River Falls, WI
Tuition (in-state)
$15,273 ($7,700)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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Reviews 382 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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4 College Junior

Academics: Most professors I have had are extremely helpful and care about their students; only a couple were bad teachers. The workload is different for each professor. Some were easy, some were very difficult. I feel like we have to take too many Gen Eds. I would like to focus more on my major and minor instead of taking classes that do not apply to my field.

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2 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is a joke on campus. One fraternity has a house and the sororities don't have any special housing. It is not worth the extra money to join.

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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Overall, the town doesn't offer much entertainment. The $3 theater is nice for poor college students. There are a couple great thrift stores and quite a few coffee shops. Other than that, there is nothing worth visiting downtown. The woodsy area behind campus is BEAUTIFUL, especially in the autumn. Also, the farmer's market is nice.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Pros:

-Small campus: The buildings are close, so it is easier to get to class.

-Small classes: The professors are more accessible and actually get to know the students.

-Little crime: I feel safe walking at night.

-Near downtown: The grocery store is close to campus.

-$3 theater: New releases at a cheaper price.

-Free laundry!


-Alcohol: This may be a positive for some people, but I do not enjoy seeing vomit stains on campus.

-More expensive: This is a cheaper school compared to many, but the prices raise quite a bit each year. It is no longer as affordable as it used to be.

-Food: Grease, salt, and sugar are staples. The healthy food is limp lettuce and a few other veggies for salads.

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4 College Junior

Majors: I am in the English program, so I had not issues getting admitted. Obviously, the teaching and pre-vet programs have stricter standards, but I have not met a person who has not been admitted into a program.

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4 College Junior

Majors: I really enjoy my professors, and I get a wide range of classes. I have the Creative Writing emphasis, but I still get to take a variety of literature courses, which helps to keep things lively. Most professors are helpful and enjoy speaking to students during the office hours. The workload is a little heavy, but if one works steadily, s/he will do just fine.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Everything is in close proximity and very accessible. The UC is nice because it is right in the center of campus and is only about a five minute walk from all the dorms. The dorms all have computer labs and free laundry. The only thing that keeps my rating from being five stars is that the athletic buildings are very far away from the rest of the campus.

3 College Junior

Facilities: To be honest, River Falls probably isn't very unique for the social scene or for campus life. On that area, it seems pretty average. However, the professors are great, and the campus is pretty. There is a beautiful woodsy area that is great for walks.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Everything one would need is in walking distance.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: There are various options. The prices are cheap compared to other universities. Most if not all have free parking for residents.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Good places to eat in walking distance including Jimmy Johns and Mariachi Loco

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Athletic events are a great way to spend time with other students.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It is nice during fall and spring, but winter is pretty bad. The do not plow the sidewalks on the weekend, so sometimes you have to trudge through knee-high snow to get dinner.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The financial aid office is a little hard to deal with. Before my freshman year, I did not receive my aid right away because they said it was locked, whatever that meant. I had to fax a copy of my Social Security card in order for it to work. It was a very stressful time because it took forever for them to finally fix it! Not many school scholarships are available, so expect to take out a lot of loans.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Honestly, one could walk around campus alone at midnight, and s/he would be fine. They do have an escort service, if someone is uncomfortable walking home alone. Bikes do get stolen, so make sure to chain it pretty well. The dorms are safe, but I would recommend living on a co-ed floor. Sometimes (though very rarely), creeps have gotten into the dorms, and it is nice to have a guy next door who can help.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: We have a pretty big variety in economic status. There were the small town kids, the country kids, the suburban kids, and the inner city kids. We have quite a few international students that are fun to converse with. There are quite a few religious organizations on-campus for people who find spirituality to be important.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: The computers are great and each dorm has its own lab (as do many of the normal buildings on campus). The only downside is that we now have to pay to print. For English majors who have to bring multiple copies of a paper for class, I would recommend bringing your own printer.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I have not found an internship since I started. From what I gathered, mostly the English Education majors get internships, but the others do not.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I would definitely stick with my major! The professors are helpful, and the classes are informative. The workload can be hard sometimes, but it is worth it. Obviously, and English major is not as marketable as a Business major, so I am concerned about finding work in my field after college. This is not due to the college's education, but more so because my degree is not as desired as others.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Students are allowed to get into the games for free. My sister and I loved to watch hockey every time they played a home game. The intramural sports are very popular. I never participated, but I loved to watch my friends play.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food itself is not that great. The healthy option is limp lettuce and a few other vegetables. However, there are vegetarian and gluten-free options. On the upside, for only about $40 more you can get 5 more meals a week. They also have "transfer meals" that allow you to pick up a sandwich, side, and drink if you are too busy to eat in the dining commons.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Some people like the apartments near campus, if they get enough roommates to cut down on the payments. I have heard quite a few complaints about renting houses near the campus, due to the landlords. From what I gathered, it does not save much money to live off-campus.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: They seem to be lenient when they shouldn't be and too strict where there should be some wiggle room. They don't really crack down on alcohol and drug use as much as they should. The quiet hours are not enforced, except during finals week. Unfortunately, a lot of professors are not very lenient when it comes to illness. If someone is in the emergency room and misses a test or paper, quite a few professors do not work with the student in need.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I am an English Major with a Creative Writing Emphasis. This program allows for a wide variety of writing and literature courses. The professors are easily accessible and more than willing to help students. The program requires a lot of work, but it is manageable.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorm halls and facilities are nice, but the Resident Assistants are not very strict about quiet hours. I lived in the Substance-Free community my first two years, so I do not know how strict they are about drinking. We never had a problem with that on my floor. All the dorms are within a 5 minute walk to class, so it is a quick walk.


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