Winona State University, located in Winona, Minnesota, was founded in 1858 and is consistently ranked among the best 100 colleges in the United States in both quality and value. The school was originally founded as a normal school to train teachers for schools throughout the state, and was the first tax supported school west of the Mississippi River. The school began operation in 1860, but closed for three years during the Civil War, resuming operation 1864.The State Normal School became Winona Teachers College in 1921 and began conferring bachelor degrees. The school's curriculum evolved over the next two decades, though rapid growth was seen after World War II when the school experienced a boom in enrollment. The resulting changes, added courses, and new programs resulted in the school becoming Winona State University. Today the school operates five colleges across three campuses, all dedicated to providing excellent education at a reasonable cost.
Winona State University offers a variety of programs and degrees that allow students to pursue the career and education that best reflects their personal goals for their future. Such programs take approximately four years to complete and require the student to take a general education courses combined with lower and upper division courses as well electives that allow for study of ideas outside of one's major. Student's may also choose to take on a minor degree that requires the addition of a set number of courses that provide education in a secondary field. The school also offers 30 graduate programs that allow students to continue their education. Such programs require a bachelor's degree, high test scores and a solid academic transcript to be considered for admission.
Programs offered include:
Admissions and Financial Aid
Individuals interested in enrolling at Winona State University must complete and submit the application for admission, provide pertinent transcripts and test scores, and have completed the general education requirements of a high school education. The submitted application will be reviewed by a committee. Once a final decision is rendered the student will be notified, and if admitted will be provided materials preparing him or her for their educational career at WSU. Admissions requirements will vary for transfer students and for students applying to graduate programs.
Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships. Students in need of financial assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the information from which is used by the school's financial aid department to determine the extent of a student's financial need and their aid program eligibility when constructing a financial aid packet. Aid must be reapplied for prior to each academic year and students may be asked to provide additional information at random prior to the disbursement of funds to verify the information provided on the FAFSA.
Admission Requirements & Details
The information regarding admissions below may provide a better idea of the candidates Winona State University accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP or college credits that may be transferred.
College Credits Accepted
- Dual Credits
- Life Experience Credits
- AP Course Credits
Total enrollment at Winona State University is around 8,500 students. The student body is made up of 94% undergraduate students and 19% graduate students.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $16,500. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $20 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition estimates are:
- In-State Tuition: $7,100-$8,500
- Nonresident Student Tuition: $13,000-$15,360
- Charges for part-time students are:
- State Residents: $240-$280 per credit unit
- Nonresidents: $420-$500 per credit unit
Financial Aid Details
The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||90%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||66%||$3,995|
|Receiving Student Loans||71%||$9,281|
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo help students and recent graduates, Winona State University may offer services like:
- Distance learning
- Remedial courses
- Career path counseling
- Employing students to lower education costs
- Employment search assistance
- Child care
Winona State University has an overall graduation rate which is approximately 56%.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||30%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||21%|
|Graduating in 6 Years||5%|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Music Program
- Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program
- Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program
- Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program
- Theatre Program
Winona State University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division II (with football) classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:
- Baseball (Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference)
- Basketball (Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference)
- Football (Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference)
- Track and Field, Indoor
- Track and Field, Outdoor
- Track and Field, X-Country
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
Get more information about the programs offered by Winona State University by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Public Administration and Social Services
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Security and Protective Services
Visual and Performing Arts
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- University of Wisconsin - River Falls in River Falls, WI (74 miles away)
- University of Wisconsin - Platteville in Platteville, WI (84 miles away)
- Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul, MN (94 miles away)
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