Winona State University will participate in College Knowledge Month, a statewide effort to provide every graduating high school senior the opportunity to apply for college and waive its $20 application fee for both prospective students and transfer students. 

During College Knowledge Month, high schools and postsecondary institutions work together to engage students and offer support in the college application process. While most universities waive application fees for only one week, WSU stands out with offering free applications for the entire month of October, with the goal of making the application process more accessible for prospective students and working to diminish barriers for any and all students interested in attending WSU.  

In addition to free application month, WSU has several special visit days throughout October, aimed at immersing prospective students in all that WSU has to offer and what Warrior Life is like. 

WSU will hold a Virtual Saturday Visit on Saturday, Oct. 9, beginning at 10 a.m. This event will feature a general admissions presentation, housing overview, and spotlight on current students. If you prefer to visit the campus in person, WSU has on-campus group visits at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on select Saturdays throughout the academic year. 

 On Saturday, Oct. 16, prospective students can spend the morning with WSU’s Athletic Training Faculty to learn more about the program and get all their questions answered. In the afternoon, attendees will have the exclusive opportunity to join a member of the Athletic Training faculty on the sidelines of the Winona State Warriors football game vs. Southwest Minnesota State. 

Oct. 21-23, get on board with Winona State by taking a WSU Whistle Stop Campus Tour. Tours will depart the Admissions Office every half hour to allow prospective students and families scheduling flexibility. Each visit will last about two hours and will include an admissions presentation and a combination campus and housing tour. 

Looking ahead to next month, join the WSU Miller Brothers School of Engineering for an afternoon Engineering Showcase Nov. 20. Winona State is the only university in the U.S. that offers an ABET-accredited four-year degree in the specialty area of Composite Materials Engineering, and WSU’s General Engineering program, with focuses in Electronics or Statistics, is already one of the Midwest’s best general engineering programs. 

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About Winona State University

Founded in 1858, Winona State University is a comprehensive, regional public university with over 7,600 students on campuses in Winona and Rochester. Around half of WSU students are first-generation, meaning neither parent has a four-year bachelor’s degree. The oldest member of the Minnesota State system, WSU offers more than 80 undergraduate, pre-professional, licensure, graduate and doctorate programs in five colleges: Business, Education, Liberal Arts, Nursing & Health Sciences, and Science & Engineering.


Winona State is ranked as the second public institution in Minnesota by U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges,” has been named among the “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review for 17 years in a row, and has been featured as one of America’s 100 Best College Buys for quality and value for 24 consecutive years. The University generates $447.9 million in economic impact for the region per year. The University’s mission is to enhance the intellectual, social, cultural and economic vitality of the people and communities we serve: a community of learners improving our world. For more information, visit