A group of WSU students pose by a white flaming W statue in front of WSU letter statues.

To be sure, WSU offers high-quality degree programs, but our students get so much more than a classroom education.

They learn about their passions by working with supportive faculty and exploring through clubs, volunteering and internships. They grow personally to find their purpose and their place in communities across the globe and right here at home.

Here’s what some of our alumni have to say about how their experiences at WSU changed their lives for good.

When I chose to attend Winona State University, I knew that the cost was affordable, and the location was beautiful. What I didn’t realize until I stepped foot on campus on day one was that the diversity of students, programs, extracurricular activities, and clubs were going to prepare me for entering the world with a more worldly view.

I am proud to be an alum of WSU and encourage prospective students to ask about the culture of the campus in addition to what they read in the pamphlet.

Thomas Kirby '06 – Education: Mathematics

WSU helped me gain life-long friends, a great career, once-in-a-lifetime trips, professional help from involved professors, and my faith. I was able to balance working as an RA for two years, running cross country for a year– all while keeping my grades up– because of all the support I received.

There were so many ways to get involved, and gain experience through volunteering. I look back in my time at WSU as one of the most enjoyable parts of my life (and I live Italy at the moment!).

WSU was more affordable for me to attend than going to my in-state options in Illinois…The Recreation Tourism and Therapeutic Recreation program is comparable to none. Roger Riley is the best teacher I’ve ever had because he has worked in so many areas that his assignments are all relatable to real life.

Karlie Galias '12 – Recreation & Tourism

My experience at WSU was so important in learning about myself and growing into the person I am today. I was challenged and encouraged to think critically and mindfully, and to me, those skills are valuable in any career.

I was very lucky to work among thoughtful, ambitious classmates and to learn from intelligent, supportive, savvy and creative staff. I was fortunate enough to participate in a couple travel study programs and the experiences I’ve gained from those trips is immeasurable. I want to come back and do it all over again!

Alyssa Schauer ’08 - English: Writing

WSU was life-changing for me. I had come from a small town and had never felt like I fit in. At WSU, I learned so much about what I was capable of, who I could become, and what I could do to get where I wanted to go.

WSU offered opportunities and a rigorous education that excited me and gave me a sense of fulfillment. I found amazing friends and professors who cared about my studies and my future. WSU felt like home, one that I still miss to this day. I’m proud of who I am and proud to be a Warrior!

Jillian (Georgieff) Fuller '10 - History

At WSU, you will be surrounded by natural beauty. As a college student, you are faced with more stressors and challenges that you have previously faced. However, being surrounded by the bluffs, lakes, and river…provides an environment that promotes a healthy learner’s lifestyle.

…The support from professors and fellow students is tremendous as well. To this day, I still reach out to my professors for guidance, and they have reached out to me to support current WSU students. The sense of community is strong, and is not limited to student-student relationships, but transfers to professor-student, advisor-student, and even president-student. 

The academic and social education I received at WSU gave me the foundation to become a successful, contributing member to society. Without my professors pushing me to follow my dreams and showing how much they believed in me as a WSU student, I would not be the person I am today and that is the real truth.

Maggie Teper '14 - Recreation & Tourism

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Elizabeth Berres

Elizabeth graduated from WSU in 2015 with a BA in English. She joined the University Marketing and Communications team in 2016 and decided to make Winona her home.