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About Winona State University

Winona State University is a public, state school in an small town setting in Winona, Minnesota. Winona State University was founded in 1858 and now enrolls around 7,125 students a year, including 6,408 undergrads.

Winona State University offers housing for up to 2,477 students. Most students live off campus,.

As of 2021, the total market value of Winona State University's endowment was $43.26 million For each full-time student, Winona State University spends about $8,324. Winona State University employs one full-time professor for every 18 undergrads enrolled.

2021 Winona State University Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 75%
Average GPA 3.4
In-State Tuition $7,720
Out-of-State $13,900

2022 Winona State University Regular Decision Application Deadline

Early Admission at Winona State University

Winona State University does not offer early decision or early action.

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Winona State University Acceptance Rate

It is moderately difficult to get into Winona State University. Winona State University admitted 75% of all applicants in 2021. In 2021, 5,115 out of 6,803 total applicants were accepted.

Winona State University Waitlist

Winona State University reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

How Do I Get Into Winona State University?

Winona State University is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Winona State University, applicants must submit the following items.

Winona State University Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Other Requirements 16 high school preparation requirements and either minimum composite ACT of 21 with top two-thirds of high school class rank or minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or, minimum composite ACT of 18 with either top half of high school class rank or minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.0
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GPA and Test Scores for Winona State University

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Winona State University.

Does Winona State University Require Test Scores?

Winona State University is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 3% submitted the SAT. 96% submitted the ACT.

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Does Winona State University Provide Student Housing?

Yes! Winona State University provides on-campus housing for up to 2,477 students.

Winona State University students are active in the school's University Program Activities Committee, Student Senate and Residence Hall Association. Homecoming, Family Weekend, and and Club Fair are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Winona State University.

Financial Aid at Winona State University

Winona State University meets 55% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Winona State University full-time are awarded $8,502 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Is Winona State University a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a college is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Winona State University

About 74% of students who start at Winona State University return for their second year of college. Out of the 1,646 students who started at Winona State University as first-time freshman, 699 graduate within four years.

Winona State University's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 61%. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. In 2020, students graduated with an average of $33,391 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Winona State University sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Winona State University a good school for you?

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Where is Winona State University Located?

Winona State University is located in the small town setting of Winona, Minnesota, less than an hour from Minneapolis-St.Paul.

If you want to see Winona State University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 90 to Winona, or book a flight to the nearest airport, La Crosse Municipal.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Winona State University and Winona are like without leaving home.

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College Info

175 West Mark Street Winona, MN 55987

Campus Setting: Small Town

Winona State University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jul 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Jul 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Winona State University is Jul 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Winona State University is Jul 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Winona State University ACT Scores


ACT Range

19 - 25

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Winona State University SAT Scores


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Winona State University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Winona State University is like? There are approximately 7,125 students enrolled at Winona State University, including 6,408 undergraduate students and 717 graduate students. 85% percent of students attend school full-time, 72% percent are from MN and 28% percent of students are from other states.


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