Undergraduate Appeal Process

To appeal denial of admission to Winona State University, follow these steps to create an Appeals Packet.


Write a Personal Statement

Tell us more about yourself through a personal statement.

This written statement should include an explanation for factors that affected your high school performance or test scores.

Tell us why WSU is your institution of choice and also include an overview of your college and/or career goals, and/or any evidence of college readiness.

Your personal statement should be no more than two pages.


Gather Letters of Recommendation

Ask for at least two letters of recommendation from high school academic teachers and/or guidance counselor,. 

These letters should demonstrate your ability to succeed in a university setting.


Add Extra Information

If grades have improved, send updated transcript or recent grade report. Any additional recommendations or documentation related to health, personal circumstances, etc. is optional.

These should be further evidence to support your appeal request.


Send Us Your Appeal Info

Once you have all of your information completed, send it to admissions@winona.edu or by mail to:

Winona State University Admissions Appeals Committee
P.O. Box 5838
Winona, MN 55987-5838

The Admissions Appeals Committee will review your documents and submit a recommendation to the Director of Admissions.


Wait for Your Appeal Decision


The appeals process can take about four weeks.

If you have any questions you can contact an admissions counselor.

Students may also want to consider the Pathway to Purple opportunities provided by Rochester Community and Technical College and Winona State University.