Frequently Asked Questions

Our non-credit and continuing education classes are open to adults, ages 18 and older, unless otherwise indicated in the course description. 

Click on "courses" in the menu bar to the left to browse for courses by subject or interest area, or click on "search" in the menu bar to the left to search for courses by title, instructor, date, location and other perimeters. When you have found a course that interests you, full course descriptions, instructor credentials, directions to class, and other pertinent course information can be viewed by clicking on the links.

To register for a non-credit class on this site you will need to sign in to your account.  If you have never registered for a non-credit class on this site before, you will not have an account, and are considered a new student and will need to create a new student profile. Creating a profile will provide you with your own personal password-protected account. Having an account will allow you to register and pay online and track your non-credit course selections. Please note if you are a current or past WSU student: This account is not the same as the account you use to register and pay for credit courses.  

If you have registered for a non-credit class on this site before, you will have created a student profile and are considered a returning student and will have an existing account.  To register for a class as a returning student, click on "sign in" on the menu bar to the left and follow the prompts.

When you create your new student profile, required information is marked with a red asterisk. Please choose a username that you will remember easily.

To prevent duplication of records, and ensure that we can contact you about the classes you register for, please provide your home address and personal phone number and personal email address.  Do not list your employer, school or organization address, email address or phone number as your primary contact information.

The requested demographic information is optional, and is used by WSU strictly for planning and statistical purposes. 

After you have created your student profile, you will receive a copy of your profile via email. 

After you have created your student profile, and on subsequent visits when you sign in, you will notice additional menu options that will allow you to edit your profile, check your past and current registrations, and view your transactions.

If you have any questions or need assistance creating a new student profile or signing in, contact WSU Adult & Continuing Education at 507.457.5080, 800.DIALWSU ext. 5080, or

When you have signed in and found a class you want to take, click on the "Add to Cart" button on the class screen. Follow the prompts to complete your registration and payment on our secured site using your credit or debit card. You will receive an email confirmation of your registration within 24 hours.

If you wish to arrange for third party registration and payment (so that your employer will be invoiced for the registration fee), contact us at WSU Adult & Continuing Education, Main Campus, Somsen Hall 209, Winona, Minnesota, 507.457.5080, 800.DIALWSU ext. 5080, or

While we strongly urge you to register and pay with a credit or debit card using our secured online registration and payment system, you may, if necessary, register for classes and pay with a check in person at WSU Adult & Continuing Education, Main Campus, Somsen Hall 209, Winona, Minnesota. Directions to this location can be found in the "Where do classes meet?" section below. WSU office hours are Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm; Summer hours after the first week in May 7:30am-4pm (Central).

Classes are offered at various locations, including, though not exclusively at, the three WSU campuses listed below. Class locations and directions will be noted in the course description and on the registration confirmation you will receive.

WSU - Main Campus
175 West Mark St
Winona, MN  55987
Map | Driving Directions

WSU - West Campus
Tau Conference Center
511 Hilbert St
Winona, MN  55987
Map | Driving Directions

WSU - Rochester Campus
859 30th Ave SE
Rochester, MN 55904
Maps | Driving Directions

If space is available in a class, the "Add to Cart" button will appear on the class screen. If a class is filled, the "Add to Cart" button on the class screen will not appear. In that event, you will have the option to click on the "Waiting List" button. If you click on the "Waiting List" button, you will be notified if space becomes available in the class or if a new section of the class is opened.

If you have any questions about a class or need assistance with registration, please don't hesitate to contact us at WSU Adult & Continuing Education (ACE), Monday through Friday, 8am-4:30pm (Central) or, in the summer after the first week of May, 7:30am-4pm (Central), 507.457.5080 or 800.DIALWSU ext. 5080 or

Unless otherwise noted, registration opens as soon as the class appears on the web site. Unless otherwise noted, registration will typically remain open until the day before the beginning of the class, as long as space remains available. Many classes fill quickly, so we encourage you to register early. 

Full payment for class tuition and any additional fees must accompany your registration. If your registration will be paid by your employer or Dislocated Worker Organization, please contact us at 507.457.5080, 800.DIALWSU ext. 5080 or

If you register online, you will be able to see whether there is space available in a class. Once you submit the required registration and payment, you are registered and will receive a confirmation.  If you do not receive an email confirming your registration, please contact us at 507.457.5080, 800.DIALWSU ext. 5080, or

If we have to cancel a class due to low enrollment, we will notify you as soon as possible before the class is scheduled to begin. You may receive a full refund of your tuition or transfer to another course of your choice, space permitting. 

Withdrawal and refund policies vary from course to course; please be sure to review the specific policies when you register for your class. If you need to withdraw from a class and notify us before the withdrawal deadline stated when you registered for the class, you may, depending on the stated policy for that class, be able to transfer to another class or receive a full or partial refund. No refunds or transfers are allowed if you notify us after the stated withdrawal deadline. If you have any questions about withdrawal deadlines and refund policies for a specific class, please contact us at 507.457.5080, 800.DIALWSU ext. 5080, or

Severe weather, emergency conditions, or other unforeseen circumstances may require us to cancel a course or an individual class date. In the event of a cancelled course or class date, we will make every effort to re-schedule.  If a cancelled class cannot be re-scheduled, a refund will be issued. 

Winona State University is committed to protecting your privacy online. We do not sell or trade your personal information to others. We may use the information collected to contact you regarding course information, promotional updates, new course information, or upgrades to the website. Also, we do not store your credit card number on our website. 

In accordance with Minnesota State Colleges and Universities policy 1B.1, Winona State University has an enduring commitment to enhancing Minnesota’s quality of life by developing and fostering understanding and appreciation of a free and diverse society and providing equal opportunity for all its students and employees. To help effectuate these goals, Winona State University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in employment and education.

Specifically, no person shall be discriminated against in the terms and conditions of employment, personnel practices, or access to and participation in, programs, services, and activities with regard to race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Reasonable accommodations for a disability (e.g., wheelchair accessibility, interpreter, Braille or large print materials) can be made available upon advance request. If you have any questions, or wish to make a request, please contact us as soon as possible at 507.457.5080, 800.DIALWSU ext. 5080, or

Whether you need a group of employees trained on a new software application, a leadership development program for managers, or entire departments oriented to new, more effective business processes, Winona State University can deliver customized training solutions to meet the needs of your business, agency or organization. 

Contact us at 507.457.5080, 800.DIALWSU ext. 5080 or to explore how we can help you create the solution that fits!