International Admissions

To complete your application, you’ll need to apply online, pay the application fee, and submit your education records and proof of English proficiency.

Unofficial transcripts can be used for admission decisions. However, original or certified true copies with English translations must be presented before the start of your first semester.

The fall semester document deadline is July 1.

The spring semester document deadline is November 1.

If you have specific questions about your application, please contact WSU International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) at is@winona.edu.

English Proficiency Requirements

Request your test scores to be sent to WSU.

In some cases, the English proficiency requirement may be waived. Please contact is@winona.edu to discuss your situation.

TestRequired Score for Undergraduate ProgramsRequired Score for Graduate Programs
TOEFL IBT6880
TOEFL PBT520550
ACT21N/A
SAT1060N/A
IELTS5.56.5
PTE Academic4758
Duolingo95105

Learn more about the TOEFL, ACT, SAT, IELTS, PTE Academic, and Duolingo tests.

How to Apply

The steps for applying to WSU are a little different depending on what type of student you are and the program you plan to study.

Apply as a First-Year Student

An international student who recently completed secondary education and has not taken any university courses is considered a first year student.

Complete the online application for Winona State University. A social security number is not required to apply.

This is when you’ll create a StarID and password.

Here are instructions for the online application if you need help.

If you have difficulties completing the online application, please email is@winona.edu.

There’s a $20 application fee, which can be paid online.

You’ll need your StarID and password to log in.

  1. Log into eServices with your StarID and password.
  2. Select “Bills and Payments” from the main menu. The application fee should appear as an outstanding payment.
  3. Select the option to make a payment and enter your credit card information.

Please send all education records using MoveIt Securely to is@winona.edu.

Request your test score to be sent to Winona State University.

WSU’s school code for the TOEFL and SAT is 6680.

WSU’s school code for the ACT is 2162.

Apply as a Transfer Student

An international student who has attended another university and earned a minimum of 24 credits is considered a transfer student.

Complete the online application for Winona State University.

Review our instructions for the online application if you need help.

If you have difficulties completing the online application, please email is@winona.edu.

There’s a $20 application fee, which can be paid online.

You’ll need your StarID and password to log in.

  1. Log into eServices with your StarID and password.
  2. Select “Bills and Payments” from the main menu. The application fee should appear as an outstanding payment.

No fee is required if you are transferring from Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC), Riverland, or Minnesota State College Southeast.

If you have less than 24 college credits, you’ll need to submit high school transcripts or certification.

WSU will automatically retrieve your transcripts from any Minnesota State colleges or universities you attended.

You’ll need to request transcripts from each non-Minnesota State institution.

If you attended an institution outside of the United States, please work with one of the following evaluation agencies and request a course-by-course evaluation of each of your college or university transcripts:
We also accept evaluations done by other members of NACES and AICE.

Transcripts must be sent using MoveIt Securely to is@winona.edu.

Request your test score to be sent to Winona State University.

WSU’s school code for the TOEFL is 6680.

For the SAT and ACT, WSU’s school code is 2162.

Apply as a Graduate Student

Application deadlines vary across academic programs. Please consult the academic department for more details.

Remember that admission to WSU Graduate Studies is the first step. Admission to the graduate program is the second step as you’ll also have to apply for Admission to Candidacy. 

If you have questions about the admission process or graduate programs, feel free to reach out to is@winona.edu.

Request your test score to be sent to Winona State University. WSU’s school code for the TOEFL is 6680.

Complete the online application for Winona State University.

You can stop and save your progress if you’d like to come back later.

There’s a $20 application fee, which can be paid online.

You’ll need your StarID and password to log in.

  1. Log into eServices with your StarID and password.
  2. Select “Bills and Payments” from the main menu. The application fee should appear as an outstanding payment.
  3. Select the option to make a payment and enter your credit card information.

If you attended an institution outside of the United States, please work with one of the following evaluation agencies and request a course-by-course evaluation of each of your college or university transcripts:

We also accept evaluations done by other members of NACES and AICE.

If you attended an institution in the United States, please request transcripts from each institution be sent to WSU.

If you attended any Minnesota State colleges or universities, your transcripts will be automatically retrieved.

Request your test score to be sent to Winona State University.

WSU’s school code for the TOEFL is 6680.

Apply as an Exchange or Visiting Student

Exchange and visiting students usually enroll at WSU for just a semester or two as a study abroad experience while earning their degree from their home university.

Talk to your university advisor about becoming a visiting student at WSU.

Complete the online application for Winona State University.

Review our instructions for the online application if you need help.

If you have difficulties completing the online application, please email is@winona.edu.

There’s a $20 application fee, which can be paid online.

You’ll need your StarID and password to log in.

  1. Log into eServices with your StarID and password.
  2. Select “Bills and Payments” from the main menu. The application fee should appear as an outstanding payment.
  3. Select the option to make a payment and enter your credit card information.

Request your home institution to send your transcripts to Winona State University.

For questions, contact is@winona.edu.

Typically, your home institution will provide proof of English Proficiency with your transcripts.

If not, please contact is@winona.edu with questions.

Return to WSU

A returning student is someone who studied at WSU for a while, then left the university prior to earning a degree. Now the student wishes to complete their academic program.

Learn more about the Return to WSU process as an International Student.

Track Your Application

Can’t wait to see if you got in?

You can check on your application status any day, any time in the My Warrior Life portal.

Once you’ve been accepted, you’ll find a checklist that outlines your next steps for housing, financial aid, and more.

Students are also mailed a decision 2-3 weeks after all information is received. If you don’t get the decision you were hoping for, there is an appeal process.

Remember that admission to Winona State University is the first step. Some degree programs may have additional standards for entrance after you’re enrolled at WSU.

Questions about Your Application Status?

You can check on your application status any day, any time in the My Warrior Life portal.

If you have questions about the status of your application, contact International Student and Scholar Services at is@winona.edu.

Admission to Winona State University is the first step. Some degree programs may have additional standards for entrance.

Upon admission, International Student and Scholar Services team will work with you to verify your financial documents, create and send your form I-20.