Winona State University is the second ranked public institution in the State of Minnesota, and the ninth ranked Minnesota university overall, according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 rankings.

WSU also ranks as one of the top five “Best Value School” in the State of Minnesota, a designation that recognizes schools for high academic quality and low net cost of attendance. Among public schools in Minnesota, WSU ranks as #2 best value school, behind University of Minnesota – Duluth.

“Our mission starts with our students—we are focused on student success,” said University President Scott R. Olson. “Beyond that, we are focused on the people and communities we serve, offering high-quality academic programming that is innovative and responsive, and preparing graduates that are committed to improving our world.”

Overall, Winona State is the top-ranked university in the Minnesota State system and is tied for 12th among the 37 Midwestern schools identified as top public universities. The university is tied for 64th (out of 173) on the comprehensive list of all regional universities in the Midwest.

WSU was again recognized as one of the Best Colleges for Veterans, one of only five schools statewide to make the list. To qualify, the institution must participate in the yellow ribbon program and have 20 or more students who used GI Bill benefits to finance their educations.

Peer assessment data reported to U.S. News ranked WSU among the Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs for its Composite Materials Engineering program, which is the only accredited undergraduate program in the U.S. that offers a bachelor of science degree in composite engineering, and among the Best Undergraduate Business Programs for its programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB).

U.S. News & World Report bases its regional rankings on peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, graduation rate performance, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving. Complete listings are available at

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About Winona State University

Founded in 1858, Winona State University is a comprehensive, regional public university with just over 8,100 students on campuses in Winona and Rochester. The oldest member of the Minnesota State system, WSU offers more than 80 undergraduate, pre-professional, licensure, graduate and doctorate programs in five colleges: Business, Education, Liberal Arts, Nursing & Health Sciences, and Science & Engineering. Winona State is ranked as the second public institution in Minnesota by U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges,” has been named among the “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review for 14 years in a row, and has been featured as one of America’s 100 Best College Buys for quality and value for 21 consecutive years. The university’s mission is to enhance the intellectual, social, cultural and economic vitality of the people and communities we serve: a community of learners improving our world.

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