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About UW River Falls

University of Wisconsin-River Falls is a public, state school in an suburban setting in River Falls, Wisconsin. UW River Falls was founded in 1874 and now enrolls around 5,862 students a year, including 5,428 undergrads.

UW River Falls offers housing for up to 2,635 students. Most students live off campus,.

UW River Falls's endowment was valued at $25.263 million in 2021. The institution spends around $7,432 for each full-time student enrolled. For each full-time professor, there are about 21 undergraduates enrolled at UW River Falls.

2021 UW River Falls Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 77%
Average GPA 3.4
Mean ACT score 22
Mean SAT score 1130
In-State Tuition $6,428
Out-of-State $14,001

UW River Falls Regular Decision Deadline 2022

UW River Falls Early Admission

University of Wisconsin-River Falls does not offer early decision or early action.

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2021 Acceptance Rate for University of Wisconsin-River Falls

It is moderately difficult to get into UW River Falls. Around 77% of applicants get into UW River Falls each year. In 2021, 2,138 out of 2,782 total applicants were accepted.

UW River Falls Waitlist 2021

UW River Falls reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

How Do I Get Into University of Wisconsin-River Falls?

UW River Falls is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to UW River Falls, applicants must submit the following items.

UW River Falls Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements rank in upper 40% of high school class
Transcript of High School Record

UW River Falls Average GPA and Test Scores

The average high school GPA for a student admitted to UW River Falls is 3.4 on a 4.0 scale. Admitted students have a mean score of 1130 on the SAT. The mean ACT score for UW River Falls students is 22.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to UW River Falls.

Does UW River Falls Require the ACT or SAT?

UW River Falls does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 2.91% submitted the SAT. 97.59% submitted the ACT.

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Dorms at UW River Falls

Yes! UW River Falls provides on-campus housing for up to 2,635 students.

UW River Falls students are active in the school's Dairy Club, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and Theta Chi Fraternity. Homecoming, Falcon Frontier Days Rodeo, and and Finals Fest concert are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at UW River Falls.

Financial Aid at UW River Falls

UW River Falls meets 50% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $6,305 a year.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can.. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Is UW River Falls a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

Retention and Graduation Rates at UW River Falls

About 77% of students who start at UW River Falls come back the next year. Out of the 998 students who started at UW River Falls as first-time freshman, 370 graduate within four years.

UW River Falls's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 57%. 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 and Student Debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $27,971 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does UW River Falls sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is UW River Falls a good school for you?

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Where is University of Wisconsin-River Falls Located?

UW River Falls is located in the suburban setting of River Falls, Wisconsin, less than an hour from Minneapolis-St. Paul and MN.

If you want to see 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.

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 South Third Street River Falls, WI 54022

Campus Setting: Suburban

UW River Falls Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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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

20 - 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 20 and 25 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 20 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

UW River Falls SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1040 - 1250


Math SAT Range

500 - 620


Reading SAT Range

520 - 620

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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for UW River Falls students is 1130. Applicants with SAT scores of 1250 and above have a good chance of being admitted to UW River Falls, while applicants with SAT scores between 1040 to 1250 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1040 have a low chance of being offered a spot at UW River Falls.

UW River Falls Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at UW River Falls is like? There are approximately 5,862 students enrolled at UW River Falls, including 5,428 undergraduate students and 434 graduate students. 88% percent of students attend school full-time, 52% percent are from WI and 48% percent of students are from other states.


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