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
We strongly encourage you to go through the Adult Student Online Orientation as soon as you are admitted to the HLA program. Please select the "Winona" modules.
Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS)
The Degree Audit Report (DAR) is the official tool used to determine progress at WSU. It is your responsibility to check your DAR regularly and investigate any questions you may have about your progress or degree requirements.
Receive acceptance letter to HLA program
Prior to your first semester as an HLA student, you will receive an email that will include your HLA program acceptance letter.
With this letter, you will be invited to schedule an over-the-phone advising appointment to prepare you for registration and orient you to what you can expect to experience as a student throughout your time in the HLA program.
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.
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
Students who transfer into WSU from any other school in Minnesota have the option to call Health & Wellness Services and inform them of their Minnesota transfer status to be exempt from the record submission requirement.
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.
Request an ID Card
After you have registered for at least one course at Winona State, you should complete this online form to request your Distance Learner ID Card.
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 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.
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: