This year the enrollment at UW-River Falls is just under 6,500 students. Next year the projected enrollment total will fall below 6,000 students.
Some of the reasons for such poor retention could simply be some of the perceptions that UWRF has.
One of those is the fact that most people think there is nothing to do on campus when the weekend hits. If there is no reason to stay on campus over the weekend, students may transfer to another university where there is a perceived “weekend scene.”
That could not be further from the truth. Every weekend is abound with activities for everyone. However, most students do not realize that there are so many activities because they seem to expect the activity to knock on their door and let them know something is happening.
It doesn’t work that way. Students do actually need to find out when these things are happening. Some ways to do that include: reading the posters in the University Center, reading the Falcon 411 email and checking out the list of 101 things to do before you graduate.
Another, perhaps larger, issue is the finances required to attend college. It’s no secret that college is expensive, and that students need money.
This factor leads to many students having jobs in their hometown. Jobs at which they work over the weekend. Obviously, this leads to less people being on campus during the weekends. This then leads in to the idea that no one is here and there is nothing to do on the weekends.
The cost of college, in addition to the perception that UWRF is a suitcase campus, leads into the enrollment issues which the University is currently having.
You will always remember the fun times you had with your friends in college. Don’t miss out on some of those fun times because you think there is nothing to do on the weekend.
We challenge students to get out and check out some on campus events over the weekends. Go out, have fun, and meet new people.
Get started by supporting the women’s hockey team in the playoffs this Friday and Saturday, or the Jazz Club Cabaret in the UC on Friday.
Don’t just give up on UWRF because you think there is nothing to do on the weekend. There is.