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)

ACT or SAT Score and GPA


Due to some students' inability to take the ACT/SAT, WSU has instituted flexible acceptance criteria until further notice:

  • 3.00 GPA or higher without an ACT/SAT OR top 50% of class rank OR
  • 2.75 GPA or higher with an ACT/SAT of 21 or higher

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.

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.