Your Journey Begins Here

Welcome to UWRF! We’re excited that you would consider calling us home for your college education. We’re an excellent place to live and learn. The city of River Falls, where our campus is located, is just 30 minutes from Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn., so when you’re here, you truly have the best of both worlds – a small, inclusive campus and community plus easy access to all the amenities of a big city.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions requirements vary based on what student category you are. Learn more below and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions.

These application requirements apply to students interested in studying at and earning a degree from UW-River Falls.

  • A completed UW System application 
    • A $50 international admissions processing fee (effective fall 2024) is required. Degree-seeking international applicants will receive a direct link to pay the non-refundable processing fee after submission of the application. The fee is waived for international students from approved partner institutions.
  • Passport copy (page with picture, name and date of birth)
  • Evidence of English language proficiency. See approved scores and ESL programs.
  • Certification of Finances Form with supporting bank statement. Funding must be greater than or equal to the estimated expenses on the Certification of Finances Form.
  • Academic records from your secondary school showing a graduation date. If you’re transferring from a university outside of the United States, official university transcripts will need to be evaluated by either Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)  or World Education Services (WES).

These application requirements apply to students who attend one of our partner institutions and wish to study at UW-River Falls for a semester or year-long experience.

  • A completed UW System application
  • Passport copy (page with picture, name and date of birth)
  • Evidence of English language proficiency. See approved scores and ESL programs.
  • Academic records
  • Certification of Finance Form (CFF) with supporting bank statement. Our admissions team will send you the appropriate CFF that aligns with your exchange program.
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Apply Now

Ready to apply? (Don’t worry, we’ve made it simple!)

1. Complete an online application at

2. Complete and provide appropriate accompanying materials per student type. See degree-seeking (F-1) and exchange (J-1) student information above.

3. Submit application materials to:

Bryan Holzer
International Admissions Coordinator

Or mail to the Admissions Office at:

UW-River Falls Admissions
103 David Rodli Hall
410 S. 3rd St.
River Falls, WI 54022-5001


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