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Winona State University Data & Information Overview

456 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
77% Acceptance Rate
Find out more about how Winona State University ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below.
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How Well Is Winona State University Ranked?

#408 Best Colleges in Nation
#17 Best Colleges in MN
Registered Nursing Highest Ranked Major
Value Badge

2024 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Winona State University was awarded 456 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is registered nursing.

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Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Winona State as #408 out of 2,217 colleges and universities in the country on its 2024 Best Colleges list.

Winona State is also ranked #17 out of 52 schools in Minnesota.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Winona State?

77% Acceptance Rate
72% Of Accepted Are Women
2% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Winona State University is 77%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that Winona State is a good fit for you.

Average Test Scores

About 2% 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 450 and 650. Math scores were between 520 and 630.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Winona State University  ( 450 to 650 )

SAT Math Scores for Winona State University  ( 520 to 630 )
Winona State received ACT scores from 67% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 19 and 25.

ACT Composite Scores for Winona State University  ( 19 to 25 )

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Winona State University Faculty

16 to 1 Student to Faculty
63% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Winona State University is about average at 16 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Winona State University is 63%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  63 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Winona State University

75% Freshmen Retention
37% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 75% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Winona State University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  75 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full-time students who get their bachelor's degree with four years. At Winona State this rate is 37%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  37 out of 100

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Winona State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

5,472 Full-Time Undergraduates
13.5% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
66.6% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 6,391 undergraduates at Winona State with 5,472 being full-time and 919 being part-time.

How Much Does Winona State University Cost?

$17,634 Net Price
62% Take Out Loans
$33,980 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Winona State is $17,634. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Winona State

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$11,721 $12,963 $15,289 $18,902 $20,853

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Winona State, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Winona State, approximately 62% of students took out student loans averaging $8,495 a year. That adds up to $33,980 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Winona State is 2.7%. 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.

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How Much Money Do Winona State Graduates Make?

$51,346 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Winona State make around $51,346 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future Winona State graduates since it is 21% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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Location of Winona State University

Minnesota State
5,472 Full-Time Undergraduates
Town Campus Setting
Located in Winona, Minnesota, Winona State University is a public institution. 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.

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Contact details for Winona State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 175 West Mark Street, Winona, MN 55987-5838
Phone: 507-457-5000

Winona State University Majors

52 Majors With Completions
1,647 Undergraduate Degrees
171 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 52 majors graduated from Winona State University. Of these students, 1,647 received undergraduate degrees and 171 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 230 $64,934
Business Administration & Management 164 $42,074
Teacher Education Grade Specific 141 $37,651
Social Work 81 $40,999
Communication & Media Studies 77 $34,768
General Biology 73 $36,367
General Psychology 66 $35,002
Teacher Education Subject Specific 64 $39,401
Health & Physical Education 63 $37,552
Computer Science 56 $58,844

Learn more about the majors offered at Winona State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Winona State

57% Take At Least One Class Online
14% Take All Classes Online

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2020-2021, 3,721 students took at least one online class at Winona State University. This is an increase from the 3,240 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 3,721 945
2019-2020 3,240 469
2018-2019 2,591 449
2017-2018 1,993 290
2016-2017 1,819 250

Learn more about online learning at Winona State University.

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Notes and 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.


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