The University of Wisconsin-River Falls was founded in 1874 as the fourth State Normal School in Wisconsin and the first in the northwestern part of the state. Its first building was dedicated on Sept. 2, 1875.
When the original Normal School building was destroyed by fire in 1897, other communities sought to have the school moved.
UWRF is a leader in exemplary teaching, undergraduate research, and sustainability. Our mission is to help prepare students to be productive, creative, ethical, engaged citizens and leaders with an informed global perspective.
The River Falls Area Research Center (ARC) is one of fourteen research facilities in a statewide network coordinated by the Wisconsin Historical Society in partnership with the University of Wisconsin System. The River Falls ARC provides students, faculty, and the general public regional access to historical materials, local government records, manuscripts, and special collections from four northwestern Wisconsin counties: Burnett, Pierce, Polk, and Saint Croix.
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The University of Wisconsin–River Falls is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to permit employees, students and visitors access to employment, programs, activities and facilities as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA is a national mandate that requires UW–River Falls to provide reasonable access to all of its facilities, programs, and services to people with disabilities.
Built in 1954, the Chalmer Davee Library is an excellent place study, work on projects and do research. In the upper level you have access to research materials and computers, leisure reading sections, quiet study areas and group meeting rooms.
The circulation desk provides 24-hour laptop rentals for students. The Academic Success Center, Division of Technology Services, University Archives and the Area Research Center are all located in the lower level of the Chalmer Davee Library.
Student Health Services enhances students' health by providing basic health services, access to information and resources, advocacy for campus health policies, and prevention focused programming so that students can successfully pursue their academic, personal, and professional endeavors.
Student life at River Falls is as varied and vibrant as the people who learn and live here. Involvement runs the gamut from athletics, both intercollegiate and intramural, to student government, clubs and organizations. You’ll find it easy to discover new talents, make life-long friends and make River Falls your home.
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls is home to over 150 student organizations spanning diverse interests, academic majors, beliefs, and hobbies. For a complete directory of student organizations click here! The topics listed on the left provide resources for student organization Advisors and student leaders.
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation based in Chicago, Illinois. It is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and its mission is "Serving the common good by assuring and advancing the quality of higher learning." The HLC is responsible for accreditation of universities and colleges in nineteen states throughout the North Central region of the United States.