One of the most pressing questions we get at WSU is: What is student life like at WSU?

While you are more than welcome to do your own research online, the best way to answer that question is by scheduling a visit to our campus.

Meeting with an Admissions Counselor

Once you arrive, an admissions counselor will greet you before the half-hour introductory presentation begins. During this time, any questions you may have about prospective majors or the admission process can be answered.

Not sure what to ask? Here’s eight questions to get the conversation started.

Your admissions counselor has a wide array of knowledge at their disposal for you to take advantage of. If you would like to know more about a particular academic department or facet of athleticism.

For example, they can get you in contact with a professor or coach—likely within the same day.

Main Campus Guided Tour

Afterwards, our tour guides—who are all actual WSU students—will show you around the beautiful main campus with all the academic buildings. Not only are the tour guides filled with information about the campus, but they also have a wealth of personal experience to share.

During your tour, you’ll see what everyday student life entails—from classrooms, to the huge wellness complex, to the dining hall and other food services, to the beautiful landscaping, and complementary Wi-Fi so you can send pictures back home.

Housing and Residence Tour

The last part of your official WSU visit is the housing tour, again given by real students, who have personally lived at least a year in the residence halls you’ll see. Each hall has a special tour room staged to closely resemble how our students live.

If you visit during the fall or spring semesters, several students will even have their doors open to give you a peek into actual on-campus life.

After-Visit Activities

Of course, after the official visit has come to an end, we encourage you to do some exploring of your own.

Perhaps you would like to spend more time in an area you learned about on the tour. Winona State’s campus is very compact and easy to navigate.

Admissions counselors and student tour guides are available to answer any remaining questions you have.

If you have some time to kill before heading back home or to your next destination, the town of Winona has many restaurants, shops, and outdoor attractions to see.

The recently renovated Levee Park provides a view of the Mississippi River, Garvin Heights is a short drive up the bluffs for a breathtaking overlook of the city, and there’s even a trail to hike up to the famous Sugar Loaf.

Feeling hungry? This unofficial guide to restaurants in Winona will point you to some of the best  spots in town.

How to Schedule Your Visit

Weekday campus visits run from Monday-Friday at both 9am and 1pm.

The in-depth tours last about 2 hours total—though the Admissions office advises you to plan for 3 hours of your day just in case you want to do some exploring of your own afterwards.

You can RSVP either online or over the phone at 507.457.5100.

All in all, we hope you visit WSU to get a feel of Winona’s welcoming atmosphere. You are invited to see WSU for yourself—we know you’ll enjoy your stay!

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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.