After your HLA Advising Appointment, there are several resources with which you will need to become familiar and steps you will need to follow.
Processes and procedures for getting started at WSU
Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS)
The Degree Audit Report (DAR) is prepared to assist students in determining their academic progress. Your DAR will be used each semester to understand how far you have come academically and what will be best for you as you progress toward degree completion. View the DARS Tutorial.
Receive acceptance letter to HLA program
As a student in the HLA program, you will need an PALS ID number to access library resources. Prior to your first semester as an HLA student you will receive your PALS number with your HLA program acceptance letter. We will use the mailing address you listed when you submitted your application for admission to the university to send this information. If you are concerned that Winona State does not have your correct address on file, please contact the Warrior Hub at 507.457.2800 and confirm our records are correct.
If you wish to have a photo student ID card printed, you will need to visit our campus card office in Maxwell 227 on the Winona campus.
Verify computer hardware, software, and technical skills requirements
Because HLA is a fully online program, this degree has specific computer hardware, software, and student technical skills requirements. Please review these requirements.
Start using your WSU email account
Your WSU email account is the official means for WSU faculty and staff to communicate with you. Use your StarID and password to get into your email. Instructions on changing your password are available online. Check your email regularly. Many professors send information about classes and assignments before classes begin. If you have questions, contact WSU Technical Support at 507.457.5240, option 1.
Start the financial aid process, if applicable
Submit your immunization records
All students are required to complete an Immunization Record. Students
born on or before December 31, 1956 must complete the form but do not
have to supply dates. Check with your current physician,
parent/guardian, county records, and/or high school to obtain your
For students who transfer into WSU from any other school in Minnesota, the record need not be provided. Students meeting this criterion must call Health & Wellness Services, however, to inform them of their Minnesota transfer status and request to be exempt.
Visit the Health & Wellness Services website for more information. If your records are not submitted during your first semester at WSU, you will not be able to register for following semesters until they are submitted.
You will use the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (Minnesota State) web registration system to enroll in your courses each semester. View the Web Registration Tutorial.
Learn about D2L Brightspace: WSU’s online learning environment
The Winona State Bookstore will have the details of the books you will need for your HLA core courses and most of the electives you will take from WSU. The University Rochester Center Bookstore will have the details of books you need for any RCTC courses you may take to fulfill your general education requirements. After you visit the appropriate site(s) to find what books are required, you can either place orders through the bookstore website(s) or you can purchase your books through another retail or online provider. If you choose this option, make sure that you are purchasing the correct edition(s). If you have questions regarding your textbook(s), please contact the instructor for your class.
Drop any classes you don’t intend to take
The first week of fall and spring semester classes is “Drop/Add Week.” You can make changes to your schedule through the first Friday of classes without penalty*.
Schedule a laptop orientation session if needed
Once you have registered for at least one class, you are eligible to participate in the Digital Life & Learning program.
If you take fewer than 12 credits and/or if the majority of your
credits are offered through the Rochester campus, you are not required
to participate in this program.
If, however, you choose to participate in the program and receive the benefits of participating, you will need to schedule a time to pick up your laptop and go through a brief orientation. You can pick up your laptop and go through orientation on either the Rochester or Winona campus. Contact one of the following to schedule your appointment:
Matthew Brown (Rochester Campus): 507.280.2944 or MBrown@winona.edu
Winona Technical Support Center: 507.457.5240 or TechSupport@winona.edu