University of Wisconsin-River Falls Admissions

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University of Wisconsin - River Falls
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University of Wisconsin-River Falls Description:

Founded in 1874 as a normal school for training teachers, the University of Wisconsin-River Falls is now a a comprehensive university offering a wide range of bachelor's and master's degree programs. Education, business, and animal sciences are some of the most popular areas of study today, and academics are supported by a 20 to 1 student / faculty ratio. The town of River Falls gets its name from the falls in the scenic Kinnickinnic River, and the area around the university is home to numerous parks, creeks, ponds, and ski areas. For students who are drawn to urban attractions, the St. Paul/Minneapolis metropolitan area is just 30 miles away. Student life is active with over 170 student clubs and organizations. In athletics, the UW-River Falls Falcons compete in the NCAA Division III Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) for most sports. The university fields six men's and ten women's varsity sports.

Admissions Data (2016):

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 5,938 (5,494 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 39% Male / 61% Female
  • 88% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $7,981 (in-state); $15,554 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $370
  • Room and Board: $6,525
  • Other Expenses: $3,615
  • Total Cost: $18,491 (in-state); $26,064 (out-of-state)

University of Wisconsin-River Falls Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 85%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 60%
    • Loans: 67%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $3,397
    • Loans: $6,910

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Animal Science, Biology, Business Administration, Communication, Elementary Education, English, Physical Education, Psychology, Sociology

Transfer, Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 74%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 29%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 54%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Basketball, Track and Field, Ice Hockey, Swimming, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Ice Hockey, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, Tennis, Swimming, Golf, Basketball, Track and Field, Cross Country

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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University of Wisconsin-River Falls Mission Statement:

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"Help students learn so that they are successful as productive, creative, ethical, engaged citizens and leaders with an informed global perspective."

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