For the 20th consecutive year, Winona State University ranks among the “Best in the Midwest”, according to the Princeton Review.

The Princeton Review recognized 630 colleges in the “2024 Best Colleges: Region by Region” publication. WSU was listed among 150 colleges in the Midwestern list.

According to the Princeton Review Website, colleges included in the list are considered “academically outstanding and well worth consideration” for prospective students as they search for the right college or university to fit their needs.

The Princeton Review uses surveys of more than 165,000 students to determine its yearly rankings. Surveys cover eight general areas including academic, administration, quality of life, campus life, extracurriculars, politics, town life, and social scene.

Tyler Gliem, a student at WSU, feels that the sense of community has made his transition to college much smoother.

“The WSU community feels like a home away from home,” said Gliem. “Not only are the students here amazing, but the professors and staff here are even better.”

Professors at WSU place a high value on developing connections with their students. Dr. Tara Lopez, WSU Director and Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies, is one of several professors who regularly checks in with her students.

“We all learn better when we feel connected, and by asking students how their classes and other activities are going, they hopefully feel a sense of belonging to the wider WSU campus community,” said Lopez.


About Winona State University

Founded in 1858, Winona State University is a comprehensive, regional public university with 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 among the Top 40 universities in the Midwest region (U.S. News and World Report, 2022-23) and has been named among the “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review for 20 consecutive years. The University generates $447.9 million in economic impact for the region per year. The university’s mission is to enhance the intellectual, social, cultural and economic vitality of the people and communities it serves: a community of learners improving our world. For more information, visit