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Winona State University Admission Requirements

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Your chances of getting into Winona State University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

73.7%
Admission Difficulty for Winona State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Moderate 
Applicant Competition Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Winona State University is 73.7%.  Its admission rate is the 17th lowest in Minnesota.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Winona State University and can you get accepted?

Winona State University is a moderately competitive school to get into. You have a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the criteria. Last year, 3,958 out of the 5,367 who applied were admitted.

Winona State University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.44. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 30% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Winona State University?

74% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Winona State University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.44 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1140 on the SAT
  • Score 22 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top half of your high school class

Winona State University GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 

3.44

Typical High School Grades 

B+

What GPA do you need to get into Winona State University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Winona State University are to have around a 3.44 high school GPA. You are required to have above average high school grades.

If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Winona State University accepts 74% of students who apply.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Winona State University is 3.44 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #21 in Minnesota for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Winona State University is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.4 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Winona State University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 29.8% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 21.1% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 16.9% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 15.6% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 14.5% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 2.1% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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Winona State University SAT Scores

Testing Requirements

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Winona State University. If you optionally submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 1% of students submitted SAT scores and 56% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

1000-1270

Applicants Submitting SAT 

1%
SAT Scores for Winona State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 500
Math 25th Percentile 500
Composite 25th Percentile 1000
SAT Scores for Winona State University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 610
Math 75th Percentile 660
Composite 75th Percentile 1270
Average SAT Score 1140

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Winona State University?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Winona State University is 1140 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1000-1270. Students who get into Winona State University score in the top 60 percent of all SAT test takers..  Winona State University ranks #21 in the state of Minnesota for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1140 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Winona State University regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1000 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1000, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 860, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Winona State University is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1140 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1135, you have around a 74% chance of being admitted. A 1270 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 84% chance of getting in.

Winona State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1270 and Above Good >84%
1135 to 1270 Avg + 74%-84%
1000 to 1135 Avg - 60%-74%
865 to 1000 Reach 44%-60%
Less than 865 Low <44%
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Winona State University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

19-25 

Applicants Submitting ACT 

56%
ACT Scores for Winona State University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 17
Math 25th Percentile 17
Composite 25th Percentile 19
ACT Scores for Winona State University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 24
Math 75th Percentile 25
Composite 75th Percentile 25
Average ACT Score 22

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Winona State University?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Winona State University is 22, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 19 and 25.  The school ranks #20 in Minnesota for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 22. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 19 and score in the score in the top 56 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 16.

56 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Winona State University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Winona State University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Winona State University for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 22 score has around 74% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 84% with a 25 ACT score.

Winona State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
25 and Above Good >84%
22 to 25 Avg + 74%-84%
19 to 22 Avg - 60%-74%
16 to 19 Reach 44%-60%
Less than 16 Low <44%
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High School Class Rank

67% of Winona State University freshman are in the top half of their high school graduating class and 31% are in the top quarter.

High School Class Rank for admitted Winona State University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 11%
Top 25% of class 31%
Top 50% of class 67%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Winona State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 3,736 1,605 5,367
Accepted 2,874 1,070 3,958
Acceptance Rate 77% 67% 74%
Enrolled 841 331 1,175
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 29% 31% 30%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Jul 1, 2024

Days left to Apply

78

Applicants have 78 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Jul 1, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Winona State University is $20.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Winona State University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Winona State University Application Requirements
Test Scores Not required for admission, but considered if submitted (Test Optional)
High School GPA Required to be considered for admission
High School Class Rank Not required for admission, but considered if submitted
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required to be considered for admission
Recommendations Not considered for admission, even if submitted
Demonstration of Competencies Not considered for admission, even if submitted

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Winona State University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Winona State University is moderately competitive, you have a strong chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.44 GPA, you have a very good likelihood of getting in. A 1140 on the SAT and 22 on the ACT will further lock in your application.

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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.

FAQs

Does Winona State University prefer SAT or ACT?

1% of students submit their SAT scores to Winona State University. 56% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Winona State University?

74% of those who apply are granted admission to Winona State University. Admission competition is low and the college has moderate admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Winona State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1000 and 1270. The average SAT score is 1135. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Winona State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 19 and 25. The average ACT score is 22. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.