FAQs about the School of Graduate Studies

We recognize that you will have some questions regarding the School of Graduate Studies. These FAQs address the most common questions we hear.

If your question is not addressed, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Once you have registered for classes, you are eligible to obtain a WSU ID Card. WSU ID cards are available from the Winona Campus Card Office, Maxwell 227.

WSU-Rochester students: For the time being, students needing a WSU-Rochester student ID will obtain one remotely.

To get your Warrior ID, please email a headshot in .JPG format to tech support at mbrown@winona.edu along with your Warrior ID number and the mailing address that your ID card should be delivered to. We will mail you your new photo student ID when it is ready.

Course listings and instructions for registering are available online through the student e-services site. There is no hard copy of the class schedule, so please check the department website for class schedules.

Course descriptions and associated prerequisites can be viewed in the course catalog.

You can find a listing of academic departments and phone numbers by searching the Campus Directory.

Winona State email is provided via Microsoft Office 365. In order to log in you will need to enter your StarID@go.minnstate.edu and your StarID password.

If you can't login, try to reset your password. If you are still unable to log in please contact Tech Support.

 

WSU & WSU-Rochester Technical Support welcomes you!
Our qualified specialists are on-site to handle any technology-related questions. Our technicians are available for walk-in support in the first floor of the Goddard Library, GL 118 (located in the Technology Support Center in main Atrium) on the RCTC campus or Somsen Hall Room 207 on the Winona campus.

If you need assistance, call Tech Support at 507.457.5240 or stop by Tech Support. You may also email Tech Support at Techsupport@winona.edu or asktech@winona.edu.

Academic Year

Monday-Thursday 8am - 9pm
Friday 8am - 4:30pm

Winter, Spring & Summer Breaks

Monday-Friday: 8am-4:30pm

All Technical Services areas are closed on weekends and holidays

More information about WSU technology resources can be found in the Graduate Student Technology Survival Guide.

Additional helpful IT links:

Your MnSCU StarID is a unique username and password that you use to login to certain MnSCU network resources and all current WSU services such as your WSU e-mail, D2L Brightspace, OnTheHub, E-services, Web Printing, campus wireless network, etc.

Once you activate your StarID, you will use the StarID and password to access all online resources

All WSU students have a StarID and password that are used to:

  • Log into your WSU-provided laptop (if you participate in the e-Warrior Digital Life and Learning Program)
  • Sign into D2L Brightspace
  • Log into the computers in the shared computer labs and classrooms (computer labs and classroom computers require starid@winona.edu followed by your password to log on)

To learn how to change your StarID password.

The eWarrior Digital Life and Learning Program provides WSU students with a pre-configured laptop or tablet depending on program requirements, a wide array of software applications, and several other benefits that create a very reliable academic computing experience.

Graduate and part-time students can choose to participate in the e-Warrior Digital Life and Learning Program or use personally-owned devices.

Use the following guides to connect personally-owned devices to the WSU wireless network.

After registering for your courses, please check your account/billing information online. You will need your StarID and password to log in.

Charges will be posted beginning August 1 for Fall registrations and December 1 for Spring registrations. Final bills will not be mailed to students.

You may pay using your credit card, debit card or by e-check and payment instructions are available online.

When paying using e-check, you will need the bank routing and account number from your checkbook to complete the transaction.

Late fees will apply for late payments.

You must be admitted to a degree or certificate/licensure program in order to be eligible for financial aid. Only unsubsidized loans are available to graduate students.

Please review the Financial Aid website for general and contact information.

WSU provides many scholarships for graduate students and there are many other places that you could look for scholarships.

A common/study area for Graduate Student use is located in Helble Hall 314 in the Education Village. Contact the Office of Graduate Studies at gradoffice@winona.edu for more information.

School of Graduate Studies Lab: East Hall (EA) 101 on the RCTC campus. This lab is located in the Graduate Student Lounge and is exclusively for WSU-Rochester graduate students to use. There are two computers in this lab, all equipped with WSU software and applications. The lab is open anytime the campus is open.

Students are also required to submit an WSU Student Immunization Record Form to Health Services if they do not currently have one on file.

The Integrated Wellness Complex is a unique facility, unlike any other in the country. It aligns counseling & wellness services, health & wellness services, academics, intramural sports & recreation, fitness, and athletics into a single state-of-the-art facility, providing new opportunities for learning, research, hands-on experiences, activity, and outreach.

On the WSU-R campus, students have access to the Rochester Regional Sports Center.

You may use the Open Gym in the Rochester Regional Sports Center at no additional cost. You must be a current WSU-Rochester student with student ID to use the open gym.  

 

You may also use the Fitness Center at no additional cost. To receive a Fitness Center Pass, you must show a current semester schedule to the staff in the Cashier’s office (SS) 124. You will also be required to present your student ID picture with your pass in the Fitness Center. You must also complete the Assumption of Risk, Waiver of Liability and Indemnity Agreement. Please print and bring with you at your first visit to the Fitness Center.

 

Visit the following websites for information on directions to both WSU campuses:
Parking permits for the Winona campus are available for purchase. Please visit Parking Services for further information.

At Winona State University – Rochester, students do not need to get a permit to park in these lots. Please park in the designated lots or parking meters

****If you need help starting your car. Students can contact RCTC Campus Safety office at 507.280.5050 (5050 if calling from internal campus phone) regarding the need to have their vehicle jump started. You must provide a valid student ID. There is NO CHARGE for this service.*****

Wisconsin residents may apply for reciprocity online at http://www.heab.state.wi.us.

You can find all housing and dining info for Winona State University on the housing and dining website.

The Kafe Kryzsko, located in the lower level of Kryzsko Commons, is open Monday – Friday from 7am – 11pm, Saturdays from Noon - 11pm, and Sundays from 5pm - 11pm. You may also dine in the Jack Kane Dining Center from 7am - 6:30pm. Please check posted times for specific meal times.

At Winona State University-Rochester, Lancer Hospitality is contracted to operate campus dining and catering food services. The Fresh Stop Cafes are located on the third floor of the College Center, Commons area of Heintz Center; and the Espresso Plus is located in the Health Sciences Building. A meal plan for students is available. Catering services are available during and after regular cafeteria hours. Please contact Jim Sawyer for your specific needs at 507.285.7209 or email jim.sawyer@aladdinfood.com

Fresh Stop Café – 3rd floor College Center
Monday-Friday 7:30am - 2pm

Espresso Plus – Health Sciences Building
Monday-Thursday 7:30am - 6pm
Friday 7:30am -1pm

Fresh Stop Café – Heintz Center
Monday-Thursday 7:30am - 2pm
Friday 7:30am -1pm

All food service are closed during holidays, weekends and RCTC non-class days.

The Housing Office in Winona, will make every effort to place graduate students with upper-level undergraduate students or other graduate students, where possible. Housing assignments are issued by the date the Application for Housing is received. WSU does not offer housing accommodations for couples. Graduate students are encouraged to seek off-campus housing, but are welcome to live on campus, per availability. There is no housing available in Rochester.

For more information, please refer to the Off-Campus Housing Referral Service website.


You must work with International Services Office for additional processing. Please email Kit Klepinger at kklepinger@winona.edu.