#4 Best Public Universities in Minnesota

Winona State University

Winona, Minnesota

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Winona State University overview
Location Winona, Minnesota
Online winona.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Distant Town
Winona State University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Winona State University, established in 1858, is a public institution located in the heart of the picturesque town of Winona, Minnesota, nestled against the Mississippi River and approximately 120 miles southeast of Minneapolis. Renowned for signature buildings embodying the Late Gothic Revival style, the campus exudes a serene, traditional college atmosphere while also providing modern facilities. With a broad spectrum of undergraduate and graduate programs, Winona State is particularly recognized for its offerings in nursing, business, and education. The university maintains a moderately selective admissions process and provides on-campus housing options to foster an integrated living and learning environment. Although not predominantly known for its athletic prowess, Winona State does participate in NCAA Division II sports as the Warriors.

In the most recent statistical year 5,367 prospective students applied, and 3,958 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,175 enrolled in the school.  4,921 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,233 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $8,388 plus fees of $2,104. Winona State University is ranked 533 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Winona State University is rated within the top 47% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 6 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Winona State University overview
SAT 1000/1270
ACT 19/25
GPA 3.44

Applications Accepted

Winona State University overview
Applications Due Jul 1, 2024
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $20

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Annual Cost to Attend

Minnesota Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Winona State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$900
Other Fees$2,104
Room and Board $9,654
Budget for Other Expenses$2,640
Total One Year Cost$23,686

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Winona State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$900
Other Fees$2,104
Room and Board $9,654
Budget for Other Expenses$2,640
Total One Year Cost$30,418

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$46,100 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

54% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Winona State University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 22%
Education 18%
Health Professions 12%
Communication 7%
Biology 6%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=175272 IPEDS survey data for Winona State University.

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