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Winona State University

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With 72 undergraduate degree programs and 43 graduate degree programs, including a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, and several licensure and specialist degree programs in Winona & Rochester, WSU provides the in-depth knowledge and skills you will need for your career or advanced study. Our students are active participants in clubs & organizations, intramural sports, intercollegiate athletics, the arts, and community service.

School Highlights

  • Nationally Ranked: Winona State University is ranked as the second public institution in Minnesota by U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges,” has been listed among the “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review for 13 years in a row, and has been recognized as one of America’s 100 Best College Buys for 21 consecutive years.
  • e-Warrior Digital Life and Learning Program: Winona State was one of the first public universities in the Midwest to offer a laptop to all students. Students have the choice between a Mac or PC laptop, and those in certain academic programs are provided an iPad mini or Android-based tablet as well. Wireless access is enjoyed by students from anywhere on campus as well as at East Lake Winona.
  • Improve Our World: Community service is a university-wide commitment, with more than one million volunteer hours logged by WSU students in the last six years.
  • Be Well: The University’s Integrated Wellness Complex aligns health, wellness, academic and recreational programs and services into a single facility on the University’s tobacco-free campus.
  • Set Sail: WSU’s new floating classroom, the Cal Fremling, is a state-of-the-art 49-passenger vessel that offers experiential learning opportunities on the Mississippi River.
  • Student Involvement: WSU offers students the opportunity to get involved in student government and nearly 300 social, service, and professional clubs and organizations that reflect a broad spectrum of student interests. The University also sponsors professional cultural programs as well as student theatrical, musical, and dance performances.
  • Darrell W. Krueger Library: WSU’s library is designed to provide a wealth of information resources and services to the WSU community and beyond. The library has over 479,855 print and e-volumes, access to more than 100 databases and is a U.S. Federal Depository with more than 20,000 government resources in paper and 100,000 in microfilm formats.
  • Go Green: Winona State University is a signatory of the American Colleges and University Presidents Climate Commitment and has been named one of the country’s most environmentally responsible colleges for the past seven years by The Princeton Review in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council.
  • Transforming Education: The Education Village in Winona and the STEM Village in Rochester will provide teachers with the preparation, support, and inspiration they need to be successful in the 21st-century classroom.
  • Distinguished Programs: WSU is home to the first and flagship Child Advocacy Studies program, the only accredited undergraduate program in composite materials engineering in the U.S., as well as bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate programs in nursing. The WSU College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, one of fifty undergraduate-only institutions to hold the accreditation. The largest programs on campus include nursing, business administration, elementary education, biology and exercise science.
  • 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 Rochester or Winona campus.
  • High Caliber Athletics: WSU is home to 14 NCAA Division II and one NCAA Division III varsity sports teams: women’s basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics (Division III), soccer, softball, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field, volleyball; men’s baseball, basketball, cross country, football, and golf.
  • Visit WSU: 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: 9,483
  • Full-time students: 84%
  • Part-time students: 15%
  • Percent female: 61%
  • Percent male: 37%
  • Percent students of color: 10%

Largest Programs

Nursing, Business Administration, Biology, Elementary Education/K-12, Exercise Science, Social Work, Psychology, Computer Science

Unique Programs

The first and flagship Child Advocacy Studies program in the U.S.; the only accredited undergraduate Composite Materials Engineering program in the U.S.; the first undergraduate program in Data Science in the Upper Midwest; the #1 ranked elementary program in Minnesota (and Top 10 in the nation) by; 1 of 50 undergraduate-only institutions worldwide to be accredited by the AACSB; Masters and doctorate programs in Nursing; among others


• On Campus • Off Campus
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. 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.


• Bus • Train • Other
Winona State is committed to promoting sustainable transportation options. With research showing that more than 40% of WSU students have a bike, the University offers free bike rentals and a bike repair station on campus. A free 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.


• On Street • Off Street
Winona State University Parking Services aims to make parking on campus as convenient as possible for everyone. Parking permits are available for purchase for those who choose to park on campus; permits vary in price and location. Parking permit applications and information on enforcement are available online at For information on obtaining a Visitor Parking Pass, contact Parking Services at 507-457-5062 or


Admission 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, you may be considered for admission as a first-year student at Winona State:

  • 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 18 or higher on the ACT standardized test?
  • Did you receive a combined score of 950 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?

WSU would prefer to see these courses listed on your high school transcript:

  • 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.


At Winona State University, you’ll find a wide array of program choices and a premiere education experience - all at an affordable cost. Personal attention from faculty and staff, real-world experiences, and outstanding student support services are all focused on helping you succeed. At Winona State, you'll be inspired and challenged as you prepare for your future.

Program Title Award
ACS Chemistry (Teaching) BT
Academic & Behavioral Strategist GC
Academic and Behavioral Strategist BT
Accounting BS
Addiction Counseling GC
Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner DNP
Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner MS
Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner GC
Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist DNP
Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist MS
Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist GC
Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner DNP
Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner MS
Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner GC
Applied Research and Management PSM
Applied and Professional Writing BA
Art BA
Art (Teaching) BT
Athletic Training MS
Athletic Training BS
Biology BS
Business Administration BS
Business Education BT
Chemistry BS
Chemistry (general) BS
Clinical Mental Health Counseling MS
Communication Arts and Literature (Teaching) BT
Communication Studies BA
Composite Materials Engineering BS
Computer Science BS
Counselor Education MS
Data Science BS
Early Childhood Education (Birth-3) BT
Early Childhood Special Education MS
Earth Science (Teaching) BT
Economics BA
Education EDD
Education MS
Education Leadership MS
Education Specialist: K-12 Principal SPEC
Education Specialist: Superintendent SPEC
Elementary Education (Teaching) BT
Elementary Education/K-6 Education BT
Elementary Education/K-6 Education BT
English MA
English MS
English BA
Exercise and Rehabilitative Science BS
Family Nurse Practitioner DNP
Family Nurse Practitioner MS
Family Nurse Practitioner GC
Film Studies BA
Finance BS
General Engineering BS
Geoscience BA
Geoscience BS
Global Studies BA
Health Promotion - School Health BT
Healthcare Leadership and Administration BAS
History BA
Human Resources Management BS
Human Services Professional MS
I-Design BA
Individualized Studies BA
Innovative Instructional Leadership GC
K-12 Principal GC
Leadership Education MS
Legal Studies BS
Legal Studies: Law and Society BA
Liberal Arts and Sciences AA
Life Science (Teaching) BT
Management Information Systems BS
Marketing BS
Mass Communication BA
Mathematics BA
Mathematics BS
Mathematics: Secondary Teaching BT
Multicultural Education GC
Music BA
Music (Teaching) BT
Music Performance BMUS
Music: Business BS
Nurse Educator MS
Nurse Educator GC
Nursing BS
Nursing Leadership DNP
Nursing Practice DNP
Nursing and Organizational Leadership MS
Nursing and Organizational Leadership GC
Organizational Leadership GC
Outdoor Education/Adventure-Based Leadership GC
Physical Education (Teaching) BT
Physical Science (Teaching) BT
Physics BS
Physics (Teaching) BT
Political Science BA
Professional Writing GC
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner DNP
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner GC
Psychology BA
Public Administration BS
Public Health BS
Recreation, Tourism and Therapeutic Recreation BS
Social Science/History BT
Social Work MSW
Social Work BSW
Sociology BA
Sociology: Criminal Justice BS
Spanish BA
Spanish (Teaching) BT
Special Education MS
Special Education BT
Special Education: Early Childhood BT
Sports Management GC
Statistics BS
Superintendent GC
Teacher Preparation Collaborative GC
Teaching English as a Second Language K-12 BT
Theatre BA
Training and Development GC

The following degrees are available from Winona State University

  • Associate of Arts
  • Bachelor of Applied Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Science-Teaching
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Doctor of Education
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Graduate Certificate
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Science
  • Master of Social Work
  • Professional Science Master's
  • Specialist

Program minors

Adventure Tourism; Arts Administration, Dance, Data Science, Entrepreneurship, Electronics, Film Studies, Geography, Global Studies, Individualized Studies, Intercultural Communication, International Business, Nutrition, Professional Selling, Public Health, Sustainability, War, Peace & Terrorism, among others

Pre-professional programs

Dentistry, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Podiatry, Veterinary Medicine

Program emphases

Biochemistry, Clinical Exercise Science, Ecology, Epidemiology, Environmental Science, Leadership & Advocacy, Nursing & Organizational Leadership, Public Relations, School Counseling, Transmedia, among others

Tuition & finance

Tuition and Fees $8,411.00
FAFSA Code:002394

How to apply for financial aid
The 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 Oct. 1 of your senior year. Find the form online at; for help 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 $100 to more than $9,000 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 may also 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 a Minnesota State College or University. 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 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, as well as 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 190 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
  • TRIO Student Support Services
  • Technology Center
  • Transfer Assistance
  • Tutoring/Writing Services
  • Veterans Services
  • WSU Foundation
  • Warrior Success Center
  • Warrior Success Center
  • Warrior Success Center
  • Warrior Success Center
  • Warrior Success Center
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Broadcasting and journalism
  • Newspaper
  • Radio/Television
Cheerleading and dance teams
  • Cheerleading (Co-ed)
  • Dance Team
Ethnicity, language and culture
  • Asian American Club
  • Black Students United
  • Chinese Student Society
  • Hmong American Student Association
  • International Club
  • Nepali Club
  • Somali Student Association
  • Turtle Island Student Organization
  • Women of Color Association
  • WSU Malaysian Club
  • WSU Spanish Language Club
Honorary societies
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Recreational and club sports
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Religious and spiritual
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Social organizations
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Student government
  • WSU Student Senate
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
Winona State University
Winona State University
P.O. Box 5838
Winona, MN 55987
Toll-Free: (800) 342-5978
Local: (507) 457-5100