River Falls, Wisconsin (WI) Colleges and Universities

While there is only one school in River Falls itself, there are six additional schools located within a 70-mile radius. Read about the traditional schools in several categories, including lowest costs, to find the school for you.

With limited school options in the immediate area, students seeking a postsecondary education in or near River Falls, WI, may have to look beyond the area for a school that will satisfy their academic needs. We try to help students make a selection by comparing the traditional schools within 70 miles, using data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to River Falls, Wisconsin

The closest schools to River Falls are almost all 4-year institutions. A few of these 4-year schools offer both undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

  • University of Wisconsin - River Falls (located downtown)
  • University of Wisconsin - Stout (34 miles from River Falls)
  • University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire (55 miles from River Falls)
  • Chippewa Valley Technical College (56 miles from River Falls)
  • Globe University - Eau Claire (56 miles from River Falls)

Largest Schools Near River Falls, Wisconsin

Despite the limited number of options, the area near River Falls is still home to a number of institutions that boast more than 2,500 students. These larger schools are all public institutions.

  • University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire (10,592 students)
  • University of Wisconsin - Stout (9,554 students)
  • Chippewa Valley Technical College (6,017 students)
  • University of Wisconsin - River Falls (5,949 students)
  • Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (2,894 students)

Lowest Net Price

Cost is an essential element to weigh when choosing a college. In the River Falls area, the net cost of school is typically under $14,000 for 2014-2015. Net cost is determined by subtracting the average full-time, undergrad student financial aid from the total cost of attendance, which includes fees, tuition, books, room and board and other costs.

  • Chippewa Valley Technical College ($8,888)
  • Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College ($9,353)
  • University of Wisconsin - River Falls ($13,217)
  • University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire ($13,281)
  • University of Wisconsin - Stout ($13,747)

Highest Graduation Rate

The NCES determines a school's overall graduation rate based on the percentage of full-time undergraduate students who complete their degree programs in 150% of normal time (i.e. six years for a 4-year degree). In the River Falls area, graduation rates for 2015 were mostly above 50%.

  • University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire (65% graduation rate)
  • Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (59% graduation rate)
  • University of Wisconsin - River Falls (57% graduation rate)
  • University of Wisconsin - Stout (57% graduation rate)
  • Chippewa Valley Technical College (36% graduation rate)

Even with limited options in nearby traditional schools, the River Falls, Wisconsin, area gives students some variety in school location, size, price, and graduation rates.

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