Founded in 1858, Winona State University is the oldest member of the Minnesota State System of colleges and universities. Today, Winona State University serves students across two campuses in Winona and Rochester, Minnesota, as well as others throughout southeastern Minnesota and beyond. WSU offers over 80 majors and programs, and our classes are small in size and taught by expert faculty. All our degree programs offer opportunities for internships with some of the Midwest’s most prestigious companies and organizations. Winona State holds the #1 Student Success Rate in the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities. WSU was recently named the best public institution in Minnesota by U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges,” and listed among the “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review since 2003. One of America’s 100 Best College Buys for 24 consecutive years, 93% of freshman also benefit from some form of financial aid. 97% of WSU graduates find employment after graduation and 92% of those are employed within their field of study. Community engagement is important at Winona State, with most of our programs providing students a chance to use what they’ve learned to help others through internships, clinicals and other learn while you work opportunities. RESIDENT TUITION SCHOLARSHIP EXPANSION: Starting Fall Semester 2022, Winona State University will expand eligibility for the Resident Tuition Scholarship to offer in-state tuition rates for all students—undergraduate and graduate—who meet WSU's admissions criteria. This is great for students who will be joining us in the fall! To qualify, students simply need to be a non-resident of MN as students are automatically considered for this with their application to WSU. This award means that you will pay the Minnesota resident (in-state) tuition rate rather than the non-resident (out-of-state) tuition rate. You can think of it as a roughly $6,500 scholarship. This scholarship is renewable if you maintain at least a 2.5 GPA in college. This is another way Winona State University is working actively to keep a WSU education affordable—and accessible—for all students. TWO CAMPUSES - ONE WINONA STATE Widely known for our stunning natural setting, the WSU Winona campus is nestled between picturesque bluffs and the Mississippi River – meaning that rock climbing, paddle boarding, hiking, kayaking (and more) are within a mile of campus. Additionally, the city of Winona is home to a wide range of art, music and theater opportunities, as well as museums, local boutiques, and festivals galore. WSU’s second campus is located in Minnesota’s third largest city – Rochester. The city is a dynamic, urban hotbed for industry, arts and culture and was ranked the #1 city of Top 100 Best Places to Live by Livability.com in 2016.