Winona State University

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Winona State University is a public, 4-year school located in Winona, MN, 110 miles down the Mississippi River from Minneapolis. The school was founded in 1858 as First State Normal School of Minnesota; it was the first university west of the Mississippi River. In 1873 the name was changed to Winona Normal School, then, in 1957 it became known as Winona State College. The school achieved university status in 1975. It was among the first schools to adopt the policy of requiring a computer for each student. The University also has 2 satellite locations in Winona West and Rochester. The 125 acre campus features traditional brick architecture centered on a main quad that hosts a gazebo, clock and park-like intersection. Among notable alumni are US Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann and NFL Official Jerry Seeman.

Academic Programs

Winona State University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission and offers Bachelor’s degrees, post-baccalaureate Certificates, Master’s degrees, post-masters Certificates and Doctorates in over 80 majors. Noted for Nursing, Education, Music and Theatre, the largest programs on campus are in Healthcare fields and Business. The University is comprised of five colleges: College of Business, College of Education, College of Liberal Arts, College of Nursing & Health Sciences and College of Science and Engineering. Per the Mission Statement, “The mission of Winona State University is to enhance the intellectual, social, cultural and economic vitality of the people and communities we serve. We offer undergraduate programs based on the traditions and values of the arts and sciences and an array of graduate and professional programs that are especially responsive to the needs of the Upper Midwest. We prepare our graduates to serve generously, lead responsibly and respond imaginatively and creatively to the challenges of their work, their lives and their communities.

Student Life

There are over 8,000 undergraduate students enrolled in Winona State University, many of whom live on campus among the six residence halls on campus and three residence halls and apartments located off campus. The University sponsors over 200 clubs and student organizations, including club sports and intramurals. For the varsity athlete, the purple and white Warriors, led by Wazoo, field teams in 10 sports and participate in NCAA Division II competition. Students understand the Core Values of the University: Core values of respect, integrity, compassion, and civic responsibility are nurtured through development and expansion of WSU’s efforts inside and outside the classroom through curriculum and programming. This is encompassed in Five Dimensions: Striving for excellence; Cultivating personal and academic integrity; Contributing to a larger community; Taking seriously the perspectives of others; and Developing competence in ethical and moral reasoning and action. While these five dimensions do not encompass all aspects of ethical responsibility to self and others, they offer a compelling claim as the initial focus for a widespread reengagement with issues of personal and social responsibility.

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