Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

Be all about that proactive life. Make sure you have all the classes you need to guarantee your acceptance to WSU.

Our admissions office requires the following preparation for high school applicants.

Are you missing some course preparation or close to the GPA or test score?

Don’t worry! You may still be admitted to WSU.


High School Course Preparation

  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of mathematics (2 years algebra & 1 year geometry)
  • 3 years of science (1 year biological science & 1 year chemistry or physics-- all should include labs)
  • 3 years of social studies (including 1 year U.S. history)
  • 2 years of world language (American Sign Language is accepted, but no sampler or review courses)
  • 1 year of specified electives (world cultures, computer science, arts, music)

Guaranteed Freshman Admission

If you are a student with the following qualifications, you will be guaranteed admission to Winona State:

  • 3.00 GPA or top 50% class rank AND no ACT/SAT OR any ACT/SAT score
  • 2.75 GPA or top 66% AND ACT 21 or higher (SAT 1060)
If you do not meet these requirements, don't worry, we strongly encourage you to apply. Our admissions team will individually review your application to determine your potential success at WSU based on your strength of your GPA, your ACT/SAT test scores, and your academic progression. WSU may also request additional information before an admission decision is made.

We also encourage all incoming students to take the ACT/SAT. Your scores will determine math and English placement as well as help qualify you for scholarships.

Transfer Admissions Requirements

Transfer students who have completed at least 24 credits at a nationally accredited college or university with a 2.4 GPA or higher will generally be admitted.

If your cumulative college GPA is between 2.2 and 2.39, a transfer specialist will review your application and may contact you for further information.

Transfer students do not need to send ACT/SAT scores unless they have earned less than 24 transferable college credits.

Apply Now!

All students are encouraged to apply early, especially those eligible for scholarships.


Academic Program Admissions

Admission to the University is the first step. Some degree programs may have additional standards for entrance into the major after you are enrolled at WSU.

These include:


Have Questions?

We’ve got your answer. Call or email us with questions about your situation at 507.457.5100 or admissions@winona.edu.


Appeal Your Admissions Decision

Every decision is not written in stone.

If you don’t get the decision you were expecting from Winona State, you can appeal the decision by submitting a personal statement and two letters of recommendation to the Application Appeals Committee.

Learn more about the appeal process at WSU.