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2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Student and Campus Services Office
University Center Rochester
UCR Room SS 128 (507.285.7100)
859 30th Avenue SE (US Highway 14 and 30th Avenue SE)
Rochester, MN 55904

Program Overview

Since 1917, Winona State University has served students in Rochester, Minnesota and the surrounding area. In 1993, Winona State University, along with the University of Minnesota and Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC), collaborated to create the University Center at Rochester (UCR). The Greater Rochester area served by the UCR has a population of over 100,000 people; area residents have a high level of education attainment, and they are highly receptive to the lifelong learning opportunities offered by WSU-Rochester and other area institutions.

Its location in the growing city of Rochester provides WSU-Rochester with unique opportunities to offer specialized classes and programs aimed at key industries in the area, including computer science, the health care professions, business, and education. 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 1,500 students are served each year through day, evening, and weekend classes, and over 5,000 baccalaureate and graduate program alumni currently live and work in a variety of professional careers in the Rochester area.

Degrees and Programs

WSU-Rochester provides upper-division courses for the completion of a number of WSU baccalaureate degrees. Approximately 40 residential faculty serve WSU-Rochester, in addition, 20 faculty from the Winona campus teach on the Rochester campus and a number of adjunct faculty professionals from area industries also serve Rochester students.

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 and other two-year MnSCU institutions. Through these program agreements, students can complete a number of baccalaureate degree programs by transferring lower-division credits from RCTC or other accredited institutions, and completing upper-level courses at WSU-Rochester. Students at WSU-Rochester can also complete several graduate degrees at the Master’s, Specialist, and Doctoral levels. See the Undergraduate Degrees & Programs section for detailed descriptions of the undergraduate programs. For more information about the graduate programs, see the WSU Graduate Catalog.

Non-Credit Programs

WSU-Rochester cooperates with community and professional groups and WSU’s Outreach and Continuing Education Department to provide noncredit continuing education programs for educators, business and industry, agencies, and government.


Students seeking a degree must apply for admission to the University. For transfer students who have previously attended a MnSCU campus, WSU will retrieve their transcripts electronically. Students should be aware that some degree programs also require an additional admission process. For general information about undergraduate admissions, see the Admissions section. For general information about registration and academic records, see the Registration & Academic Records 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 Visiting Student Agreement form.  Student status is valid for one term at a time.  Students must re-apply each term.  Financial aid is not available for visiting students.

While students applying for graduate degree programs must apply through the Graduate School office, it is possible to enroll in graduate courses as a “Graduate Special” student without applying to a graduate program. The student must provide proof that he or she has earned an undergraduate degree. For information about graduate admissions, consult the WSU Graduate Catalog.


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

Student and Campus Services

Access Services for Students with Disabilities

Services and accommodations for students with special 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 (507.457.5878; access@winona.edu).

Campus Visits

Students are encouraged to visit the WSU-Rochester campus any time. For more information about programs and services, call 800.366.5418 or email rochsss@winona.edu.

Career Services

Rochester Campus: SS 125 (507.280.5079)
Winona Campus: Maxwell Hall (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. Students are encouraged to activate their individual EZLink accounts with Career Services early to take full advantage of the broad range of services offered.

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. They may also schedule appointments for mock interviews on the Career Services virtual interview kiosk at the Winona campus.

Career Services provides opportunities for students to interact with employers through career fairs, job fairs, and on-campus interviews. Once students activate their EZLink account, upload, and publish their resumes with Career Services, employers can access their resumes directly through our website. Additionally, students can access job openings or update their resumes via the Internet 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Employment information, graduate follow-up results, and additional resources are available in the office as well as our website.

The Career Services office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the academic year and from 8:000 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the summer. Evening and weekend hours are available by appointment. 

Child Care

Child care for WSU-Rochester students is available on the UCR campus. Students may request information by contacting the UCR Child Care Center (507.285.7232). 

Computer Facilities

WSU-Rochester is equipped with state-of-the-art technology for interactive television (ITV) and computer systems that link UCR students with the Winona campuses and the world. The computer facilities consist of multiple smart classrooms, one open computer lab, and a laptop rental center. All labs allow students access to mainframes on the Winona campus.


Academic counseling services are available through WSU-Rochester (507.285.7100). Staff members are professional counselors with extensive academic experience in counseling. Personal counseling services are also available to students on the WSU-Rochester campus on a part-time basis.

Financial Aid

Students must apply for financial aid online through the FAFSA website. Representatives from the WSU Financial Aid Office are available on the WSU-Rochester campus each week. Interested students should call to arrange an appointment with a financial aid advisor (507.285.7100).

Housing and Dining

The University Center Rochester (UCR) 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. A listing of housing information available for students is available on the WSU-Rochester website.

Lancer Hospitality is contracted to operate UCR’s dining and catering food services. The Fresh Stop Cafés are located on the third floor of the College Center and the Heintz Center; the Espresso Plus is located in the Health Sciences Building.  A meal plan for students, faculty and staff is available.

International Students

Staff members from the Office of International Services are available on the WSU-Rochester campus. Students may schedule appointments at 507.285.7100 or request information by calling the Office of International Services on the Winona campus 507.457.5303.

Access Services for Students with Disabilities

Services and accommodations for students with special 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 (507-457-5878; access@winona.edu).


WSU-Rochester students have access to the UCR Goddard Library in Rochester and the Darrell W. Krueger Library on the Winona campus. WSU-Rochester’s library holdings are integrated into UCR’s Goddard Library with holdings of over 57,000 volumes. This arrangement provides students with an extensive resource of reference and research material on the WSU-Rochester campus. In addition, students may request overnight courier service to the Winona campus library for articles and books; they may also do online searches using MnPALS and a number of other systems.

Parking Services

Students will be charged a UCR 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 lots are designated.

Student Disclosure Policy

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


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