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Founded in 1858, Winona State University started as the first teacher training institution west of the Mississippi and has since grown into the all-encompassing, innovative university it is today. WSU is known for its breadth of academic program choices, an engaged faculty, championship athletics, and an outstanding community-minded student body.

At Winona State University, students find themselves immersed in a community of learners that focuses on improving the world. As the oldest member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, WSU offers more than 80 undergraduate, pre-professional, licensure, graduate and doctorate programs. With an average class size of 27 and a student to faculty ratio of 20 to 1, you won’t be just another number to your professors and other faculty. The student-faculty relationships formed bring a high level of meaning and context to coursework, including undergraduate and graduate research.

Living in the Warriors Community

WSU is committed to health, wellness and sustainability. Nestled between the limestone river bluffs, beautiful Lake Winona and the Mississippi River, the main campus of Winona State University offers diverse opportunities to experience a truly unique natural beauty, a broad array of outdoor activities, and a enrivonmentally sound healthy life style.

The City of Winona (population: 29,000) is a great place to live, learn and get involved. With three higher education institutions, making up nearly one third of the total population, the area is clearly devoted to educating and preparing students. You will be able to step outside the classroom and participate in community service, clubs, organizations, intramural sports and athletics.

Paving the way in technological advances, WSU provides an inspiring digital capability to its 8,000+ students. Pop open your new WSU laptop and you’re connected to a resource-rich, 100% wireless academic campus. Acknowledging and implementing the shift toward more environmentally-friendly practices, WSU was named one of the country’s most environmentally-responsible colleges according to The Princeton Review. Committed to the sustainability of our community, WSU is dedicated to energy conservation, renewable energy and pollution prevention.