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Step 2: Apply to WSU

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A few keystrokes and a click of the mouse and you will be on your way to joining the Warrior Nation!

 

Last week, I said that the first step in getting you here on the Winona State campus is to take the ACT. Today, I am going to tell you about the second step–applying to WSU.

WSU has a rolling admissions, meaning that beginning September 1st, students can apply and be accepted for Fall 2015 enrollment. Though you have several months before the application window closes, you should apply sooner rather than later so you don’t miss out on any financial aid or housing opportunities.

The application costs $20 and is really quite simple: you only need to provide your basic identification information (name, address, phone number etc.), demographics, high school, high school classes you’ve taken, and intended major (don’t worry, undecided is an option!). There is no essay required! You also need to have ACT send a copy of your scores ask your high school guidance counselor to mail your transcripts to the WSU Admissions Office.

My sister, Laura, applied to WSU one Saturday morning a few weeks ago and she said the whole thing took about 20 minutes. For her, the most difficult part was remembering all the classes she has taken! She told me that it felt almost too easy, that applying to college is a big deal and shouldn’t be so casually completed between bites of French toast. But she certainly didn’t complain about the lack of an essay!

It typically takes 2-3 weeks for the application to be processed, so Laura should be getting her official acceptance/rejection letter soon. She is nervous about getting rejected but I’m pretty sure that she will open the letter that starts “We are pleased to inform you…” and ends with “Welcome to Winona State University!” The basic requirements for admission are passing grades in 16 high school classes and ACT score of at least 18 if you’re in the top half of your class. Even if you are in the top 2/3 of your class, you can still get in if you have an ACT score of 21 or higher.

Even though she has completed all the necessary steps—touring campuses, taking the ACT, applying to schools—she says that it still hasn’t sunk in that this time next year, she won’t be living in Marshfield any longer. Despite the fact that she is a self-proclaimed homebody, Laura is looking forward to living away from home and the increased responsibilities the transition will bring. I can verify that starting college will involve many transitions but the only thing you can do is take them all one step at a time, just like you did when you started the college search process.

 –Liz Meinders

 

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