I remember coming to Winona for New Student Registration feeling overwhelmed and unprepared. I wasn’t sure what registration day would hold let alone what classes I should sign up for.

Because of this, I want to offer a few ways to help prepare you for new student registration day so that you feel confident, prepared and ready to be a #FutureWarrior!

A new student and her mom got a picture taken with Wazoo.

Be sure to participate in the Freshman tradition: Take a photo with Wazoo!

What is New Student Registration?

Before preparation begins, it’s important to know what to expect on registration day. New Student Registration provides an opportunity for incoming students and parents to:

  • meet university administrators, faculty, and staff
  • participate in group sessions and workshops
  • ask questions
  • meet other students and parents
  • eat in the student cafeteria
  • explore Winona in the summertime


How to Prepare

1. Review Your Major Course Catalog

Like most incoming students, you will be signing up for General Education courses for your first semester. However, you might be coming in with PSEO credits or be able to test out of some classes.

Some people like to get all of their Gen. Eds. out of the way right away, but my advisor told me that it would be best to spread them out instead. I took some introduction classes for my major right away to get more of a feel for whether or not I like Communications Studies (It’s still my major today and I love it!).

Granted, this advice depends on what major you are pursuing and when you are able to start taking certain classes because some majors require acceptance into the program first. Be sure to discuss this with the advisor you are meeting with on registration day.

Overall, it is good to look at the course catalog for you major prior to registration to see what classes you will be taking and if any pre-requisites are needed for your major.


2. Research the WSU professors

You may already know about different places to view ratings of professors. Sometimes online ratings can be incredibly biased and based solely on how hard the student had to work in a class, not actually on the professor’s performance.

It’s important to take everything you hear from other students and the reviews you read online with a grain of salt.

I would encourage you to check out your major on the WSU website and take a look at the different faculty in that department.


3. Are you a morning bird or night owl?

Registering for college classes is much different than high school. You actually get to pick your schedule!

If you are a morning bird, you are definitely going to want to sign up for those 8 or 9am classes. If that sounds bad news bears, then night classes might be your thing.

Pro Tip: Don’t forget to schedule a lunch break in the middle of your day!


4. Prepare to Say, “Cheese!”

You will be getting your photo taken for your Warrior ID so make sure you brush your hair! You will be stuck with the same Warrior ID photo throughout your time here at WSU — smile pretty!

You can also stop by the Lower Hyphen of Kryzsko on your way to lunch to partake in the freshman tradition: Take a photo with Wazoo!


5. Know your Star ID and Warrior ID

Not sure what either of these IDs are? Be sure to write them down on a sticky note or put them in your phone because you will need to reference them multiple times throughout the day.


Additional Things to Do

Another thing you might do on registration day is course placement testing. If you are not happy with your current placement, you can take an exam and try to place higher.

Winona is especially beautiful in the summertime. Take this opportunity to explore Winona, drive up to Garvin Heights, and visit a local ice cream parlor before leaving town!

View the full New Student Registration Schedule to find out where you should be and when on Registration Day. Happy Registration Week!

Updated by Elizabeth Berres on June 17, 2019

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Erin Kloepping

Erin was the Blog Manager before she graduated in 2019 with a BA in Communications and minors in Mass Communications and Training and Development. Erin is from Brodhead, WI and her interests include visiting unique coffee shops, collecting all things vintage, traveling and filmmaking.