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Winona State University Overview

Winona State University is a public institution situated in Winona, Minnesota. The location of Winona State is a good match for students who are interested in living in a college town while they pursue their degree.

What Is Winona State University Known For?

1,866 Undergraduate Awards
$24,112 Avg Cost After Aid
66% Acceptance Rate
  • The 4% student loan default rate at Winona State is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The highest award offered at Winona State is the doctor's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 65% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Winona State bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $44,700 a year. That's about 10% more than their peers at other schools.

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Winona State University Rankings

According to our 2021 analysis, Winona State is ranked #236 out of 2,320 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #8 out of 44 schools in Minnesota.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Winona State has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#61 Best Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#64 Best Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#311 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Winona State.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Human Services Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Public Administration Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Social Work Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Best Health & Physical Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#21 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#36 Best General Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#37 Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#47 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Winona State has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#5 Best Value Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service College Factual
#23 Best Value Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual
#26 Best Colleges for Social Work College Factual
#42 Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies College Factual
#44 Best Teaching Schools Teaching Degree Search
#63 Best Colleges for Education College Factual

Where Is Winona State University?

Location of Winona State University

Contact details for Winona State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 175 West Mark Street, Winona, MN 55987-5838
Phone: 507-457-5000
Website: www.winona.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WinonaStateU
Twitter: https://twitter.com/winonastateu

How Do I Get Into Winona State?

You can apply to Winona State online at: www.winona.edu/admissions/apply.asp

Admission Requirements for Winona State

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL neither required nor recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into Winona State?

66% Acceptance Rate
68% Of Accepted Are Women
1% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Winona State is 66%, which is a sign that the school is fairly selective. While it may not be as hard to get into as other colleges, you should not take admission for granted.

Approximately 32% of accepted students are men and 68% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 62%, and the acceptance rate for women is 69%.

Average Test Scores

About 1% of students accepted to Winona State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 490 and 640. Math scores were between 550 and 690.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Winona State University  ( 490 to 640 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Winona State University  ( 550 to 690 )
200
800
Winona State received ACT scores from 99% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 19 and 24. Math scores were between 19 and 25. Composite scores were between 20 and 25.

ACT English Scores for Winona State University  ( 19 to 24 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Winona State University  ( 19 to 25 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Winona State University  ( 20 to 25 )
1
36

Can I Afford Winona State University?

$24,112 Net Price
69% Take Out Loans
3.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Winona State is $24,112. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Winona State, approximately 69% of students took out student loans averaging $9,337 a year. That adds up to $37,348 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Winona State is 3.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Winona State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

6,125 Full-Time Undergraduates
66% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 6,978 undergraduate students at Winona State, with 6,125 being full-time and 853 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Winona State

There are also 627 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 6,125 full-time undergraduates at Winona State, 34% are male and 66% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Winona State

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Winona State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Winona State Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 149
Black or African American 158
Hispanic or Latino 278
White 5,104
International Students 195
Other Races/Ethnicities 241

Geographic Diversity

Minnesota students aren't the only ones who study at Winona State University. At this time, 18 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 59 countries are represented at Winona State. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Taiwan, and South Korea.

Online Learning at Winona State University

290 Took All Classes Online
1,993 Took At Least One Class Online
13.6% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 2 bachelor’s degree and 5 master’s degree programs available online at Winona State. In 2017-2018, 1,993 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Winona State has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 42nd most popular in Minnesota for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Winona State

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Winona State University was 13.6%. This is the #1,123 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Winona State regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Winona State majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Education 14%
Health Professions 2%
Mental & Social Health Services 43%
Multilingual Education 50%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 14%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Winona State ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Winona State.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Mental & Social Health Services #24
Health & Physical Education #46
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #52
Teacher Education Subject Specific #81
Educational Administration #116
Health & Medical Administrative Services #135
Nursing #231
Education #288
Health Professions #379

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Winona State University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Nursing 0 254 11 16 19 300
Business Administration & Management 0 172 0 23 0 195
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 159 0 0 0 159
Social Work 0 109 0 0 0 109
Health & Physical Education 0 87 10 0 0 97
General Psychology 0 83 0 0 0 83
Communication & Media Studies 0 80 0 0 0 80
General Biology 0 72 0 0 0 72
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 65 0 0 0 65
Marketing 0 63 0 0 0 63
Human Resource Management 0 59 0 0 0 59
Accounting 0 57 0 0 0 57
Computer Science 0 54 0 0 0 54
Special Education 0 45 0 0 0 45
Liberal Arts General Studies 44 0 0 0 0 44
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 0 42 0 0 0 42
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 41 0 0 0 41
General Education 0 0 17 19 0 36
Romance Languages 0 31 0 0 0 31
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 29 0 0 0 29
Materials Engineering 0 28 0 0 0 28
Finance & Financial Management 0 24 0 0 0 24
General English Literature 0 20 0 4 0 24
Management Information Systems 0 22 0 0 0 22
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 14 7 0 21
Chemistry 0 20 0 0 0 20
Public Health 0 19 0 0 0 19
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 18 0 0 0 18
Political Science & Government 0 18 0 0 0 18
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 16 0 0 0 16
Allied Health Professions 0 14 0 0 0 14
Fine & Studio Arts 0 13 0 0 0 13
International Studies 0 12 0 0 0 12
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 12 0 0 0 12
Sociology 0 12 0 0 0 12
Legal Research 0 11 0 0 0 11
Student Counseling 0 0 0 10 0 10
Human Services 0 0 0 10 0 10
Educational Administration 0 0 1 8 0 9
Computational Science 0 9 0 0 0 9
Physics 0 9 0 0 0 9
Economics 0 8 0 0 0 8
History 0 7 0 0 0 7
Public Administration 0 6 0 0 0 6
Teaching English or French 0 4 0 0 0 4
Drama & Theater Arts 0 4 0 0 0 4
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 4 0 0 0 4
Music 0 4 0 0 0 4
Mathematics 0 3 0 0 0 3
Statistics 0 3 0 0 0 3
Multilingual Education 0 0 2 0 0 2
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 0 0 0 0
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0 0 0
Educational Assessment 0 0 0 0 0 0
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Legal Support Services 0 0 0 0 0 0
Outdoor Education 0 0 0 0 0 0
Recreation Administration 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arts & Media Management 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 44 1,822 55 97 19 2,037

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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