University of Wisconsin-River Falls: Narrative Description

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410 South Third St.
River Falls, WI 54022-5001
Tel: (715)425-3911; Admissions: (715)425-3500; Fax: (715)425-0678; Web Site:

Description: State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of University of Wisconsin System. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1874. Setting: 225-acre suburban campus with easy access to Minneapolis-St. Paul. Total enrollment: 5,893. Faculty: 337 (232 full-time, 105 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 20:1. 2,786 applied, 76% were admitted. 17% from top 10% of their high school class, 42% from top quarter, 83% from top half. Full-time: 5,019 students, 61% women, 39% men. Part-time: 394 students, 58% women, 42% men. Students come from 26 states and territories, 12 other countries, 48% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 1% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 6% 25 or older, 38% live on campus, 7% transferred in. Retention: 75% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; business/marketing; agriculture. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at National Student Exchange. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements: Options: Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, ACT. Recommended: rank in upper 40% of high school class. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $35. State resident tuition: $4450 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $14,496 full-time. Full-time tuition varies according to course load and reciprocity agreements. College room and board: $3968. College room only: $2248. Room and board charges vary according to board plan.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 120 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 5% of eligible men and 3% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Bushwackers (high adventure club), Habitat for Humanity, Agricultural Education Society, Dairy Club, Rodeo Club. Major annual events: Homecoming, Unity in the Community, Winter Carnival. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 2,200 college housing spaces available; 2,150 were occupied in 2002-03. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Chalmer Davee Library with 448,088 books, 471,621 microform titles, 1,660 serials, 7,500 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 387 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Location is an important asset to the learning environment of the university. At UW-River Falls, students are exposed to the quiet charm of a friendly community nestled in the scenic St. Croix River Valley. Balanced against that setting is the opportunity and excitement of the metropolitan area of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, located 20 minutes away. This unique region offers access to internationally renowned theater and cultural resources, major league sports, and an industrial and business complex that provides opportunities for internships and cooperative education experiences as well as employment.