You have plans for your future – don’t put them on hold.
WSU is ready to help you achieve your education goals because we’re:
- Ready with choices – so you can choose the class options that best fit your needs
- Ready with technology – to ensure you get a quality education whether on campus or remote
- Ready with opportunities – so you can feel supported, be successful, and build your WSU community
- Ready with safe learning spaces and protective measures – to keep you healthy and safe
Ready for the Campus Experience
The beautiful campus we all love is still here.
Not to mention all the outdoor activities in Winona amid the bluffs and around the lakes where you can keep your space from people.
And there will be clubs and activities for students too.
To protect public health and safety, these experiences will be different, but we’re ready to make them happen. Students will still have opportunities for fun, find friends, and make memories.
There’s plenty of green spaces to enjoy the sunshine, lounge in a hammock.
At WSU, we are lucky to be surrounded on all sides by natural beauty in Winona.
Whether you prefer the scenic views, a casual stroll around Lake Winona or the thrills of hiking, biking, rock-climbing and more outdoor adventures, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
See more outdoor life in Winona.
Everything you need for your wellness journey is just a quick walk across campus.
We’re planning to reopen the IWC for Fall 2020 with proper physical distancing measures. Students will reserve fitness stations to help stagger the number of people working out at once.
Achieve your healthiest self and have fun with:
All double rooms in traditional residence halls are single-occupancy rooms for 2020-2021.
Suite-style halls will remain as 4-person units.
We understand many students were looking forward to having a traditional “roommate experience”.
Our Residence Life staff is working hard to provide opportunities for students to meet people and make friends, while practicing physical distancing.
Explore on-campus housing at WSU.
Student Clubs & Activities
Your social life is a huge part of your college experience.
Ready to get involved in campus activities and club organizations?
Student clubs can meet as small groups, while programs like Kryzsko After Dark and Grocery Bingo will be offered with physical distancing or via technology.
There will be plenty of things to do with the Warriors LEAD Series, Zane’s Stage shows, and more!
So you can look forward to taking part in our campus and community traditions or make your own.
No matter your niche, you’re sure to make friendships and memories that will last a lifetime.
Explore campus life at WSU.
To protect the health and safety of student-athletes, there will not be any Warrior Athletics in Fall 2020.
Club sports and intramurals are still being determined as to whether they will play this semester.
This is disappointing to Warrior athletes and fans alike.
But a decision hasn’t been made yet for Spring 2021, so there is still the opportunity to show your Warrior Pride for spring sports.
Jack Kane and Lourdes dining halls will be open.
The retail areas are planned to open as well, so students can grab meals and snacks at:
- Zane’s food court — which includes Panda Express and Starbucks
- Somsen Café
- Einstein’s Coffee and Bagels
Learn more about on-campus dining.
WSU departments are continuing to employ and hire students in Fall 2020. While some jobs require being physically on campus, there are also opportunities for remote work.
Already have an on-campus job? Be sure to talk to your supervisor about required COVID-19 training, workspace modifications and your schedule.
How to Connect with Friends
The first few weeks of college is usually when you meet new friends or catch up with buddies you haven’t seen since last semester.
Even though there is COVID-19 to contend with, you can still connect with friends. The pandemic just makes getting together more creative in order to keep everyone safe.
Here are some ways you can meet people and build friendships this semester.
Enjoy the Outdoors
You could invite a friend to join you on a walk around the lake, or one of these other outdoor activities.
Take Advantage of Technology
Technology allows for creative ways to have fun with friends when you can’t be in person.
And if you’re into videogames, online multiplayer games like Animal Crossing or Fortnite let you meet up and chat with friends in a virtual world.
Be Sure to Socialize Safely
If you do decide to meet with friends in person, there are ways to minimize your risk of getting COVID-19:
- Do something outside, where you can easily stay 6ft apart
- Form a bubble with a few friends who all agree to limit face-to-face contact with others outside your group
- Stick to small gatherings with 10 people of fewer – especially if indoors
- Do not host or attend house parties
- Avoid crowded public places—especially if indoors
WSU is giving cloth face masks to all students, faculty and staff.
Everyone is required to wear a cloth face covering to cover both their nose and mouth when on any WSU campus or property.
Masks are expected to be worn at all times indoors as well as in outdoor spaces were physical distancing is difficult.
This means you are expected to have a mask on you at all times, and you may be asked to leave if you don’t comply.
We’ve remapped our buildings to make sure every space – from classrooms to student lounges to the library—is set up in a way that maintains 6ft of distance.
Traditional-style residence halls have been transitioned to single occupancy rooms to make sure students have the personal space they need—at no added cost to students.
Sanitizing stations have been added to all classrooms and workspaces to encourage effective hygiene.
Students should also keep hand sanitizer in their backpacks and at home.
The WSU Facilities team is performing cleaning per CDC guidelines, with added attention to frequently touched surfaces such as:
- Elevator buttons
- Security card readers
How to Stay Healthy
It’s better to stay healthy than to recover from being sick. Even if you get only a mild case of COVID-19, it’s no fun to deal with symptoms and stay isolated for two weeks.
COVID-19 spreads in a similar way that colds and flus spread—so by following these guidelines you’ll likely avoid those seasonal illness too. Now that’s a win-win!
If you have any health questions, contact the Ask-A-Nurse message line at 507.457.2292.
Your Guide to COVID-19
Learn how you can stay safe, stop the spread of COVID-19 and still enjoy your college experience.
General COVID-19 Information
Everything you need to know about staying safe and preventing the spread of COVID-19 such as:
- Wearing a mask
- How to safely run errands
- Keeping your home clean
- What it means to self-isolate and quarantine
- Symptoms of COVID-19 and next steps
Read the full COVID-19 General Guide (PDF).
It’s important to keep up with safe practices in your own home, whether you are living with roommates, family or on your own.
Here’s everything you need to know about COVID-19 in the home including:
- Essential healthcare items to keep stocked
- How share bathrooms safely
- How to clean and sanitize your home
- Managing self-isolation and quarantine in shared spaces
Read the full COVID-19 Guide for Shared On-Campus Housing (PDF).
Read the full COVID-19 Guide for Shared Off-Campus Housing (PDF).
Many college students work while going to school, often in part-time jobs like retail clerks, cashiers, food service and waitstaff.
These are just a few examples of essential workers who aren’t able to work from home.
As an essential worker, you are at a higher risk for COVID-19. Here is a guide to help you stay safe with tips such as:
- Taking the Daily Self-Assessment
- Risks for workplace scenarios
- Everyday essentials for your bag
Read the full COVID-19 Guide for Essential Workers (PDF).
Returning to Campus
Returning to campus this fall will look and feel different compared to previous semesters due to measures for physical distancing.
Here’s your guide for preparing to return to campus with tips such as:
- How to take the Daily Self-Assessment
- Everyday essentials for your backpack
- Wearing a mask
- Risks of close contact
Read the full COVID-19 Guide for Returning to Campus (PDF).
Whether you came from near or far, here’s the information you need on how to travel safely including:
- Air travel tips
- Public transportation tips
- How to travel safely with others
Read the full COVID-19 Guide to Travel (PDF).
Let’s get physical! Staying active is a great way boost both your physical and mental health.
Working out during COVID changes a few things to your typical workout routine including:
- risks for different types of activities
- wearing a mask
- keeping a safe distance of 12 feet
Read the full COVID-19 Guide for Staying Fit (PDF).
The Basics to Prevent Getting Sick
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Soap is better than hand sanitizer, but hand sanitizer is better than nothing.
Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands –especially eyes, nose and mouth.
Cover your cough or sneeze.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home if you are sick. WSU faculty and staff will do all that is possible to support and accommodate this.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in your home.
Get your flu shot. Health & Wellness Services offers the flu vaccine every year to students.
If traveling outside your local community, be sure to continue using prevention best practices to protect yourself and others. If you’re sick, please reconsider traveling.
If you become sick while traveling, isolate yourself upon your return until fever-free for 24 hours and call your health care provider.
What if I Get Sick?
If you do feel sick, the most important thing is to get the rest and care you need.
In general, you should stay home until you are free of symptoms—especially a fever—for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants).
Call the Ask-a-Nurse message line at 507.457.2292 if you have questions and to get advice about whether to see a doctor.
You can also schedule an appointment at Health & Wellness Services.
WSU faculty & staff will do whatever we can to help support you.
Learn more about resources for people who become sick at WSU.
Ready to Teach & to Learn
Though every summer is an opportunity to prepare for the fall semester, this year we’ve been challenged like never before. And our faculty and staff were ready for that challenge.
Our faculty are ready to deliver high-quality educational experiences whether they are teaching face-to-face, online or a mix of both. They’ve truly designed their online courses to be engaging and effective—so much more than a talking head in a Zoom room three times per week.
We’re offering students as much choice as possible for their Fall 2020 classes.
If you don’t want to come to campus often—or even at all– you have options for online courses and hybrid courses.
If you want that in-person instruction, you can arrange your schedule with face-to-face classes.
Limited Return After Thanksgiving Break
After Thanksgiving Break (Nov. 26-29), the majority of courses will move online.
Courses moved online will remain online through the end of Finals Week (Dec. 7-10). This action is consistent with the resolution passed by the Student Senate on Oct. 6.
Courses with necessary in-person activities (such as Labs, Performances, Field Experiences, Clinicals, and Practicums) are exempt from moving online. This is because these types of courses may require students to be on-campus to have the best possible learning experience.
See which courses will be held face-to-face after Thanksgiving Break. This is an evolving list, so check back often.
Residence Halls and other on-campus facilities and services will remain open and available after Thanksgiving Break.
Additional information will be shared as the details of this plan are finalized.
About half of classes are online.
Some sections will be taught at a specified time and day (synchronous delivery).
Other sections will allow students to complete course content when they choose to do so (asynchronous delivery).
Since all you need is a solid internet connection, you can choose to study from home or come to campus.
Nearly a quarter of classes have hybrid delivery with both online and in-person components.
You might have a specific day of the week where you can attend class in person. Or you might have a few in-person sessions throughout the semester.
Many labs and clinicals are planned to be in an alternative format so that you can get the hands-on experience you need while staying safe.
Face-to-face instruction is available for 18% of course sections.
All classrooms will be set up to provide adequate social distancing, and students and faculty will be required to wear masks.
This readiness for online learning is in large part due to WSU’s decades-long commitment to technology.
Through the eWarrior program, all students, faculty and staff are equipped with laptops and online tools they need to be successful.
Not only do we have the technology tools in place, but also on-going training and support is always available thanks to the expertise and experience of our TLT and IT staff.
Through our eWarrior program, you get a fully configured laptop with all the programs and software you need.
But it’s so much more than just mobile devices — the program ensures you have secure, reliable, and supportable technology 24/7.
Tech Support is ready to help you out with connection issues, accessing programs and so much more.
Technology as the Classroom
In addition to using Zoom for meetings and uploading course content to D2L Brightspace, professors are expanding their classroom with some creative technology.
Here are a few examples from the Spring 2020 semester.
Asked students to document something they learned about a legal medication in TikTok. The students were then required to watch each other’s videos.
Shared her document camera with her students in her Zoom class meetings so they could watch her work problems live.
Even without the added stress of a pandemic, college courses can be challenging.
If you find yourself confused about a topic or struggling in a class, reach out for academic support early.
Tutoring Services staff, the Writing Center team and librarians at the Krueger Library are all ready to help you succeed.
Ready for Online Learning
Taking an online class presents different challenges –especially with time-management and self-discipline.
Here are some resources for making a successful shift to online learning.
Tutoring Services can help you meet your academic goals.
Get free one-on-one tutoring support for a variety of classes, and see if your courses offer a Supplement to Instruction (S2I) program.
The Writing Center offers free, personalized instruction during any stage of writing, reading or research.
No matter your major or the type of assignment, Writing Center tutors can help you improve your writing skills.
Ready to Provide the Support You Need
There’s a reason WSU has the highest student success rate in the Minnesota State System. Our faculty and staff go above and beyond to make sure students get help in a way that suits their needs. We continue to provide high-level support across all our programs in Winona, Rochester and beyond.
Our support staff are ready to do what they do best and help students to achieve their goals– whether that’s through an in-person appointment, online meeting, or other form of communication.
Many departments are offering Zoom Rooms and tele-meetings, and all are responding to email and phone calls. Learn more about how departments are changing their hours and services.
Advising Services provides academic support services tailored to students’ individual needs.
These professional advisors can help you explore majors, improve academic success, build study skills and more.
Find an on-campus job, secure an internship, get your resume in order and polish your career-readiness skills with support from Career Services.
You can also check out job fairs and other upcoming events.
Struggling to get enough to eat? Skipping meals to save money?
Get the help you need with the Warrior Cupboard in IWC 130.
IWC staff can also help students fill out MN SNAP applications and connect them to other services in the community to help with food and housing insecurity.
The Health Services team has you covered from head to toe with primary care and specialty services for injuries, illnesses and immunizations.
Not sure if you need to see a doctor? Have a health question and need expert advice?
Call the Ask-a-Nurse Message Line at 507.457.2292 if you’re concerned but don’t know what to do next.
Mental health is just as important as your physical health.
If you want to talk to someone or need support during a crisis, the Counseling Services team is here to help.
The professional staff provides free confidential counseling in a safe environment and can connect you to even more helpful resources.
Financial Aid Services
Apply for financial aid at WSU with the FAFSA application.
Need help figuring out the financial aid process? A financial aid counselor can help you understand how you can fund your college education.