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.
Where do I get my WSU Student Identification Cards?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
How do I Register?
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.
How do I access my WSU email?
How do I get 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.
Monday-Thursday 8am - 9pm
Friday 8am - 4:30pm
Winter, Spring & Summer Breaks
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:
What is a StarID?
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 email@example.com followed by your password to log on)
To learn how to change your StarID password.
Do I need to enroll in the Digital Life and Learning Program (Laptop program)?
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.
- The e-Warrior Digital Life and Learning Program - What graduate and part-time students need to know
- General information about the program
Use the following guides to connect personally-owned devices to the WSU wireless network.
How do I pay my tuition?
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.
Can Graduate Students receive Financial Aid?
Can Graduate Students receive Scholarships?
WSU provides many scholarships for graduate students and there are many other places that you could look for scholarships.
Where is the Graduate Student Commons Area?
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.
What does it mean when I am asked to provide Immunizations?
Students are also required to submit an WSU Student Immunization Record Form to Health Services if they do not currently have one on file.
Do I have access to a workout facility?
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.
Assumption of Risk, Waiver of Liability and Indemnity Agreement. Please print and bring with you at your first visit to the Fitness Center.
Directions to WSU Winona and Rochester Campus
How do I park on campus?
****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.*****
What is Wisconsin Tuition Reciprocity?
Wisconsin residents may apply for reciprocity online at http://www.heab.state.wi.us.
Where can I eat on campus?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Does WSU provide housing?
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.
What if I am an International Student?
You must work with International Services Office for additional processing. Please email Kit Klepinger at email@example.com.