Winona State University invites you to become part of a community of learners improving our world. If you can answer “yes” to at least one of these questions, Winona State generally will accept you as a first-year student:
Check with the Admissions Office for details. Even if you don’t meet the minimum requirements, you may be considered for admission under special provisions.
What courses do I need to take in high school?
You should have completed these courses in high school:
When should you apply?
You may begin applying after Sept. 1 of your 12th grade year. We suggest that you apply during the fall for your best opportunities.
Continue Your Journey
You’ll find lots of program choices and the top-quality education you want at an affordable cost. Personal attention from faculty and staff, real-world experiences and outstanding student support services all focused on helping you succeed. Be inspired and challenged as you prepare for your future.
|ACS Chemistry (Teaching)||BT|
|Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner||DNP|
|Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner||MS|
|Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner||GC|
|Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist||DNP|
|Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist||MS|
|Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist||GC|
|Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner||GC|
|Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner||DNP|
|Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner||MS|
|Applied Research and Management||PSM|
|Communication Arts and Literature (Teaching)||BT|
|Composite Materials Engineering||BS|
|Early Childhood Special Education||MS|
|Earth Science (Teaching)||BT|
|Elementary Education (Teaching)||BT|
|Elementary Education/K-6 Education||BT|
|Elementary Education/K-6 Education||BT|
|Exercise and Rehabilitative Science||BS|
|Family Nurse Practitioner||DNP|
|Family Nurse Practitioner||MS|
|Family Nurse Practitioner||GC|
|Health Promotion: Community Health||BS|
|Healthcare Leadership and Administration||BAS|
|Human Resources Management||BS|
|Law and Society||BA|
|Liberal Arts and Sciences||AA|
|Life Science (Teaching)||BT|
|Management Information Systems||BS|
|Mathematics: Secondary Teaching||BT|
|Nursing and Organizational Leadership||MS|
|Nursing and Organizational Leadership||GC|
|Outdoor Education/Adventure-Based Leadership||GC|
|Physical Education (Teaching)||BT|
|Physical Science (Teaching)||BT|
|Recreation, Tourism and Therapeutic Recreation||BS|
|Sociology: Criminal Justice||BS|
|Special Education: Early Childhood||BT|
|Teacher Preparation Collaborative||GC|
|Teaching English as a Second Language K-12||BT|
|Training and Development||GC|
How to apply for financial aid
Your key to receiving financial aid to help pay your college costs is filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA form. Many students don’t realize they could qualify for grant money and federally guaranteed loans, so be sure to find out by filling out the form.
Complete the FAFSA after Jan. 1 of your senior year. Find the form online at www.fafsa.ed.gov or pick up the form at your school counselor’s office. For help with completing the form, go to your high school counselor or the financial aid office at the college or university you plan to attend.
The FAFSA determines your eligibility for one or more of the following types of financial aid:
Scholarships are a great source of aid, and you do not need to pay them back. Many scholarships are available for students with special interests and backgrounds. Talk to your guidance counselor about what kind of scholarships you can get.
You may be eligible to receive federal and state grants of $300 to more than $7,000 per year. You do not need to pay these back.
Work study programs give you the opportunity to work on campus or with approved off-campus employers to earn money to pay for college. Work study jobs are often very flexible, allowing you to work around your classes and personal schedules.
You also may be eligible for student loans, which must be paid back. Student loans usually have a lower interest rate than other kinds of loans.
Other ways to save
Reduced out-of-state tuition
Students from other states don’t always have to pay higher tuition if they want to attend the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. If you live in Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota or Manitoba, Canada, you’re eligible for tuition rates similar to those paid by Minnesota residents. And 26 of the state colleges and universities allow students from other states to pay the lower in-state rates, so ask a college or university about its tuition charges.
Some college students also benefit from two federal tax credit programs, the American Opportunity Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning tax credit. These may apply to you or your family, depending on your financial circumstances.
Veterans are welcomed at the state colleges and universities. If you’ve served in the armed forces, you might be eligible for help with paying for college. Stop by one of the on-campus veterans centers for information, support and assistance. Also, check with the campus financial aid office about benefits from the new Minnesota GI Bill. Or go to www.mymilitaryeducation.org.
College is more than textbooks, classes, labs and studying. The Winona State community boasts plenty of clubs and program-related organizations, sports and recreational activities to help you meet new friends, develop leadership and team skills, stay fit, and share the fun of working together on projects. WSU supports student government and more than 210 social, service and professional clubs and organizations for academics, fine arts, athletics, media, culture and cultural issues, and religion. The university also sponsors professional cultural programs and student theatrical, musical and dance performances.