Founded in 1871, UW River Falls is a liberal arts university based in the Twin Cities region of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The Twin Cities can be a great place for students to live and study, offering both a wide range of cultural locations such as the Weisman Art Museum and the Guthrie Theatre, and events such as the Great River Energy bicycle festival, and the 10,000 Laughs comedy festival.
There are a total of four colleges at UW River Falls; Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences, Arts & Sciences, Business & Economics, and Education & Professional Skills. Among the graduate opportunities available to students are two Master of Business Administration courses, and there are also a wide range of Adult Completion Programmes.
Associated with the Music department is the St. Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit organisation dedicated towards exploring a wide variety of repertoire for its student performers, and performs concerts in the valley eight times a year.
Athletics teams are known as the Falcons, and compete in the NCAA Division III. There are five men’s sports programmes and nine women’s, including tennis, volleyball, and soccer. The new Falcon centre on campus is a 162,000 square feet facility that will house classrooms, a human performance laboratory, and state of the art gymnasiums.
Notable alumni of UW River Falls include comedian Michael Nelson, journalist and author Cathy Wurzer, congressman Mark Neumann, and astronaut Daniel Brandenstein. The university motto is ‘Global. Innovative. Excellent.’
South Hall and North Hall, built in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries respectively, have been placed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places for their cultural significance and stunning architecture.