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Winona State University is a public university located in Winona, Minnesota that offers a "quality education that is affordable." Students praise WSU for "preparing students for the workplace" by helping them to develop career relevant skills "while still encouraging them to be innovative." "Winona State University is a community of learners working together to improve our world." Prominent "nursing and education" programs underscore what some students describe as WSU's educational prerogative: "to help students gain the necessary skills to help us go out and make an impact upon the world." WSU faculty can really shine in the classroom because small class sizes "allow professors to get to know their students on a more personal level." Students value this kind of attention because, as one student puts it, "the more my professors interact and connect with me, the better my academic experience and success." Most "professors work hard to be available" outside of class time. "They honestly do care about their students," one student explains, "and they are always there to connect [students] with what they need" from class material to "finding jobs and internships." "We may be a small school, but we do great things."

Student Body

Winona State's predominantly white, Midwestern student body "is mixed with many Middle Eastern and Asian international students," and many students say they prize and seek out diverse perspectives and experiences. Students are "very friendly and passionate about their education and ambitions," and "most students are willing to help each other." While cliques may emerge, "students are truly involved in a wide variety of areas of study. Computer science students are involved in creative writing clubs, English students run the video game club, and more than half of the students in the symphonic wind ensemble are not music majors." While some students admit that there is a gap between "the studiers and partiers," students agree that "everybody is pretty friendly and nice." Despite what some see as a tendency among students to silo themselves "by departments around campus," "all seem to be like a family here at Winona and can come together as our own little community."

Campus Life

Winona is small and embraces the outdoors, and students can conveniently find "three disc golf courses in the city, two golf courses," as well as fishing on the Mississippi river, hiking through the local bluffs, and "two lakes with paved paths" where people run and bike. In the winter the bluffs make great "cross country ski trails" and "the lake is cleared off to ice skate." The small town of Winona "allows for bicycle as a great means of transportation," and most WSU students enjoy the outdoors. Students enjoy "WSU's very nice/fairly new wellness center," the Integrated Wellness Complex, "which features an indoor running track, weight lifting equipment, and other exercise equipment." Many students also say that volunteering through clubs or weekly volunteer opportunities on campus is popular among some students. "For such a small student body compared to many other universities," one student explains, "Winona State has a large social impact on the surrounding area and many of the clubs and organizations are extremely good at what they do." Because the town is small, "the bar scene is not huge but is popular when there isn't much else to do."

Overview

Applicants
7,476
Acceptance Rate
60%
Average HS GPA
3.35

GPA Breakdown

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

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Test Scores


ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
20 - 25

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Regular — July 14


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
18:1
Total Faculty
525
with Terminal Degree
288

294
Women
231
Men
54
Minority
9
International

Most frequent class size
30 - 39
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
35%
Graduate in 5 years
55%
Graduate in 6 years
59%

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Finance and Financial Management Services
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Health Communication
  • Journalism
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Photojournalism
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences,Other
  • Computer Science

  • Education

  • Art Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
  • Earth Science Teacher Education
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Educational Leadership and Administration, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education
  • Health Teacher Education
  • Learning Sciences
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Social Science Teacher Education
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

  • Engineering

  • Materials Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature/Letters, Other

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Critical Care Nursing
  • Cytotechnology/Cytotechnologist
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management
  • Nursing Science
  • Perioperative/Operating Room and Surgical Nurse/Nursing
  • Public Health Education and Promotion
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Legal Assistant/Paralegal
  • Legal Studies, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics
  • Statistics

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • International/Global Studies

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Administration
  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice and Corrections

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Music Management
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music, General


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

Notable Faculty


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.

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
35%
Graduate in 5 years
55%
Graduate in 6 years
59%

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

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Dec 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,112

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,432

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,959

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
76%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$35,221

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$5,033

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$7,103
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$12,800
Required Fees
$1,972
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

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

On-Campus Room and Board
$8,460
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

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

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
7,656
Foreign Countries Represented
45

Demographics

2.38%
Asian
2.67%
African-American
2.97%
Hispanic
85.89%
Caucasian
2.70%
International

63% female
37% male
29% are out of state
87% are full time
13% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

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

First-Year Students living on campus
94%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Theme 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

5% participate in intercollegiate sports

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
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Sustainability

The oldest member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, Winona State University’s mission is to cultivate “a community of learners improving our world.” The university has implemented a tobacco-free policy to enhance the overall health of the campus community. Importantly, WSU signed the ACUPCC and created a campus wide Climate Commitment Committee. The university’s Climate Action Plan was released soon thereafter, committing WSU to becoming climate neutral by 2050. Moreover, the university partnered with private industry to complete a $1.6 million Guaranteed Energy Savings Contract, which installed energy saving facility upgrades across the campus. The utility costs savings from the project will be used to pay the equipment procurement costs. Winona State’s award-winning Integrated Wellness Complex achieved LEED Gold. The university opened a pilot academic theme house that will create a positive learning environment for students with the shared interest of sustainability. In addition, the university is pursuing sustainability initiatives in a variety of other areas, including academics, transportation, and waste management. Winona State’s new interdisciplinary sustainability minor provides students with an overview of the fundamentals of sustainability while also giving them an opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge in specific areas of study. The university has cultivated a bicycle-based community, has established a popular on-campus bike sharing program and student-run bike repair station, and sponsors an official Rideboard through the university Facebook page. Waste minimization efforts are aided by easily accessible recycling stations for food and paper waste and an event recycling system for indoor and outdoor use. Finally, student government also supports sustainability on campus, introducing and passing a one degree thermostat setback initiative.

81/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
No

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
No

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
No

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
No

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
No

School Developed Bicycle Plan
No

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
No

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
A laptop and tablet (on loan) are provided to all freshmen and interested others 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

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Robert Caldwell
Visit Coordinator

Address
Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 5838
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
Varies

Arrangements
Integrated into PALS weekend

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Other

Limitations
PALS weekend for admitted high school seniors only

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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