After Your HLA Advising Appointment
After your HLA Advising Appointment, there are several resources with which you will need to become familiar and steps you will need to follow.
Processes and procedures for getting started at WSU
Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS)
Schedule a laptop orientation session if needed
Once you have registered for at least one class, you are eligible to participate in the Digital Life & Learning program. If you take fewer than 12 credits and/or if the majority of your credits are offered through the Rochester campus, you are not required to participate in this program.
If, however, you choose to participate in the program and receive the benefits of participating, you will need to schedule a time to pick up your laptop and go through a brief orientation. You can pick up your laptop and go through orientation on either the Rochester or Winona campus. Contact one of the following to schedule your appointment:
Matthew Brown (Rochester Campus): 507-280-2944 or MBrown@winona.edu
Winona Technical Support Center: 507-457-5240 or TechSupport@winona.edu
Verify computer hardware, software, and technical skills requirements
Start using your WSU email account
Your WSU email account is the official means for WSU faculty and staff to communicate with you. To get your StarID and password, contact WSU Technical Support at 507.457.5240, option 1. For instructions on changing your password go to here. Check your email regularly. Many professors send information about classes and assignments before classes begin.
Submit your immunization records
For students who transfer into WSU from any other school in Minnesota, the record need not be provided. Students meeting this criterion must call Health & Wellness Services, however, to inform them of their Minnesota transfer status and request to be exempt.
Visit the Health & Wellness Services website for more information. If your records are not submitted during your first semester at WSU, you will not be able to register for following semesters until they are submitted.
Learn about D2L Brightspace: WSU’s online learning environment
You will need to find the required textbooks for your courses prior to the start of each semester. You will look at the bookstore website to find your course and learn what book(s) is/are required for the course. It is important that you remember that if you are taking courses at more than one school in a semester, you will need to check the bookstore of all of the institutions from which you are taking courses.
The University Center Rochester Bookstore will have the details of the books you will need for your HLA core courses. RCTC courses will also have book information available through the University Center Rochester Bookstore. If you are taking courses based on the Winona campus, you will need to go to the Winona State Bookstore to find your books. Bemidji electives will list books on the Bemidji website. After you visit the appropriate site(s) to find what books are required, you can either place orders through the bookstore website(s) or you can purchase your books through another retail or online provider. If you choose this option, make sure that you are purchasing the correct edition(s). If you have questions regarding your textbook(s), please contact the instructor for your class.
Get your student ID card
- Last name, first name, middle initial
- Warrior ID number
- Stinger ID number (if you have ever been a student at Rochester Community & Technical College)
- Phone number
- Mailing address
- Winona State e-mail address
Learn about taking HLA electives through Bemidji State
The HLA program is a collaborative offering between Winona State University and Bemidji State University (BSU), with all online elective coursework for the major provided through BSU. If you will be taking HLA coursework through both WSU and BSU for a given semester, contact your HLA advisor who will guide you in accessing email and D2L accounts for your BSU courses.
Drop any classes you don’t intend to take
The first week of fall and spring semester classes is “Drop/Add Week.” You can make changes to your schedule through the first Friday of classes without penalty*.