Winona State University
With more than 80 academic and 10 pre-professional, certificate and licensure programs, Winona State provides the in-depth knowledge base along with the critical thinking and communication skills you will need for your career or advanced study. Many Winona State students participate in clubs and organizations, intramural sports, intercollegiate athletics, the arts and community service. These activities are a great way to build a social life and gain skills.
- 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 nine years in a row and has been recognized as one of America’s 100 Best College Buys for 17 consecutive years.
- Academically focused: WSU offers 83 academic majors, 10 preprofessional options, nine master’s options and one doctoral program at its campuses in Winona and Rochester.
- e-Warrior Digital Life and Learning program: 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.
- 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.
- Health and wellness: The university’s new Integrated Wellness Complex aligns health, wellness, academic and recreational programs and services into a single state-of-the-art facility on the university’s tobacco-free campus.
- Healthcare Leadership: WSU's new 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. The program is fully online, allowing you to continue your education from home or anywhere!
- Winona State University Goes Green: Sustainability is a core universitywide commitment. 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.
- Transforming education: As one of 14 institutions partnering with the Bush Foundation, Winona State’s Teach 21 program is set to receive up to $4 million over the next decade to increase educational achievement in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.
- Path to Purple: The university 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.
- Rochester campus: 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.
- Distinguished programs: In 2011, the College of Business earned accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International. This specialized accreditation provides a “stamp of approval” recognizing the value of a Winona State University education.
- Come to visit: 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: 9,978
- Full-time students: 86.2%
- Part-time students: 13.8%
- Percent female: 60.6%
- Percent male: 39.2%
- Percent students of color: 8.2%
Nursing, business administration, elementary education, biology, exercise science
Professional Science Master's Degree in Applied Research and Management (new for fall 2013), online Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Healthcare Leadership and Administration (new for fall 2013), child advocacy studies, composite materials engineering, master's and doctorate program in nursing, paralegal, sustainability, music business, graphic design, business education
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 new 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.
Winona State University offers permits for members of the campus community who choose to park on campus. Permits vary in price and location depending on the type of permit purchased. Those wishing to purchase a permit are encouraged to review the information contained within this section. Parking permit applications can also be accessed on this web site. To obtain a Visitor Parking Pass call Parking Services at 507-457-5062 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winona State University generally will accept you as a first-year student if you can answer “yes” to at least one of these questions:
- Did you graduate in the top half of your high school graduating class?
- 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.
Opportunity, choice, excellence
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 career.
- Associate in Arts
- Bachelor of Applied Science
- Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Music
- Bachelor of Science
- Bachelor of Science-Teaching
- Bachelor of Social Work
- Doctor of Nursing Practice
- Graduate Certificate
- Master of Arts
- Master of Science
Adventure tourism, business law, dance, electronics, film studies, geography, global studies, intercultural communication, international business, management, professional selling, sustainability
Dentistry, engineering, law, medicine, mortuary science, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, veterinary medicine
Advertising, broadcasting, journalism, photojournalism, public relations, law enforcement, corrections, cell and molecular biology, ecology, water resources management
Tuition & finance
Tuition and Fees (2012-2013): $7,418
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 www.fafsa.ed.gov 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 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.
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.
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 www.mymilitaryeducation.org.
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.
- 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
- 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
- Cheerleading (Co-ed)
- Dance Team
- Asian American Club
- Black Cultural Awareness Association
- Chinese Student Society
- GLBTA Partnership
- Hmong American Student Assoication
- International Club
- Malaysian Student Association
- Nepali Club
- Visit: www.winona.edu/sal/clubs.asp
- 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