Reviews for Winona State University
Winona is a great school. Transferred to Winona after my freshman year & it was the best decision. The surrounding town may be small but there is always something to do.
Professors are always willing to meet with students and help with anything you need. Class size depends on major.
There is always something to do in Winona. Plenty of intramural sports, clubs, and events going on around the campus that you will always have a choice of things to do. Winona is full of lakes and hiking/biking trails.
What I like best about WSU is the campus size and meeting people. All the buildings on the main campus are all walking distance. It takes approximately 5-7 minutes to get to each building. WSU also has a west campus for residence and some classes. Many students prefer to live on the west campus because the majority of classes are held on the main campus, so students like to go back to their dorm, which they consider "home" after a long day of classes and studying. I also like the fact that Winona State University is the center of Winona, so if students want to take a break from campus life, Downtown Winona is easy to get to and there are plenty of shops to explore. I also love taking walks with friends down by the lakes. There are walking and bike paths that go around both lakes and the scenery is beautiful on a nice day. I love taking walks by the lakes because it helps release stress and it's relaxing. The best advise that I can give future students is get involved in something. It's the best way to meet people and make new friends. Winona State offers over 150 clubs and new ones are created each year, so there is something for everyone to be a part of. Being involved in clubs and/or organizations also helps relieve stress from being in class all day and studying.
The school class sizes varies from subject to subject. Personally, for me class sizes ranged from 20-50 students, but I know some classes have much more than that. For example, some science courses had about 100 students. New students ask other students often about professors, which helps them decide to take the class or not. I have never had a teacher that I wasn't pleased with; all of my teachers were nice and willing to help their students. What helped me get through my college courses was taking the initiative to use every available source that WSU offers and one of them was going to my professors' office hours. Seeking one-on-one help from professors was the best thing I did for myself because it helped me become successful. Professors like it when students seek them out for help. I managed my workload, I took 12 credits max, but many students take on more than 12 credits at a time because they believe it will help them graduate quicker, which isn't always true in every case. I suggest that future students should know their limits and take only what they can handle. Students need to be aware that some classes are more difficult than others. I managed my class workload by having a balance. I would take a couple of hard class and an easy class or two. I also spread out the times for each class, so that I would have time to prepare for the next class and not be late.
WSU is a safe environment. Safety is actually top priority in a small town. There are many booths that have emergency buttons that can be pushed and in a matter of seconds, help arrives. WSU has security around every residence building. In my opinion, I think Winona State University is decently safe. The social atmosphere is open, especially when a group of friends get together and hang out. Again, clubs and organizations are important to get involved in, sports are big at WSU, especially basketball. On the weekends, most students go home or go out. There is always something to do on WSU campus and around Winona in general. It's a lot more fun; however, if you connect with friends.
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