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Winona State University

Winona, MN 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate77%
Acceptance Rate77%

Winona State University Admissions

If you want to apply to Winona State University, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is July 1 and the fee for the application costs $20.

Winona State University Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Winona State University's admissions stats.

Winona State University 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.4
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 11%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 2%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 67%
Waitlist No

Winona State University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Winona State University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action No –– ––
Regular Decision Yes July 1 ––

Applying Early to Winona State University?

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

➡️ See a list of some competetive colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Winona State University Admissions

Transferring to Winona State University

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Winona State University

Winona State University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Winona State University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Winona State University

What does Winona State University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Class Rank Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important

Make sure to check with Winona State University for more information on admission factors.

Winona State University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Winona State University, all applicants must submit the following items. Double check with Winona State University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
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
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Winona State University?

Students admitted to Winona State University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.4.

Out of all students that were admitted, 69% submitted a class rank. At Winona State University 11% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 31% were in the top 25% and 67% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Winona State University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA ––
3.75 and 3.99 29.8%
3.50 and 3.74 21.1%
3.25 and 3.49 16.9%
3.00 and 3.24 15.6%
2.50 and 2.9 14.5%
2.00 and 2.49 2.1%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Winona State University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Winona State University considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

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

In 2022, 2% of Winona State University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 67% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Winona State University?

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Winona State University students scored 630 or higher and 75% of students scored 450 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Winona State University students scored 650 or higher, and 75% scored a 450 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Winona State University?

To be most competitive at Winona State University, you should strive to earn between 19 and 25 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 25 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Winona State University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 25, and three out of four students scored lower than 25 on the ACT.

A 19 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Winona State University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 19.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Winona State University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Winona State University.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is July 1.

Transfer students can enroll in Winona State University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

• Summer Term

Winona State University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Winona State University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Winona State University.

Does Winona State University accept transfer credits?

✅ Winona State University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Winona State University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests

Does Winona State University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Winona State University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Winona State University?

❌ No, Winona State University is test optional, so you can make the call whether or not to send your ACT or SAT scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Winona State University's acceptance rate?

✅ Winona State University's acceptance rate is 77%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Winona State University?

❌ Winona State University does not offer early decision.

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Winona State University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Winona State University? Winona State University is a somewhat selective institution. The Winona State University acceptance rate is 77%. This means that the institution accepts 76 out of every 100 applicants.


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

Winona State University ACT Scores


ACT Range

19 - 25

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

25 and Above


19 to 25


19 and Less


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Winona State University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

520 - 630


Reading SAT Range

450 - 650

Winona State University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Winona State University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.44. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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Campus Setting

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Tuition and Fees

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