wsuWinona State University has been named among America’s 100 Best College Buys for the 21st consecutive year.

The publication is an independent ranking of the value and quality of colleges and universities a cross the nation, conducted by Institutional Research and Evaluation (IRE) of Rome, Georgia. The report profiles the schools that are the highest rated academically, but also have the greatest value as a function of academic quality, cost of attendance and financial aid available.

To be considered for America’s 100 College Buys, a college must meet specific requirements. The college must be an accredited four-year institution offering bachelor’s degrees; offer full residential facilities including residence halls and dining services; have an entering freshman class with a high school grade point average and/or SAT/ACT score equal to or above the national average; and have an out-of-state cost of attendance that is below the national average.

In 2016, IRE researched 1,469 accredited U.S. colleges and universities. Of the institutions surveyed, 1,088 schools responded. Winona State University is one of only three Minnesota schools included in the 21st annual report of America’s 100 Best College Buys. (The others are University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and University of Minnesota- Duluth.)

About Winona State University

Founded in 1858, Winona State University is a comprehensive, regional public university with more than 8,400 students. The oldest member of the sollege and universities of Minnesota State. WSU offers more than 80 undergraduate, pre professional, licensure, graduate and doctorate programs on its three campuses in Winona and Rochester. 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 13 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 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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