Winona State University

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PO Box 5838

Winona, MN 55987-5838

Phone: (800) 342-5978
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#65 Overall Score: 46 out of 100. Regional Universities (Midwest)

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Winona State University is a public institution that was founded in 1858. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,405, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 58 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Winona State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 65. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,930 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $14,590 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The mission of Winona State University is to enhance the intellectual, social, cultural and economic vitality of the people and communities we serve. We offer undergraduate programs based on the traditions and values of the arts and sciences, and an array of graduate and professional programs that are especially responsive to the needs of the Upper Midwest. We prepare our graduates to serve generously, lead responsibly and respond imaginatively and creatively to the challenges of their work, their lives and their communities. Winona State University is a community of learners improving our world.

The oldest higher education institution in Minnesota, WSU is a vibrant institution embodying the spirit and essence of a regional comprehensive university. We offer a comprehensive portfolio of academic programs and learning opportunities that respond to an increasingly diverse population that comes to postsecondary education at different life stages with varied educational goals.

Today more than 8,500 students work with nearly 400 faculty in more than 80 disciplines on three campuses in Winona and Rochester. The main campus, nestled in the Upper Mississippi River Valley, is a garden oasis in the City of Winona, adorned with every native species of Minnesota tree. The non-residential campus in Rochester offers a variety of programs to meet the needs of predominantly adult learners.

WSU is nationally recognized for offering high quality academic programs at a reasonable cost. WSU students choose to pursue studies in five colleges: Business, Education, Liberal Arts, Nursing and Health Sciences, and Science and Engineering. The university offers: 62 undergraduate degree programs, 10 pre-professional programs, 18 graduate degree programs, a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, and several licensure and specialist degree programs. In addition to university accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, many WSU academic programs are accredited, recognized or approved by national agencies or professional societies.

WSU offers a portfolio of broad and diverse educational opportunities, ranging from programs guided by our liberal arts tradition, complemented with a purposeful selection of professional and graduate programs that align with the needs, resources and expertise found in our region.

Among our distinctive initiatives and signature programs are: Leaders in technology-infused learning - Learning at WSU is an any time, anywhere experience; Nursing and Health-related sciences - Our RNs have achieved a 95 percent first-time state certification pass rate, and our graduate nurse practitioners have achieved a 99 percent pass rate; Education - We have undertaken a comprehensive redesign of our teacher education program that will fundamentally change the way we recruit, prepare and support teachers for success in all types of learning environments; Composites Materials Engineering - WSU has the only undergraduate program in the nation in composite materials; National Child Protection Training Center - The Center's goal is to end child abuse in three generations. In partnership with NCPTC, WSU created the first model undergraduate Child Advocacy Studies curriculum; HealthForce Minnesota - A collaborative partnership of more than two dozen education, industry and community organizations dedicated to increasing the number and quality of healthcare workers throughout Minnesota; Integrated Wellness Complex - The complex aligns counseling, health, academics, intramurals, fitness and athletics into a single state-of-the-art facility, providing new opportunities for learning, research, hands-on experiences, activity, and outreach; and Sustainability - WSU was an early signatory to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, committing our university to climate neutrality, and boasts the first Gold Level LEED-certified facility in Winona County.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1858
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $15,380,000


When applying to Winona State University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 1. The application fee at Winona State University is $20. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 61.7 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 61.7%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by March 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Winona State University is 20:1, and the school has 24.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Winona State University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Education; Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 77.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 20:1
4-year graduation rate 27%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 22%
Health Professions and Related Programs 16%
Education 15%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 7%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 6%

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Student Life

Winona State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,405, with a gender distribution of 39 percent male students and 61 percent female students. At this school, 31 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 69 percent of students live off campus. Winona State University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 8,884
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Winona State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Winona State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Winona State University.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Winona State University, 60.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,700.

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In-state tuition and fees $8,930 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $14,590 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,800 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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