University of Wisconsin--River Falls

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410 S. Third Street

River Falls, WI 54022

Phone: (715) 425-3911
2013-2014 Tuition
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rolling admission

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U.S. News Rankings

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#72 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. Regional Universities (Midwest)

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University of Wisconsin--River Falls is a public institution that was founded in 1874. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,061, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 225 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Wisconsin--River Falls's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 72. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,721 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $15,294 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The University of Wisconsin - River Falls is a public, comprehensive university whose mission is to Help students learn so that they are successful as productive, creative, ethical, engaged citizens and leaders with an informed global perspective. We strive to be the learning nucleus of the St. Croix Valley. We endeavor to act in close collaboration with communities, institutions and private enterprise to create a dynamic economy, sustainable communities, and an optimum quality of life. Our efforts are firmly rooted in unbounded inquiry and a cultivated sense of civility, public service and creative expression. We aspire to be a highly accessible gateway to explore the full range of human potential and to inspire and educate citizens and leaders who, guided by core values, will purposefully and ethically serve society. We value linking our students and our communities to global opportunities and collaborative relationships in the St. Croix Valley, in Wisconsin and beyond. We are a life-long learning partner for all those who seek to discover their own potential and the richness and complexity of our multifaceted world. Established in 1874, UW-River Falls is especially known for its programs in education, agriculture, the sciences and business. It is located in the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway of western Wisconsin, and also is part of the Twin Cities metropolitan area of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn. Students are able to experience the best of both worlds: a small town atmosphere on a beautiful campus, with exceptional opportunities for internships, recreation and employment in the Twin Cities.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1874
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $15,875,435


When applying to University of Wisconsin--River Falls, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at University of Wisconsin--River Falls is $44. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 74.5 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 74.5%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Wisconsin--River Falls is 19:1, and the school has 37.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Wisconsin--River Falls include: Agriculture, General; Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods; Business Administration, Management and Operations; Communication and Media Studies; and Biology, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 72.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 19:1
4-year graduation rate N/A
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Agriculture, General 17%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods 15%
Business Administration, Management and Operations 12%
Communication and Media Studies 10%
Biology, General 8%

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Student Life

University of Wisconsin--River Falls has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,061, with a gender distribution of 39.7 percent male students and 60.3 percent female students. At this school, 34 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 66 percent of students live off campus. University of Wisconsin--River Falls is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 6,455
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

University of Wisconsin--River Falls offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of Wisconsin--River Falls also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of Wisconsin--River Falls, 25 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of Wisconsin--River Falls.

Students who have cars on campus 25%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Wisconsin--River Falls, 60.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,805.

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In-state tuition and fees $7,721 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $15,294 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,304 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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