Apply to WSU

When you know... you know. You’ve done your research and you know that we’ve got what you’ve been searching for.

From our outstanding historical designation as oldest member of the Minnesota State system, to our stunning natural setting, to our “smedium” size, we’ve got everything you want. A great future is waiting for you at Winona State University.

Our application process is quick and easy.

But if you do have questions, give us a call at 507.457.5100 or send us an email at That’s what we’re here for!

With our quick-decision time, you’ll find out if you’ve been accepted within two to three weeks.

Applications for Fall 2021 Still Open

You still have time to apply for Fall 2021. It's easy to apply and you'll get your admissions decision in no time once your application is complete.

If you're still deciding if Winona State is the right college for you, reach out to your regional admissions counselor for help.

Fall 2022 Applications Open in August

If you want to start at WSU in Fall 2022, the application will open on August 16 at 8am.

The first day to apply for housing will be September 20.

Freshman Application Checklist

Today's learning environment takes determination and resilience to succeed and students like you are meeting these new challenges head on. Below is a list of what you'll need to complete your application:

Resilience Yes 
Determination Yes
Completed Application  Yes 
High School Transcript Yes
$20 Application Fee Yes
ACT/SAT Score (If Available) No

How to Apply


Submit Your Application

You can complete your application for Winona State University online.


Pay Your Application Fee

Please follow these instructions to pay the application fee using your credit card. You will need your StarID and password to log in.

  • Visit eServices
  • On the left side, select "Log in"
  • You may need to activate your StarID before using it
  • Enter your StarID and password
  • On the left side find Bills and Payments – the $20 application fee should appear as an outstanding payment
  • Make a payment and enter your credit card information
No fee is needed if you are a returning WSU student, are transferring from RCTC, Riverland or Minnesota State College, Southeast or have submitted a valid fee waiver request.


Send Your Transcripts

High School Transcripts

Freshman and Transfer Students with less than 24 college credits after high school or if you have attended a technical college only, will need to submit official high school transcripts or GED documentation.

College Transcripts

Request official transcripts from each non-Minnesota State College/University. If you have attended a Minnesota State College/Universities, WSU will retrieve your transcript from our database.

Transcripts can be sent to or mail them to:

WSU Admissions PO Box 5838
Winona, MN 55987-5838


Guaranteed Admission

If you are a student with a 3.00 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale, you will be guaranteed admission to Winona State.

If you do not meet this requirement--don't worry, we still encourage you to apply.

Your application will be individually reviewed to determine your potential for success at WSU based on the strength of your GPA and your academic progression. WSU may also request additional information before an admission decision is made.

If your application is denied, you may appeal this decision. The appeals process requires you to write a personal statement, letters of recommendation from at least two different teachers, counselors, or coaches and an updated transcript or additional information that supports your appeal.

ACT/SAT Test Scores

Winona State does not require ACT/SAT scores for admission.

However, first-year and transfer students with less than 24 transferable credits are encouraged to send scores if they have taken either test.

ACT/SAT scores help determine placement in math, English and foreign language courses and may help you qualify for certain scholarships.

You can send WSU these scores in two ways:

  • Select WSU at your test: ACT code 2162/SAT code: 6680
  • Ask ACT or SAT to send an official score to WSU

Expect 7-10 business days for processing your scores once they are received.


Track Your Application

Once your application is completed you will have online access to track your application via MyWSU.

Students are mailed a decision 2-3 weeks after all information is received.

You should use myWSU to track your admissions process and RSVP for programs as well as check your email for important messages from WSU.

Remember that admission to WSU does not always mean you are admitted into a major/program.

See Where Your App Goes Next

Heads Up

Your application will not be processed until your transcript and fees are received.

If you need to change your address, phone number or major after you have submitted your application, contact us at

You’re ready for college credit and we’ve got what you need.

Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) allows you to take college level credits that count towards high school credit.

Learn more about applying to the Winona State PSEO program.

From a welcoming community to breathtaking natural beauty, Winona is the place for you.

Become an international student at Winona State by completing the International Student Application.

The application takes approximately 3-4 weeks to process so apply early to ensure time for your visa, interview and to coordinate your travel plans.

Finish what you started. If you’re looking to finish your degree you’ve come to the right place.

Our Adult Entry Process allows you to turn prior learning into credits and get personalized advising.

Learn more about applying to the Adult Entry Process.

Be our guest. Sometimes you just want to take a class but do not intend to be formally admitted to Winona State.

Guest students can attend for one term and complete a new registration agreement each term.

Apply as a guest student (PDF) at Winona State.

Interested in advancing your degree and your career? WSU has the programs and dedicated faculty to help you succeed.

Get started today by reviewing the steps to complete a Graduate Student Application.

Past WSU students who have not attended the University for one semester or more (summer excluded) are classified as "returning" students.

Returning students must complete the re-enrollment process, which is done online or at the Warrior Hub (Maxwell 2nd Floor).