Jul 19, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Dr. Jeanine E. Gangeness, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
WSU-Rochester Campus, Student Services Building (BR) 306, (507.535.2530)

The Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs serves as the chief academic and operations administrator responsible for managing the WSU-Rochester campus. The AVPAA works with deans, faculty, and staff to create sustainable and collaborative programming at the undergraduate and graduate levels and works closely with the Winona campus to connect student services and programs. In addition, the AVPAA oversees WSU’s Office of Graduate Studies.

Student and Campus Services Office
Student Services Building (SS) 128
859 30th Avenue SE (U.S. Highway 14 and 30th Avenue SE)
Rochester, MN 55904
507.285.7100 or 800.366.5418
Winona State University-Rochester website

rochester campus welcome video

Campus Overview

Since 1917, Winona State University has served students in Rochester, Minnesota, and the surrounding area. The Greater Rochester area has a population of more than 110,000 people; area residents have a high level of educational attainment, and many residents take advantage of the lifelong learning opportunities offered by WSU-Rochester.

The growing city of Rochester provides WSU-Rochester with unique opportunities to offer specialized undergraduate and graduate programs aimed at key industries in the area, including accounting, business administration, child advocacy studies (CAST), computer science, education, human resource management, nursing, and social work. WSU-Rochester’s strong “commitment to community” is evident as students, faculty, and staff from a variety of programs engage in experiential community-based learning in area organizations, businesses, and schools.

WSU-Rochester has served the region with distinction, and the numbers tell the story. Approximately 300 students per year graduate from WSU-Rochester. More than 1,500 students attend WSU-Rochester each year through day, evening, weekend and online/hybrid classes, and more than 7,000 WSU alumni currently live and work in a variety of professional careers in the Rochester area. Approximately 46 resident faculty are located on the Rochester campus. 

WSU-Rochester is deeply immersed in the communities that we serve, with classes being offered online, on/off-campus and at multiple community sites. We have an extensive history of collaborating and offering services and programs that complement those offered at Rochester Community and Technical College. We also host classes at Riverside Elementary in the Rochester Public School District, Sumner Elementary in the Austin Public School District, and at the Byron Public School District. To launch our centennial celebration (2017) of serving Rochester and the Rochester region, WSU-Rochester has opened a new location at 400 S. Broadway, Suite 300. This modern facility reflects the energy and vibe of Rochester and offers community relevant programming including community and business outreach events and graduate education programs.

Degrees and Programs

WSU-Rochester provides upper-division courses for the completion of a number of WSU baccalaureate degrees. Entering students can transfer credits to WSU from other institutions through individual transcript evaluation or official program articulation agreements with Rochester Community and Technical College, other two-year MN State institutions, and accredited institutions of higher education. Through these program agreements, students can complete a number of baccalaureate degree programs by completing upper-level courses at WSU-Rochester. See the Undergraduate Degrees & Programs section for detailed descriptions of the undergraduate programs.

Students at WSU-Rochester can also complete several graduate degrees at the Master’s, Specialist, and Doctoral levels. For more information about the graduate programs, see the WSU Graduate Catalog.


Students seeking a degree must apply for admission to the University. Students should be aware that most undergraduate degree programs (accounting, business administration, education, human resource management, nursing, and social work) also require an additional application process. For general information about undergraduate admissions, see the Admissions  section.

Students who are not formally admitted to a WSU degree, licensure, or certificate program who want to enroll in undergraduate coursework must complete a Guest Student Registration Agreement. Guest student status is valid for one semester at a time. Students must re-apply each semester. Financial aid is not available for guest students. If you are a currently enrolled student at another MN State college/university, you may be able to register at WSU as a Visiting Student using your eServices account. Financial aid is not available for visiting students at the visit school.

Registration and Academic Records

For general information about registration and academic records, see Registration & Academic Records .

Student and Campus Services

Access Services for Students with Disabilities

Services and accommodations for students with academic needs are offered free of charge to qualified students who present documentation of a disability. Students may schedule appointments or request information by contacting Access Services on the Winona campus by calling 507.457.5878 or emailing access@winona.edu.

Admissions and Academic Advising Services

A Recruitment and Admissions Advisor is available in the Welcome Center and is available to help students through the application and admissions process. Academic advising services are available through the WSU-Rochester Student and Campus Services Office (Student Services SS128). Call 507.285.7100 or email wsurochester@winona.edu to schedule an appointment.

Campus Visits

New students are encouraged to visit the WSU-Rochester campus. For more information about programs and services or to schedule a tour, call 507.285.7100, 800.366.5418 or email wsurochester@winona.edu.

Career Services

Rochester Campus: Student Services 128 (507.285.7100)
Winona Campus: Maxwell Hall 314 (507.457.5340)

Career Services assists undergraduate and graduate students seeking career direction, part-time work on and off campus, work-study positions, summer opportunities, internships, and full-time employment. Alumni are also eligible for assistance in their search for full-time employment. Career Services provides opportunities for students to interact with employers through career fairs, job fairs, and on-campus interviews. Employment information, graduate follow-up results, and additional resources are available in the office as well as our website.

Students are encouraged to activate their individual Warrior Jobs accounts with Career Services early to take full advantage of the broad range of services offered. Once students activate their Warrior Jobs account, employers can access their resumes directly through the website.

Students may schedule individual advising appointments to discuss career direction and questions related to the job search, to critique resumes and cover letters, and to obtain tips on interviewing. The Career Services office is open from 8am - 4:30pm during the academic year and from 8am - 4pm during the summer. Evening and weekend hours are available by appointment.

Computer Facilities

WSU-Rochester is equipped with technology for interactive television (ITV) and computer systems that link students with the Winona campus and the world. The Goddard Library houses a large student computer lab and a laptop rental center. Rochester computer labs allow students access to mainframes on the Winona campus.

Counseling and Wellness Services

Personal counseling services are available to students on the WSU-Rochester campus on a regular basis. To schedule an appointment for personal counseling on the Rochester campus, call 507.285.7100 or email wsurochester@winona.edu. WSU-Rochester students can also access services on the Winona campus by calling 507.457.5330 or emailing counselingservices@winona.edu.

Financial Aid

Students must apply for financial aid online through the FAFSA website. Representatives from the WSU Financial Aid Office are available to meet with WSU-Rochester students. To arrange an appointment with a financial aid advisor call 507.285.7100 or email wsurochester@winona.edu.

Housing and Dining

The WSU-Rochester/RCTC campus is a non-residential, commuter campus. However, a variety of housing options are available in the Rochester area, including furnished and unfurnished apartments, efficiencies, single room rentals, and houses.

Lancer Hospitality operates the dining and catering food services. The Fresh Stop Cafés are located on the third floor of the College Center and in the Heintz Center. The Espresso Plus is located in the Health Sciences Building. Meal plans are available for students, faculty, and staff.

International Students

Staff members from International Student & Scholar Services are available on the WSU-Rochester campus on a monthly basis. Students may schedule appointments at 507.285.7100 or request information by calling the International Student & Scholar Services office on the Winona campus at 507.457.5303.


WSU-Rochester students have access to the Darrell W. Krueger Library on the Winona campus. Winona campus librarians support WSU-R students both through librarians serving as liaison to individual departments and through distance education services which include email and chat reference. Students may request books and articles from Krueger Library and any other library in the state through interlibrary loan. In addition, the Goddard Library at RCTC has a large computer lab, quiet study areas, and a reading lounge.

Parking Services

Students will be charged a parking fee for each semester. This fee will automatically be added to a student’s semester billing for tuition and fees. No parking permit will be issued. Student/Visitor lots are designated.

Proctoring Center

Atrium - AT209

The Proctoring Center offers WSU-Rochester and Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) students testing services in a secure, quiet environment for students who cannot take a scheduled class exam. The Proctoring center also offers CLEP, DSST and Kryterion testing.

Students must contact the proctor at least 24 hours prior to taking any exams. No drop in testing will be accommodated. Email proctor@rctc.edu to schedule an exam time. The phone/voice mail is not a secure means of scheduling appointments. Provide a photo ID at the time of the exam. No exams will be administered without proper identification. Students should also be aware that electronic devices such as cell phones should be turned off while taking an exam. No backpacks or purses are allowed on the desks in the testing room. The proctoring center’s hours of operation are 8:30 am - 4 pm Monday through Thursday.

WSU students with disabilities should refer to Access Services.

Student and Campus Services Office

First Floor, Student Services Building - SS128

The WSU-Rochester Student and Campus Services (SCS) office has full-time staff available to provide academic and administrative services for WSU-Rochester students. The SCS office provides assistance with: access services, admissions, advising, career services, financial aid, graduation, probation/suspension, registration, student life activities and events, student life clubs and organizations, and tutoring and Learning Center.

Visiting Advisors from the Winona campus meet with students on the WSU-Rochester campus regularly. Visiting Advisors include: Academic Program Advisors, Admissions, Counseling and Wellness Services, Financial Aid, International Student & Scholar Services, and Registrar and Academic Records.

Student Disclosure Policy

Educational records of students taking classes at the Rochester campus may be made available to employees of WSU and RCTC while the student is attending the Rochester campus if access to a student record is required in order to provide services to the student.

Welcome Center

Atrium - AT103
507.285.7557, 507.285.7100

The Welcome Center is a key resource for perspective students. Welcome Center staff help students explore academic programs, complete the application process, provide financial aid information, and assist with registration. The Center is also a general resource for students and community members who need directions, event information, and answers to general questions.

WSU-Rochester’s Recruitment and Admissions Advisor and the WSU-Rochester/RCTC Shared Advisor are both located in the Welcome Center. Front desk staff have extensive knowledge about the WSU-Rochester academic programs. To schedule a campus visit, call 507.285.7100 or email rochscs@winona.edu. The Welcome Center’s hours of operation are 8 am - 6 pm Monday through Thursday and 8 am - 4:30 pm Friday during the academic year. Summer hours are 8 am - 5 pm Monday through Thursday and 8 am - 4:30 pm Friday.

Non-Credit CEU/Continuing Education

WSU’s Adult and Continuing Education (ACE) Department provides non-credit continuing education courses in Rochester for educators, business and industry, agencies, and government.

Undergraduate Programs

Path to Purple Programs

WSU-Rochester offers upper-division (junior/senior level) courses to provide transfer students with the opportunity to complete a number of WSU baccalaureate degree programs. Students can transfer credits from Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) to WSU through individual transcript evaluation and/or through official articulated agreements with RCTC. Through these special agreements, students may complete a number of courses and baccalaureate degree programs by transferring their lower-division credits from RCTC to apply toward course requirements for baccalaureate programs offered by Winona State University. Credits earned from other institutions will be evaluated for transfer.

Students interested in transferring to WSU-Rochester or to WSU-Winona should schedule an appointment with a faculty program advisor or a general campus advisor for detailed program guidance. All students must meet the specific program and graduation requirements listed in the WSU University Catalog for each individual academic degree program.

Rochester Undergraduate Degrees and Programs

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Social Work