Winona State University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Winona State University

Winona State University is a public institution situated in Winona, Minnesota. The institution has a large selection of over 65 undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students to select from. Students are backed by an 18 to 1 student/faculty ratio, and professors take a personalized approach to the teaching and learning process. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via the university’s many clubs and organizations. Most of the Winona State Warriors play in the NCAA Division II Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference in athletics. Popular sports include football, basketball, golf, cross country, Track & Field, and soccer.


  • Total Enrollment: 7,788 (7,228 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 36% Male/64% Female
  • 87% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $9,425 (in-state); $15,348 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $900
  • Room and Board: $9,010
  • Other Expenses: $2,640
  • Total Cost: $21,975 (in-state); $27,898 (out-of-state)

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 89%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 66%
    • Loans: 69%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $5,191
    • Loans: $6,508

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Education; Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 78%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 27%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 37%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 63%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Gymnastics, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Overview of Winona State University Admissions

Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside of the admissions offices mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the application process’s next steps. Students should make a campus visit to determine if the institution is a good fit for them.

Admissions Data                        

  • Winona State University Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 490/580
    • SAT Math: 510/610
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 20/24
    • ACT English: 19/25
    • ACT Math: 19/24

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Winona State University, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If Winona State University is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Texas State University, Georgia State University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Liberty University, University of Texas at El Paso, California State University Northridge

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Winona State University, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

University of North Texas, University of Texas at Arlington, California State University Long Beach, San Jose State University, Pace University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Washington State University

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Winona State University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, then you’ll be a competitive candidate for these schools.

Penn State University Park, University of Cincinnati, Hofstra University, Temple University, Auburn University, Seton Hall University, University of Alabama

Applying to Winona State University

Application Deadline: July 16

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