Winona State University

Winona State University

Founded in 1858, Winona State University, or WSU, is primarily an undergraduate university. It is the oldest school under Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU). The university offers more than 80 undergraduate majors and over eight pre-professional programs. The main campus of WSU is located in Winona, Minnesota, and the branch campus is located in Rochester, Minnesota. WSU is organized into several academic divisions which include:

  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • College of Science and Engineering

WSU's athletic teams are nicknamed the Warriors. The university competes in Division II NCAA athletics. It is a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC), North Central Conference, and Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

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Contacting Winona State University

Winona State University
8th and Johnson St
Winona , MN 55987-5838
General Phone: (507) 457-5000

Winona State University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching339education, educational administration, special ed, school counseling, elementary school teaching, art education, business teaching, English teaching, health teaching, ...
Business and Management278business management, accounting, finance, human resources, MIS, marketing
Nursing and Emergency Medicine213registered nursing, adult health nursing, nurse practitioner
Liberal Arts173German language, French language, Spanish language, English, speech and rhetoric, liberal arts and sciences, general studies, international studies, economics, ...
Science112biology, biochemistry, chemistry, geology, physics
Media82mass communication
Family and Social Work70public administration, social work
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy63parks and recreation studies, exercise science, athletic trainer
Therapy and Counseling61psychology
Security and Law Enforcement52criminal justice and safety
Computer Science and Engineering27computer science
Law21legal studies, legal assistant
Engineering14materials engineering
Art Studies12art studies
Medical Administration10public health education
Music9music, music management
Drama and Performing Arts3drama
Medical Support and Technology3clinical lab tech

Number of programs and degrees for Winona State University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,38557
Postbaccalaureate certificate134
Master's degree1255
Post-master's certificate21
Associate's degree332

Winona State University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Winona State University had a total enrollment of 8,334 students (7,889 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 37%
Women 63%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 90%
Graduate 10%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 84%
Black 1%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 2%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 8%
(Foreign Students) 4%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 32%
20-21 31%
22-24 21%
25-29 7%
30-34 3%
35-39 2%
40-49 2%
50-64 1%

Winona State University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 71 %
Part-Time 33 %

Winona State University Room and Board (2007)

Winona State University offers campus housing for 2,488 of its 7,889 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Winona, Minnesota for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Minnesota Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 14 meals per week.

Winona State University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Math520610
ACT Verbal2024
ACT Math2025
ACT Composite2124

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT99%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)not required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Winona State University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 7,626
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 12,230
Room and board $ 6,430
Books and supplies $ 1,140
Other expenses $ 2,790

Financial Aid:
Winona State University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 239400)

Winona State University Faculty

Winona State University has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track4132
Non-tenured and not on tenure track2733

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year89$85,48557$79,792
Associate professoracademic year36$64,13037$62,064
Assistant professoracademic year47$56,59141$56,094
Instructoracademic year18$38,40315$38,419
All faculty totalacademic year190$69,831150$64,804

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Winona State University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
Basketball Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
Baseball Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports34548

Winona State University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Finance, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Health Teacher Education
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
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

Materials Engineering

Family And Social Work
Public Administration
Social Work

Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Legal Studies, General

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
General Studies
German Language and Literature
History, General
International/Global Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics, General

Mass Communication/Media Studies

Medical Administration
Public Health Education and Promotion

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist

Music Management and Merchandising
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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