Admissions Criteria

It is important to know the requirements before applying to WSU-Rochester to make sure your transition goes smoothly.

For all students, the essential requirements are a completed application and official transcripts from previous colleges institutions, and completed program prerequisites

WSU-Rochester is an upper-level, degree completion program university. For more information, be sure to visit the program specific requirements.


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How to Apply

1. Submit Your Application

You can complete your application for Winona State University online.

2. Pay Your Application Fee

Pay the $20 application fee online or by calling the WSU Cashier at 507.457.5076 (weekdays between 8am-4:30pm).

No fee is needed if you are a returning WSU student, transferring from RCTC, or submitted a valid fee waiver request.

3. Send Your College Transcripts

Request official transcripts from each non-Minnesota State College/University. If you have attended a Minnesota State College/Universities, WSU will retrieve your transcript from our database.

Transcripts can be sent to or mail them to:

WSU Admissions PO Box 5838
Winona, MN 55987-5838

4. Academic Program Admissions

Admission to the University is the first step. Some degree programs may have additional standards for entrance into the major after you are enrolled at WSU.

These include:

5. Track Your Application

Once your application is completed you will have online access to track your application via MyWSU.
Students are mailed a decision 2-3 weeks after all information is received.

You should use myWSU to track your admissions process and RSVP for programs as well as check your email for important messages from WSU.

Remember that admission to WSU does not always mean you are admitted into a major/program.

See Where Your App Goes Next 

Have Questions?

We’ve got your answer. Call or email us with questions about your situation at 507.285.7100 or

Transferring as a Military Student

Winona State University – Rochester is dedicated to supporting students currently serving in the military, Veteran’s, and their families.

Students who have or are currently serving in the military must meet the same admission requirements for civilian students.

However, if your current GPA is below 2.40, you will be asked to come in for an interview with an admissions transfer specialist who will review your application on an individual basis.

Military service school and correspondence courses are able to be transferred to WSU-Rochester. An official DD214 form and/or military educational records must be presented to the Admissions Office for the credit evaluation.

Learn more about how military credits are transferred and veterans services offered at WSU-Rochester.

Transfer Your Credits

Visit the WSU-Winona Admissions page to learn more about transferring credits.

Paula Carlsen

Stop into the Welcome and One Stop and visit with Paula Carlson! The WSU/RCTC shared advisor. She will talk to you about the Path to Purple and map out a plan to a seamless transfer.

Welcome and One Stop Shared Advisor

Prospective Student Advisor for Path to Purple/2+2 Programs

Welcome and One Stop Center in Atrium 103 or call 507.285.7557