May 2, 1997
UW-RF Closes Fall Semester Enrollment
UW-River Falls has closed its fall enrollment for incoming first-year students as of May 1.
Admissions Director Alan Tuchtenhagen said the decision to close was made after student applications and enrollment surged ahead of last year's record-setting pace.
A total of 1,100 new first-year students will be enrolled at UW-RF.
Tuchtenhagen said the University will continue to review academically highly qualified applicants or those in unique circumstances. However, other applicants will be considered either for the Spring Semester of 1998, or the next available term in Fall Semester of 1998.
The decision to close enrollment does not affect transfer students. Tuchtenhagen said that the University will continue to accept applications to admit some 375 upper-division students.
Tuchtenhagen said enrollment was closed to honor an institutional commitment that all incoming first-year students will get a residence hall room and a full class schedule. Transfer students admitted after May 1 may not be eligible for a residence hall room.
UW-RF's new class was reduced by 62 students for the Fall Semester because of plans for a major renovation of Stratton Hall, which can take more than a year to complete. The hall houses 200 students.
The academic profile of UW-RF's new incoming class continues to improve, with the University expecting to see one of the most academically qualified in Wisconsin public higher education.
"Last year's freshmen class was one of the best in the University of Wisconsin System," Tuchtenhagen said. "The incoming class for next fall will be at least as good."
The cumulative ACT average of the incoming class is 22.81-ahead of last year's institutional record, and more than two points above the national average.
More than 46 percent of the new students are in the top 25 percent of their high school graduating class, with nearly 88 percent in the top half of their class.
For admissions information, contact Tuchtenhagen at 715/425-3500. For housing information, call 715/425-4663.