“What can you do?” Winona State University’s advertising campaign asks of prospective students; offering “80 academic majors and 10 pre-professional programs,” this mid-sized university offers students a wide variety of possible answers to the question. WSU’s business, elementary education, and nursing programs are the most popular; whatever a student’s major, however, the school makes a point to bring technology to the forefront. The school’s laptop program, in which all students are required to lease a laptop from the school, is a prime example of WSU’s effort to generate technology-savvy students.

Overview

Applicants
7,212
Acceptance Rate
61%
Average HS GPA
3.31

GPA Breakdown

17%
Over 3.75
20%
3.50 - 3.74
22%
3.25 - 3.49
19%
3.00 - 3.24
19%
2.50 - 2.99
3%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
-
SAT Math
-
ACT Composite
21 - 25

Deadlines


Regular
July 12

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

“What can you do?” Winona State University’s advertising campaign asks of prospective students; offering “80 academic majors and 10 pre-professional programs,” this mid-sized university offers students a wide variety of possible answers to the question. WSU’s business, elementary education, and nursing programs are the most popular; whatever a student’s major, however, the school makes a point to bring technology to the forefront. The school’s laptop program, in which all students are required to lease a laptop from the school, is a prime example of WSU’s effort to generate technology-savvy students. “WSU has a good computer lend/lease program,” one student says, adding, “The introduction and involvement of technology into the class setting is one of the school’s greatest strengths.” Other students feel differently; gripes one, “I think we should be allowed to choose whether we want to rent from the school or to buy our own computer, considering most of the classes don't require a laptop anyway.” Despite the inevitable snags, students are largely happy with their WSU academic experience. Shares one student, “I really enjoy my professors. I am amazed at how much effort they put into giving a great education. I don't know if it is just the recreation department, but my professors do more than what is required of them.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
20:1
Total Faculty
618
with Terminal Degree
255

380
Women
238
Men
46
Minority
8
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
54%
Graduate in 5 years
92%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Tim Penny
President of Southern MN Initiative Foundation, former congressman

Richard Kalbrener
Retired CEO of Pihana Pacific

Danny Pettit
Founding Partner Kalkhoven, Pettit, Levin & Johnson Ventures LLC

George "Jeb" Griffith
Owner, Miken Composites, LLC; Owner, LockNET

Jane Estes
General Motors Corp., South Central Region Service Development Zone Manager

Roscoe Young
Chief Operating Officer, KMC Telecom

Martin Lueck
Chairman of the Executive Board of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, L.L.P.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
61
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$4,784

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,115

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,952

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$33,610

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$4,784

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$6,860
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$12,360
Required Fees
$1,890
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$640

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need College Aid Gift
Need Federal Pell Grant
Need Private Sch Grant
Need SEOG
Need State Sch Grant

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

“The typical student at WSU is a jeansand sweatshirt-wearing teenage kid in line with you at the cafeteria wondering what that awful smell is,” quips one student, adding, “We are all friendly and open to conversations and new friends.” WSU students are “dedicated,” “want to do well” in their studies, and “want to make sure that they are getting their money's worth.” Explains one undergrad, “Most students know what they need to get done, but still are laid-back enough and want to have a good time in college when they can.” While White students make up the majority of the student body, “There is an increase of international students, which makes college life much more interesting. There are international dinners and dances at least once a month. Everyone fits in pretty well; it just depends on if they want to become involved or not.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
8,254
Out of State
31%

International
3%
Foreign Countries Represented
46

Demographics

2.01%
Asian
2.14%
African-American
2.56%
Hispanic
90.17%
Caucasian
1.07%
Unknown
3.43%
International

61% female
39% male
31% are out of state
89% are full time
11% are part time

Overview

Outdoorsy types find WSU’s rural location appealing. “A lot of people are active, and it's a great community for that,” explains one undergrad. “We're on the Mississippi surrounded by bluffs, and the town is well-manicured with parks and walking paths. There is an outfitter's store where you can rent camping, kayaking, and canoeing equipment. I think a lot of people come here for the outdoor aspect of it.” Students also like to “bike, rollerblade, run, or walk” the paths that surround two nearby lakes. During the winter, when Minnesota temperatures dip down into the single digits, “more people go out to parties and bars. There are also some nearby cities that are a little bit bigger than Winona, Minnesota, that are always fun to go to for shopping and entertainment.” The campus itself is “gorgeous” and “small enough that when it is cold out it’s not that bad walking from building to building!” One student notes that the campus “takes 5 to 10 minutes to walk across.” In general, WSU students find their surroundings to be a “friendly atmosphere in a nice community setting, both on campus and off.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
29%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
77
First-Year Students living on campus
93%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
86

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Access Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Nancy Dumke

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
same as above

Documentation Requred for ADHD
same as above

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
155
Number of Honor Societies
9

Number of Social Sororities
3
Number of Religious Organizations
10

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

Men's Sports (Warriors)
5 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Women's Sports (Warriors)
10 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Gymnastics
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
2

Average Number of PC's per Lab
15

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
Yes

Undergraduates that Own Computers
100%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Beginning in the Fall of 2000, all freshman must have a laptop. This is provided to student through the WSU Digital Life and Learning Program.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Beth Halleck
Visit Coordinator

Address
Office of Admissions
170 W Sanborn
Winona, MN 55987

Phone
507-457-5100

Email
admissions@winona.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
The Library
Lourdes Hall - Residential College
Central Courtyard/Clock Tower/Gazebo
The Smaug - Kryzsko Commons
Integrated Wellness Complex

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Garvin Heights Look Out
Lake Winona Bike/Running Trail
Holzinger Lodge Hiking Area
Minnesota Marine Art Museum
Sugar Loaf Hiking Trail/Overlook

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 9am and 1pm Mon - Fri.
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Following or preceding the tour Mon-Fri

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
1 week

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Winona State University is located in Winona, Minnesota, approximately 120 miles from St. Paul/Minneapolis, and accessible by drive (Winona exit on I-90, or through Hwy 14 and Hwy 61), by Amtrak train (from Chicago or St. Paul; station 4 blocks from campus), or by Greyhounds or Jefferson bus (from nearby cities, station 5 blocks from campus).

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the Twin Cities: Take Hwy 61 S. to Huff street turn right , turn left on Sarnia, turn right on Main street, park in the reserved guest lot. From the East: Take I-90E, merge into Hwy 61 North, turn left onto Huff street, turn left on Sarnia, turn right on Main, park in the reserved guest lot. From the West: Take Hwy 14, turn right onto 14/61, turn right on Huff street, turn left on Sarnia street, turn right on Main street, park in the reserved guest lot.

Local Accommodations
Winona offers overnight accommodations ranging from quaint bed and breakfast accommodations to name-brand hotels. If you'd like to stay even closer to WSU, you may opt for our Alumni House located just one block from campus.
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Key Stats

7,212
Applicants
8,254
Size
61%
Acceptance Rate

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