Winona State University

Winona, Minnesota
4-year Public university


Winona State University is a public institution established in 1858 with a city setting located at Winona. It is ranked 35 in Regional Universities Midwest in the 2024 edition of Best Colleges. It practices a semester-based academic calendar.

#35 in Regional Universities Midwest
Location Winona, Minnesota
Type 4-year Public
Year Founded 1858
Selectivity Very Low
Size Medium
5,421 Undergraduates


Student-Faculty Ratio
Most Popular Major

Majors Available

  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services
  • Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs
  • Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • English Language And Literature/Letters
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics
  • Health Professions And Related Programs
    Program offered through an exclusively distance-education program
  • History
  • Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services
  • Legal Professions And Studies
  • Mathematics And Statistics
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration And Social Service Professions
  • Social Sciences
  • Visual And Performing Arts


Average Student Contribution
Instate Tution Fee $10,492
Outstate Tuition Fee $17,224
Room and Board Fees $9,654
$44,146 Median Salary After 2 years of Graduation


77% (Very Low Selectivity) Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty: Minimally Difficult
$20 Application Fee
3.5 Average High School GPA

Application Requirements

SAT/ACT Required
SAT/ACT Writing (essay) Not Required
SAT Subject Test Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement Not Required
SAT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range
ACT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range

How to Apply?

Does not accept CommonApp
Apply College's Own Application Portal

For International Students

68 Minimum TOEFL Score
TOEFL Requirement: Required
IELTS, DET Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of TOEFL)
TOEFL Waived if

applicant has given ACT, SAT.

Deadlines for Fall Intake Applications
Regular Decision Deadline
Rolling Admission
Priority Application Deadline
Transfer Applications
Transfer Applications Deadline
For Financial Aid
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline
Financial Aid Application Deadline

Scholarships and Financial Aid

$8,297 Average Financial Aid

Need-based Aid

$6,521 Average Need-based Aid
Cost of Attendance for out-of-state students: $--
82% Students with need received Financial Aid
52% Students had their need fully met
Deadline for need-based financial application --
Forms to be submitted FAFSA

Merit Scholarships

WSU Foundation Scholarships
Total Worth varies from person to person
Eligibility First year freshmen
Minimum Criteria --
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed Yes
Application deadline N/A
Academic Achievement Scholarship.
Total Worth $3,500 per academic year
Eligibility First year freshmen
Minimum Criteria 1) Have a 4.0 cumulative high school GPA on a 4.0 scale
2) You’ll be automatically considered for this scholarship with your application to WSU.
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed No
Application deadline N/A
Presidential Honor Scholarships
Total Worth $1,000-$2,500 per academic year
Eligibility First year freshmen
Minimum Criteria 3.20+ cumulative high school GPA,26+ ACT , 1260+ SAT
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed No
Application deadline N/A

Other Scholarships

Alumni Society
Total Worth $1,000
Details Child, grandchild, brother, sister, or ward of WSU graduate


5,421 Total Undergraduate Enrollment
School Size: Medium
81% Freshmen return to Sophomore Year
45% Students graduate within 6 years