General Information About Winona State University
The mission of Winona State University is to educate and enlighten our citizenry at a distinctive institution: a community of learners dedicated to improving our world. Located in the beautiful bluff country of the Mississippi River Valley, the Winona campus is largely residential and primarily serves a traditional student age population, while the Rochester campus serves primarily non-traditional students. The Institute for Lifelong Education, headquartered on the Rochester campus, meets the needs of the non-traditional student on each campus and provides the structure for outreach activities compatible with the mission of WSU. Commonly-held principles help Winona State University prepare undergraduate and graduate students on both campuses. We value differences and work collaboratively, continuing a legacy of a century-and-a-half of service. We are an exemplary arts and sciences institution with select professional and graduate programs anchored in a general education core. As a mid-sized public university, we are committed to retaining small class sizes and to challenging students by maintaining rigorous academic standards. Faculty and administration are involved with students, facilitate cooperative and active learning, provide prompt feedback, emphasize time on task, communicate high expectations, and respect our students’ diverse talents and ways of knowing. Faculty are dedicated to creating an optimal learning environment for students by using contemporary technology and by building learning communities which help students maximize their post-graduation successes. Students acquire the disciplinary expertise enabling them to pursue careers or enter graduate or professional schools. They learn the value of aesthetics and ethical integrity, along with the importance of becoming community leaders and furthering the public good. Winona State University recognizes that many of the learning experiences of college occur outside the classroom. It therefore is committed to building and maintaining a caring community. On both campuses, community members strive for amicable relationships based on shared values and an affirmation of the principle of freedom of speech within an atmosphere of civility and mutual respect. Governed by collective bargaining agreements and guided by principled leadership, we respect diversity and collaborate to resolve issues that affect us all. We celebrate our common successes and our distinctive heritage. We are committed to measuring results against self-defined and national standards. Through this ongoing assessment, one in which students, faculty, and staff participate, we will improve continuously and establish accountability for results. Thus, we shall reaffirm Winona State University’s social contract to provide educational benefits to the people of Minnesota, the nation, and the world.
Institutional statistical data was gathered from the U.S. Department of Education - Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, 2009-2010.
- 4-year, Public
Special Learning Opportunities
- ROTC (Army)
- Teacher certification
- Study abroad
- Remedial services
- Academic/career counseling service
- Placement services for completers
- On-campus day care for students' children
- Dual credit
- Credit for life experiences
- Advanced placement (AP) credits
- The acceptance of credits for work experience or military experience are subject to review by the school and cannot be guaranteed.
- Not applicable
- Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
- Associate's degree
- Bachelor's degree
- Postbaccalaureate certificate
- Master's degree
- Post-master's certificate
- Town: Distant
Disability Services Student
- 3% or Less
Admission Total Applicants 6,500 Percent Admitted 71% Men Admitted 70% Women Admitted 71% Full Time Retention Rate 75%
Submitted ACT & SAT Scores
25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score Math 520 610
25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score Composite 21 24 English 20 24 Math 20 25
Student Demographics Total Enrolled 9,549 Native American 34.0 Asian 210.0 African American 161.0 Hispanic 85.0 Enrolled FullTime Undergraduates 7,463 Enrolled FullTime Graduates 94