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UW River Falls Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to UW River Falls, there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may qualify for for an application fee waiver.

UW River Falls Admissions Stats at a Glance

UW River Falls 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.4
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 12.14%
Mean SAT Score 1130
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 2.91%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 97.59%
Waitlist No

Applying Early to UW River Falls?

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

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How To Get Into University of Wisconsin-River Falls

UW River Falls is a moderately difficult school to get into. UW River Falls evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, UW River Falls accepted 77% of students, around 2,138 of the 2,782 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like UW River Falls, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT. Admissions to elementary education, animal science, social work majors is program very difficult.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

What's Most Important to Get In to UW River Falls?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at UW River Falls

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Important
Alumni/ae Relations Not Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Not Considered
Class Rank Very Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Considered

UW River Falls Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to UW River Falls must submit the following items. Double check with UW River Falls's admissions department to confirm all application materials and 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

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into UW River Falls?

Students admitted to UW River Falls have an average unweighted GPA of 3.4.

Out of all students that were admitted, 71.97% submitted a class rank. At UW River Falls 12.14% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 24.8% were in the top 25% and 72.78% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At University of Wisconsin-River Falls, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 71.97%
3.75 and 3.99 24%
3.50 and 3.74 21%
3.25 and 3.49 18%
3.00 and 3.24 12%
2.50 and 2.9 14%
2.00 and 2.49 3%

UW River Falls does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

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

In 2021, 2.91% of UW River Falls's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 97.59% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for UW River Falls?

To be competitive with other UW River Falls applicants, you should strive to earn between 1040 and 1250 (or higher!) on the SAT. At UW River Falls 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1250 and 25% of scored lower than 1040, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a UW River Falls student is 1130.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of UW River Falls students scored 620 or higher and 75% of students scored 520 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of UW River Falls students scored 620 or higher, and 75% scored a 520 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for UW River Falls?

To be most competitive at UW River Falls, you should strive to earn between 20 and 25 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 25 means you fall in the 75th percentile for UW River Falls's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 25, and three out of four students scored lower than 25 on the ACT.

A 20 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for UW River Falls students. Only one out of every four students scored below 20.

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Transferring to University of Wisconsin-River Falls

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to UW River Falls. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in UW River Falls during the following terms: - Fall Term - Winter Term - Spring Term - Winter Term - Summer Term

UW River Falls Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to UW River Falls?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to UW River Falls.

Does UW River Falls accept transfer credits?

UW River Falls accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. UW River Falls accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests
  • ACE recommendations for credit

Does UW River Falls accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

UW River Falls accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to UW River Falls?

UW River Falls is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is UW River Falls's acceptance rate?

UW River Falls's acceptance rate is 77%.

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UW River Falls Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into UW River Falls? UW River Falls is a somewhat selective institution. The UW River Falls acceptance rate is 77%. This means that the institution accepts 76 out of every 100 applicants.



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UW River Falls Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

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.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

UW River Falls ACT Scores


ACT Range

20 - 25

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

25 and Above


20 to 25


20 and Less


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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 Score

Estimated Chance

1250 and Above


1040 to 1250


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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 GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At UW River Falls, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.45. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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