Founded in 1858, Winona State University is a comprehensive, regional public university with more than 8,500 students. The oldest member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, Winona State offers more than 80 undergraduate, pre-professional, licensure, graduate and doctorate programs on its three campuses in southeast Minnesota: the original Main Campus in Winona, the West Campus in Winona, and Winona State University-Rochester.

Winona State is ranked among the top 50 public and private institutions in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report, and has been listed as one of America’s 100 Best College Buys for 14 consecutive years. For six years in a row, Winona State has been recognized among the “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review, and in 2010 was named one of the country’s most environmentally-responsible colleges by this nationally-known education services company. The university was named in 2008 and 2009 to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Winona State ranks as number 11 on a list of the top 25 safest campuses in the United States, according to research conducted by “The Daily Beast” (www.thedailybeast.com). The university’s mission is to educate and enlighten our citizenry at a distinctive institution: a community of learners improving our world.