When I was a junior in high school, I looked into applying to over ten schools. Once I decided on WSU, I was happily surprised with the ease of the application process.

Apply to WSU

Photo by Kelsa Katzfey ’21

For those looking to become a WSU Warrior, here are three basic steps to guide you on your way.

1. Apply Online in Under Twenty Minutes

Apply to WSU online. This page will give you access to freshman and transfer applications as well as helpful contact information to our Admissions Office. Myself or one of the other counselors on staff will be happy to assist you through the process.

2. You Only Need Three Things

With your application, which only takes about fifteen minutes to complete, WSU will need three things from you:

  • $20 application fee

    If this cost is a concern for you, please email Admissions (rcaldwell@winona.edu) and we will work something out

  • Official High School Transcript

    This can be sent through your school directly, or through another medium such as parchment

  • Official ACT/SAT Scores

    These can be sent to us via your high school or institution. The ACT and SAT websites offer helpful information as well

3. Wait for Your Letter

WSU has something we call “Automatic Admission Standards.” Meaning that if you meet the criteria below, you’ll automatically receive a “Yes, you’ve been admitted” letter from us.

The Criteria—you will automatically be admitted if you meet these requirements

  • A Composite ACT of 21+ or SAT of 1060 with a GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • A Composite ACT of 18, 19, or 20 or SAT of 960-1030 with a GPA of 3.0 or higher

Now, if you don’t meet these standards, your WSU career is not over. What you will get is a “No, not yet” letter, which just means we want to hear more about you. After you go through the appeal process, you will get a second response from WSU.

For the appeals process you’ll need:

  • A personal statement

    No more than a few pages, telling us everything you think WSU needs to know about you. Maybe you aren’t great at standardized tests, for instance. You’re more than just a number to us after all!

  • Two letters of recommendation

    These can be from anyone who isn’t related to you. Teachers, guidance counselors, even bosses are all possible options.

Embark on Your WSU Adventure!

Now all that’s left is to start your WSU adventure. New friends, exciting experiences, and enriching educational opportunities await.

You’ll have to apply before all that though. Remember: your entire WSU application can be completed in less than a day, then you’ll be well on your way to becoming an official Warrior!

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Breanna McGeorge

Breanna McGregor is from Sussex, Wisconsin and enjoys writing, reading and drawing. She graduated in Fall 2018 with a degree in English Writing and a Literature and Language Minor.