Winona State University

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With 62 undergraduate degree programs, 10 pre-professional programs, 8 graduate degree programs, a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, and several licensure and specialist degree programs in Winona & Rochester, WSU provides the in-depth knowledge base and critical thinking and communication skills you will need for your career or advanced study. Our students are also active participants in clubs and organizations, intramural sports, intercollegiate athletics, the arts, and community service.

Winona State University
P.O. Box 5838
Winona, MN 55987

Toll-Free: (800) 342-5978
Local: (507) 457-5100

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City: Winona
Population: 27,782

School highlights

  • Nationally Ranked: WSU is ranked as the second public institution in Minnesota by U.S. News & World Report, has been listed among the “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review for a decade straight and has been recognized as one of America’s 100 Best College Buys for 18 consecutive years.
  • e-Warrior Digital Life and Learning: WSU is the first public university in the Midwest to offer a tablet and a laptop to all students. Students are provided an iPad mini or Android-based tablet along with a Mac or PC laptop, and enjoy wireless access from anywhere on campus.
  • A Tale of Two Villages: The Education Village in Winona, which received initial funding during the 2013-14 Minnesota legislative session, and the STEM Village in Rochester, currently in the design/build phase of the project, are bold, responsive, community-based initiatives that will provide existing and future teachers with the preparation, support and inspiration they need to be successful in the 21st century classroom.
  • A Community of Learners Serving Our World: Community service is a core university-wide commitment, with more than one million volunteer hours logged by WSU students over the last six years.
  • Sustainability @ WSU: Winona State is all about going green. The university is a signatory of the American Colleges and Universities Presidents Climate Commitment and a partner in Sustain Winona, a community-based initiative dedicated to energy conservation, renewable energy technologies and pollution prevention strategies.
  • Starting a Journey of Lifelong Wellness: The university’s state-of-the-art Integrated Wellness Complex aligns health, wellness, and academic and recreational programs and services into a single facility on the university’s tobacco-free campus.
  • Work-Learn-Earn: WSU's new Professional Science Master's Degree in Applied Research and Management allows students to pursue advanced training in science or mathematics while remaining employed and earning university credits for work with a partnered employer.
  • Healthcare Leadership: The Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Healthcare Leadership and Administration is an academic and career pathway for allied health professionals who have earned an associate’s degree and wish to complete a bachelor’s. This new program is fully online, allowing you to continue your education from home or anywhere!
  • WSU-Rochester: In addition to offering upper-division undergraduate degree programs and courses, the Rochester campus also offers an array of graduate programs in the colleges of education and nursing, including a Doctorate in Nursing Practice.
  • Path to Purple: WSU works with Rochester Community and Technical College to offer programs in which students are able to begin their undergraduate education at the college and transfer to the university’s Winona or Rochester campus.
  • Visit Winona State University: Daily campus visits at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Visits include tours of the campus and residence halls and a meeting with an admissions counselor.

Student enrollment and demographics

  • Total number of students served: 9,993
  • Full-time students: 85.3%
  • Part-time students: 14.7%
  • Percent female: 61.1%
  • Percent male: 38.5%
  • Percent students of color: 8.2%

Largest programs

Nursing, business administration, elementary education, biology, exercise science

Unique programs

Professional Science Master's Degree in Applied Research and Management. Online Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Healthcare Leadership and Administration. Nation's first and flagship Child Advocacy Studies program. The only accredited undergraduate program in composite materials engineering in the U.S. The first undergraduate program in Data Science in the Upper Midwest. Master's and doctorate programs in nursing. Programs in paralegal, sustainability, music business, and graphic design.


More than 2,500 students choose to live on the WSU campus, and on-campus residents enjoy resources & experiences that complement their academic work. The university features six residence halls, including two suite-style halls for upperclassmen that opened in 2010 and the Sustainability Theme House. Three additional residence halls and the University Apartments at East Lake are connected by shuttle bus to the central Winona campus. Off-campus rental housing opportunities are also available.


Winona State is committed to promoting sustainable transportation options. WSU offers free bike rentals and a bike repair station for students, and research shows more than 40 percent of WSU students have a bike. The free WSU shuttle service operates daily between the three campuses, and students also have access to a Safe Ride shuttle service. Zipcar provides 24/7 access to shared-use cars, and the WSU Rideboard on Facebook allows students to connect to share rides and save money.

  • Bus
  • Train
  • Other


Winona State University Parking Services aims to make parking on campus as convenient as possible for everyone. Parking permits are available for purchase for members of the campus community who choose to park on campus. Permits vary in price and location. Parking permit applications and information on enforcement and the appeal process can be found online at To obtain a Visitor Parking Pass call Parking Services at 507-457-5062 or email

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  • Off-street


Admissions requirements

Winona State University invites you to become part of a community of learners improving our world. If you can answer “yes” to at least one of these questions, Winona State generally will accept you as a first-year student:

  • Did you graduate in the top half of your high school graduating class or have a 3.00 or higher high school GPA?
  • Did you score 21 or higher on the ACT standardized test?
  • Did you receive a combined score of 1,000 or higher on the SAT standardized test?

Check with the Admissions Office for details. Even if you don’t meet the minimum requirements, you may be considered for admission under special provisions.

What courses do I need to take in high school?

You should have completed these courses in high school:

  • Four years of English, including composition, literature and speech
  • Three years of math, including two years of algebra, one of which is intermediate or advanced algebra, and one year of geometry
  • Three years of science, including one year each of a biological and a physical science, all with significant laboratory experience
  • Three years of social studies, including one year of U.S. history
  • Two years of a single world language, including non-English native languages or American Sign Language
  • One year of elective (may be in visual arts, performing arts, computer courses or world culture courses)

When should you apply?

You may begin applying after Sept. 1 of your 12th grade year. We suggest that you apply during the fall for your best opportunities.

Apply online

Using the e-application, you may apply to Winona State University and other schools in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.


Continue Your Journey
You’ll find lots of program choices and the top-quality education you want at an affordable cost. Personal attention from faculty and staff, real-world experiences and outstanding student support services all focused on helping you succeed. Be inspired and challenged as you prepare for your future.

Program TitleAward
ACS BiochemistryBS
ACS Chemistry (Teaching)BT
Acute Care Nurse PractitionerDNP
Addiction CounselingGC
Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse PractitionerGC
Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse PractitionerMS
Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse SpecialistDNP
Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse SpecialistMS
Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse SpecialistGC
Adult/Gerontology Nurse PractitionerGC
Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse PractitionerDNP
Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse PractitionerMS
Applied Research and ManagementPSM
Art (Teaching)BT
Athletic TrainingBS
Business AdministrationBS
Business EducationBT
Chemistry (general)BS
Communication Arts and Literature (Teaching)BT
Communication StudiesBA
Composite Materials EngineeringBS
Computer ScienceBS
Counselor EducationMS
Data ScienceBS
Early Childhood Special EducationMS
Earth Science (Teaching)BT
Educational LeadershipMS
Educational LeadershipSPEC
Elementary Education (Teaching)BT
Elementary Education/K-6 EducationBT
Elementary Education/K-6 EducationBT
Exercise and Rehabilitative ScienceBS
Family Nurse PractitionerDNP
Family Nurse PractitionerGC
Family Nurse PractitionerMS
Global StudiesBA
Health PromotionBT
Health Promotion: Community HealthBS
Healthcare Leadership and AdministrationBAS
Human Resources ManagementBS
Individualized StudiesBA
Law and SocietyBA
Liberal Arts and SciencesAA
Life Science (Teaching)BT
Management Information SystemsBS
Manufacturing ManagementCERT
Mass CommunicationBA
Mathematics: Secondary TeachingBT
Music (Teaching)BT
Music PerformanceBMUS
Music: BusinessBS
Nurse EducatorMS
Nurse EducatorGC
Nursing and Organizational LeadershipMS
Nursing and Organizational LeadershipGC
Nursing LeadershipDNP
Nursing PracticeDNP
Organizational LeadershipGC
Outdoor Education/Adventure-Based LeadershipGC
Physical Education (Teaching)BT
Physical Science (Teaching)BT
Physics (Teaching)BT
Political ScienceBA
Professional DevelopmentMS
Public AdministrationBS
Recreation, Tourism and Therapeutic RecreationBS
Social Science/HistoryBT
Social WorkBSW
Sociology: Criminal JusticeBS
Spanish (Teaching)BT
Special EducationBT
Special EducationMS
Special Education: Early ChildhoodBT
Sports ManagementGC
Teacher Preparation CollaborativeGC
Teaching English as a Second Language K-12BT
Training and DevelopmentGC
Program TitleAward
Acute Care Nurse PractitionerDNP
Addiction CounselingGC
Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse PractitionerGC
Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse PractitionerMS
Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse SpecialistDNP
Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse SpecialistMS
Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse SpecialistGC
Adult/Gerontology Nurse PractitionerGC
Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse PractitionerDNP
Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse PractitionerMS
Family Nurse PractitionerDNP
Family Nurse PractitionerGC
Family Nurse PractitionerMS
Healthcare Leadership and AdministrationBAS
Nurse EducatorMS
Nurse EducatorGC
Nursing and Organizational LeadershipMS
Nursing and Organizational LeadershipGC
Nursing LeadershipDNP
Organizational LeadershipGC
Sports ManagementGC
The following degrees are available from this school:
  • Associate in Arts
  • Bachelor of Applied Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Science-Teaching
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Certificate
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Graduate Certificate
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Science
  • Professional Science Master's
  • Specialist

Program minors
Adventure tourism; business law; dance; electronics; film studies; geography; global studies; intercultural communication; international business; management; professional selling; sustainability; war, peace and terrorism

Pre-professional programs
Dentistry, engineering, law, medicine, mortuary science, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, veterinary medicine

Program emphases
Advertising, broadcasting, journalism, photojournalism, public relations, law enforcement, corrections, cell and molecular biology, ecology, water resources management

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Tuition & finance

Tuition and Fees (2012-2013): $7,769

FAFSA Code: 002394

How to apply for financial aid

Your key to receiving financial aid to help pay your college costs is filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA form. Many students don’t realize they could qualify for grant money and federally guaranteed loans, so be sure to find out by filling out the form.

Complete the FAFSA after Jan. 1 of your senior year. Find the form online at or pick up the form at your school counselor’s office. For help with completing the form, go to your high school counselor or the financial aid office at the college or university you plan to attend.

The FAFSA determines your eligibility for one or more of the following types of financial aid:

Scholarships are a great source of aid, and you do not need to pay them back. Many scholarships are available for students with special interests and backgrounds. Talk to your guidance counselor about what kind of scholarships you can get.

You may be eligible to receive federal and state grants of $300 to more than $7,000 per year. You do not need to pay these back.

Work study
Work study programs give you the opportunity to work on campus or with approved off-campus employers to earn money to pay for college. Work study jobs are often very flexible, allowing you to work around your classes and personal schedules.

Student loans
You also may be eligible for student loans, which must be paid back. Student loans usually have a lower interest rate than other kinds of loans.

Other ways to save

Reduced out-of-state tuition
Students from other states don’t always have to pay higher tuition if they want to attend the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. If you live in Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota or Manitoba, Canada, you’re eligible for tuition rates similar to those paid by Minnesota residents. And 26 of the state colleges and universities allow students from other states to pay the lower in-state rates, so ask a college or university about its tuition charges.

Tax credits
Some college students also benefit from two federal tax credit programs, the American Opportunity Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning tax credit. These may apply to you or your family, depending on your financial circumstances.

Veterans are welcomed at the state colleges and universities. If you’ve served in the armed forces, you might be eligible for help with paying for college. Stop by one of the on-campus veterans centers for information, support and assistance. Also, check with the campus financial aid office about benefits from the new Minnesota GI Bill. Or go to

Campus life

College is more than textbooks, classes, labs and studying. The Winona State community boasts plenty of clubs and program-related organizations, sports and recreational activities to help you meet new friends, develop leadership and team skills, stay fit, and share the fun of working together on projects. WSU supports student government and more than 210 social, service and professional clubs and organizations for academics, fine arts, athletics, media, culture and cultural issues, and religion. The university also sponsors professional cultural programs and student theatrical, musical and dance performances.

  • Bookstore
  • Chartwells Dining Service
  • Child Care Resources
  • Counseling and Wellness Services
  • Darrell W. Krueger Library
  • Disability Services
  • Financial Aid
  • Graduate Studies Offices
  • Health and Wellness Services
  • Integrated Wellness Complex
  • International Student Services
  • KEAP Diversity Center
  • Security
  • Star Alert
  • Technology Center
  • Transfer Assistance
  • TRIO Student Support Services
  • Tutoring/Writing Services
  • Veterans Services
  • Warrior Success Center
  • Warrior Success Center
  • Warrior Success Center
  • Warrior Success Center
  • Warrior Success Center
  • WSU Foundation
Broadcasting and journalism
  • Newspaper
  • Radio/Television
Cheerleading and dance teams
  • Cheerleading (Co-ed)
  • Dance Team
Ethnicity, language and culture
  • Asian American Club
  • Black Cultural Awareness Association
  • Chinese Student Society
  • GLBTA Partnership
  • Hmong American Student Assoication
  • International Club
  • Malaysian Student Association
  • Nepali Club
Honorary societies
  • Honors
Social organizations
  • Visit:
Theater, dance, music
  • Band
  • Choir
  • Orchestra
  • Theatre
  • Baseball - Mens
  • Basketball - Mens
  • Cross Country - Mens
  • Football - Mens
  • Golf - Mens
  • Basketball - Womens
  • Cross Country - Womens
  • Golf - Womens
  • Gymnastics - Womens
  • Soccer - Womens
  • Softball - Womens
  • Tennis - Womens
  • Track - Womens
  • Volleyball - Womens