Student Life page.

2022 UW River Falls Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 86%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.4
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 0.3%
In-State Tuition $6,428
Out-of-State $14,421
Percent of Need Met 59%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $7,265

Is UW River Falls a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Some factors that can help you determine what a good school for you might be include admissions criteria, acceptance rate, tuition costs, and more.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a better sense of what UW River Falls offers and if it might be a good choice for you.

UW River Falls Acceptance Rate 2022

UW River Falls is moderately difficult to get into. Around 86% of applicants get into UW River Falls each year. Out of 3,933 applications received in 2022, 3,392 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at UW River Falls

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. Retention measures how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at UW River Falls, around 72% return for their sophomore year. Around 57% of students who started at UW River Falls earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for UW River Falls Grads

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. 61% of graduates from UW River Falls recieve at least one full-time job offer within six months of graduating.

Recent UW River Falls grads have an average starting salary of $48,380 a year. The average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year, though these numbers vary widely by major.

University of Wisconsin-River Falls's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

UW River Falls's endowment was valued at $29.6 million in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. For each full-time student, UW River Falls spends about $7,282 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at UW River Falls

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

UW River Falls meets 59% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $7,265 a year.

Students in the class of 2022 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $27,083 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at UW River Falls.

Based on this information, how does UW River Falls sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is UW River Falls a good school for you?

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Where is UW River Falls?

UW River Falls is located in the suburban setting of River Falls, Wisconsin, in the suburbs of Minneapolis-St. Paul and MN.

If you are interested in seeing UW River Falls for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 94 to River Falls, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Minneapolis-St. Paul International (MSP).

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what UW River Falls and River Falls are like without leaving home.

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College Info

410 S. 3rd St River Falls, WI 54022

Campus Setting: Suburban

UW River Falls Application Deadline

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to UW River Falls is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to UW River Falls is Continuous processing.

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UW River Falls ACT Scores


ACT Range

19 - 25

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to UW River Falls is 22. Students with an ACT score of 25 and above have a good chance of getting into UW River Falls. Students with an ACT score that falls between 19 and 25 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 19 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

UW River Falls SAT Scores


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UW River Falls Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at UW River Falls is like? There are approximately 5,410 students enrolled at UW River Falls, including 5,003 undergraduate students and 407 graduate students. 86% percent of students attend school full-time, 49% percent are from WI and 51% percent of students are from other states.


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